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33 High-Protein Smoothie Recipes Everyone Should Try

33 High-Protein Smoothie Recipes Everyone Should Try

Do you want to add more protein to your daily diet? If so, you’re not alone. Proteins are the building blocks of muscle and are vital for your health and wellness. Who doesn’t want a little extra protein power to kickstart the metabolism and get your body burning more fat?

Not everyone has time to panfry a steak every day. Luckily, there’s an easier way — smoothies! These yummy treats in a glass are quick and pack as much protein as a full omelet breakfast on the go. They can also be made fast to fit into any part of your day, whether you need a quick breakfast as you run out the door or a post-workout pick-me-up. So, mix up a few of these sweet rewards and sip away — you won’t believe they’re good for you!

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    Breakfast

    Protein source: cottage cheese, milk, chia seeds

    Whoever thought to roast strawberries? Taking time for this extra step can give a serious flavor blast to sleepy taste buds. Also, if you’re not a Greek yogurt fan, try the cottage cheese for a tasty alternative.

    Protein source: Greek yogurt

    This tropical taste will send your senses back to places of hammocks and ocean breezes. Your body will also appreciate the antioxidant powerhouse of berries, citrus, and banana.

    Protein source: peanut butter, Greek yogurt

    This monster is anything but scary, but it does pack a nutrient arsenal to rival the Hulk’s smashing power. However, if you’re allergic to peanuts, try one of these peanut butter alternatives.

    Protein source: flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp protein powder

    While some people don’t enjoy the taste of kale, give this one a try. The banana and berries sweeten up the more earthy tastes so you can forget that it’s good for you!

    5. Coffee Banana Smoothie

    Protein source: Greek yogurt, flax seeds

    Sometimes, it’s just tough to get moving in the morning without that caffeine kick. If you need a little energy jolt to your smoothie, mix your yogurt, banana, and coffee all together in one convenient cup of sunshine.

    Protein source: almonds, protein powder

    Coconut oil is all the rage — and for good reason! It’s a healthy oil packed full of lauric acid, which helps the body fight disease, and the saturated fats are great for everything beginning from superficial skincare to deep-down digestive health. The almonds and spices pair nicely with the coconut to prove that you don’t have to give up your sweet tooth to be healthy.

    Protein source: milk, egg, whey powder

    Who doesn’t like a warm cup of hot chocolate bringing heat back into icy fingers? Now, you won’t have to feel like you’re crashing your diet with this healthy version of your best childhood memories’ drink of snow men and sledding.

    Protein source: Greek yogurt, dairy milk

    Antioxidant-rich blueberries and mango make this smoothie a great reason to wake up hungry! It’s the perfect mix of tropical fruit and forest berries.

    Protein source: Peanut butter, flax seeds

    If you like oatmeal and bananas for breakfast, you will love this smoothie. The peanut butter makes it taste like a milkshake and the oats make sure you stay satiated all morning.

    Protein source: Greek yogurt, protein powder, chia seeds

    Are you in a hurry to get out the door because you hit the snooze too many times? Then this is your perfect breakfast! You’re only five minutes away from a sweet meal on the go!

    Protein source: chia seeds

    Who says green smoothies have to taste healthy? This drink packs all the health benefits of the green, while balancing the sweetness of the banana with the tang from the kiwi.

    12. Almond and Cookie Butter Protein Shake

    Protein source: protein powder, almond butter

    A breakfast that sounds like a dessert? I’m sold! The cookie butter (which is just gingerbread cookie crumbs mixed with almond butter) sounds like it wouldn’t be allowed on any healthy diet plan. However, the nutritional quality of the protein-rich smoothie more than makes up for it. It’s a little naughty with a lot of nice!

    Protein source: chia seeds

    The strawberry banana smoothie has stood the test of time for one reason — it works! The chia seeds give it the extra protein staying power to keep you moving all morning. If you want an extra kick of protein, try the power food spirulina. This blue-green algae is an easy addition to any fruity drink, and brings an action-packed arsenal of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and protein.

