Howdy partners! It is FINALLY starting to feel like Spring ’round these parts and a girl couldn’t be happier. This kind of weather can go to your head, and result in running at faster speeds and stretching in the road.
No cars were injured in the process I assure you. Now just cross your fingers and dot your i’s that the weekend doesn’t have a blizzard or ice storm in store. I can hear Mother Nature cackling now…
Pea. Hemp. Soy. Rice. Egg. Casein. You’ve heard them all when it comes to protein. Each have their benefits and downfalls, and I’m here to talk about none of them.
Our society as a whole seems to be obsessed with protein. Whether it’s weight loss, building muscle, or earning a free meal by downing a 64 oz steak in one sitting, protein seems to be the reigning champ of the macronutrient world.
I think we are getting way too much protein in general. Women only need around 46 grams a day and men about 56 grams. That’s roughly about an 8 oz serving of meat. That’s for the entire day remember. A lot of folks get that amount in just one meal.
While we don’t need quite as much protein as we think we do, it still holds a lot of great benefits to the body. Here’s just a few of what proteins are important for:
-Building blocks of bone, muscle, skin and blood
-Essential for hormones and enzyme function
-Keeps you fuller, longer
-Building and maintaining muscle mass
– Boosts immune system
Okay, so you get it. Protein is good, but we don’t need so much. And protein comes from all types of sources, meat, dairy, nuts, seeds, and veggies..yes VEGGIES! But what are the benefits of whey protein?
I’m sure you have heard about whey protein if you have been to any gym or picked up any protein shake before. Or even ventured down the cereal aisle. Or browsed a magazine at the checkout counter. Whey’s everywhere!
So what exactly is it? Whey protein is actually a byproduct of making milk into cheese. Remember little Miss Muffet eating her curds and WHEY. Yeah, the curds are the cheese and the whey is the liquid leftover. It is generally dried and made into a powder for most applications.
[source “Cooking For Geeks“]
Know that liquid on top of your yogurt before you stir it in? Yup, that’s whey. I already know what your gunna say too.
There’s some reason behind why whey protein is one of the most popular types of proteins out there.
Whey protein has a high biological value or BV, which means it is absorbed in the body faster than other sources of protein. This is important for after intense workouts to help build and repair muscle which can also help with fat loss with all those calorie scorching muscles you got.
This fast absorption has also been shown to help with recovery since it is taken up by the body faster. In comparison to other protein powders on the market, whey is one of the most widely used and inexpensive, making it easy to find at most stores or markets.
Since whey protein does come from a dairy source, it is not 100% vegan, and can give some people digestive issues for those who are extremely sensitive too lactose. A lot of whey protein powders on the market are high in sugars or artificial sweeteners (how can you not be with flavors like cookies n’ cream?!) so try to look for one with less than 8 grams of sugar per serving and free of artificial sweeteners like sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame k, and saccharin.
You could always just go for a plain whey protein powder and add it your smoothies or shakes that are already full of flavor from fruits or some cocoa powder for you chocoholics out there.
Peanut butter is a good source of nutrients on it’s own, but since whey protein absorbs faster, it is ideal for a post workout snack… *ahem like these cranberry pumpkin energy balls…And another excuse for me to eat it straight out of the jar..
Either whey I’ll be eating some peanut butter. One whey or another. Ok there, done.
Make it a great day!
How do you feel about whey protein?
What’s your favorite post workout snack/meal?