Should I Drink Protein Shakes While Trying to Lose Weight?

trying to lose weightI’m trying to lose weight.  I want to try to drink protein shakes while I go to the gym to lose weight.  Which one shall I drink?  I live in the UK.

I knew a girl in the gym who used to drink a protein shake within a half hour after working out at the gym.  It was so she does not lose muscle.  Is that true?

Trying to Lose Weight With Protein Shakes

Trying to lose weight isn’t difficult — all you need to do is burn more calories than you take in.  That’s the tough part.

Protein shakes won’t make you lose weight on their own.  Shakes add calories.  They don’t take them away.  So why could it help you?

As I said, trying to lose weight is easy if you burn more calories than you take in.  Muscle burns more calories than fat does.  Protein helps construct muscle, assuming you are exercising well in order to build that muscle.

If you are eating fats and extra carbohydrates and sugars, substituting protein shake calories for some of those ‘bad calories’ will likely help you build muscle (with exercise), and will also aid in weight loss.

So if you are exercising intensely, reducing bad food intake, and adding protein shakes can actually give you better results when you are trying to lose weight.

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Orange Juice Strawberry Smoothie Recipe with Banana

Orange Juice Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

 
This Orange Juice Strawberry Smoothie is thinner than many smoothies, but that won’t make it any less tasty.

With the addition of a frozen banana to help thicken it, this smoothie is a pretty pink in color.

This makes a great smoothie for anyone who dislikes the thick texture of most smoothies. Enjoy!
 

Orange Juice Strawberry Smoothie
Recipe type: Fruit Smoothie
Serves: 2
 
The sweet taste of orange juice brings this Orange Juice Strawberry Smoothie to life. Banana makes it smooth. Enjoy!
Ingredients
  • 10 fresh strawberries, greens removed
  • 1 banana, broken in chunks and frozen
  • ⅔ cup ice cold orange juice
Instructions
  1. Place orange juice and strawberries into blender
  2. Put cover on blender
  3. Blend on high
  4. Add frozen banana through opening in cover
  5. Blend until smooth

 
 

Orange Juice Strawberry Smoothie Ingredients

 
Orange Juice Strawberry SmoothieStrawberries are sweet as well as healthy. Whether frozen or fresh, they make your smoothie tasty and colorful. Remove the green tops if you are using fresh strawberries in your smoothie.
Strawberries provide vitamin C, flavonoids, iron and potassium to your diet.
Strawberries also contain cancer-fighting properties, so smoothie up!

 
 
Orange Juice Strawberry SmoothieBananas are a primary component of many tasty smoothies. Bananas can be used fresh or frozen.
To freeze bananas, peel them and break them into chunks. Place them into freezer bags for later use. Frozen bananas help thicken smoothies better than fresh bananas.
Bananas add plenty of potassium to your diet, as well as iron, magnesium and vitamin B6.

 
Orange JuiceOrange Juice adds flavor to every smoothie you use it in. The sweet, tangy taste of an orange is unmistakable.
Whether you use frozen, bottled or even fresh squeezed orange juice is up to you. Just be sure to leave some of the pulp in it. The blender will break it up, and the fiber it adds is a bonus.
Orange Juice is a well-known source of vitamin C. It also carries a good amount of calcium, flavonoids, potassium and other nutrients. Plus, it just tastes delicious!

 
If you make this smoothie and have a photo or video you’d like to share, please leave me a message in the comments below. Your picture could end up at the top of this post.

Best,

Smoothie Guy

PS: If you love making smoothies, I have to recommend that you pick up a copy of The Ultimate Smoothie Book: 130 Delicious Recipes for Blender Drinks, Frozen Desserts, Shakes, and More! It’s packed full of information and lots of recipes.

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Cinnamon Banana Smoothie Recipe

Cinnamon Banana Smoothie Recipe

 
This Cinnamon Banana Smoothie starts with a basic banana smoothie. Bananas are one of the most common ingredients in fruit smoothies – mainly because they create a smooth, thick base.

Adding cinnamon to this smoothie makes it just enough different to add a spark to the smoothie.

If you’d like to try something a little different, substitute ground nutmeg for the cinnamon or add a bit of whipped cream to the top of the drink before adding the spices.
 

Cinnamon Banana Smoothie Recipe
Recipe type: Fruit Smoothie
Serves: 2
 
This Cinnamon Banana Smoothie is a basic banana smoothie with a sprinkling of cinnamon. Plenty of taste from a little sprinkle.
Ingredients
  • 1 banana, cut in chunks and frozen
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • Ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Pour milk into a blender
  2. Place cover on top of blender, leaving center opened
  3. Set speed to high
  4. Feed banana pieces through opening
  5. Add ice cubes through opening
  6. Blend until smooth
  7. Pour into glasses
  8. Sprinkle with cinnamon

 

 

Cinnamon Banana Smoothie Ingredients

 

Cinnamon Strawberry SmoothieBananas are a primary component of many tasty smoothies. Bananas can be used fresh or frozen.
To freeze bananas, peel them and break them into chunks. Place them into freezer bags for later use. Frozen bananas help thicken smoothies better than fresh bananas.
Bananas add plenty of potassium to your diet, as well as iron, magnesium and vitamin B6.

