One of the biggest misconceptions when someone hears “protein shake” is that they are only for body builders or those trying to replace a meal. This is not true. So, what is its purpose?
I’m so glad you asked! Protein is responsible for building and repairing tissues, as well as to make enzymes, hormones, and other crucial chemicals. It is the building block to building bones, blood, and other important factors in the human body. As such, protein is considered a macronutrient – that means that your body needs a lot of it in order to do its job. Protein shakes are recommended because most of us are lacking the amount of protein our body needs. I know personally I was only getting in maybe 50g tops – then I began working with a trainer, and I learned my body needed about twice that amount in order to function at its best. Eating massive amount of protein during the day was not an option for me. So in came the protein shakes.
Choosing the right type of protein is also important. Many people tend to go straight for the whey – it is easily found in stores and it is the most common. However, most people also don’t realize that whey is a byproduct of the proteins created during cheese production – meaning it contains dairy and lactose. People will complain of bloating and that their stomach hurts, when really it’s the dairy/lactose inside the protein mix causing the problem.
Personally (along with many others), my digestive system does not break down lactose – so, whey protein is not an option.
Then, I began doing my research. I came across “pea protein”. Yeah…sounds weird, right? But there are actually a lot of benefits plus it is easy to digest.
The recipes I will include here include pea protein for that very reason. However if you have a protein that works for you and you want to substitute it, go for it.
Here are my personal recommendations as the base of your shake, before going into the recipes:
1) Arbonne’s Protein Powder (vegan, pea protein based) – Chocolate, Vanilla, and limited edition flavors Cinnamon Roll and Marble Cake.
2) Add fiber to your shake to feel full longer. That can be through flax seeds, fruits, or a scoop of Fiber Boost.
3) One packet of Digestion Plus. This will add needed enzymes, as well as pre- and probiotics to your shake.
TIP: Adding a banana to any recipe will make the shake more of a milkshake consistency.
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