Everyone who has spent any time either working out themselves or with someone that works out knows that large amounts of protein are required for building muscle and decreasing the time it takes for your muscles to repair themselves after a workout. Protein also plays a major part in helping people who are trying to lose fat to curb hunger pains.
For me, one of the biggest stumbling blocks that I had at losing weight was the fact that I would skip breakfast most days. I start work very early and wake up at an ungodly hour most days. Due to that, I would often skip breakfast as a way to save time in the morning. This was bad for me for two reasons. 1) I wasn’t giving my metabolism what it needed to get kickstarted in the morning. 2) By the time things started rolling around to lunch, I was feeling starved. The hunger feelings would cause my eyes to be bigger than my stomach and I would usually wind up overeating and I would also not take the time to look for a healthy lunch option and would take whatever was most convenient. Often times, what was most convenient was something that was unhealthy – usually high in carbs, calories, and sugar and low in protein. Since it was low in protein, this usually caused the full feeling I had to dissipate and I would get hungry again much sooner than I should have. This would cause the whole cycle to repeat itself.
My fix for this problem: morning protein shakes. Most people are already aware of the idea of eating something like this, so I’m not really going to expound the reasons why its something to think about. (If you really want more information about this though, check out this link.) Instead, I’m going to just tell you about what I mix up in the morning.
To be clear – I receive no monetary compensation, no free products, nothing from any of the companies that I talk about here. This is all just stuff that I’ve come across in my life and that I personally like and what works for me. Also, I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist. I have no medical or health training to speak of. If you want that type of information speak to your own doctor and figure out what works best for you.
Last year, my wife was looking for a low sugar protein powder to use for supplementing her workouts and diets. We have friends who are really into the Beachbody exercise company and they really work hard at preparing 21 day fix style meals and selling the Shakeology drinks. I tried a sample of it once, and it tasted good, but its just too pricey for me.
So, my wife found something call Orgain organic protein powder on Amazon. Truthfully, I don’t care about the organic and vegan stuff, but I like the fact that it is better quality protein than some of the discount stuff you will find in some grocery stores. I mix two scoops of that into a blender bottle with about 8-10 oz. of unsweetened almond milk (by the way, if you have an Aldi grocery store near you, they have pretty good almond milk that they sell at a good price). For a few months now that was the breakfast of choice for me most days. This past weekend I decided to order Orgain’s organic superfood powder to add into my shakes to try and make it a more balanced meal. I’ll write a review for it later on and let you what I think of it after I’ve tried it a bit.
My overall review on a scale of 1-5, is a 4. The price is pretty decent at $22.22. If you have a Costco membership, you might be able to get it cheaper. Alternatively, it is available at Amazon.com, Target and many other grocery stores. The taste is pretty decent – I mean, you can’t expect it to taste like a milkshake when it only has 1 gram of sugar. You get 21 grams of protein per serving, which isn’t too shabby. Sometimes I’ll add an extra half serving in if I’m feeling a little hungrier than usual.
Overall, its pretty great stuff. If you’re looking for a new protein powder, I highly recommend you check it out.