If you’re thinking of adding a protein power to your shake there are some things to consider. First of all, there are many different types of protein powders you can add to your shakes, but you should really only use them if you are hitting the gym hard! If not, you may be packing on the pounds. If you are beginning to work out with the Shake / Smoothie / Juice Challenge and building muscle is one of your goals, you’ll require more protein than you normally would. If you are attempting to start working out but are not 100% committed I want to reinforce that added protein could certainly be a weight gainer.
If you do decide a protein powder is the direction you wish to go, many athletes like WHEY. Whey is a complete protein, which means it contains all nine of the amino acids necessary for human dietary needs. Whey is also usually preferred because it devolves in water, and the taste is more desirable than some other types of protein powder, such as soy and casein.
There are also natural alternatives to add protein to your shakes such as peanut butter, almond butter, and of course meat! The best natural protein foods in the meat category have the least fat, make sure to check the fat content when purchasing your meat. Lean is better! Since we are doing only one shake a day for this challenge you can make sure to incorporate protein in your other meals.