Protein Powder Tips & Recommendations
Protein powders can be used at different times of the day to achieve different goals or desired outcomes. It can be taken post-workout to maximize muscle recovery and repair, in the morning to help you feel full, or in the afternoon to reduce snacking and fight cravings. Protein is such an important part of our diet and it can be a great tool to help you achieve your health and fitness goals when chosen and used correctly!
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How To Choose Your Perfect Protein
Protein is one of the three major macronutrients in our diets. Each molecule of protein is made up of different amino acids (think of these like building blocks), which are an essential part of our dietary intake. Protein is vital for our bodies to build and repair muscle, and to maintain many other necessary functions.
Protein powders are a great way to boost your protein intake – but it can sometimes be confusing trying to figure out which type of protein powder is best suited for you and your goals.
These days you can find a wide array of different proteins, whey, casein, egg, pea, rice, soy, hemp, and many more! The two main categories these fit into are animal-based proteins (whey, casein, egg), vs plant-based proteins (pea, rice, soy, hemp, etc).
Animal-based proteins have been around and more popular for a longer time than their plant-based alternatives. Whey protein is the most widely sold protein powder, made from filtering and drying cow’s milk. Whey protein is the most bioavailable protein source meaning our bodies are very able to absorb the available protein. Our Lean Whey Protein products contain a blend of whey protein isolate (WPI) and whey protein concentrate (WPC), these are two different variations of whey protein with varying fat/protein/lactose contents. Many people find that they enjoy the consistency and flavour of whey protein. It dissolves easily in water and can easily be flavoured in a wide range of delicious flavours. Whey protein is fast-absorbing which can be beneficial to athletes looking for maximum muscle recovery and growth. Overall, if your body can digest dairy products well and you regularly include dairy products in your diet, whey protein is a great versatile option when choosing a protein supplement, especially if you are looking for a fast-digesting protein source.
Plant-based protein powders have been rising in popularity over recent years. There are many plant protein options available now, pea protein being the most widely available in today’s market. Plant-based protein provides a dairy-free alternative for those people who choose not to consume dairy products or those who have an allergy/intolerance to it. Our Plant Power Protein contains a blend of pea protein and rice protein (providing a complete protein source), which is a dairy-free and vegan protein source. These proteins are free from common allergens such as dairy, gluten, nuts, and soy. Pea protein has a very different consistency and flavour when compared to whey protein. When mixed with water our Plant Protein has a much thicker, creamier consistency. Our Plant Power Protein is very satiating (keeps you full for longer) which can be helpful if you are trying to reduce your food intake and snacking. While the protein is also very effective at repairing and building lean muscle, it can also help to support healthy weight loss / fat loss. Plant-based protein is a great option for anyone who is looking for a dairy-free protein powder, or if you are wanting a supplement to support weight loss and muscle recovery.