Updated: Jan 28
I've never always used protein powder. I remember not even knowing what protein power was or why I should use it. About six years ago, I discovered protein powder and researched whether I need t or not. That's right; not everyone needs to use protein powder. I was working the nightshift as a Sheriff Officer and found it difficult to eat during my shifts. I have recently given birth to my second child and wanted to lose weight during pregnancy. Workings shift work was challenging enough, and I know I need to eat to lose weight. So I started paying close attention to what, when, and how I was eating. Through tracking and analyzing my diet, I realize I was not consuming enough protein.
In my research, I found that protein powder would be an excellent way to fill my nutritional gap. But protein powders claim to do it all—boost weight loss, grow muscle, replenish your body after a long workout, and so much more. The next challenge was wow there are so many on the market- many different varieties, like whey, pea, soy, and rice. Shopping for protein supplements is far from simple. And not all protein worthy of even consumption.
Here are my tips when looking for a good quality protein:
But first, know that I highly recommend you try to get all your nutritional needs from whole food first. Remember, supplements are exactly as it states - a supplement- to fill the gap. Not your primary source. Our body needs protein to function correctly. Protein can be found in both plant and animal products and a supplement, like protein powder.
SOME WHOLE FOODS HEALTHY AND HIGH IN PROTEIN
Three ounces of chicken breast—21 grams of protein
Three ounces of salmon—19 grams of protein
Half cup of black beans—7.6 grams of protein
Half cup of lentils—9 grams of protein
NOW DO YOU NEED PROTEIN POWDER?
Are you looking for a convenient way to meet daily protein requirements, whipping up a protein shake is a good option.
Do you work out a lot? A protein supplement offers a fast, convenient way to deliver protein to your body after a workout. There's research that also suggests that drinking protein post-workout reduces soreness when consumed after daily exercise. Protein powder is a good source for whether your goal is weight loss or weight gain. The best protein powder for weight loss is those with higher protein and lower carbs and fat. For those looking to gain weight, look for a protein powder with a high protein-to-calorie ratio.
Types of Protein: Pick the protein based on your goal/lifestyle. Vegans and non-meat eaters choose a plant-based protein. Whey protein is made from an animal source and is the most easily digestible protein.
KEEP AN EYE ON THE INGREDIENTS
Some companies add fillers to protein powders for several reasons—cost, flavor, a longer shelf life—so reading the ingredients before making your purchase is essential.
HERE ARE MY PICKS
These are protein powders that I have personally used and love.
Level 1 - delivers the highest quality, premium proteins in a sustained release, which mimics the whole food's protein assimilation rates.
Vegan Pro Power - premium pea protein isolate and rice protein sources used, also contains a rich Green Superfood Complex, a Phytonutrient Blend, and a Digestive Enzyme Blend to enhance further overall health benefits you will receive.
Our all-natural vegan protein is 100% Non-GMO and contains…
No Artificial flavors No Gluten
No Artificial sweeteners No Animal products
No Artificial colors or dyes No Dairy or Soy https://1stphorm.com/products/vegan-power-pro/?a_aid=getupwithnards
Phormula-1 - Pure whey protein isolates that are hydrolyzed and predigested are essential in any training and supplementation program.