Everyone’s making smoothies and green drinks and swigging back protein shakes but did you know, if your green drinks and smoothies don’t contain a source of protein you’re essentially getting a massive hit of carbs that will impact your energy levels – especially if you’re just juicing and discarding the pulp. And especially if, like most people, you’re also adding some form of sweetner to your smoothies in the form of fruit, honey, maple syrup, stevia etc.
Spike >> crash. Spike >> crash.
You must add some protein!
Protein slows the digestion of the veges and fruit in your smoothies – meaning you stay fuller for longer by slowing the transit through the gut. The addition of protein will also allow the goodness you’re trying to get to hang around in your gut longer so you can absorb the nutrients and you won’t get that dreaded sugar spike. Something to think about.
Also, if you’re swigging your smoothie or green drink after exercise in the hopes of replenishing lost electrolytes, add some protein because the amino acids help in their absorption as well as aiding muscle recovery.
Hemp Seed Protein is one of the most natural, unadulterated protein source you can get. Full of not just good, healthy protein but also essential fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6. And did we mention Hemp Seed Protein provides all NINE of the essential amino acids we need in our diets? No? Well it does. These little building blocks of protein (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine) are “essential” because our body can’t make them so we must get them from our diet. They are vital components for many functions throughout the body, including protein synthesis, tissue repair, nutrient absorption (which is what you’re trying to achieve with a smoothie!), helping to prevent muscle loss, support recovery after surgery, and improve mood, sleep, and athletic performance.
Our Hemp Protein is also, sugar, dairy and soy free, non GMO/GE and New Zealand grown, produced and packaged.
All the right ingredients to start your morning off the right way!
As a side note: many ‘healthy’ store-bought protein powders contain synthetic sweeteners such as xylitol or stevia or include sweetened flavored nut milk to make the powder more paletable. That being the case, suddenly, your supposed healthy green smoothie becomes a massive sugar high. Then what? Yes, CRASH. Don’t do it to yourself.
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