A banana protein shake is packed with essential nutrients and tastes delicious, making it a great way to start your day and give you a burst of energy in the morning. If you find yourself always on the run, a protein shake may be the perfect answer for you to conveniently start your day, and keep you from snacking on not-so-healthy vending machine fare before lunch.
Benefits of Protein Shakes
Protein shakes or smoothies do not have special muscle building properties, but they are a great meal replacement when you are on the go. They are often popular with people who are training hard and require a constant supply of protein throughout the day for muscle growth. They are also a great supplement to anyone's overall daily intake of protein. Protein should be taken every 2-3 hours (except when sleeping obviously), and each meal should contain its share of daily protein intake, from 10g to 35g per meal (depending on your body weight).
Adding Bananas to Your Shake
Bananas add a great flavor to a shake and pack a strong dose of carbohydrates, making them a good natural energy source. They release energy gradually, which will keep you going longer in the morning. Bananas contain fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium. Whey protein powder provides the body with amino acids, which help aid in the quick recovery of your body after exercise.
Making a Banana Protein Shake
To make prep time in the morning easy, bananas can be bought in bulk and frozen for months. Simply peel a large amount of bananas at once and put them in plastic freezer bags, alternating their directions in layers so that they don't stick.
Choose a protein powder that suits your dietary and fitness goals. If you are trying to lose weight, pick one with low calories and low carbs. If you are working to gain muscle, you want a high protein, high calorie powder. If you simply want a meal replacement protein, you should use a protein powder with medium carbs and medium calories.
To make the shake, combine the following in a blender:
- 1 c nonfat milk, soy milk, Rice Dream, or orange juice
- 1 scoop (20g) whey protein
- 1 frozen banana
Blend until thick and creamy. You may have to add some ice, depending on how thick you want your shake.
The shake has a calorie count around 500 calories, making it a great breakfast for most regular diets that contain an overall calorie count of 2000 to 2500 calories a day.