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What’s The Perfect Protein Powder For You?

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  • Teresa Cutter

It’s important you choose the right protein powder that suits your needs and that supports your health in every way. It’s important they are un-denatured and free from chemicals and additives. If you find a clean protein powder, it can be used for a number of things, such as fitness, weight loss, body shaping, etc. However, you will use the protein differently depending on what your goal is. Find out below what the right kind of protein you need for your goals.

1. FOR WEIGHT LOSS

Protein can work effectively to regulate the appetite, support lean muscle, and encourage significant weight loss. It is recommended you get between 80 — 120 grams of protein per day to aid satiety and repair.

The best way to use protein for weight loss is to use it as a meal replacement, as seen in my latest Ultimate Body Shaping Smoothie recipe.

I either use Healthy Chef Pure Native WPI / grass-fed whey protein or Organic Pea Protein, and boosters such as Healthy Chef Matcha that can increase fat burning. Blend with almond milk and berries + enjoy.

This type of smoothie will improve metabolism, nourish lean muscle, and keep you energised all morning.

As a mid-afternoon snack, I like to combine 1 serving of protein with 1  1/2 cups of  water in a blender bottle. This will help nourish and repair cells in the body, curb my appetite and keep me from reaching for the cookie jar when I feel like something sweet. For a more indulgent snack, just shake your protein with half water and half coconut water.

2. FOR SPORTS PERFORMANCE

The best time to consume protein is immediately after exercise. This is when blood flow to the exercised muscles is high and the muscle is especially receptive to nutrients. Before exercising, protein shakes can curb appetite and keep blood sugars stable to get you through your workout.

It’s important that your protein is high in BCAA’s (branched chain amino acids). Studies show that BCAA’s can reduce fatigue, improve exercise performance, reduce muscle breakdown, and facilitate healing.

For sports performance and recovery, I love to shake my protein with coconut water and water combined and drink it immediately after my workout. Two shakes per day are ideal and will help your body and muscles recover quickly. If you’re vegan, pea protein would be more suited to your needs.

 

3. FOR DAILY PROTEIN INTAKE

The amount of protein you consume each day varies slightly depending on your age, weight, and activity level. To maintain good health, it’s all about getting a good balance of quality protein over the course of a day.

The average amount for a women it’s 0.75 g per kilo of body weight per day. For athletes, pregnant women, or those dieting, aim for about 1.2 grams of protein per kilo of body weight or about 80 g  – 120g per day.

 

4. IF YOU’RE ON A PLANT-BASED DIET

Plant-based protein isn’t inferior to animal-based protein, as long as you choose one that has a complete amino acid profile and is not loaded with fillers, or the other unhealthy ingredients that could cause bloating and digestive issues. The less ingredients the better which is why I designed Healthy Chef organic pea protein.

Evaluate the ingredient quality and how it’s made. Like most manufactured foods, protein powders are not created equal. It’s important that the protein you use is un-denatured and free from unhealthy chemicals and additives.

 

Here’s a handy chart to help you choose between our WPI or Pea protein powder:

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  1. Sharon Coates says:

    Hello I have an 11 year old boy who keeps fainting and has low blood pressure. The Dr seems to think as he is growing and a very active kid he is not putting enough fuel into his body. He is very tall for his age and skinny. The Dr has told him to increase his protein along with vege intake. Protein every meal he should be having. He is a horrible eater. He love smoothies in the morning fruit with milk. My question is what is the best protein powder for him? For breakfast and for after school milk shake before sport training. How much do you use in a smoothie please. Also could I use the same protein powder for a meal replacement for myself. Thank you in advance Sharon

    • Hi Sharon, kids and teenagers love our Pure Native WPI in Vanilla and Chocolate, it is a perfect addition to smoothies for breakfast or an after school treat to fuel his workout. I would start with one heaped tablespoon per smoothie/shake and eventually increase to 1.5 / 2 heaped tablespoons. You can absolutely use the same protein powder for yourself, it is wonderful combined with fruit/veggies and nut milk/coconut water for meal replacement. Stay healthy! Tx

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