Everyone wants to add protein to their juices. It’s no that fresh vegetable juice isn’t healthy, it’s more a fact that it does not have any protein in it. And if you are on a diet where you are trying to gain muscle, or at least preserve muscle if it’s a case of a diet, then protein is essential. If you have a diet that is too low in protein, then you can end up losing muscle and not losing fat. This is when you end up with the dreaded skinny fat curse. That is something that can be avoided by adding protein powder to your juices.
You can add vegetable protein powder or whey (avoid soy, as a rule). When you are dieting, it’s important to remember an vital rule: you never want to eliminate protein in your quest to eliminate calories. So, when you are juicing, you should always consider adding protein powder to your leafy green and fruit juices. Here’s some ways to do that.
Leafy Green Juices
One of the most popular juices to take on a fast is a leafy green juice. These are super healthy and filled with antioxidants that can be helpful when you are on a fast and not getting the vitamins and nutrients from eating lots of food. Superfoods such as kale and spinach are an excellent way to get all of the nutrients you need. And when you add something such as lemon, it can help kill the unpleasant taste that many people associate with green juices.
When it comes time to add a protein powder, try an unflavored one that is vegetable based. You don’t want to mix the whey style unless you are also adding pineapple to the juice. The milky flavor that undercuts whey protein might not sit well with you.
You can look for plain vegetable proteins from companies such as Naked.
One of the good things about drinking fruit juices is that you get to add whey protein. This is great because, generally speaking, whey protein mixes up much better with liquid than vegetable protein. And since you are mixing up things such as pineapple, berries, apples, and other fruit, you don’t have to be worried about the clash of flavors. Obviously things such as plain whey are great (Naked Whey, again, is a fantastic brand) but you can also choose flavored whey such as the vanilla flavored whey from a company that makes a grass fed whey.
I would suggest you start off by making a pineapple and apple juice and mixing in either plain whey or maybe a grass fed whey that has natural vanilla flavoring.
Mixing It Together
When you’re mixing protein power with vegetable or fruit juice, you can use just a shaker bottle. This is because the liquid is enough to mix with the protein powder. The one thing to keep in mind is that you want to use a masticating blender since it will produce the least pulp.
If you also make smoothies as well as fresh juices, then you will need something besides an auger style juicer. There are times that you want a smoothie, such as in the morning as you’re going to work, and you also want to add protein powder. For those occasions, you will want to use something that will break down the kale, apples, pineapple, and other ingredients. There’s a good overview of the best blender for green smoothies here.