Hi all!! HAPPY Monday :D
How are you?! Are some of you enjoying a 3 day weekend?! My kids had no school today, so it was sweeeeet sleeping in and having no homework!! When my kids don't have homework...i don't have homework...lol!!!
Today's post is on PROTEIN POWDER FOR A SMOOTHIE. Lately, I've had a handful of people ask me how to pick a good protein powder to put in a smoothie! It's not too complicated with the large number of products on the shelves!! Just turn to the nutrition facts panel on the back of the package, and follow Dr. Oz's 3 golden rules. If you haven't noticed yet, I like to share his advice :D
1. CHOOSE a powder with 15 to 25 grams of protein per serving (men can go for 20 to 30 grams). That's about all the protein your body can process in 1 sitting, says Liz Applegate, Ph.D., director of sports nutrition at the University of California, Davis.
2. LOOK at the protein source, and select 1 that fits into your diet, price range, and worldview. For instance, whey and casein come from milk, so if you're lactose intolerant, try those made from egg whites. Need a vegan choice? Consider powders made from rice, green peas, hemp, or soy.
3. OPT for 1 that's unflavored and unsweetened. "This way you control how sweet your smoothie is by adding fruit or honey," says Applegate. "Plus, you'll know you're paying for pure protein, not added sugar."
Powders like hemp (photo above) mix well in a shaker. Pea and rice proteins, mix more smoothly in a blender.
Why add protein powder to a smoothie? It'll help keep you full :)
Have a HEALTHY couple of days!
SEE YOU right back here on Wednesday!!
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist