Want To Drop Pounds? Add These 10 Game-Changing Ingredients To Your Smoothie
When losing weight is your goal, remember this….consistency, consistency, consistency. A new study shows that thick, lower-calorie protein shakes can actually keep you satisfied for longer than a high-calorie thin shake can. It’s a double-whammy…a low-calorie option that doesn’t leave you starving 20-minutes later.
Still, designing a healthy smoothie with milkshake-like consistency can be a challenge. Here are 7 delicious add-ons to thicken up your shake for powerful results…
1 Tbsp Sunflower Seeds
Though sunflower seeds may be little, they add a pleasant texture to your shake. As a bonus, they’re full of B complex vitamins, which are essential for a healthy nervous system.
1/4 Cup Uncooked Rolled Oats
Looking for a hearty, filling shake? Including some uncooked oats will do the trick. Oats will also increase the fiber count without adding a ton of calories.
1/4 Cup Cooked Garbanzo or Black Beans
Adding garbanzo or black beans is the ultimate smoothie hack because they’re tasteless, but they still add thickness and creaminess, fiber, and protein.
Also known as “butter fruit,” the versatile avocado is the only fruit that provides a substantial amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA). Plus, their texture is smooth which instantly thickens your smoothie.
2 Tbsp Hemp or Ground Flax Seeds
The subtle nutty taste of hemp and flax seeds contain a balanced amount of heart-healthy omega 3’s and omega 6’s…which make them an exceptional addition to any shake!
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds. And, they’re naturally gluten-free. But despite their small size, they’re loaded with fiber, protein, Omege-3 fatty acids. Plus, they expand in water to make your shake more substantial!
3 oz Silken Tofu
Not only will tofu boost the amount of protein, but it also gives your shake a velvet texture. Even better, it is tasteless when mixed with the rest of the ingredients in your shake.
1 Tbsp Plain Almond Butter
Just a spoonful of plain almond butter (I use Justin’s) and you’ll fill up with healthy Omega-3s, AND punch in some extra protein to your blend!
1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is the ultimate protein shake thickener….and, it’s delicious creamy texture gives you 10% of your daily calcium needs.
2 Tbsp Coconut Powder
With a slight coconut taste, this gluten-free powder has 5 grams of fiber while amplifying its taste.