In Australia, it’s officially summer since December 1st! And guess what? Between many other things that means that mangoes are back in season! I absolutely ♥ Mangoes!
They are rich in tryptophan a precursor of serotonin, the feel good neurotransmitter. If you need an extra bit of energy for your mind or body this smoothie will be perfect for you 🙂
Smoothies are great for breakfast or snacks.
I also share in this article the natural protein powders I tried and liked.
Visit the recipe section Mango Summer Smoothie
Nutritional facts of the day
- Apples: between many things apples are rich in pectin a type of soluble fibre. I washed the apple carefully and kept the skin and seeds for extra fibre, minerals and vitamins. Most of the goodness is actually in the core of the apple.
- Inca berries: I love their sour and sweet taste. They are actually very rich in protein and fibre for a dried fruit!
I am often asked about the protein powders I recommend in the health stores I work at. In alphabetical order here is the list of the ones I like at the moment and why:
- 180 Nutrition. More than a protein powder, we are talking here about a superfood blend rich in protein, fibre and good fats. Their protein bars are also delicious!
- Aminoplex from Bioceuticals (chocolate – coconut flavour is my favourite). This brown rice sprouted protein is suitable for vegans. I love the taste and it mixes very well.
- Ezy Protein. Sprouted, bio-Fermented, raw and wholegrain brown rice protein. The 240g small trial size is really good as an introduction to protein powders.
- Growing Naturals. The texture of their rice protein is great. With an extra bit of cacao powder you wonder if you are having a chocolate smoothie or chocolate mousse… This one was really good when we were doing our vegan fast and on top of that it is certified organic.
- Herbs of Gold / Sunwarrior rice protein. This sprouted wholegrain brown rice protein is really popular, clean and natural. I believe it mixes better with some type of milk rather than water.
- Plant Fusion. The unflavoured one if my favorite. You can mix it with pretty much everything. It is a nice option if you are looking for a gluten-free powder without dairy, animal or soy products. I like the fact that it is made with foods like quinoa, amaranth or asparagus.
- Promatrix. I personally use the whey concentrate protein. Closer to human proteins, they are usually well absorbed by the body and help balance blood sugar levels to keep you fuller for longer. You eat less, a good point if you want to maintain or lose weight.
Protein powders can be used for many things and at different stages in life. It is always important to discuss your needs or personal health status with a specialist in order to find the right product for you and make sure you are taking the appropriate dosage. Always check the ingredients and do not hesitate to ask me if you have any question.
I personally don’t rely on them all the time but can be a good add-on to my diet. Do you use protein powders? What are your favourite products and why? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.
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Have a great week-end! I am off to the beach 😉