If you’ve been to the gym or have even wandered down the aisles at your local health food store, you’ve definitely noticed the endless options of protein powders and shakes. So, what’s all the hype about?
Although there’s often a huge misconception against protein powder, especially amongst females who fear that it’s only for those who are looking to bulk up, that is just not the case. Protein is a powerful macronutrient and it plays an important role in pretty much every bodily function. (This includes hormone regulation, stabilizing blood sugar levels and fighting off bacteria. Need I say more?).
Put simply: whether or not you work out, protein should be on your radar. In fact, your intelligent body will give you signs if you are not getting enough protein. If you suffer from any of the below, you may benefit from increasing your daily protein intakeSigns you may not be getting enough protein in your diet:
- Trouble losing weight
- Low energy levels and fatigue
- Poor concentration and trouble learning
- Moodiness and mood swings
- Muscle, bone and joint pain
- Low immunity
When coaching clients, my top priority is to always ensure nutrition through whole foods, but there is a time and place where protein powders can be beneficial. If you have an intense workout schedule, are looking to drop a few pounds, need a satiating snack, or are transitioning to a plant based diet, then you can definitely use a good quality protein powder. Just remember, protein powders are meant to supplement your diet and not become your primary source of protein!Need Some Help Understanding Protein Powders?
You can’t just pick up any protein powder and assume it will be healthy. The number one thing you want to look at is the ingredients list, and make sure to always choose an option that has a minimal list without unnecessary additives and flavors.
Another thing to avoid is additional sweeteners. Stick to a protein powder that uses sweeteners like monk fruit or coconut sugar. In general, you want to make sure that your protein has limited sweetener in it, since you can always sweeten it up on your own. ALOHA’s organic, plant-based protein powder is completely free of artificial sweeteners or filler ingredients.The Final Verdict
Overall, it might take some time to see which flavours and combinations you like best, but ultimately, you should be adding a healthy protein powder into your regular routine. Our bodies need adequate amounts of protein to function properly and a good quality protein powder is an excellent way to help with this.