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On the Go Again: 3 Smoothie Recipes to Add More Protein Into Your Busy Day

Quick recipes and smart advice to help you get the protein you need

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Everyone needs protein. Without it, we’d lose muscle mass, feel weak and fatigued, and be more susceptible to illness. But while you’re running around back at work, getting the kids to school, or making sure everyone’s on the right video calls at home, you might not be getting enough. We spoke with Acacia Wright, RD, a registered dietitian at Orgain, about how much protein we need and how we can easily add it into our routines.

Like with all things dietary, it’s best to consult your healthcare provider about how much protein you specifically need. Generally, adults need at least 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, and it’s easier to integrate into your diet than you might think — even if you don’t eat meat.

Wright says to incorporate a protein-rich food at every meal, from meat and fish to Greek yogurt, cheese, eggs, beans, or tofu. “If you are still struggling to meet your protein needs, try eating your protein first at meals, followed by vegetables, then carbohydrates,” she says.

Smoothies are also a quick and delicious way to incorporate extra nutrients into your day. The three smoothie recipes below are packed with protein and can make a nutritious breakfast or snack. But if you’re too busy for the blender, grabbing an Orgain Shake on your way out the door is a great way to help round out your day.

Orgain’s Protein Shakes are also an easy add for your routine. “They’re great for portable high-protein snacking, protein repletion, post-workout recovery, and weight management,” she says. Orgain also has Nutrition Shakes, which Wright says offer extra vitamins and minerals, “whether you’re a busy parent in need of a quick breakfast alternative, or a weekend warrior looking for recovery fuel after exercise.”

See below for three simple, quick smoothie recipes using Orgain Protein Powder to get an extra dose of protein in about 5 minutes. Simply blend the ingredients until smooth, and add additional water or almond milk as needed if you want a thinner consistency. Enjoy!

Berry Superfood Smoothie

Prep time: 5 minutes | Yield: 1 serving

Tropical Twist Smoothie

Prep time: 5 minutes | Yield: 1 serving

Morning Super Smoothie

Prep time: 5 minutes | Yield: 2 servings

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