Should I be taking a protein powder? Which one should I take? How much should I be taking? Do I really NEED it? I’m sure that everyone who is involved in a training program has asked these questions at some point in time! We’re here to answer all of these questions and give you the “scoop” (yes, pun intended!) on protein powders. As nutrition coaches, we always have questions about which protein powders are good and if we really need to be taking these supplements. Well, let us tell you, it is a bit different for everybody. We all have different nutritional requirements based on our lifestyle and body! For example, I have noticed a huge positive change in my life by taking protein shakes. Since my diet is entirely plant-based, it is very important for me to be getting that extra boost of protein every day! Basically, protein shakes are a supplement. What does that mean? It means that we should be including them in our diet if we are not already meeting our daily recommended amount of protein. For people who are plant-based or do not get enough protein in their diet, this is a great option. Also, when individuals are resistance training, they may more protein than normal to aid in recovery, which can be hard to achieve through diet alone. This is part of the reason why we recommend protein powders in certain situations!
From my experience of taking protein powers, I have only tried vegan protein brands. I’m not saying that non-vegan brands are bad or not as effective, but it is important to watch out for some sneaky ingredients that can have less desirable effects:
Kerina’s Go to Protein Shake Recipe
I’m not the biggest fan of straight protein powder with water or milk, so I always love to make a fun smoothie with it! This recipe is my go to and I drink it multiple times per week! It honestly tastes like a chocolate milkshake or a frosty! Totally amazing for all the chocolate cravings
Blend all ingredients and enjoy!
Kerina’s Top 3 Favourite Protein Powders: