I’m excited to share that I’ve partnered with Naturade! I’m currently their ‘SuperFan of the Week’ and am guest blogging on their site!
Mama, I made it!
It’s only right that this happened; my entire adult life of being this size has come one question: ” Bruh; How much protein do you eat to become that big ?”
And the answer is, ‘A lot.’
I love protein. And with good reason; it is the single most important nutrient the body needs to exist in a healthy state. You want healthy hair, skin and nails? Protein. What to continue growing and generating hormones, cells and bones? Protein. The list goes on and on but for my purposes, protein is most important to me because of the key role it plays in building and repairing tissue and muscles.
Generally, protein is found in eggs, meat and beans, cheese and nuts. It’s perishable and requires temperature management to keep your healthy treat from becoming a trip to the emergency room re: food poisoning. Plus, people look at you funny for walking into meetings holding a chicken leg.
Protein powders, however, completely circumvent that. They are super portable and convenient and if you find the right one, you can get the same serving size of protein from your powder that you could have gotten from that lint-covered piece of pocket chicken I talked about earlier.
But the operative phrase here is ‘finding the right one’ because most shakes don’t get it right. Some taste like grit, some feel like glue and some have too many calories or the amount of protein per serving size is negligible. So, when I found Naturade Vegan and Whey Protein shakes, I kind of fell in love. Not only is the whey protein option complete, the vegan protein combines pea, hemp, chia and potato protein sources and so, it’s complete too. Both options boast 22 vitamins and minerals and a fiber and probiotic blend that make it super easy to digest.
Vegan vs. Whey: Round 1.
Welcome to the main event! You guys have been patiently waiting for this moment all post and I promise we will deliver!
In this corner, standing at 2lb and 18inches tall!
The Original Muscle; Whey ‘The Scoop’ Protein !
And in this corner! Standing at 1.8lb and 12 inches tall,
The New Kid on The Block, Ready to Rock; Vegan ‘Please Believe Him’ Protein!
Let’s get Ready to Rumbllllllleeeee….
I mean, that’s what plays in your head when making decisions at the health food store too, right?
When thinking about choosing between the two, you want to consider two things:
1. Is it complete?
2. What are my dietary restrictions/choices?
Why complete matters
Protein in its smallest form is simply an amino acid. The healthy human body can create 12 of the amino acids needed for health but must find the nutrition. A complete external protein source is one that has all nine of the additional essential amino acids.
Walk this Whey…
Whey is a byproduct of cheese which is made with milk. Once cheese has been created, the milk used creates a liquid. That liquid is further processed and that’s how you get whey. Since whey is a dairy byproduct, it is a complete protein and low in lactose content. Even though it’s low in lactose content, what little lactose it has is just enough to keep you feeling full, which can help with appetite management and ultimately, weight loss.
Unless you Have that ‘Vegan Feelin’’
Vegan protein is also awesome, although, a single serving of it is not complete. The way to ensure you’re eating and meeting your daily protein goals is to combine vegan proteins. So, that handful of walnuts may not fit the bill, but add it to, say, a quinoa and black bean salad and now, you’re cooking.
What’s in My Protein Shake?
As far as I’m concerned, vegan protein is always your best bet. As I said, whey is a byproduct of cheese. So it’s technically milk juice. Since it’s a byproduct of milk, it–like other non-organic dairy products–are often chocked full of the hidden hormones that cows are fed in their diets. So as you eat whey protein, you may also eating a ton of hormones too.
Vegan protein powder is easier to digest, packs just as much protein as the whey option AND quite literally tastes like cake batter. And generally, when you find legitimately healthy things that are delicious, you should love them dearly.
Looking for ways to incorporate Naturade protein powders into your food choices? I’m no chef, but check out my fav’s ideas below.
Prep your favorite cereal as you would normally.
Sprinkle half a serving of Naturade into the milk you use and half on top of the cereal.
Coconut Ice Pops
1 can of whole fat coconut milk
(optional) fruit chunks
Serving of Naturade
Mix Naturade with coconut milk, (optional fruit chunks)
Freeze in ice pop molds
½ cup of almond milk
I want to get you started on your protein powder journey, so I’m excited to partner with Naturade for Quantum Leap Fitness’ first giveaway. One lucky reader will win a supply of Naturade!
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Giveaway closes on August 15, 2014, 11:59pm, EST. Good Luck!
Naturade gifted me with sample products. Opinions expressed here are my own.