Protein drinks & fitness
Everyone needs a certain amount of protein in their diet and anyone involved in fitness training and body building will logically need more in a daily basis. One way to get an energy boost after working out while avoiding the dangers of high fat sources of protein, such as fatty meats, is by shaking up a shake based on protein powder alternatives or buy one of the hundreds brands in the market.
There are a number of such alternative sources of protein that are ideal for making shakes, including soy, egg and whey. All are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. All you need is a blender, 1-2 minutes and some imagination.
Soy protein in powder form is virtually fat free as well as low in cholesterol and free from lactose. Soy protein is high in antioxidants and has positive health benefits for women. In Asian countries where soy in all its forms was traditionally part of the diet, breast cancer was virtually unknown. Soy protein contains saponins, phytosterols and isoflavones. Saponins support healthy immune systems and isoflavones are powerful antioxidants.
Egg protein is another powder that can make good shakes and includes Omega 3. It contains all the essential amino and fatty acids for optimum growth and maintenance of active tissue.
Finally, there’s the highly rated whey protein powder. Whey protein repairs and re-builds muscle faster than any other. Whey is high in BCAAs – Branch Chain Amino Acids which stimulate the anabolic path to muscle recovery. Hormonal and cellular responses are also enhanced by whey protein.
Whichever protein supplement you choose use your imagination to create an exciting, tasty shake. Just add water or soy milk and throw in some extras like fresh fruit or nuts. Greek yogurt too could be added. Just remember to drink it fresh for the best taste and benefits and enjoy your energy boost.