Plant-based protein powders are trendy smoothie additions, often offering a lot more than just protein. Vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and digestive enzymes are just a few things you can find in the newest generation of protein powders.
The truth is, however, if you're eating a whole foods diet with a combination of cooked and raw foods, whole grains, legumes, and essential fats, you likely don't need to rely on protein powders for additional nutrients.
If, however, you like to use these powders to add protein to your morning blend, I suggest experimenting with cooked grains, beans, and legumes to bump up the amino acid profile of your smoothie. This is a shift in thinking but very practical, affordable, and still delicious.
Consider adding ¼ to ½ cup of cooked lentils, chickpeas, quinoa, buckwheat, or a combination of these grains and beans to your morning smoothie. You may need to play with the ratios of ingredients to get a texture you like.
Using grains and legumes in smoothies is especially convenient if you have these foods the night before for dinner. Try this Strawberry Lentil and Quinoa Smoothie.