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      Protein source: peanut butter, whey protein powder

      If you want to cut the bread out but miss this nostalgic sandwich, then this is your smoothie. It’s packed with berries, peanut butter, rolled oats, and whey protein powder to give you a new twist on a classic.

      Protein source: hemp hearts

      If your afternoons tend to feel like a battle, then it’s time to go on the offense! The protein source in this smoothie, hemp hearts, gives you 15 grams of power protein — the equivalent of 2.5 eggs.

      16. Kale, Banana, Chia, and Hemp Superfood Smoothie

      Protein source: hemp and chia seeds

      If you’re craving sugar to sweeten up your smoothies, try the pitted dates in this recipe. They’re a natural sweetener that will curb any sugar craving without the added sugars. Just remember to soak the dates before you blend them so they break down easier.

      17. Papaya Ginger Smoothie

      Protein source: Greek yogurt

      If you’re feeling a bit green or having digestive issues, try this smoothie for lunch. Both the papaya and ginger are great for digestion and reducing nausea.

      Protein source: protein powder, Greek yogurt

      If you want to break the rules and have a breakfast smoothie for lunch, give this one a try! Your kitchen can serve breakfast all day — it’s allowed!

      Protein source: vegan protein powder

      We’ve all heard about the power of green tea, but did you know you could get those same benefits in a smoothie? Just sprinkle a half teaspoon of matcha powder — or finely ground green tea — into this power drink for all the benefits of this ancient medicinal drink in a smoothie. You’ll also love all the advantages of healthy fats from the avocados!

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        Protein source: protein powder

        Chocolate lovers rejoice! This protein-packed shake is good for an afternoon boost, or any time you’re craving that antioxidant-rich indulgence of dark chocolate.

        Protein source: protein powder

        This has all of the coffee shop swagger with none of the guilt. This latte-like reward uses bananas and chocolate protein powder instead of the sugar and syrup of the big coffee brands. Although, you can still sit at an outside table if you want to have the full experience.

        Protein source: Greek yogurt, milk, peanut butter

        Do you like Reese’s but don’t like the sugar and empty calories? Then give this candy-inspired smoothie a try!

        Protein source: Greek yogurt, quinoa, chia seeds

        Quinoa is a complete protein-packed grain containing all nine essential amino acids, while also being a great source of fiber, iron, and magnesium. When you add bananas, vanilla almond milk, and strawberries, it’s the perfect combination of sweet and strong.

        Protein source: Greek yogurt

        If you’re a fruit salad fan, try this creamy mix of honey, Greek yogurt, and cantaloupe!

        Protein source: chia seeds, Greek yogurt

        Like piña coladas? Then this is your smoothie! Mixing the coconut milk with the pineapple mimics the signature cocktail’s popular taste. Yet, the rolled oats, chia seeds, and Greek yogurt pack in the nutrients. So grab your tiny drink umbrella, your shades, and a lawn chair and enjoy!

        Protein source: almond butter, protein powder, milk

        Don’t use that cherry on top to add to your pretty pleases! Unless you’re begging for this smoothie source of cherry goodness!

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          Protein source: protein powder

          If you’re craving a dessert that won’t ruin all your sweat equity on the treadmill, try blending carrot juice, banana, almond milk, and cinnamon together to create a healthy reward!

          Protein source: almond butter, protein powder

          If you’re not a spinach fan, but you want the health benefits, try adding a ripe banana to sweeten the taste. Channel your inner Popeye without tasting it!

          Protein source: almond butter, protein powder

          This milkshake from Clean Green Drinks will have you craving green! The spinach brings all the health but none of the taste, as the banana, coconut milk, and vanilla protein powder sweetens up the party in your mouth.

          Protein source: protein powder, cashews

          While all of these smoothies are great sources of protein, the super food turmeric sets this smoothie apart. If you’re worried about sore muscles, combat them with this anti-inflammatory spice that’s packed with antioxidants!

