What’s the Scoop with Protein Powders?

protein powder blog graphicThe post I have decided to talk about today is something I researched a lot while training for what originally was going to be a marathon but ended up getting cut to a half marathon. I did some research about macros and started to figure out how much protein I should be eating daily. Being a busy mom, I just wanted something quick and easy sometimes and protein powders looked appealing to me. I follow quite a few amazing ladies on Instagram who use all sorts of supplements and the whole concept was unknown to me.

So while researching I always tend to lean towards the Balanced Bites website/blog by Diane Sanfilippo because she is someone who, in my opinion, is a whole foods nutrition expert. She is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and her book Practical Paleo changed my view of food forever.

There are a ton of companies selling tons of protein powders, I even sampled some from a few of them. But buying special shakes meant more money out of pocket, when the REAL protein sources were already sitting in my fridge/freezer.

The article written by Diane makes a lot of sense to me. Overall the verdict is, JUST EAT REAL FOOD! However, there are a few exceptions. If you are looking to gain mass muscle or are a hard training athlete then you may fit an exception. Although your first step should be adjust your post workout meal to be a balanced meal with some dense carbs. If after adjusting this, and assuming your getting plenty of rest and all the other important things you need while training, you are still feeling sluggish then you may need to consider a quality protein powder.

When choosing a protein powder pick a 100% grass fed whey or 100% egg white protein powder when possible. These are the best to choose because they have 1 ingredient. If you choose something from most companies that everyone is selling from these days you end up with sugar, artificial sweeteners or guar gums/carrageenan.

If you want to learn more, here is the link to Diane’s article about protein powders. I encourage you to give it a read!

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