The secret slimming ingredient in this sip? Pea protein powder. The power is rich in leucine, an amino acid that promotes the growth of metabolism-revving lean muscle. The payoff: In a 16-week study, exercisers on a leucine-rich diet lost 47 percent more weight and preserved 64 percent more lean muscle than those on a normal diet.
Plus, in a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, sipping a smoothie enriched with pea protein boosted study subjects' feelings of fullness by 56 percent 4 hours later compared with other protein powders. The credit goes to the protein's superior ability to lower levels of the hunger-signaling hormone ghrelin.
Here’s the yummy recipe:
1 peeled, sliced frozen banana
1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbs. pea protein, like Olympian Labs
In blender, puree all ingredients with 6 to 8 ice cubes. Sweeten to taste with honey, if desired. Serve immediately.