Protein shakes are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to supplement your body with additional protein and other vital nutrients. I have lectured many different types of consumers – from those fighting disease or obesity to high school athletes wanting to gain weight – on the benefits of healthy shakes.
How else can you get a healthy dose of protein, with hundreds of options for healthy nutrients, that tastes great? Plus, you can keep your cost per shake in the $2 range. Try doing that with a healthy meal!
So dust off your blender and go to the market and pick up some frozen or fresh fruit, flaxseeds, almond or cashew milk, or the popular blend of almond/coconut milk, and let’s get started making a super healthy flaxseed antioxidant shake!
What is the big deal with flaxseeds? They are one of the most nutrient-packed foods you can consume. They have 70 times more lignans (polyphenols/antioxidants) than other food sources, which supports the fight against free radicals in your body. They are loaded with omega 3 healthy fats for your heart and dozens of other healthy functions in your body.
A one-ounce serving contains 8 grams of fiber, which is great news for your digestive system, heart, blood pressure, cholesterol, weight loss, and dozens of other health factors.
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A one-ounce serving also contains 6 grams of protein, thus boosting your shake’s protein value while supplying your body with a host of vital nutrients. Studies show that flaxseeds are great for your hair and skin health. Many consumers say their hair gets thicker.
With all these great benefits, why not add flaxseeds to your protein shakes? Not only are they beneficial in so many ways, but they bring a nice, nutty flavor to the shake as well. Here is a recipe for great shake. I prefer to use golden flaxseeds, which are found in any health food store (and perhaps your local market). Brown seeds are OK, too, and have the same benefits.
Max Muscle Flaxseed/Berry Antioxidant Shake
- 2/3 to 1 scoop of MaxPro Elite Vanilla
- 8-10 ounces of almond or coconut almond milk.
- 2-3 Tbs of golden flaxseeds. Calorie counters can opt for the smaller amount.
- 3/4 to 1 cup frozen berries: i.e. blueberries, strawberries, or a mix. If using fresh fruit, add more ice.
- 2-3 drops of liquid Stevia to sweeten slightly (if preferred).
- Ice to preference, depending on frozen berries or fresh fruit.
- Blend for 30 to 60 seconds depending on the power and speed of your blender.
This recipe will make an awesome tasting shake that contains approximately 25 to 38 grams of protein, 30 to 35 grams of carbohydrates, and 8-12 grams of healthy fats from the flaxseeds only. Don’t forget those berries and flaxseeds are loaded with healthy antioxidants! Also adding half of a banana will add about 40-50 calories and make it very smooth.
So, be sure to add some flaxseeds to your next shake. Get started today by going to your local Max Muscle Nutrition store and getting the world’s best protein – MaxPro Elite – to add to your shakes. Our Certified Fitness Nutrition Coaches are standing by to help get you off to a great start.
By Joe Wells, Founder of Max Muscle Nutrition
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