Protein shakes and bars
If you are consuming meal replacement bars and shakes instead of real whole foods, you’re not going to be getting the right nutrients your body needs. Many protein bars are actually very high in sugar and fats to keep you full longer and taste buds happy. But are they really helping to keep your tummy flat and muscles bulk?
How much protein do you need?
On average you should be consuming about 1 gram of protein per pound of weight. The reason many body builders consume a lot of protein powder is simply because they weigh more and therefore need to pack on the extra calories and protein all one day. Whey protein is a quick and easy way to do just that!
Our body can only absorb so much protein, so if you’re already eating a balanced wholesome diet than chances are, those bars and shakes are really just expensive calories.
How can protein powders benefit my diet?
Although I don’t think it’s necessary to consume protein powder on a regular basis especially if they’re not working out consistently. I do think it’s a handy ingredient to have on hand when needed. Adding a scoop to a fruit smoothie or your morning oatmeal/pancakes is a quick way to insure you have added protein into your meal. It’s also great for a post workout recovery snack when you need a quick releasing source of protein and carbs to refuel your stores. I personally like to add a scoop into my morning shake to keep me feeling full longer.
Tips to buying the right protein powder
- stick to an isolate
- look for ones sweetened with stevia as oppose to glucose or artificial ones
- vegan? Try a hemp protein option
- test out different flavors by buying the sample size portions first
*Health Nut’s favourite- Sun Warrior protein powder.
Hope this helped clear a few things up! Protein powder can be a great addition to your diet in the right doses and make consuming protein more convenient when you’re on the go.
Have fun shaking up those shakes after a sweaty workout!
Your Health Nut,