The great thing about smoothies is that they are so versatile in their use. Depending on what you put in them, they can be used for losing weight, getting fit and maintaining your health.
If you workout for fitness or weight loss, you’ll find protein smoothies to be at the top of your dietary menu. But rather than gobbling down those chemical-based proteins that are clogging you up, you should revert to those that are plant-based.
I like to include more than protein in my workout smoothies, but just to give you an intro to plant-based proteins, we’ll start with that. These are my two favorite options because they offer lots of nutrition and health benefits, something you won’t find in the traditional protein shakes sold in stores.
Hemp seed protein powder
The first ingredient on the list is hemp seed powder. If you aren’t familiar with the term “complete protein”, it’s a protein that has all of the essential amino acids that make up protein. A lot of other plants only have some, not all. Hemp is one of the plants with complete proteins, which isn’t always easy to find in nature (aside from meat).
This powder is also concentrated with essential fats, enzymes and vitamins that the body needs. It contains no sugar, saturated fats or starches, which is a plus for those who want to lose weight. In the health community, it’s considered a superfood for many reasons.
For one, it has Omega-3 and Omega-6, GLA, antioxidants, vitamins B1, B2, B6, D, E, calcium, sulfer, calcium, copper, phosphorous, potassium, chlorophyll, magnesium, zinc, iron, amino acids, fiber, enzymes and carotene. It offers all this in a balanced way that only nature can.
The protein found in hemp seeds are easier to digest than animal proteins, which is why I recommend this over milk protein. It’s also easier to digest than whole eggs and meat. And if you have allergies to nuts, lactose, sugar or gluten, hemp can still be consumed by you.
On top of all the nutrients it provides, it also offers the following health benefits:
Improved heart health
Lowered blood pressure
Promotes healthy cholesterol levels
Reduces chances of heart disease
Promotes skin/hair growth, healthy bones, regulates metabolism and helps brain function
Hemp is 1/4 protein, so in just four tablespoons, you can get 15g of protein. Within these four tablespoons, you’re also getting 2.5g of fiber, 4.5g of carbs and no cholesterol.