When we’re busy juggling family, work and household, our eating habits can be derailed. Instead of eating a balanced diet with our 5-a-day, we end up grabbing fast food and unhealthy snacks. I have been caught in this trap lately, so was interested to read that by ensuring you eat at 15% protein diet, you could decrease the amount of calories you eat because you are simply fuller for longer.
Following on from my exploration of pea protein supplements, here’s a few ideas on how to jazz up a pea protein shake. I’ve been using Arbonne’s Vanilla Protein Shake which is delicious on its own and there are plenty of other brands on the market.
I had been making breakfast smoothies to include more fruit in my diet, however, I was finding I was still hungry very shortly after. So I decided to blend 1/3 smoothie with 2/3′s of a portion of my vanilla shake using the following: 1 small banana, 1 kiwi peeled, grapefruit flesh, ½ a mango. For a berry-based shake I added 2 tbsp of mixed frozen berries & one banana, blending with a hand mixer.
Simply mix up your Vanilla shake portion as usual. I am using the Arbonne Shaker Cup, as the whisk ball inside makes it easy to blend the mixture. Add 2 x tsp of smooth peanut butter to the mixture, after you have blended. Shake vigorously to blend in the peanut butter.
To diversify the flavours a little but without adding too many extra calories to the shake, I blend with 1 x tbsp of freshly squeezed orange juice, ¼ tsp of finely grated zest, ¼ tsp of cinnamon and seeds from one cardamom pod. It helps to shake up and then leave a while for the cardamom pods to diffuse, then shake again before drinking. Goes lovely with a mug of green tea.
It is important to drink plenty of water with your shake and not to exceed two servings a day. Too much protein in your diet can have damaging effects. Consuming more than your RDA of sugar, fat and carbohydrates can dilute the positive effects that protein has on your body. Pea protein is by no means a substitute for eating other foods high in protein such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy. I have found drinking the shake has deterred me from snacking on low nutrition foods I generally crave, such as crisps and sweets.
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