Make These 5 Protein Smoothies Without Protein Powder
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Ask any gym-goer or fitness enthusiast and they'll tell you the importance of having protein in your diet. Proteins provide the building blocks for amino acids which helps in muscle growth and repair, adds to bone strength and makes for unblemished skin. Protein provides energy to the body over a period of time, and doesn't spike the blood sugar levels like the simple carbohydrates do. Protein is also necessary for healthy hair, skin and nails and not having the recommended daily intake of protein might lead to stunted growth amongst children. 

But the prices of dry protein powder in the market are high and even if you're a non-vegetarian, it is recommended to supplement one's daily meals with a protein shake or smoothie to consistently have the necessary nutrients your body requires. One mustn't look for their protein only in animal sources but many plants, lentils, fruits, and cereals have proven to have rich reserves of protein. We're going to look at some of these plant-based sources of protein to make our homemade protein shakes and smoothies. No more spending money, hand over fist for readymade protein powders! Save your money and some with these 5 easy-to-make protein shakes that you can make with readily available ingredients.

1. Banana Green Smoothie

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The ragi flour is cooked on the stovetop with water. Once the flour turns aromatic, it is cooled and then blended with milk, honey and bananas to enrich it with even more protein goodness.

4. Berries and Chia Smoothie

Frozen berries can be a great addition to any smoothie and blended in with soaked chia seeds and yogurt, it turns into a flavour bomb. Protein-rich and filled with antioxidants, this smoothie is a must-have if you're craving something sweet.

5. Banana and Nuts Smoothie

Sunflower seeds, banana, peanut butter and yogurt is blended in with a dash of water to make this smoothie that is full of protein, vital minerals and antioxidative properties. The fiber from the nuts and the banana also helps in clearing the gut.