“What is up with the protein love affair?” a Facebook user posted on my Fan page after I shared a link to a recent post, “How much protein do you really need?”
Research shows that 60% of the US population is trying to increase their protein intake. From general health and wellness, to sports nutrition and weight management, protein really is the must-have nutritional trend of the decade.
People sometimes ask me about the best kind of protein to consume for their body and their lifestyle. The short answer is that it depends on when you’re consuming protein and what you’re relying on protein for – energy for every day, workout recovery and more.
If you eat clean, most likely you know where most of your food comes from. If your protein comes from beans, chicken, fish or milk, it’s likely you know where it came from or how it landed on shelves. If you ate eating Protein Supplements, you may not have the same answers. From Whey, Casein to Soy protein, it’s important to know where your food comes from.
Dairy is actually the primary source for Protein Supplements. Through microfiltration and ultra-filtration, milk is separated and it’s byproducts include casein and whey protein. Soy is the leading non-dairy protein source.
People often ask which is the best type of protein to eat. Between Soy, Whey and Casein it can be confusing to know which one you should buy. Whey is best for right after a workout. It is digested the fastest, helping deliver amino acids quickly to recently worked muscles. Casein is best if used at night. Your body digests casein slower than whey and soy. Our body does not utilize the amino acids for hours since it takes so long for our body to break it down. This makes it a good option to consume in between workouts or meals, like at night. Lastly, soy is a good option if you are a vegetarian or vegan. It is however digested at a different rate compared to whey protein and casein which makes it less ideal for post workout recovery drinks.
Here are a few of my recipes using protein supplements:
Some of these take longer than others, so when I don’t have the time, like at the gym after a workout when I’m headed to the shower and meetings, I grab a shake or a bar.
Wanna learn more about protein? Check out my post from last week on What You Need To Know About Protein.
When do you need an extra energy boost?
Don’t forget that I am hosting a contest through the end of August called “Energy for Every Day.” If you haven’t tried adding protein to your life, now is your chance. Winners will receive a gift pack worth $250 from Premier Protein, including a $200 cash prize to keep you active and on the go. Think of that running or camping gear you’ve needed, plus more fun swag! Three winners will be chosen at random in July, three winners will be chosen in August and four will be chosen in September.
To enter, all you need to do is share that moment when your energy crashes and you need that extra boost. Simply answer the following question on this YouTube video below in the comments section, “I need protein most when… ______________” and be sure to check out Premier Protein on Facebook. You need to watch the video on YouTube to leave a comment.
You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel in the mean time to make sure you don’t forget and miss the video when it goes live!
This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Premier Protein. All thoughts and opinions are my own.