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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 August 20, 2019

          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

          Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

          Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

          I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

          You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

          Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

          When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

          I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

          Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

          Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

          Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

          1. The Inner Critic

          This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

          • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
          • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
          • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
          • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

          The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

          Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

          2. The Worrier

          This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

          The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

          3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

          This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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          This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

          The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

          4. The Sleep Depriver

          This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

          The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

          • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
          • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
          • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
          • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

          How can you control these squatters?

          How to Master Your Mind

          You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

          Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

          There are two ways to control your thoughts:

          • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
          • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

          This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

          The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

          Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

          For the Inner Critic

          When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

          You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

          For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

          You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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          “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

          If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

          • They rile up the Worrier.
          • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
          • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
          • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
          • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

          Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

          Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

          For the Worrier

          Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

          Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

          You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

          • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
          • Muscles tense

          Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

          If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

          Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

          “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

          Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

          If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

          Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

          Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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          For example:

          If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

          “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

          Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

          “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

          Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

          For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

          Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

          The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

          • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
          • Muscles tension

          I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

          Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

          Breathe in through your nose:

          • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
          • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
          • Focus on your belly rising.

          Breathe out through your nose:

          • Feel your lungs emptying.
          • Focus on your belly falling.
          • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

          Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

          Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

          One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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          Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

          For the Sleep Depriver

          (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

          I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

          Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

          1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
          2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

          When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

          From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

          For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

          If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

          You can also use this technique any time you want to:

          • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
          • Shut down your thinking.
          • Calm your feelings.
          • Simply focus on the present moment. 

          The Bottom Line

          Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

          You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

          Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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