Protein is often called the body’s building block. It supplies amino acids that are necessary for healing, building muscles and restoring the body. If we aren’t getting enough protein we can feel weak and have low energy. Protein can be found in many foods, not just meat, eggs and dairy. It is found in nuts, seeds, grains, and leafy greens. So no matter what your diet preferences are, there’s a ton of good protein choices.
I like adding bone broth protein powder to my morning smoothies or for an afternoon snack. It gives me the nutrients I need to help heal my body, gives me energy and helps me feel fuller longer. There’s lots of great choices for adding protein to your smoothies. Here’s a few of them!
Bone Broth Protein– you can see my article about it here.
Pea Protein– this protein is derived from peas and is vegan and hypoallergenic. It is easily digestible and great during a detox.
Beef Protein– the protein in beef provides the body with building blocks to produce amino acids that are necessary for making muscle. While getting your protein source from meat is great, whole-food beef contains a lot of fat and cholesterol so the protein powder is a great option. Look for grass-fed if possible.
Egg Protein– egg protein powder, especially if it’s guaranteed made from pure egg whites, provide top quality protein. One scoop provides approximately 24 grams of protein, four times the amount found in one whole egg. It is lactose free as well. Look for free range egg protein powder.
Brown Rice Protein– isolating the protein from the whole rice grain creates this powder. It is absorbed well, digested easily and is vegan.
Hemp Protein– this is made from ground hemp seeds. Although it is not very high in protein, it is a great choice for someone who is looking for the least processed option for protein powder. It has lots of fiber and healthy fats as an added bonus.
Vegan Protein Blends– you’ve probably seen lots of these protein powder blends at the stores now. They’re usually a combo of rice, pea and hemp. Some add in fiber, minerals, greens and vitamins. Just make sure you get one without extra sugar or fructose.
Whey Protein– whey is the protein found in milk. It is good for those who are looking to build muscle or healing from injury. It has the correct density to provide support for human muscles and provides lots of amino acids. Look for whey isolate powders white are the purest and best absorbed. If it is derived from grass-fed cows, that’s even better. For those who are lactose intolerant, you should be fine digesting whey but as always, test it first to see how you feel.
Nuts and Seeds– these are great natural sources of protein. You can add them straight to your smoothie or even add some almond milk or a scoop of nut butter to your drink.
Proteins that should be avoided
Avoid all protein powders and blends that contain soy or soy isolates. They are highly processed and far removed from any natural products. It is hard to digest unless it is fermented (miso, tempeh). Most soy found in stores today is from GMO crops which are dangerous to our health. It also contains phytoestrogen which mimics estrogen in the body. Plus it has goitrogens that can cause thryoid imbalances.
Also stay away from any powders that have high levels of fructose, chemicals, additives, preservatives or any other ingredients you can’t pronounce. The less processed and closer to how the food is naturally found in nature is always best.