How to Use Openfit Plant-Based Protein Shake to Make a Meal
We need to rethink eating on the run. Yes, convenience is important, but so is nutrition. After all, you probably need the nutrients even more when you’re so busy that you don’t have time to sit down for a real meal.
That’s why we love using Openfit Plant-Based Protein Shake as the base for a quick meal. Its high protein and fiber content and 26 essential vitamins and minerals ensure that even though you’re snagging a grab-and-go meal in a pinch, it’s actually fueling your busy schedule.
Read on to learn how to transform Openfit Plant-Based Protein Shake from a nutrient-rich snack into a balanced meal.
Snack vs. Meal Replacement
First, we want to be clear here: Whipping up a 140-calorie protein shake does not, on its own, constitute a meal. “You want balance,” says Krista Maguire, R.D., C.S.S.D., nutrition manager at Openfit. “That includes a variety of foods containing the three major macronutrients: protein, carbs, and fat.”
One area where Openfit Plant-Based Protein Shake has you covered is — hold onto your hats — protein. “Ideally, you want to include protein at every meal simply because your body can’t store it. And research shows that divvying protein up throughout the day’s meals is actually the most efficient way for your body to utilize it,” Maguire explains.
In order to be considered a meal, whatever you consume should also cross a certain calorie threshold. Although Openfit Plant-Based Protein Shake includes some carbs and fat with its protein, a true meal replacement should be around 300 calories, Maguire explains.
Make a Quick Meal Using Openfit Plant-Based Protein
You have two main options when it comes to turning Openfit Plant-Based Protein Shake into a balanced meal: include additional ingredients to blend a smoothie, or pair it with other grab-and-go items to be consumed separately. The smoothie will save you more time, but having a protein shake and several sides may make your meal replacement feel more like a real meal.
1. Smoothie add-ins
Quality carbs that work well include:
- Neutral-tasting vegetables such as cauliflower
- Sweet-tasting vegetables like carrots and beets
- Fruits like berries and guavas, which are good sources of fiber.
- Creamy fruits like banana
- Oats, if you enjoy the texture
“The protein and fiber can help provide a more sustained energy source to help fuel your day,” Maguire says. But that’s not the end of your choices…
Healthy fats include:
- Nut butters, such as peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter
- Seeds, such as chia seeds, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds
- Coconut oil (occasionally)
“These types of fats aren’t controversial as to whether or not they are heart-healthy,” she explains. Trans fats should be avoided, but it’s understandable if you have questions about coconut oil.
Overall, Maguire advises moderating your saturated fat intake. “The jury is still out on whether some saturated fats have more of a negative impact on you than other types of saturated fat,” she explains. “So, for now, the NIH recommends limiting saturated fat to less than 10 percent of your total daily calories, and the American Heart Association goes even lower with only 5 percent to 6 percent of your total daily calories coming from saturated fat.”
2. Plain shake pairings
You can use the same guidelines to pack a meal on-the-go that includes a shaker of Openfit Plant-Based Protein Shake prepared simply with water. Try to combine a fiber-rich carbohydrate with a serving of healthy fat. Examples include: an apple with string cheese, carrot sticks with hummus, or a banana with peanut butter.
Delicious Recipes for Meals on the Go
If you’re too pressed for time to come up with your own delicious combinations, try one of ours! These delicious, creamy concoctions use Openfit Plant-Based Protein Shake as a base for dessert-like creations that will help keep you fueled through your to-do list.
You’re hitting two of Maguire’s standards for an ideal meal with this creamy shake: You’ll get plenty of protein to keep you full, and sneak in plenty of vegetables, too.
This creamy, fruity combination is packed with protein thanks to the powder, healthy fat from almond butter, and antioxidants from the berries.
This creamy shake is delicious exactly how it is, but if you prefer a smoothie that’s thicker, just pop the banana in the freezer the night before blending.
It may sound weird if you’ve never tried sipping this toast topper before, but avocado adds a luscious creaminess to this shake that will make it feel downright sinful.
All the flavor of that beloved Thanksgiving staple, but this comforting shake won’t make you feel heavy or sleepy. Cinnamon, pecans, and dates pack this on-the-go meal with flavor.
Maybe this smoothie will make you think of that island vacation you’ve been wanting; perhaps it’ll make you think of that classic candy-aisle treat. Either way, you’re in store for a delicious meal with this recipe.
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