Are protein shakes a viable option for breakfast? As a meal replacement?
Protein shakes are an awesome option for breakfast or a meal
replacement. The number one issue with most breakfasts in America is
that they are typically carb-heavy and protein deficient.
Therefore you are often times hungry 2 hours later. Protein shakes make for a quick, nutritious and filling start to your day!
Best for pre-workout or post-workout? Why?
One of the best times to fire up a protein shake is within 30-45
minutes post-workout. A good workout produces a hot metabolism,
depleted glycogen stores and brokend down muscles. This is a
perfect time to take in a protein shake mixed with your favorite
fruits. The healthy blend of carbs and protein work together to
repair muscle tissue and replenish glycogen stores.
Are they effective for women too?
Absolutely! Protein supplements aren't just for body builders and
muscle heads anymore. When mixed with the right ingredients, protein
smoothies provide a quick, calorie conscious, and
satisfying meal replacement for all health conscious adults!
What's the best kind of protein, whey or soy?
Whey protein is the preferred choice because it has a higher
biological value, i.e. it is absorbed/utilized better.
What brand do I use and what do I mix it with?
I personally use BiPro Whey Protein Isolate. BiPro is a highly
absorbable, natural flavored protein, free of artificial fillers, that
mixes well and is produced right here in Minnesota.
Here's my protein shake recipe (lactose/dairy free):
BiPro Whey Protein (20g protein, 0g carbs, 80 calories)
Dark Chocolate Almond Milk (1g protein, 23g carbs, 120 calories)
1 medium frozen banana (25g carbs, 100 calories)
1 Tbsp organic peanut butter (8g fat, 4g carbs, 4g protein, 95 calories)
3 ice cubes
Water as needed for desired thickness
Blended in a Magic Bullet blender
Totals: 400 calories, 25g protein, 50g carbs, 8g fat (for lower
calorie counts cut the peanut butter out)
A 2:1 ratio of carbs to protein promotes anabolic (build up) effects
in the body…naturally!
If you want to sample BiPro Protein let me know I'll send you a couple
packets to try out!
Personal trainer Ryan J. Walseth does significant research for each fit tip. You can check out more Ryan at litfitness.com.
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