As a vegetarian, the question I am most frequently asked is undoubtedly, “Why?” A close second is, “But how do you get enough protein?” It is surprising to most people how much protein can be found in everything from beans to grains to vegetables. Being a veg does not have to mean eating an unbalanced diet. In fact, when you are more aware of the nutritional value of the stuff you put in your body, it can inspire you to eat healthier.
From time to time I get on a workout kick and find that I require a bit more protein than my regular diet provides. I’ve tried all sorts of bars, powders, and potions over the years and I have opinions on lots of different products. But recently, with guidance from the owner of my local nutrition supplement store, I’ve come up with a concoction that delivers some essential nutrients to support my increased activity that tastes great and is ready in a flash.
Though you can use any protein supplement you prefer, I recommend Pea Protein by Now Sports. Peas are a great source of easily-digested protein; each scoop of this product contains about 28 grams. Also, this supplement is free of common allergens and just about as natural as you can get. Add a shot of flaxseed oil for some healthy fats and you’ll be ready to tackle whatever your day throws at you.
10 ounces light vanilla soy milk
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1 scoop (33 grams) protein powder
1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
Pour soy milk, banana, and frozen mango into blender. Pulse until combined.
Add 1 scoop protein powder. Blend until smooth.
Add flaxseed oil and blend for 30 seconds.
(Yields: 1 serving; Ready In: 5 minutes)