Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Nutrition challenge - whey protein!

Hey everyone,

This week, we have decided to challenge ourselves with a new meal plan. After thinking about our holiday and daily eating patterns, we have realized that evening is often our weak point; where we are most likely to snack. We often find that we have a healthy dinner, but then snack throughout the evening.

In an attempt to combat our evening snacks, we decided to try a one week protein smoothie challenge! Our dinner this week is comprised of one or two protein shakes.  In the shakes, we blend together yogurt, milk, protein powder, and fresh fruit (e.g. bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries).

These shakes are really tasty and the added protein powder keeps us full throughout the evening. We have been trying two different types of protein powder. The first is a president's choice whey protein isolate (vanilla flavor). One serving has 27 grams of protein per 30 gram scoop. We also treated ourselves to a whey gourmet naturelle (chai latte flavor) this week. This powder has 20 grams of protein per 30 gram scoop. When comparing this to food, a chicken breast or hamburger patty contain a bit less than 30 grams of protein each.

When choosing a protein powder, it is important to ensure whey protein "isolate" is the first ingredient, as it is higher quality and more bioavailable (i.e. more available to help build muscle).

After only a few days of the challenge, we are already feeling leaner and more energized.  We are looking forward to completing this challenge and seeing the results - stay tuned!

- Tannys & Alex

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