Proteins powders are found in our local grocery stores, health food stores, local gyms or health clubs and online. What are they anyway? How do you know which is the best for you?
Everybody is different. What may work for me may not be that great for you especially if you have food allergies, a sensitive stomach or you are a vegan. I believe in quality over quantity for protein powder. Let’s look at the different types of protein powders and why we need protein.
According to Kidshealth.org:
Protein builds, maintains and replaces the tissues in your body. Your muscles, organs and immune system are made up mostly of protein. Protein is used to make hemoglobin, the red blood cells that carry oxygen to every part of your body. It is also used to build cardiac muscle (heart muscle) and every moving part of our body including protecting us from diseases.
We get protein from food like fish, chicken, beef, eggs, beans, lentils and milk products. Proteins are made of amino acids and there are 20 different amino acids. Our body needs amino acids for the functions discussed above but the food that we eat may not have those essential amino acids to build strong muscles and a healthy body.
How much protein do we need? Here is a chart taken from CDC’s website:
And when I was pregnant, my midwife recommended a minimum of 75 grams of protein a day but ideally 100 grams.
To help us understand the amount, CDC gave the following example:
One cup of dry beans has 16 grams of protein
A 3-ounce piece of meat has 21 grams of protein
Find out more by going to their website.
There are many types of protein powder made from different types of protein. Some are made of soy protein, whey protein, hydrolyzed whey protein, egg protein, beef protein and plant protein like brown rice or peas. Some of the protein powders in stores could be made mostly of carbohydrates with a small percentage of protein or some may be filled with lots of fat that your body shouldn’t have. Usually if it’s a huge tub of protein powder and it costs less than 30 dollars it isn’t quality protein powder.
Here are my top three favorite protein powders:
Beachbody’s Chocolate Shakeology
I like my shakes with about half of the recommended dosage and some people with sensitive stomachs cannot handle this delicious protein powder. Shakeology contains more than 70 natural ingredients including nutrient-dense whole foods.
Chocolate lovers will enjoy Beachbody’s Chocolate Shakeology.
Garden of Life Raw Protein
You can purchase Garden of Life Raw Protein from Whole Foods Market. This raw protein has a neutral taste and is an excellent foundation for a high protein energy shake or smoothie.
It is suitable for anyone who is practicing vegan or vegetarian diets, has food allergies, is sensitive to milk or needs low carbohydrate diets.
Power Meal is a meal replacement formulated for the vegetarian diet. It is a low-fat, rice-based meal rich in calcium, antioxidants and amino acids. It has 20 grams of protein per serving and has a complete vitamin, mineral and enzyme profile. It is my favorite because I can live on this protein powder and know that I am getting all the nutrients needed for the day.
This whole-grain brown rice protein is rich in selenium, manganese and phenolics, dairy-free, allergen-free and easily absorbed in the body. Not only is it delicious, it is one of the most effective ways to add to a weight management program.
The benefits of Power Meal includes:
1. It is dairy and allergen-free
2. Helps build muscle mass
3. Contains a multi-nutrient meal replacement complex
4. Provides sustained energy release
5. Enhances natural detoxification process
6. Formulated for a vegetarian diet
7. Supplies 20 grams of protein per serving
8. Supports healthy and normal cholesterol level
9. Helps overall health for those with weight management or fitness goals
I have used Power Meal in many different ways. Some of the most basic ways to consume Power Meal is to add two scoops to 8-10 oz. of cold water or drink of your choice. Shake, stir or blend and drink. You can add fruits or essential oils to your shake.
It’s my favorite of all the Protein Powders because you can LIVE on IT! Meaning if that’s all you ate you would get plenty of nutrition. I remember this one day I was in Pittsboro, NC and got a phone call at 7:30am asking if I could do Chiropractic for these Rock Bands at an all day event in Batavia NY the next morning.
I made the decision that I would do it and got in my car with water, a shaker bottle Power Meal and NingXia Red. I drove 14 hours straight, got only 4 hours of sleep and worked 12 hours the next day. I know that those Power Meal shakes kept me going and gave me a ton of energy.
When at home I make this delicious shake for my growing toddler, husband and I. I call it the Vitality Shake. I modified it from my friend Jennifer Crippen’s Adrenal Shake.
1 Cup of Coconut milk or Coconut Almond Milk (some people like just water or Almond milk Base)
1 scoop Powermeal by Young Living
1 cup Dark Berries
2 TBSP Flax Seeds Ground / Flax Meal
½ of Ripe Avacado
1 tsp of Cream of TarTar
5 half droppers of Mineral Essence by Young Living
½ – 2 cups of Water depending on how thick you want your shake
You can also add more favorites like kale for more green nutrition etc. I would recommend staying away from sweet carby fruits like bananas and peaches although I have been known to add those sometimes too.
You can get a bag of Organic Triple Berry Blend at BJ’s wholesale club for $9.99 here in Central NY. This is a really good deal of these delicious organic berries.
Triple 3 Adrenal Support
If you are stressed out, then you really need these 3 ingredients in the Vitality Shake. They help support our adrenal glands that become depleted after periods of stress and can lead to some serious health crisis if depleted for long periods of time.
I love this Vitality Shake. It is so delicious and makes for an amazing meal replacement or snack. In fact my mouth is watering just writing this. You will find over time your body will crave the good nutrients in this shake.
Protein powders are not just for athletes, body builders or growing teens. It is great for moms, dads or anyone who wants to include healthy protein, minerals and vitamins into their daily diet.
To me Power Meal is one of the most satisfying, delicious and complete plant-based protein powders. When I make a shake or smoothie, I need to know that I have the protein, vitamins, minerals and essential oils all delivered in one glass for a busy mom of a baby and toddler.
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Disclaimer: This information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. It’s strictly for informational, educational, or entertainment purposes ONLY. The products I talk about are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. Any information I give you about them is for informational or entertainment purposes only. They have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please seek the qualified health professional of your choice when making health decisions for yourself, your family and your pets.