Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What Protein Powder Do You Choose?

I've had a few requests for this one....

What protein powder do I recommend?

In this post, I will be breaking down different protein powders along with my suggestions.

First, why do I use protein powder and when do I use it?

I use it in a breakfast smoothie when I'm on the go, or I use it in a protein shake after a workout (and I even use it to cook! Don't worry, I will have recipes posted soon). I use it as protein…to satisfy and fill me up, or after a workout to help build muscle.

Let's explore the different types:

Soy: Soy protein is formed and defatted from soybean. It has been proven to be beneficial to the human body. It can act as a substitute for a meat protein, help reduce cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, increase the effectiveness of other foods because of the amino acids it has, and helps reduce the risk of colon and prostate cancer. 

Whey: Whey protein comes from the by-product of cheese actually. It is low in lactose and contains all 9 essential amino acids. It is known to increase the body's power, fight effects of bad moods, and disease. According the Men's Health, whey is said to aid in losing fat and preserving muscle, increasing size and strength of muscle, reduce hunger, fight cancer, get rid of stress, and improve our immune system.

Vegan: Vegan protein is obviously formed from plants and more natural. A lot of people choose vegan proteins because they don't choose to eat dairy. Also, some choose vegan because it is less processed in most cases. Some options of vegan protein powder are the following: hemp protein (it is said to have more fiber than others), brown rice protein (I've heard that Sun Warrior is a great brand), and yellow pea protein.

Casein: Casein comes from milk. According the Men's Fitness, casein "has the ability to provide your bloodstream with a slow and steady flow of amino acids that could last for hours. Muscle may not be built overnight, but drinking a glass of casein-rich milk is the ideal protein to consume right before bed, as it'll be more helpful throughout the night than any other protein option." The other benefits are that you will gain bigger muscle quicker, it aids in fat loss, builds strength, and helps with protecting your teeth! 

Which one do I use? Whey. Of course I am definitely willing to try the others, but I find whey protein beneficial to me.

Remember, when choosing any protein powder, look for LESS sugar and MORE protein! 

My favorite protein powder so far is Elite XT in Rich Vanilla. It goes SO well with my smoothies and it doesn't taste chalky or bland!

And I will SO be making THIS in the morning (I found it on Pinterest, but I've posted the link below)!


(This is not my picture!)



I want to know, what is your favorite protein powder?

Have a great night! And of course, I hope you find this information helpful and useful!

XOXO,
Callie



2 comments:

  1. Love this post! I personally try to avoid soy at all costs, it can actually have some negative effects for males and females longterm. I am looking into buying the same whey protein you said is your favorite! Definitely trying that protein shake!

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  2. I started taking Elite XT before practices. It tastes like pancake batter ��

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