So as you know I am trying to get fit for summer. And if you know me you also know that this is no easy task Finding the right exercise routine is vitally important for your health and I am really trying to find one that works for me. Right now I prefer to go to the gym since I am still not sure about this whole yoga thing. However, you know that it is equally important that you implement good nutrition in conjunction with an effective exercise routine in order to see real results. That means less junk food and a healthier diet. Well, for the next few month at least! A good friend told me that the most effective way to lose fat and build lean muscle is to drink protein shakes and there is a lot you can read about online like this article on Men’s Health about this topic. The problem with protein shakes is that when you purchase shakes that are made ready to drink, you end up spending a lot of money on something that probably really doesn’t taste very good at all or have you found shakes that are delicious? I haven’t! So I have started to make my own protein shakes at home and spend far less money. They will undoubtedly taste better too and this is really all I care about. I know myself – if it doesn’t taste good I will go back to eating burgers in no time!
You can make a delicious homemade banana and strawberry protein shake with minimum ingredients. It only takes a few minutes to do it, which is an added benefit. Simply place one banana and a cup of strawberries in a blender (I have the Blendtec Total Blender in case you are interested). Add two scoops of vanilla whey protein and about 4 ounces of water. Depending on how thick you want the shake, you can add more or less water. Then add some ice and blend the mixture until it is the consistency that you desire. You have your own homemade protein shake and less than five minutes.
Another favorite homemade protein shake recipe is an almond chocolate recipe. After all, who doesn’t like chocolate? This recipe requires only a couple of ingredients. Use a couple of scoops of chocolate protein powder and mix it with almond milk. Of course, you can add ice in order to make it even more delicious. It is economical and you can have your shake made in no time.
Still another of my favorites is the hemp protein shake. This one is a little bit different because it utilizes hemp protein instead of whey protein. It gives it a green appearance, but if you can get past that it is really quite delicious. It is also packed with protein and fiber so it is a good choice when you want a healthy shake. Place a banana and some fresh spinach in a blender with almond milk and a little bit of flax seed. Mix all of that up and add ice to get the shake to the proper consistency. Pour it into a glass and put a little cinnamon on top, and you have something that is completely different from the protein shakes that you are probably used to.
Many of these shakes, such as the almond chocolate shake, have tons of electrolytes. Protein shakes also help you recover faster from your workout and they help you build muscle faster. It is a great way to slim down and get the lean muscle that you are looking for. In addition, the shakes often have anti-inflammatory properties and they boost your immune system, creating a healthier body. It allows you to get the nutrition that you need in a very short period of time without a lot of hassle. That is why protein shakes that you can make at home are ideal after you have finished an intense workout. And you can also use your blender for smoothies and healthy soups which adds to your healthy diet. Well, at least that is what I keep telling myself :)) For now it works really well. I don’t crave junk food too much which is a bit of a surprise for me to be honest. I have never been a healthy eater but I guess having a clear goal in mind helps to push through those cravings. Let’s see how it turns out, shall we. I will keep you updated. Oh and please leave some shake recipes in the comments. Some diversity would be nice!