You’ve just finished your workout. Before you even pick up all of your stuff to head out the door, you are probably mixing a protein shake. You slam it down, probably gagging a little, but you do it because you can’t miss the metabolic window.
NEVER MISS THE METABOLIC WINDOW.
Did you catch it yet? I’m employing sarcasm as a literary device.
So, let’s break it down. I could use a lot of big scientific words here, but let’s keep it simple. Protein is the Macronutrient that is the most directly related to muscle growth. And if your goal is to get stronger, build muscle, or improve your recovery time, consuming protein quickly after a workout can be a great way to do that.
Before we dive any deeper, I do want to say that protein powder is a supplement and should be treated as such. What do I mean? So glad you asked! (Were you ready for the sarcasm that time?)
Supplements should be used with a lot of intention and thought in your diet. By definition, a supplement is something that completes or enhances something else. So unless, you have been advised by a medical professional to take a specific vitamin or other supplement because of issues with your body (maybe you have trouble producing or digesting something), then supplements are not a necessity. However if you have specific goals and it is hard to consume enough of what you need to support those goals, then supplements can be a wonderful and easy addition to your day to day routine. If you want to hear a little more about supplements, head HERE to listen to Emily and me talk more in depth.
Now we’re back!
Protein powder can be an excellent supplement for post-workout recovery and muscle growth or just an easy addition to things like breakfast smoothies to make them well-balanced. But so often we see protein powders with ingredient lists a mile long (this is borderline sarcastic, these lists can be seriously overwhelming) and almost all of them either taste terrible or leave you feeling like you just swished around chalk in your mouth.
Personally, for me and the general population at Roux, we love DRIVEN NUTRITION and their proteins. Not only do we like their ingredients (which are noticeably missing things like soy lecithin and whatevercolor #18) but it tastes AMAZING. They also recently released a “Natural” line. So instead of Sucralose (which we are OK with it in this case, it’s a small amount and OK to consume after a workout), they use Stevia. With that in mind, know that Driven doesn’t work for everyone. Some members have severe food allergies and some just don’t like whey protein. There are plenty of dairy-free, complete proteins, like pea proteins. Just check out the ingredients before you buy!
Now before we leave you…
We wanted to address one more thing we talked about in the opening sentences. Taste. While you may love the way your protein tastes, slinging back the same shake everyday can get boring. So we leave you with 3 tricks for upping your protein game and even a link for more ideas!
- 1 Scoop Protein Powder
12 – 16 oz Unsweetened Coconut Water
1 Shot Cold Brew Coffee
We love this! Not only is coconut water an excellent source of potassium and electrolytes, but it seems to add sweetness to whatever it is mixed with, even without added sugar. AND if coffee is your thing, adding a shot of cold brew coffee gives it a little kick and the flavor puts your $6 Frappucino to shame.
- 1 Scoop Protein Powder
¼ Cup Steel Cut Quick Oats
Fruit of Choice
Handful of Nuts of Choice or Tbsp. of Nut Butter
Y’all. This is a standard breakfast for me. I love it. If I have time at home, sure I love to make eggs, but if I am eating breakfast at work or have worked out prior to eating, this hits the spot every time. Simply cook oats as directed, mix in a scoop of protein after the oats are ready, and top with your choice of ingredients. Proteins, fats, carbs. Well-balanced breakfast that is delicious with minimal clean up. *Cue angels singing*
- ½ Scoop Protein Powder
6-8 oz. Unsweetened Greek Yogurt (Full Fat Preferred)
Squeeze of Honey
This combo has saved me many times from attacking the gelato that my husband insists upon keeping stocked in our freezer. Bonus? The primary protein in Greek yogurt is casein protein and casein is a slow digesting protein. So it also keeps me fuller longer. This may be a good option if you’re someone that tends to wake up for midnight snacks.
For more awesome ideas, head HERE.
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