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For many, warmer days and loads of fresh fruits and veggies mean the blender works overtime whipping up frosty smoothies for a healthy, convenient breakfast on-the-go or afternoon snack. But how do you make that meal in a glass last as long as a traditional breakfast or snack would? It’s easy when you add nutritious protein to the mix! According to Mayo Clinic nutritionists, protein increases metabolism, supports lean muscle growth, lowers cravings for fat-filled and sugar-laden foods and keeps us feeling satisfied longer when added to each meal. While it’s easy to turn to a scoop of protein powder to ramp up your smoothie’s nutrient profile, there

are natural ways to power up your smoothie, too!

THE DAIRY (OR D A I R Y- F R E E ) C A S E :

If you eat dairy products, try milk, yogurt or cottage cheese. For those who are dairy-free, explore alternative milks like almond, oat, soy, hemp and flax varieties. Some dairy-free yogurts (like almond- and soy-based products) pack a protein punch, too.

GO NUTS!

Adding in a 1-ounce serving of nuts can garner between 4 and 6 grams of protein, depending upon the variety

you choose. Nuts with higher protein content are almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, pine nuts and walnuts. Don’t overlook your favorite nut butters, just keep in mind, if you’re watching fat grams, they add up fast in these nutrient dense foods. Seeds and seed butters, like sunflower seed kernels or butter, are great alternatives for those who are nut-free.

S I L KY S OY

Soy, in the form of tofu, provides significant protein and creamy texture to smoothies for a silky finish. A half cup serving of raw tofu provides about 10 grams of protein.

Food Solutions Magazine May 2014  

Food Solutions Magazine is a monthly digital publication filled with fact-based insight, fresh perspectives and immediately useful informati...

Food Solutions Magazine May 2014  

Food Solutions Magazine is a monthly digital publication filled with fact-based insight, fresh perspectives and immediately useful informati...

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