Do you really need a protein power?
While you can get protein from foods, with busy schedules between work and kids, it’s not always realistic to get enough protein in from whole food sources. Sometimes you can’t eat because of driving, or you forgot to pick up enough at the store, or sometimes you just forget to take meat out of the freezer.
Here are five reasons why you need to have a protein powder in your cupboard.
In less than five minutes in the morning, you can put together a shake with 25-50 grams of protein which helps you stay full and keep your energy levels even through lunch. It’s also only going to be 110-230 calories!
If you need to add more, some fruit, peanut butter, and veggies thrown into a blender with your protein powder will make a complete meal without need to turn your stove, oven, or microwave on.
Protein Powder Speeds Up Post Workout Recovery
After you workout, you leave the gym weaker than when you walked in because you broke down muscle. Getting protein in after a workout is important to get the recovery process started, but usually you’re not hungry after doing a hard workout. Drinking a protein shake is an easy way to get high-quality protein into your body quickly plus it also helps rehydrate you!
Most people don’t get enough calcium in their diets. This can lead to tons of health issues like low bone density, heart issues, blood pressure issues, and a host of other issues. Whey protein powders, like the Ax and Sledge whey we carry at GST, contains 10% of your RDA for calcium in each scoop!
If you’re vegetarian or vegan, it can be tough to get enough protein. Getting enough protein is important not only for recovery and building muscle, but also retaining the muscle you already have. A low protein diet can lead to muscle loss and, in older individuals, sarcopenia (age related muscle loss). Getting enough protein when combined with resistance training can help offset this muscle loss.
Whether you’re a sweet tooth or a salty-savory person, there are tons of recipes you can make with protein powder for snacks or desserts. Mug cakes, pancakes, truffles, muffins, and lots of other options are available nowadays. Check out websites like ProteinPOW or Big Man’s World for some great baked (or no-bake) snacks.
Whether your goal is fat loss, athletic performance, or to build muscle, a protein powder is the perfect thing to always have on hand. GST sells great tasting Axe and Sledge supplements at our gym in West Chester, PA. Next time you are in, ask for a sample.