Curious AND Confused... the Protein Powder Conundrum
Curious AND Confused About Protein Powders? Read On.
When many of you come to see me about up leveling your breakfast, you are interested in protein powder and also confused and overwhelmed by the options, so let’s break it down.
Sources. When you choose a protein powder, the first thing you want to think about is where the protein is coming from. Whey proteins are derived from dairy - usually cow’s milk. Whey protein can come in an isolate or concentrate form, or a blend of both. Isolates tend to be lactose free and concentrates will usually contain lactose. Both isolates and concentrates contain dairy proteins, so if you have an allergy to dairy, whey is best to avoid.
If you have no issues consuming dairy products, then whey is a great option, as it contains immune-boosting properties and is easily absorbed into muscles during recovery.
Plant-based powders derive protein from parts of peas, rice, quinoa, spirulina, and hemp. Plant-based powders may contain one, or a combo of these sources. Plant-based protein powders are suitable for anyone following a vegan or vegetarian diet, or who has difficulty digesting the proteins found in dairy.
Both types of protein powder can be blended with fruit and / or veggies to make a smoothie. If you are wanting to replace a meal with your protein smoothie, be sure to include a little serving of healthy fat into the mix, like a tablespoon of nut or seed butter, a chunk of avocado, a tablespoon of ground flax, or chia seeds are a few options. Adding fat will enhance the absorption of your protein and help you feel full and satisfied longer.
When ladies are considering adding protein powder, I commonly hear that they are afraid to take the leap because they don’t want to get too muscular. I can promise that ladies are far more likely to lose muscle tissue from eating too little protein, than bulk up from adding one scoop of protein powder to their meal plan. Most of us are consuming far less than the 30 grams of protein per meal needed to keep our blood sugar balanced, our bones and muscles healthy and our hair, skin & nails strong.
If you are eating one egg, a tablespoon of peanut butter or just skipping breakfast altogether, you aren’t likely meeting your daily protein requirements. A morning smoothie including one scoop of protein powder can be a fast, easy and tasty solution to bridging the nutritional gap in your day.
Not sure which protein powder is right for you? Curious to take the leap but nervous and want to talk more? We will happily talk you through the options so you end up with the perfect solution for you - call, email or pop into the store anytime.