Spiced Almond And Peanut Butter Protein Shake
If you have visited the gym or observed (or stared in amazement at. Ahem!) those body builder types walking around, you perhaps have wondered how much protein these people consume on a daily basis. And if these people (with drool worthy bods) have inspired you to join the protein shake drinking club then you are welcome to have a smooth start. Here is a bit of low down on different types of protein powders available out there and a quick, easy recipe to help you get in your desired top shape.
What Are Protein Powders?
“Protein” originates from the Greek word for “first.” And it’s the first thing we typically design our meals around.
Proteins are the body’s “building blocks.” They build the foundation of every living thing. Under a microscope, they are long chains of amino acids linked together into complex Lego like shapes.
There are 20 amino acids needed for metabolism and human growth. Twelve of these are classified as nonessential. That means our body can produce them.
But our body can’t produce the 9 remaining amino acids though, and these are classified as essential. Essential meaning, we have to get them through our diet!
These Lego pieces build bone, muscle, hair, blood, tissue, immune system antibodies, and enzymes vital for life. Without them, it would compromise the ability of our tissues to grow, be maintained and be repaired.
Protein powders come in various forms. The three common ones are
- Whey: Whey is the most commonly used, because it’s a water-soluble milk protein, and it’s also a complete protein. (Complete proteins contain all nine of the amino acids necessary for human dietary needs.)
- Plant based proteins: Such as Soy, Pea, Hemp and so forth. Popular with people who are Vegan and Vegetarian.
- Casein protein: similar to Whey protein but digested slowly.
Protein powders can provide high-quality protein in a concentrated, convenient form.
Although not everyone needs protein powder supplements, they can assist you if you do strength training or cannot meet your protein needs with diet alone.
Pure protein shakes without any flavouring is a pretty taste-less affair. Unless of course if you like it that way. But our guess is that a bit of jazzing up a plain protein shake would add a little fun in this protein shake drinking business. And if that fun, is a healthy flavouring agent, then (halleluiah) even better!
Drumroll, the Spiced Almond Latte powder (or SAL as we call it). SAL is all natural, gluten free, caffeine free, sugar free and vegan blend of healthy nuts such as Australian Almonds, Cashews and Pistachios which are blended with seven super spices including Turmeric and Saffron. SAL when added to a humble protein shake not only makes it tastes delicious but also ups its health quotient by few notches. The protein content in the heart healthy nuts and the anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, metabolic supportive properties of the spices in SAL make it an all-rounder flavouring agent.
We love the clean taste of Professional Whey’s WPC which is sourced from grass fed dairy cows which live on Australian Pastures. The soy free Whey Protein Concentrate mixes easily in cold water. It is made from fresh cheese whey and is processed through low temperature ultra-filtration in order to provide a high level of undenatured proteins. Check out their other cool products here.
So, come along and try our simple and easy Spiced Almond & Peanut butter protein shake and get creative towards achieving a mindful and purposeful nutrition that your body deserves.
Spiced Almond & Peanut Butter Protein Shake
Prep Time: 3 min | Ready In: 2 min | Servings: 1
- 1 cup (250ml) Almond milk
- 1 whole banana
- 1 scoop (30g) protein powder (WPI or WPC)
- 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
- 2 tsp Spiced Almond Latte powder
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
- Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend at low speed for 30 seconds.
- Blend further at high speed for 1 minute or until smooth.
- Pour into a mason jar and serve.
- Use a drink bottle for on-the-go.
Nutrition Per Serving:
- Energy: 454 Calories
- Protein: 36g
- Fat: 18g
- Carbohydrates: 33g