Benefits of Plant-Based Proteins Versus Animal-Based

Today we look at the major differences of animal based versus plant-based protein shakes, as well as offer a bonus selection of natural smoothie recipes in which your chosen protein can be incorporated.

Diet Restrictions & Allergies

A plant-based protein shake is the better option for most people with restrictive diets or food allergies. The exception being those who are allergic to any naturally occurring elements contained within the plant base (like coconut, for example).

A plant-based protein shake is better for those with the following diet restrictions or allergies:

  • Celiac, Gluten Intolerance, or Wheat Allergy
  • Allergy to Eggs
  • Allergy to Milk, or Lactose Intolerance
  • Vegetarians, and Vegans
  • Calories Restriction for Weight Loss

Digestibility

Humans are naturally designed to eat plants, which means our digestive systems are better able to do this versus animal-based proteins. While meat may be easily digested, humans were never meant to consume the milk of other animals – and are, in fact, the only species that does so. If you want something that is highly digestible, without causing serious stomach issues to do so, you want to opt for proteins which are plant based.

Ease of Mixing

Plant-based protein shakes tend to mix easier, although this does vary based on the exact brand and formula you choose. While a seemingly small benefit, many consumers have expressed frustration at how difficult animal-based protein shakes are to mix.

Bonus: Natural Smoothie Recipes

These natural smoothie recipes work best with a protein powder based on plants, but can be used with animal-based also, if that is what you have decided to use. Each of these makes a perfect breakfast, or healthy dessert which will help those in muscle training programs get their necessary calories each day. Each recipe is suited for two people.

1: Peanut Butter Banana

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 scoops of your favorite chocolate protein powder
  • 3 bananas
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey or organic maple syrup

2: Berry Delight

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 scoops of your favorite vanilla or strawberry protein powder
  • ½ cup sliced strawberries
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup blackberries
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey or organic maple syrup

3: Peachy Protein

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 scoops of your favorite vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup frozen organic peach peeled and diced
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey or organic maple syrup

4: Make your Own!

To make your own recipe, simply follow the guidelines below to ensure proper thickness. Combine the following:

  • 1.5 scoops of your favorite protein powder (any flavor)
  • 1-1.5 cups of your favorite fruits or vegetables (spinach is a good veg choice)
  • 1.5-2 cups liquid (almond milk, water, coconut milk, skim milk, ice cream, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener (honey, maple syrup, fruit juice, etc.)

Source by Edmund Brunetti

Post Author: MNS Master