Protein Powder Smoothies

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Whey protein powder smoothies are a great way for adding a little extra nutrition to your smoothie. Did you know whey is a natural part of cheese making? Remember the nursery rhyme about Little Miss Muffet eating her curds and whey? Whey protein powder is a high quality protein powder that gives your body extra amino acids in an easy to use method. Incorporating whey protein into a smoothie manages to hide the chalky taste of the protein so you can drink it with less difficulty. You can use it in other ways than just your smoothies, but whey powder works well in smoothies because it easily blends with the other ingredients without overpowering it.

About Protein Powder
As an indirect by-product of cheese processing, whey protein has been the focus of intense research regarding its nutritional qualities. Results indicate it may contain anti-inflammatory and cancer-reducing properties, as well as components that successfully combat heart disease. Whey is rich in branched chain amino acids, chemicals enhancing muscle and protein synthesis. Because of its ability to speed muscle and energy recovery following times of physical stress, weight trainers frequently consume whey protein smoothies as part of their daily diet.

Be aware that because whey protein is created from milk, those with lactose intolerance should use whey isolate rather than whey powder. Allergic reaction symptoms include itching, swelling and hives.

You can use any of your favorite smoothie recipes and add a scoop of whey protein powder whenever you need a protein boost. You can also buy different flavors of protein powder for a change in flavor.

Here are a few to try.

How to make Protein Powder Smoothies
Whey Powder Smoothie Recipe
1 Cup frozen strawberries
1 mango, peeled and cut in pieces
1 Cup ice cubes
1 scoop whey protein powder (the scoop comes inside the container)
Blend all ingredients in the blender until smooth.

 

Vanilla Protein Milkshake
1 Cup vanilla yogurt
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (the scoop comes inside the container)
1 Cup ice cubes
1 Cup juice of choice
Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.

 

Fruity Whey Protein Smoothie Recipe
1 banana cut into chunks
1 or 2 scoops of whey protein (depending on type of whey protein powder)
3 large strawberries
1/4 cup blueberries
1/2 of skim milk
1/2 cup ice
1/2 cup of yogurt
Blend all ingredients in the blender until smooth.

 

Banana Protein Smoothie
1 banana, cut in chunks
1 Cup orange juice
2 Cups banana or orange yogurt
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Blend ingredients until smooth.

 

Apricot Smoothie
1/2 Cup orange juice
1 Cup apricot yogurt
1/2 Cup chopped dried apricots or 2 fresh apricots cut in half
1 scoop whey protein
Blend ingredients until smooth.
Blueberry Vanilla Smoothie
1 banana, cut in slices
1 Cup blueberries
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 Cup milk
1 Cup ice cubes
Blend ingredients until smooth.

 

Fruity Wheat Germ Smoothie
1 banana, cut in chunks
1 Cup banana or peach yogurt
1/2 Cup 100% orange juice
1 peach sliced or 1 small can peaches with juice
1/4 Cup wheat germ
6-8 ice cubes
Add ingredients and blend.

 

Whey too good

by Lindsey (Wilmington, NC, USA)

3 cups of chocolate whey protein
1/2 cup of ice cubes
1 cup of frozen strawberries
2 cups of milk

Blend ingredients until smooth.

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