The protein powder aisle – whether in-store or the virtual ‘aisle’ online – can be overwhelming. With the incredible deluge of options available, it’s easy to get confused and frustrated. Every brand promises different things, and it can be hard to separate fact from fiction.
What is the right protein powder for me? This is a question I am asked a lot, especially this time of year as people focus on their wellness efforts. Protein is an essential need to assist in the growth and repair of our muscles. People who are limiting their amount of animal protein either for health concerns, digestive issues or personal choice may have trouble achieving their recommended amounts. Adding protein to a meal in proper proportions can increase the sense of being satisfied after a meal and may also lead to weight loss.
With a little pre-planning and research (below), you can have healthy, tasty meal and snack options without all of the junk that is contained in processed, packaged foods. These are foods that your body can’t and doesn’t know how to digest causing a metabolic nightmare.
But how do you choose the best protein powder when there are so many options out there?
The options are endless.
Determine why you are using protein powder. If you are controlling your weight, it is best to take in a steady supply of protein at each meal/snack to feel satisfied. If it is recovery after exercise, consume the protein within 60 minutes post workout. Muscles are most responsive to protein for growth and repair at this time.
Here are some simple guidelines to follow when looking for the healthiest protein powder option:
Alternatives are Many
After choosing a healthy powder that fits your needs and taste preferences, add a scoop or two to your protein shakes and smoothies and use as a meal replacement or after workout boost. Experiment with a variety of flavors. Sprinkle or add cacao powder, nuts or seeds (hemp, flax, chia), shredded coconut for added protein and flavor.
Boost your oatmeal with protein powder at breakfast. Add to your plain Greek or coconut milk yogurt with fruit and a little honey to aid your weight loss efforts.
Supplement snack recipes with added protein powder. Once of my favorite take-on-the-go power snack is protein balls.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard! With a little bit of creativity, experimental conscious effort, and few dietary changes you will feel better, boost your energy and reap the rewards!
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