Welcome to Weight Loss Wednesday! Every Wednesday I feature a different recipe, food, exercise or tip that can boost weight loss on Five a Day the Fun Way.
Today I’m featuring a virgin PiÑa Colada Protein Shake that tastes like ice cream, but is low in calories and filled with protein.
Protein can help boost weight loss. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that a high protein diet, combined with exercise, enhances weight and fat loss. A diet filled with protein helps satisfy hunger better than fat or carbohydrates, while preserving muscle mass while losing weight. Both are crital factors in both losing and maintaining weight loss. One of the biggest challenges of losing weight is that many people lose muscle mass along with fat when they follow a low-calorie diet. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so when peole lose muscle, they end up slowing their metabolism and burning fewer calories. This causes people to gain all of the weight they lost back, plus more. A diet high in protein helps combat this problem because protein contributes to preserving muscle, which boosts metabolism and contributes to a leaner physique.
I love drinking protein shakes in the morning before my workout, but pre-made shakes and so-called “protein shakes” sold at Smoothie King or Jamba Juice are filled with sugar and calories. Some can even contain more than 1,000 calories! The peanut butter smoothie at Jamba Juice has 770 calories and “The Hulk Strawberry” smoothie at Smoothie King has 1,035 calories! There is nothing about a drink that has over 1,000 calories, 32 grams of fat, 161 grams of carbohydrates and a whopping 125 grams of sugar that is healthy. You can have a 3 ounce serving of Yoforia Frozen Yogurt for only 74 calories, less than one gram of fat and 14 grams of sugar. That is a delicious dessert that will actually satisfy you, rather than leaving you wanting more.
I make my own protein shakes using high quality,medical grade protein powder made by Unjury. Some protein powders are filled with sugars and chemicals, but Unjury made from the highest quality protein and tastes great. I am not sponsored by Unjury, I just really like their protein supplements. My Dietician was the one who introduced me to Unjury and I’ve been using it ever since. Try out this Pina Colada Protein Shake recipe and let me know what you think!
- 1 scoop vanilla Unjury whey protein powder
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I use Blue Diamond Almond Breeze)
- 1 Tablespoon Libby’s Skinny Fruit Chunk Pineapple
- 1/2 cup Thai Kitchen Lite Coconut Milk
- 1 Tablespoon Flaxseed
- 1 handful fresh baby spinach
Add 1/2 cup ice to your blender, then pour in the milks. Add protein powder, pineapple, flaxseed and spinach. Blend for two minutes or until all of the spinach is completely blended. Pour into a tall glass and top with a spoonful of cool whip if desired.
Do you have a favorite protein shake recipe? Please share! If you would like more healthy recipes, check out my latest book Culinary Duct Tape: Greek Yogurt: Just as versatile, not as tacky, available now on Amazon!