Now there are LOADS of protein shakes, but when you're not an expert, it can be quite daunting. Which one, what do they all do, why are they called weird names, why are some just letters ?????? So I've asked around and I have a couple to recommend, other than my daily Nutribuddy Protein Shake.
Everyone needs protein as it helps the body to function correctly. It helps your organs, hair and skin as well as help repair and grow your muscles. Body builders eat and drink extra amounts of proteins as it repairs the broken down muscles to grow even larger, but we all need protein in our diets. For people on a weight loss diet, the protein will help you feel fuller for longer so you shouldn't need to snack.
As every body is different, we all need different amounts of protein. For my height, weight and age I need approx 70g of protein daily. Well anything between 55 - 90g. So I always aim for 70g. So anything extra is perfectly fine and a bonus.
You can calculate yours here : www.calculator.net
Or just Google Protein Calculator if you like.
Firstly we now have protein water... yes I wrote that correctly !!! Protein added to water. Wow !!!
They are both fat and sugar free and only 86 Calories a bottle. Amazing right ! If you buy them online you can get discounts, so have a look and get stocked up.
Now for some protein shakes. With protein shakes like my Nutribuddy, you should add water - to keep the calories down, but, it's your drink and you should enjoy it anyway you like, so with any of these powders, you can add coconut water, milk or dairy free alternatives (see this post here for ideas)
I was sent these two samples from Predator Nutrition.
This Quest Protein Powder can actually be used for baking as well as drinking. It tastes just like a chocolate brownie cake mix and smells like it. So if you need a strong chocolate fix then this is the one for you. This is great for body builders as it includes whey and milk protein at a good amount of 23g protein per serving and micellar casein. It has no added sugar, its gluten and soy free.
I found this very thick with the recommended amount of water so I increased the amount to where I was happy. So, always remember they are just recommended, its not a strict rule. However, I personally felt really full after drinking this so I didn't want to eat for hours afterwards.
You can find the Quest Protein on their website here : www.predatornutrition.com and check out the other flavours too.
This particular flavour is Chocolate Peanut Butter, and O...M...G... it tastes like a chocolate mousse dessert with peanuts and I would happily drink this every day.
Buy yours here : www.predatornutrition.com
Newer options that I keep seeing are travel sized protein or fast protein as I've also seen it called. SIS or Science in Sport do these little packs that easily fit in your gym bag. They recommend having one of these straight after a workout. They are only 88 calories and they contain 20g of protein each pack. These have a really thick yogurt consistency and are an acquired taste, but worth trying all the same.
Weetabix have added protein to a lot of their products and the shake was very kindly included. When I first saw these drinks, I thought they would be really thick with bits of Weetabix floating around. Well, I was so wrong, it's actually a really smooth shake. This particular protein shake has 21g of protein and all the goodness of a bowl of Weetabix with added vitamins. You can buy these in most supermarkets and if you're lucky, they are sometimes on a really special deal. So you can stock up on these to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
I just want to quickly add in that my daily protein shake of the year Nutribuddy have now introduced Travel Size Packs !! Woohoo. So now you can take your Nutribuddy on holiday with you and to the gym . They produce a 7 day, a 14 day and a 30 pack.
This is a brilliant way to try new products and also, just to have in your gym bag. The 14 day pack is now selling really fast so get in there and try a product that I absolutely love.
Nutribuddy has 21.9g of protein per serving and is really easy to shake up and can also be added to smoothies or make up your own shakes. This is a Must Try and I've documented my year so far with Nutribuddy throughout my blog - have a read here My Update Post of Getting Fitter and Healthier
What protein drinks to you have and what you you recommend?
If you don't drink them, would you like to try ? Click here to go to the webiste and purchase the travel sizes to give them a go.