The need for convenience has led athletes to rely on processed supplements over real foods. The biggest default ingredient that many tend to use is protein powder. It's a daily struggle, even for a registered dietitian like myself, when I make my breakfast smoothie. However it's possible to make a protein-packed smoothie using only real, wholesome ingredients. Try the following recipes for breakfast or post-workout smoothies. You might be able to stop buying protein powder.
Adding cottage cheese to a smoothie not only provides protein but gives it a rich flavor.
Nutritional Information: 260 calories, 43g of carbohydrates, 21g of protein
Nutritional Information: 221 calories, 36g of carbohydrates and 17g of protein
Adding peanut or almond butter to a smoothie provides protein and healthy fats that will leave you feeling full and focused all day.
Nutritional Information: 340 calories, 38g of carbohydrates and 15g of protein
Egg whites add great protein to a smoothie and pair perfectly with frozen fruit for a cool, frothy treat. Where it is unsafe to eat raw eggs, using pre-packaged cartons of egg whites makes it easy to add protein.
Nutritional Information: 240 calories, 42g of carbohydrate and 18g of protein
Another way to add a nice texture to your smoothie, Greek yogurt comes in a variety of flavors to suit your mood.
Nutritional Information: 270 calories, 37g of carbohydrates and 20g of protein