          Protein source: protein powder

          While the pomegranate may be one of the oldest known fruits, its health benefits are as relevant today as in ancient times. This fruit contains plenty of fiber for digestive health, vitamins C and K, and antioxidants providing anti-inflammatory benefits.

          Protein source: protein powder

          After a hot shower to rinse off all of that hardcore sweat, try a smoothie that will remind you of your favorite ice cream without the danger of undoing all of your hard work in the gym.

          Protein source: almonds

          We are keeping it simple! After all, you’ve worked hard enough! Try this three-ingredient smoothie of dates for sweetness, almonds for protein and fiber, and strawberries for antioxidants. Simple never tasted so good!

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          Last Updated on July 2, 2020

          Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

          Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

          There is very little in life as annoying or distracting as neck pain. Most people find that neck pain is temporary. What can you do if your neck pain seems chronic or if it comes and goes with no obvious source?

          Whether you have simply slept on your neck wrong or you are working late, hunched over a keyboard half the night, neck pain is, well, a pain in the neck!

          What most people are unaware of is that there are little known hacks that can help you find relief from neck pain fast and naturally. This means no pills or expensive exercise equipment to buy.

          How can you get relief from neck pain?

          There are several easy steps to follow to find the perfect hack for solving your neck pain fast and easy.

          How Did I End Up With This Pain in the Neck?

          Neck pain often has an I-was-looking-right-at-it source that we don’t recognize at first glance. Once you identify the source of the pain, you can take the best corrective measure, or several measures if need be!

          Ask yourself these questions to find a possible source:

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          • Do you spend much of the day sitting (desk job, typing, etc.)?
          • How old are your mattress and pillow?
          • How much exercise do you work into an average day?
          • How do you manage stress?
          • Have you been injured or in an accident (no matter how small) lately?

          Perhaps one last question to ask yourself might be, “Is my pain a regular occurrence, or is my neck pain something that has just cropped up?

          Once you know the answers to these questions, you can start searching for answers.

          Remedies for Neck Pain

          Once you know the source, try tapping into one (or several) of these solutions to start healing your neck pain now.

          1. Everyday Activities

          One of the important factors with neck pain will be your everyday activities. Other than an injury or accident, one of the largest factors for neck pain includes working overtime in an office and the stress that work entails[1].

          Due to the coronavirus, many people find themselves working from home, in kitchens, basements, using a barstool, and/or other equipment that was not designed for humans to spend hours on end, typing and looking at a computer screen.

          If you find that your neck pain has occurred during the past few months due to a job change, or if you suddenly began working from home, your issue may be due to ergonomics. Invest in an adjustable office chair to help make your workspace more neck-friendly.

          2. Age of Mattress and Pillow

          The age of your mattress and pillow should also be considered. Pillows, on average, should be changed every 3 years, and a mattress every 7-10 years. No matter how good or comfortable you think these items are, the truth is that they are hurting your neck and back with a lack of support.

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          A good mattress is well worth the investment, and pillows are always on sale, as well as wallet-friendly. If you haven’t tried them, a water-filled pillow can be comfortable for many people.

          3. Exercise/Movement/Stretching

          It’s that old exercise question that no one wants to hear. This time around, it has been difficult for many people to get in good exercise since they have been housebound due to the quarantine. There are plenty of ways to get in some good, old-fashioned exercise.

          Stretching exercises are even more important than before since many people do not get enough movement while sitting at home. There are hundreds of at-home exercise, dance, and yoga videos that require little to no equipment, so even if you’re a beginner, give it a go.

          4. Stress and Stress Management

          Stress is a hidden danger that robs more people of health than even most doctors realize. While everyone has stress, not everyone recognizes it, nor do they have a means of managing it. Exercise is one of the best ways to release stress, with meditation and yoga being the best ways to manage and relieve stress. All of these will remove tightness in the muscles and relieve neck pain.

