#Protein Shakes…Should you be drinking them?…

Protein Shakes….over the last few weeks I have shared some homemade protein shakes…But who should be drinking them and why?

For someone like me who does regular exercise…walking 10,000 steps at least 4/5 days a week on my rest days I average 3-5,000 steps a day…As I eat a well-balanced diet I don’t need to drink protein drinks…

If someone is following a rigorous training or weight loss regime … it is likely their gym or trainer will advise them to drink protein drinks …protein is an important nutrient and can help in weight loss…getting enough protein boosts your metabolism, reduces your appetite and helps you lose body fat without losing muscle…they are an easy way to add protein to your diet…

Some protein drinks are high in added sugars and calories…although some protein powders have little added sugar, and others have a lot (as much as 23 grams per scoop). Some protein powders wind up turning a glass of milk into a drink with more than 1,200 calories.

If you wish to drink protein drinks choose them wisely or make your own…

You can risk weight gain and an unhealthy spike in blood sugar.

When should you drink a Protein Shake?

Between meals, either as a snack or around your workout. People who exercise regularly need more protein to support muscle recovery and growth.

Can you drink too many protein shakes in a day?

As always the short answer is yes…however if you’re a veggie or vegan who struggles to hit your daily protein needs or need an alternative to grabbing a sugary snack mid-afternoon, an extra protein shake could be just what you need.

Protein Shakes and powders concern me…I think that many people who take them to aid weight loss or build muscle do not do their research and they can do more harm than good and as do many products there are great ones and there are the not-so-great made by unscrupulous individuals whose aim is profit…

The markets are full of fake bodybuilding supplements. Here’s what to keep in mind before you buy a protein powder off the shelf.

How to make your own…as I use Greek yoghurt if I make protein shakes I haven’t personally tried these recipes…Homemade Protein Powder

These TWO recipes are quick and easy to make ..the ingredients vary it just depends on what kind of proteins you want to include.

What is whey Protein?

Whey protein is commonly used alongside resistance exercise to help improve muscle protein synthesis and promote the growth of lean muscle mass…But what is it?

Milk is made of two proteins, casein and whey. Whey protein can be separated from the casein in milk or formed as a by-product of cheese making. Whey protein is considered a complete protein as it contains all 9 essential amino acids. It is low in lactose content.

The downside of using whey protein…some people who are allergic to milk may be specifically allergic to whey. In moderate doses, whey protein does not typically cause any adverse events. However, consuming very high doses can cause stomach pains, cramps and nausea…

To drink protein drinks or not …opinions are varied…some athletes will NOT touch them and many non-athletes will not leave home without one…me I say eat a banana…

if you take protein powders you will generally have three options…Buy the cheap ones where the list of ingredients has weird names plus chemicals you haven’t heard of and quite frankly I wouldn’t feed them to my resident mosquitos and I loathe those…

Then you have the outrageously priced ones…I mean why would you?

The third option is to make thy own…

Making your own proteins has many benefits:

    1. You control the sugar
    2. No chemicals
    3. No nasties
    4. No fillers
    5. it’s cheaper by far
    6. You know what is in it
    7. Peace of mind.

I hope this post has gone some way to helping you decide which camp you would rather be in…has given you options…I mean if you are doing resistance training and aiming to lose weight instead of counting calories why not count the chemicals in some outrageously priced Protein Drink/Powders and save that money to buy yourself that beautiful outfit you are aiming to fit into… be it the wedding dress of your dreams, that pair of size 12 jeans …I have left holidays as unless you live by the sea most of us ain’t going anywhere at the moment…sigh…x

I hope you are enjoying these recipes for homemade protein drinks if you are and you make your own please share your tips in the comments I love to hear from you…Love Carol  xx



19 thoughts on “#Protein Shakes…Should you be drinking them?…

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  2. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    I see people talking about protein powders all the time on one of the vegan groups I’m a member of. I ignore the posts though, because I prefer to get my protein from actual foods. Things like tofu – just to use one example – are useful things to add to your diet to help you get your protein requirements met.

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  3. petespringerauthor

    I used to go through periods when I used protein drinks when I was younger on occasion after a workout. I don’t know how much was psychological, but I felt stronger, and I was building more muscle mass when I was using them.

    Besides the health risks you warn about, most protein drinks taste hideous. A lot of the ones I used had a lot of whey in them. The sometimes upset my stomach or gave me a headache. Another factor is they are pretty expensive. Even though I don’t use them anymore, I have mixed feelings about them. I like the idea of making natural healthy ones.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I have never tried them, Pete but my kids and others have told me how awful they taste… I just think why would you when you can make something which does the job and tastes good… Its good to hear your thoughts, Pete and I do think much of it is psychological and part of a culture which exists in certain sectors…. It is that which scares me blind belief… Yes… whey can do all of that… x

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  4. Jim Borden

    I appreciate your balanced perspective on protein drinks; I usually add a scoop of protein powder to my green smoothies, but they have been on hold for a couple of months. Hopefully I will get back in the habit…

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