Everyone’s favorite go-to lately is a protein shake. It’s not just for weight lifters anymore!
It’s an easy way to pack an on-the-go snack or meal with high-quality nutrients, fruits and veggies, supplements, and more.
And parents love to hide good-for-you foods in smoothies that aren’t exactly favorites, like spinach. (Shh, don’t tell the kids!) Plus, it’s the perfect post-school, pre-sports snack that satisfies.
So what do you put in your protein shake?
The tried and true formula is: Protein + liquid + fruit/veggies, and maybe a supplement or two. Bring on the protein shake goodness!
Let’s explore what else is out there and how you can LEVEL UP your next smoothie!
9 Ways to Make a Better Protein Shake – Sugar-Free and Keto ingredients:
1. Hello Cinnamon
A great way to add sweetness without the sugar. (PS, it makes a banana and peanut butter smoothie taste like a cinnamon roll!) Studies show that cinnamon may also help you manage your cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
2. Ch Ch Ch Chia!
Chia seeds – a lot of good stuff in a little package. They are a great source of protein, fiber, and omega-3s and add a nutty flavor, but chances are you (and your kids) won’t notice them.
3. Tofu for you
Silken tofu – don’t knock it til you try it! The light, creamy texture is fantastic, and it’s high fiber. Added plus: Some studies suggest soy foods like tofu might prevent memory loss as you get older.
4. Ricotta cheese, why not?
This is the secret ingredient you didn’t know you needed in your life! And if you are thinking lasagna when you think ricotta – it’s not lumpy and bumpy in smoothies and has an unnoticeable taste. Pick a low fat version, and you have a low-calorie smoothie base with lots of protein and lower calories – a win-win.
5. Decadent flavor
Simply Delish Instant Puddings add so much extra richness and flavor to any smoothie – with ZERO grams of sugar and low carbs. Parents: If you’ve been struggling to get the kids to finish their smoothies, this will do it! An excellent way to add the right flavor to your protein shake!
6. Better than water
Instead of water, use watermelon. Just about the perfect base for a summer smoothie.
7. Bring on the herbs!
Fresh herbs contain antioxidants and are very low in calories, to boot. Think of flavor combos like strawberry-basil, mint-lime-raspberry, or cilantro-pineapple-banana-orange juice.
That’s right, toss in some oats to increase fiber and fullness and for a thicker consistency.
9. Avo all the way
Maybe avocados aren’t a surprise ingredient; they are getting more popular in smoothies. The creamy texture makes this nutrient-dense fruit a winner!
Try this smoothie for something delicious and new. A must-try for your protein shake!
Our favorite Simply Delish smoothie
- Simply Delish Instant Puddings for that extra richness and flavor
- Some frozen banana
- Add in 1 tablespoon of nut butter or your favorite protein powder
- And a supplement scoop like Athletic Greens for max nutrients
Enjoy your Simply Delish protein shake!
For more no-sugar, Keto-certified Simply Delish recipes “Where Healthy Meets Delicious,” visit our recipe page.