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15 Delicious And Healthy Protein Shakes Recipes To Try

15 Delicious And Healthy Protein Shakes Recipes To Try

Protein shakes have become highly popular lately. How many times did you flip through a magazine or visit some website to see photos of celebrities like Hugh Jackman, Miranda Kerr or Khloe Kardashian pictured with a protein shake in their hands? Or, you go to Instagram to upload a photo and see that people you follow post pictures of protein shakes. Every day, different protein shakes. The reason for this is simple: protein shakes are both delicious and healthy at the same time.

Besides the fact they are rich in protein, protein shakes are rich in amino acids that are essential for the proper function of our body. Proteins are highly important for the production of muscles and they also improve our immune system as well. Without proteins, our body can’t connect together all structures that make up our cells, tissues, and organs.

When we finish with our workouts, protein shakes are ideal for healing micro tears that are caused by intense contraction during exercises. Why shakes, why not protein-rich food? Because solid food takes more time to digest. On the other hand, shakes need only 30 minutes to reach our muscles after ingestion.

A recent study at a Finnish University showed that supplementation of whey protein consumed after and possibly before the workout session enhances muscle hypertrophy response to resistance training in healthy adults. Some studies have even shown that protein powder enhances recovery after workouts and decreases muscle damage and soreness.

Protein shakes are also beneficial for your overall health, and can protect you from numerous diseases. Great benefit of these shakes is their versatility, you can incorporate a wide range of ingredients and make different shake every day. Since there is no such thing as too many protein shakes recipes we, also, recommend delicious recipes below.

1. Oatmeal protein shake

Who doesn’t like a nice bowl of oatmeal in the morning? It is rich in fiber, improves digestion, and aids in weight loss. The problem is, you don’t always have enough time to stick around and eat that bowl of oatmeal. An ideal solution for this problem is the oatmeal protein shake.

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    2. Melon, cucumber, and mint protein shake

    This lovely protein shake will provide energy to go through your workout and it also heals muscles after workout. It goes without saying that this protein shake is delicious as well.

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      3. Mocha protein shake

      We all need coffee when we wake up in the morning, but when a busy day’s ahead of you, there is no time to make it or to go to a cafe. A mocha protein shake is a great way to have your coffee and breakfast at the same time. This protein shake will boost your energy level immediately.

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        4. Banana and peanut butter protein shake

        You might like a peanut butter and banana sandwich in the morning. Well, you can also transform it into a protein shake that will enrich your body with protein, potassium and sugars that are easily absorbed and not turned into fat! It’s every person’s dream.

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          5. Blueberry protein shake

          Blueberries belong to a group of super-foods. They are rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals and protect your body from various diseases. This blueberry protein shake will deliver antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients to your body, provide energy, and also slow down premature aging and memory loss. Plus, this highly nutritious protein shake is ready in less than 2 minutes.

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            6. Strawberry protein shake

            Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber and are heart-healthy. This smoothie decreases your LDL cholesterol and increases levels of HDL, or good cholesterol, which protects your body from heart diseases and even stroke.

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              7. Spinach protein shake

              Most people don’t like spinach in shakes, but you will definitely like this one. Thanks to mango, banana, and pineapple you won’t even taste spinach, but you will get all its health benefits. This spinach protein shake is an excellent source of vitamins K and A, manganese, folate, copper, Vitamin B2, potassium, calcium, and other valuable nutrients that protect your health.

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                8. Key lime pie protein shake

                This key lime protein shake is low in sugar and contains 42 grams of muscle-building protein, which makes it ideal for people who are constantly in the gym to work on their muscles.

                This protein shake proves that delicious doesn’t always means unhealthy; this is a health and power bomb that you need for daily workouts.

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                  9. Tropical protein shake

                  This tropical protein shake contains berries, oranges, and banana, which are all rich in vitamins, antioxidants, potassium and other nutrients that are beneficial for your health. For example, oranges are rich in Vitamin C and they can even restore the healthy glow of your skin. Bananas are excellent for people with high blood pressure, while greek yogurt improves your digestion, and aids in weight loss.

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                    10. Almond butter protein shake

                    The almond milk in this protein shake will provide the protein your body needs while chia seeds enrich your body with antioxidants that protect you from various diseases and infections. Moreover, chia seeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids that are essential for the proper function of your body.

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                      11. Coffee banana protein shake

                      This mixture of coffee, natural sugar and protein is ideal for your morning workouts. They boost energy levels and you will get more done in your workout session than usual. This coffee banana protein shake is also rich in fiber and potassium.

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                        12. Grape and blueberry protein shake

                        This protein shake is ideal for all people who can’t imagine starting their day without eggs. Eggs are a great source of protein and this scrambled egg smoothie with grape and blueberry is ready in less than 5 minutes. Plus, grapes are excellent for cancer prevention and they protect your body from heart disease and high blood pressure. Moreover, this shake is great for digestion, which is essential part of weight loss regime and healthy lifestyle.

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                          13. Banana split protein shake

                          We all love banana splits, but it’s not the healthiest food you can eat. Luckily, this banana split protein shake is a high-protein, healthy and delicious alternative to a “regular” banana split. You can also make this recipe with almond milk, banana (of course), peanut butter and protein powder and voila, the shake is ready.

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                            14. Raspberry protein shake

                            Raspberries are rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C, quercetin and Gallic acid that are effective in cancer and heart disease prevention. Moreover, raspberries improve blood circulation and deliver numerous nutrients to your body. This raspberry protein shake is easy to make and requires only 5 ingredients you already have in your kitchen.

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                              15. Cinnamon roll shake

                              This cinnamon roll protein shake is ideal for people who spend a lot of time in the gym. Cinnamon is used for treating muscle spasms, infections, and even erectile dysfunction. This protein shake is easy to make and delivers various nutrients, coupled with an energy boost that will follow you throughout the day.

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                                Protein shake recipes from this article are both delicious and healthy. They enrich your body with valuable nutrients that prevent various diseases and boost your energy levels that will help you in your workouts. Just add ingredients to the blender, blend until you get a smooth consistency, and that’s it. You can get bunch of different recipes from Health Digest to make, and spice things up instead of relying on the same recipe all the time.

                                Here are more resources about protein shakes:

                                http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2901380/

                                https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com

                                http://www.fitnessrepublic.com/nutrition/healthy_eating/5-protein-shake-recipes-for-women.html

                                http://www.eatthis.com/10-protein-shake-recipes-weight-loss

                                Featured photo credit: Shutterstock via shutterstock.com

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                                Katleen Brown

                                Katleen is a health and beauty advisor.

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                                Last Updated on September 10, 2019

                                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                                Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                                This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                                One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                                Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                                Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                                1. Gratitude

                                Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                                The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                                Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                                So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                                  2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                                  This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                                  For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                                  What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                                  Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                                  3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                                  This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                                  Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                                  An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                                  Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                                    4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                                    According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                                    There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                                    5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                                    Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                                    Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                                    6. Rise Earlier

                                    The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                                    For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                                    So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                                    Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                                    7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                                    Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                                    Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                                    It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                                    Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                                    Reference

                                    [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                                    [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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