          5. Accident or Injury

          If you have been involved in an accident or injured yourself lately (falling down, or having something fall on you, for example) and your neck pain began after this incident, you should speak with your doctor about this as soon as possible.

          6. On-Going Problem or Sudden Occurrence

          Finally, if your neck pain is something that has occurred recently, it could simply be that you slept on it wrong or turned your neck too hard. That will make this a very temporary condition. You can try some easy stretches for pain relief .

          An on-going problem, however, might respond better to some other alternative methods, including:

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          • Slowly moving and stretching your neck. Do not move too quickly or too far. Roll your head from side to side, shoulder to shoulder, to the front and to the back.
          • Ice packs work well for some people, while heat works best for others.
          • Be aware of how you use your cell phone or tablet. If you keep your neck bent downward for too long to look at it, you can develop an annoying pain called text-neck or tech-neck. Take breaks and look up to stretch those neck muscles.
          • Long hours driving can also be hard on the neck. Look from side to side as far as you can, as well as up and down to prevent a stiff neck.

           

          Still Have Tight Neck Muscles? 3 Tips for Finding Relief

          When tight neck muscles are not responding to the typical heat, ice, or massage treatments, you might want to give the following a try:

          1. Gua Sha

          This is an ancient Chinese practice that might seem a bit odd, but it works for many people. In this practice, a trained individual uses a spoon or other object and makes short strokes down the neck. It is believed that poor blood circulation causes it to become stagnant, if you will, and blocks the positive energy needed for life, called qi.

          Fresh blood will indeed allow oxygen and nutrients to feed the tissues in a given area, and one study found that gua sha worked where traditional methods, such as heat therapy, did not[2].

          2. Swimming

          You probably know that swimming is a terrific low-impact exercise that works wonders for those with back and knee pain, but did you know that it also works well for neck pain and tight muscles? It helps if the water is tepid and not cold, but even just floating on your back can offer tremendous relief since most of the body weight is suspended by the buoyancy of water.

          3. Chiropractic Massage

          Not your typical day spa massage, chiropractic massage is performed under the guidance of a chiropractor. A trained massage therapist will still do the massage, but this time, the chiropractor will have discussed your neck pain and any problems you might be having with them. Many people have found real relief from neck pain through chiropractic massage.

          The Best Treatment for Neck Pain

          When you need to find relief from neck pain and nothing you have tried previously seems to give you more than a few minutes of relief, spending some time with a chiropractor often times can fix this issue, and it doesn’t often return if you follow a healthy lifestyle.

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          I’m certain that many of you are thinking about those awful videos with those loud cracking noises you’ve seen on social media, or you are recalling a news story which might have suggested that allowing a chiropractor anywhere near your neck might be a health hazard[3]. Nothing could be further from the truth.

          You should try the other suggestions in this article before you head off to the chiropractor, but when all else fails, don’t let neck pain nag you day in and day out. Take steps to make an appointment, and you will be surprised at the results.

          What Can a Chiropractor Do for Neck Pain?

          Many people mistakenly believe that the only technique a chiropractor will use is a neck adjustment. Chiropractors are trained in a variety of methods that are designed to help you find the pain relief you are seeking.

          A few of the methods a chiropractor might use include:

          • Cervical Manual Traction
          • Flexion-Distraction
          • Cervical Mobilization
          • Ultrasound
          • Cervical Drop Technique
          • Trigger Point Therapy

          There are many more options, but your chiropractor should explain to you which techniques s/he intends to use and why[4]

          The Bottom Line

          If neck pain wreaks havoc in your life regularly, the best way to stop it is to identify the source and attack it from that angle.

          Getting plenty of exercises, having a proper posture, and buying an office chair that provides plenty of support, as well as a regular stretching program, will keep your neck strong and flexible for many years to come.

          More Tips on Healing Neck Pain

          Featured photo credit: Christopher Campbell via unsplash.com

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