I read, recently, that women do not get enough protein in their diet. This made me question my own eating habits and I realized that with my busy schedule, I’m probably not getting enough either. Even though I have a solid breakfast, a mid-morning snack and I drink plenty of water, I’m still STARVING by lunch time. What gives? Do I need to fry up a steak in the morning? Do I need to crack a few raw eggs in my mouth a la Rocky Balboa? I hope not. Then I remembered the wise words of my naturopath suggesting whey protein and I thought, whey not?
I went to Noah’s health food store and asked the sales person a million and one questions about whey protein – how much to take, what brands were good, what did she recommend for someone with a lactose, sugar and wheat sensitivities etc. She recomended an isolate – which is the whey protein in its purest form with minimal lactose. Of course, I opted for the natural flavour to avoid any additives. I figured by adding fresh fruit, not only would I get a natural flavour, but it would be sweet enough. She also had some great suggestions and shared with me that she adds fish oil or flax oil to her smoothy. I thought that was genius, so I totally copied her. Then, after a few days, I had the genius idea of adding matcha to my smoothy and I feel like a rock star! I usually add berries (strawberries have been the best so far) and/or a banana (but I limit my banana in take as bananas have a lot of sugar).
Some immediate benefits were that I felt fuller for longer and I had more energy, especially after I went running. After trying this out for a week, I’m noticing that my digestion is improving and I’m toning up a bit (but maybe that’s all in my head).
Anyways, I did some Internet research and I came across some great websites that explain why protein is important. Here’s one that you should check out.
Basically, whey protein is very low in fat and calories and a great source of amino acids, which is important because it:
- helps build muscles
- promotes skin, hair and nail growth
- assists in weight management
- assists with healthy aging
- aids with wound healing
If you find that you are not getting enough protein in your diet but are watching your weight, I say, give it a try! You don’t have to be a body builder or competitive athlete to enjoy its benefits. Who doesn’t want a stronger immune sytsem and more energy? Especially now that cold and flu season is around the corner!
Here is my favourite recipe:
Combine the following ingredients in blender and blend on low until all contents are mixed.
- Recommended serving of whey protein isolate
- 1 handful of frozen strawberries
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp of matcha
- 2 tbsps of fish oil or flax oil
- water (until desired consistency is achieved)