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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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                                Published on November 14, 2018

                                Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

                                For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

                                In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

                                Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

                                Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

                                It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

                                For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

                                Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

                                Symptoms of Fatigue

                                Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

                                • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
                                • mental blocks
                                • lack of motivation
                                • headache
                                • dizziness
                                • muscle weakness
                                • slowed reflexes and responses
                                • impaired decision-making and judgement
                                • moodiness, such as irritability
                                • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
                                • reduced immune system function
                                • blurry vision
                                • short-term memory problems
                                • poor concentration
                                • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

                                Causes of Fatigue

                                The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

                                • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
                                • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
                                • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
                                • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

                                Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

                                Medical Causes of Fatigue

                                If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

                                Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

                                Anemia

                                Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

                                Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

                                There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

                                Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

                                Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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                                This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

                                Diabetes

                                Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

                                Sleep Apnea

                                Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

                                Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

                                Thyroid disease

                                An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

                                Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

                                • Lack of sleep
                                • Too much sleep 
                                • Alcohol and drugs 
                                • Sleep disturbances 
                                • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
                                • Poor diet 

                                Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

                                • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
                                • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
                                • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
                                • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

                                Psychological Causes of Fatigue

                                Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

                                • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
                                • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
                                • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

                                How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

                                Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

                                1. Tell The Truth

                                Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

                                To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

                                Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

                                The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

                                One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

                                • How you feel
                                • What time of day it is
                                • What may have contributed to your fatigue
                                • How your mind and body reacts

                                This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

                                2. Reduce Your Commitments

                                When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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                                If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

                                When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

                                Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

                                3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

                                If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

                                Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

                                If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

                                Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

                                Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

                                4. Express More Gratitude

                                Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

                                It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

                                Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

                                5. Focus On Yourself

                                Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

                                There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

                                But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

                                We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

                                6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

                                Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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                                Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

                                The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

                                Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

                                7. Take a Power Nap

                                When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

                                Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

                                This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

                                8. Take More Exercise

                                The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

                                Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

                                The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

                                You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

                                9. Get More Quality Sleep

                                To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

                                Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

                                My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

                                10. Improve Your Diet

                                Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

                                Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

                                On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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                                To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

                                Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

                                Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

                                11. Manage Your Stress Levels

                                Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

                                When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

                                Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

                                My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

                                12. Get Hydrated

                                Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

                                Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

                                If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

                                The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

                                The Bottom Line

                                These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

                                If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

                                Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

                                Reference

                                [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
                                [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
                                [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
                                [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
                                [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
                                [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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