Smoothies are the inevitable part of every fitness diet. Smoothies are full of fiber and contain all the macronutrients that we need; plus they are very versatile and can be done in a million ways. Here are some smoothie ingredients that we always need to have in our kitchen. These ingredients build smoothies that are great for building a muscle mass and burning fat at the same time.
1. Protein Powder (Whey, Pea, Rice)
Protein powder is a must when we are trying to increase or maintain our muscle mass. The best choice is whey protein powder that will feed you muscles up to 4-5 hours. If you are following a vegan or vegetarian diet, your options are pea or rice protein powders that are also great; and can be implemented into your smoothies and shakes.
2. Bananas, Pineapple, Berries
Bananas, pineapple, and berries are the best choices of fruit to incorporate when you are following a fat loss or muscle building plan. Additionally, bananas are rich in dietary fiber and potassium, pineapple contains the digestive enzyme bromelain that helps with protein breakdown and berries are known to help with fighting belly fat and contain the highest levels of antioxidant.
3. Dates, Agave
When making a protein shake, always choose natural sugars like dates and agave. Dates are also a great source of dietary fiber and agave syrup will sweeten your smoothie with just a tiny amount.
4. Skim Milk, Almond Milk, Rice Milk, Oat Milk, Soy Milk.
Skim milk, almond milk, rice milk, oat milk, soy milk they are all beneficial in their own ways; also give the smoothies different texture and flavor. Almond, rice, soy and oat milk have a lighter texture and skim milk is great if you want to make your smoothie slightly more caloric.
Oats contain complex carbohydrates and fiber and will make your smoothie thicker. Also, oats are great if you want to replace a whole meal with your smoothie. Combined with protein, a fruit of choice and milk it can deliver the same macros as a solid meal.