I don't know about you but that word used to scare me. I never wanted to go near a 'protein shake' in the fear that I would bulk up!
WHY DO WE NEED PROTEIN?
Protein is an important building block for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. Protein, as well as carbohydrates and fats, is classified in the body as a macronutrient. This means that the body requires is in relatively large amounts. It also plays an important role in cellular growth, and the normal function of the immune system and organs. So if you want healthy hair, skin and nails - eat your protein!
Protein not only keeps your body going strong and gives you energy, but it can also aid in weight loss. I know myself when I have my protein shake after training, I am full until lunchtime.
I have tried a lot of protein powders and my favourite is Super Elixir protein. Not only is it full of quality ingredients, but it also contains a mixture of pre and probiotics to support digestion and a healthy gut too! Another plus is that Super Elixir protein is whey free, which means that it won't leave you feeling bloated, especially if your stomach is sensitive like mine!
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Below is a smoothie recipe I have come up with which I consume 4-5 days a week, either before training or after training. If I am training early in the morning, I prefer to have my smoothie afterwards.
2 scoops of Super Elixir Cacao Protein
1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries
1/2 frozen banana
1 tablespoon of L.S.A.
1 tablespoon of cacao nibs
2 teaspoons of liquid chlorophyl
1 handful of either kale or spinach
As much almond milk as necessary.
Note: Always make sure you check your label when buying almond milk as some only have 2% almonds and the rest is all nasties!
2 scoops of Super Elixir protein (Vanilla or Cacao)
Handful of frozen bananas
tsp of powdered turmeric
tsp of powdered cinnamon
2 slices of fresh ginger
tbs of coconut oil
Add handful of macadamia nuts if desired
Your choice of milk! (I prefer almond)
Reference: Rolfes, S., Pinna, K. and Whitney, E. (n.d.). Understanding normal & clinical nutrition. 13th ed.