Do I Need Protein Powder In My Smoothies?
Most women need about 50 grams of protein a day. Powders are loaded with about 25 grams a scoop and that’s more than you need in a sitting. Protein powders also tend to contain added sugars and other ingredients that are harder to digest, according to Decision Nutrition. So what’s your alternative? Instead of protein powders, blend a small scoop of peanut butter or a half cup of non fat yogurt into your smoothie to keep you satisfied. Peanut butter and yogurt both contain about 7 grams of natural protein.
Here’s a peanut butter smoothie recipe:
303 calories, 9g fat, 45g carbohydrates,4g fiber, 16g protein
- 10 ounces skim milkor plain soy milk
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 1 medium banana
In a blender, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Use 6 ice cubes to make it thicker. Tip: Add 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseed for a healthier milkshake.
Other Peanut Butter Facts
Peanut Butter is great if consumed in small amounts, like 2 tablespoons a day. It has 2 grams of fiber per serving and 8 grams of protein per serving. It fills you up and keeps you feeling full longer, so you eat less overall. A serving of peanut butter has 3 mg of the powerful antioxidant vitamin E, 49 mg of magnesium, 208 mg of potassium, and 0.17 mg of vitamin B6. Research shows that eating peanuts can decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions.