Friday, October 7, 2011

Need a Protein Fix? Try This Instead....

Now-a-days when people go to the gym they like to supplement their workouts with a little extra protein; however, the conventional protein shakes are NOT a healthy alternative. In fact, they actually cause MORE harm than good to your body.

Why NOT to drink the conventional protein shakes:
1) Most proteins are whey protein isolates INSTEAD OF whey protein concentrates
2) Artificial sweeteners
3) Artificial ingredients
4) Soy (key fact: most soy is genetically modified (GMO) unless it specifically says non-GMO)
5) Most contain dangerous levels of metals (Dr. Mercola: "A recent Consumer Reports' evaluation showed some leading brands of protein powders exceeded United States Pharmacopoeia's (USP) recommended safety limits for certain heavy metals.")
6) Most contain milk made from hormone injected cows NOT hormone-free cows

Here are some ingredients found in conventional protein powders: 

  • Soy,Whey Protein Isolate-Milk
  • Glutamine Peptides-Wheat
  • Natural & Artificial Flavors-Milk & Soy
  • Modified Glucose Polymers (Maltodextrin)
  • Colorings: FD&C Red #40
Recommended Whey Protein Powders:  
  • Dr. Mercola's Miracle Whey (Chocolate)
    • Excellent protein powder. Good taste and meets all of the requirements necessary for a healthy protein supplement.
  • Nutra Bio Whey Protein Concentrate 
    • This protein powder has no taste at all. It mixes into almond milk extremely well and can be added to your pancake mix for an additional protein boost. If you want a healthy alternative to conventional protein powders, this would be an excellent choice.

Recommended Vegan (Non-Dairy) Protein Powders:

  •  Nirtro Fusion (Chocolate)
    • This is by far the BEST vegan protein powder I have ever tried. It is all natural and made only from plants, so if you have high cholesterol this is the best choice for you. It has only 4 grams of sugar and tastes like a chocolate milkshake. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 
  • Sequel Naturals Vega Sport
    • This protein powder is another fantastic choice; however, if you do not like the flavor of stevia this is NOT the product for you. I personally think it is WAY TOO sweet, but that is just me! I like the sweetness of my protein shake to come from the almond milk I put in it. My husband, on the other hand, loves this one and the one below because it is so sweet. Great product though.
  •  Sequel Naturals Vega Shake and Go Smoothie Vanilla Almondilla
    • These are great to add for a little stevia sweetness, but I think this is too sweet for me.
  •  Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein
    •  Great quality of protein; however, the taste is NOT very pleasant. This is drinkable if you combine it with chocolate almond milk and a little chocolate protein powder.
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What do I mix it with?
I recommend to stay AWAY from ALL SOY products! 
Use the following instead:
1) Organic Almond milk (original, chocolate and/or vanilla)
2) Coconut Milk (original and/or vanilla)
3) Hazelnut Milk
My All-Time Favorite RECIPE: 
1 Mason jar (16 oz or larger)
1 scoop of nitro fusion chocolate
1 scoop of organic wheat grass
8 oz  vanilla almond milk
4 oz. chocolate almond milk
Shake it all together and ENJOY
25 g of protein
2-3 servings of veggies

1 comment:

Christy Yamagata said...

I cant wait to try your recipe@! Where do you buy your organic wheatgrass and which brand do you recommend?