I am a fan! My schedule is busy and with work, gym, commuting, pets, friends, you name it. Whey protien is a great addition to smoothie because it fills you up. I often do 2 breakfasts - a smoothie while getting ready for work and something of substance at 10am. But you want to keep your smoothie low cal. I use Whole Foods 365 Whey Protein (there is chocolate and vanilla). It is lower in calories, high in protien, low in carbs, and has vitamins. Trader Joe's also has similar version.
Vanilla I use some frozen peaches or mangos (or any frozen fruit), 4 oz tropicana 50 OJ, scoop of powder, fill rest with water.
Chocolate I put in ice, 1/2 med. banana, 1/2 cup of milk, scoop of chocolate, fill rest with water. A scoop or two of espresso powder will really get you moving!
The possibilities are endless! I just encourage keeping eye on calories. But it will fill you up until you have time to sit down and eat.
If you're overweight, you probably don't need any at all. You're just adding powdered calories. If you want a high-protein smoothie, use milk or yogurt so you get the bulk and water to fill you up, and so you get the full amount of B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, etc that come along with protein in whole foods. Protein powder is meant for people who have abnormally high protein needs (competitive athletes or burn patients, for example) or for those who are physically unable to eat enough.
If your doctor insists that you need more protein than you get from a balanced diet, buy the plain whey powder from bulk bins in a "health food" store. It's much cheaper, and since it's sold as a food rather than a supplement, it's usually much better quality as well. Supplements can have additives that they don't list on the label. Foods, on the other hand, are legally required to be exactly what they claim to be. Make sure the label says "Nutrition facts" and NOT "Supplement facts." They look alike, but legally they're worlds apart.
I use a whey isolate protein because research indicated that was the better choice for what I was looking for. There's so much information out there, but it might be best to do your own research and figure out what works for you.
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there is also the option to skip the protein powder altogether and add whole foods to your smoothies for protein. Greens and nuts/seeds are great sources of protein. Or if you eat dairy products Greek yogurt contains a lot of protein.
If you're getting enough calories and are eating real foods you're going to have a hard time being protein deficient.
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I buy the optimum nutrition brand, or the NOW whey which is flavorless. There are a lot of options. Just remember that whey protein digests the fastest, and can be great for after workout. Casein protein is slow digesting (which is good to use if you're having a smoothie for a late night snack or want to make a breakfast smoothie because it will keep you fuller for a longer period of time).
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