People always ask me, “Is x food good for weight loss?” and my answer is always, “It depends.
“Shakes are a great example of something that can work for everyone. Depending on what you add, and how much you add, a smoothie/protein shake can be great for weight loss/gain or maintenance. They can also used as a snack or to replace a meal.
Left: 1 serving protein powder, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 cup spinach, 1 cup strawberries, 1 Tbsp. powdered peanut butter, 2 Tbsp. coconut whipped cream, ice. Calories: 296
Carbs 26/Fat 9/Protein 29
Right: 1 serving protein powder, 1 cup 1% milk, 1 cup spinach, 1 cup strawberries, 1.5 Tbsp. peanut butter, 175 g 2% Greek yogurt, 1 banana, 30 grams oatmeal, ice.
Carbs 95/Fat 23/Protein 64
Choose ingredients and portions that help you to reach your goals. If I learned anything from tracking macros, it’s that with a bit of creativity and care you can make a lot of things fit your diet.