The so called “battle of the bulge” has been an age old fight since the days of convenience, and fast food took over society. Back when farming was the norm, people did a lot of hard, physical work. The foods they ate were whole foods they or their neighbors grew. Not everyone owned a car, so folks got around by walking or riding a bike. Are you starting to get the picture? One hundred years ago obesity wasn’t at epidemic proportions because people ate right and worked hard. They didn’t have to go to the gym to get exercise. Their workout consisted of the daily chores. There was not a fast food burger joint on every corner; if you went out to eat, you had real meat and real vegetables.
Fast forward to today. Everything has changed. Many of us have desk jobs. Because we work so much, we might have a maid. We drive fancy cars or take a bus or the subway. The most exercise we get is walking to and from the parking garage. Our meals consist of a calorie-loaded, tasty coffee and a protein bar. We get very little nutrition when it comes down to it. So, our bodies think we are starving it and begin to store fat.
There are ways to combat it. All it takes is a bit of creativity and some pre-planning. We are talking about protein shakes. They seem to be all the rage, but if you choose appropriately, you should be able to lose weight and get back to healthy living. Here are our top picks.
1. Blueberry Bliss
This recipe uses Garden of Life Meal Replacement – Raw Organic Fit Vegan Nutritional Shake for Weight Loss as its base. This protein powder is both organic and vegan. It has a few added ingredients to help stimulate weight loss such as cinnamon and green coffee bean extract.
Mix the protein powder, ½ cup of blueberries, one handful of fresh spinach, 1 cup of water, and ice in your blender or smoothie maker for a delicious meal replacement shake. Garnish with a few whole berries. It is very easy to make and take on the go. Sip it slow and enjoy the goodness.
- 212 calories, 28 grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber
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2. Green Goddess
This protein drink is a little different in that it is more savory than sweet. Think gazpacho or guacamole. It all starts with Elite Protein, a plant based, non-dairy protein powder. Prepare your blender with 1 cup of water, ½ diced avocado, a handful of spinach, one small cucumber, salt & pepper and a dash of hot sauce. Blend with protein powder and ice. It’s all green, but it is refreshing and divine!
- 285 calories, 20 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber
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3. Banana Fandango
Eating your fruits and veggies help you get plenty of vitamins and minerals. Coupled with protein, you have the full meal deal. Try out the Orgain Organic Protein Powder in Sweet Vanilla combined with a fresh banana. Blend it with lots of ice, water and a splash of pineapple juice for a refreshing tropical treat. This one checks most of the boxes: gluten free, kosher, vegan, non-GMO, and soy free.
- 250 calories, 21 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber
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4. Berry Strawberry
Strawberries and ice cream can be one of your downfalls. Replace it with Fit & Lean meal replacement protein powder in the Vanilla Ice Cream flavor. Blend it up with 1 cup of strawberries, water, and ice for a fabulous, very Berry Strawberry smoothie. Don’t forget to put a couple of slices of strawberry on the top.
- 190 calories, 20 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber
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5. Chocolate P-Nutty Goodness
This one is perfect for all those chocolate lovers out there! The protein base is PlantFusion Lean in the Chocolate Brownie flavor. This protein powder has no soy or rice but is still non-GMO plant based.
Pour into your blender 1 cup water, protein powder, 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter and ice. Sprinkle some crushed peanuts on top as a garnish. Blend to your desired consistency. Enjoy the chocolaty goodness. This one is perfect after a long day at the office. Sit back and put your feet up.
- 360 calories, 21 grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber
Check out Plant Fusion Lean protein powder on Amazon here.
Weight Loss, Your Gain
For health reasons, we all could stand to lose a few pounds. Maintaining your optimal weight isn’t always easy. Coupling a good diet with moderate exercise is the simplest answer. Start slow and build up your strength and stamina over time. Daily replace one to two high-calorie meals with one of the low-calorie, healthy protein shakes mentioned above. After all, losing weight comes down to mathematics. You need to burn more calories than you put in. Check with your doctor before starting any weight loss and exercise program. By losing the extra weight, you will gain a healthier body, longevity, better self-confidence, less achy joints, and improved overall well being. The time to start is now.