 

Milk for Cinnamon Banana SmoothieMilk is a great source of casein and whey proteins. It also adds vitamin D, calcium and riboflavin to your smoothie.
You can use whole milk, or substitute 2% or 1% milk to reduce the fat in your smoothie.
Other options for milk include goat’s milk, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk and rice milk.

 
 

Ice thickens any smoothieIce is an important part of many smoothies. While ice doesn’t add flavor to a smoothie, it is essential to chilling and thickening it. You can add ice to nearly any smoothie without the risk of ruining it.
Adding ice to a blender can create quite a mess, so be sure to cover the container when blending ice. It is best to feed the ice through the opening in the blender top. You can also substitute crushed ice for cubes, as this is easier on a blender.
Who would have thought that frozen water could play such an important part in a smoothie?

CinnamonCinnamon is a spice that is ground from the bark of the cinnamon tree. It adds a sweet spicy taste to smoothies.
Cinnamon not only adds taste. It also has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy. Cinnamon is claimed to have anti-clotting properties. It helps to regulate blood sugar by slowing the release of food from the stomach. Finally, it has antiseptic properties that aid in the prevention of urinary tract infections.
Spice up any smoothie or drink with a touch of cinnamon!

 

If you make this smoothie and have a photo or video you’d like to share, please leave me a message in the comments below. Your picture could end up at the top of this post.

Best,

Smoothie Guy

PS: If you love making smoothies, I have to recommend that you pick up a copy of The Ultimate Smoothie Book: 130 Delicious Recipes for Blender Drinks, Frozen Desserts, Shakes, and More! It’s packed full of information and lots of recipes.

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Share Your Milkshake Recipe

Photo of Chocolate MilkshakeEveryone has a favorite. Please share your favorite milkshake recipe below.

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A Healthy Yet Tasty Milkshake

Vanilla Milkshake

I want to gain weight, but the tradition methods do not work for me. So i decided to get a new supplement in my diet. A milkshake, that is. But the problem is that most of the protein milkshakes that I have tried out are very distasteful and they make me sick. Do you know a effective and good one?

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Fruit Juice Smoothie Require a Juicer?

fruit juice smoothieDo You Need a Juicer to Make a Fruit Juice Smoothie?

I want to get in the habit of making my own fruit juice smoothie at home but I don’t have a juicer nor do I know anything about purchasing one.   Is there any way to make a fruit juice smoothie without a juicer?

A Fruit Juice Smoothie Doesn’t Need a Juicer

The answer to this one is simple.  No.

You can use a juicer to make juice, especially specialty juices.  Think things like carrot juice, beet juice, cabbage juice, etc.  Juicers do a great job of extracting the juice from what might otherwise be considered “non-juicy” vegetables.

But if you are looking to make a Fruit Juice Smoothie, all you need is:

  • Fruit juice — you can use canned, frozen, or fresh squeezed
  • A base — normally ice cream, yogurt, frozen bananas, or frozen yogurt
  • Ice cubes — alternatively, you could freeze the fruit juice into cubes

Blend the ingredients in a blender, and you should be good to go!

Recommended Fruit Juice Smoothie Products

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What is your favorite tequila to make margaritas with?

What is the best tequila to make margaritas with?

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Low Calorie Smoothie Recipe

Low Calorie Smoothie Recipe

Low Calorie Smoothie RecipeHere’s a novel approach to recording a Low Calorie Smoothie Recipe that I really love. OK, it is a bit long, but the narration and background music make it a pleasure to watch.

This is a very basic smoothie recipe that uses bananas as the only fruit. The addition of soy milk to the recipe makes this a great low calorie smoothie recipe for those who suffer from lactose intolerance. Just skip the optional yogurt if this is the case.

I think you’ll have to agree that the smoothie could be made in a few minutes, rather than the nearly 9 minutes that Cam takes in the recording. To end up with two great tasting portions of smoothies, with only about 233 calories each, in that amount of time is a great find.

Enjoy!

Low Calorie Smoothie Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 whole bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 6 ounces vanilla yogurt (optional)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend the bananas, soy milk and yogurt until smooth. Add the ice and blend until ice is finely chopped and well blended. Add honey and vanilla extract and blend till mixed fully.

Pour this into two glasses and enjoy the fruits of your labors from making this low calorie smoothie recipe.

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How long can frozen drink mix be kept and still be safe to use?

I have 4 cans of frozen drink mixers and they are about 6 years old. They have been frozen since I bought them.

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What are the differences between a Blender and a Smoothie Maker?

Currently I have a regular blender, a dry spice grinder and a hand blender….

Do I really need a smoothie maker?

I plan to blend some serious smoothies….should I go for it?

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