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Why Whey Protein For A Healthy Body + 8 Protein Shake Recipes

Orange Icon  Why Whey Protein For A Healthy Body + 8 Protein Shake Recipes

Orange Icon  Why Whey Protein For A Healthy Body + 8 Protein Shake Recipes

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For many of us, having a whey protein shake is part of our post-exercise ritual. But what is so special about whey protein? Is it hype or truth?

By now you may have read or heard that whey protein is the most bioavailable source of protein in the body. This is true. It has a complete essential amino acid profile superior to all other sources of protein. It breaks down quickly and repairs muscle better than egg, meat, and vegan sources. Whey is the perfect supplement for supporting muscle growth and maintenance. But in addition to that, whey protein also has some lesser known, but equally important health benefits.

For one, whey protein contains high amounts of cysteine, an amino acid that is a necessary precursor for the intracellular production of glutathione. Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant, and helps prevent oxidation that occurs from free-radical release in the body. Limiting oxidation helps to prevent plaque buildup in your arteries and wrinkles in your skin, and aids in recovery from your workouts. While cysteine is not prevalent in the typical diet, it is very present in whey protein.

Whey protein also contains immunoglobulins. Immunoglobulins, not all too different from colostrum in breast milk, are also known as antibodies. They help to boost immune system function by neutralizing the bacteria and virus present in the blood. Want some real cold and flu prevention? Start adding foods that build your immunity such as sardines, berries, and whey protein to your diet. In addition, whey protein also contains lactoferrin. Lactoferrin is the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal component of whey protein. It also helps to keep a healthy environment in the intestines. Yes, whey protein even helps with digestion.

Offering numerous health benefits, whey protein is one supplement that has been proven to deliver results. All whey proteins are not created equal, though. Look for whey protein that has been cold processed; heat damages the delicate molecules of the protein. Isolates are okay; concentrates are better and have more of the benefits spoken above. Also look for whey protein that has been derived from pasture-fed (grass-fed) milking cows that have not been treated with hormones (rBGH) and antibiotics. Boost your immune system, prevent oxidation, and build muscle all at once, Whey protein is not just a bodybuilding supplement any more!

Getting tired of the same old protein shakes?  Mix it up with some of these delicious and healthy recipes!

1. Wild Berry Protein Shake
2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
8 raspberries
4 strawberries
15 blueberries
16 oz. almond milk, coconut milk, or water
1/2 cup ice cubes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake
2 scoops chocolate whey protein powder
1 tbsp natural peanut butter (almond butter works well, too)
8 oz. water

3. Delicious Chocolate Shake
2 scoops chocolate whey protein powder
2 bananas chopped
4 ice cubes
1 cup coconut or almond milk
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, if you like it

4. Banana Protein Shake
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1 medium to large banana
8 oz. almond or coconut milk
3 to 4 ice cubes

5. Mocha Chocolate Protein Shake
6 oz. water
4 ice cubes
6 oz. coffee
2 scoops chocolate whey protein powder
(You may use 12 oz. coffee and no water for an extra pre-workout or morning kick!)

6. Strawberry Apple Protein Shake
1 1/8 cup strawberries
1-2 apples (depending on size)
2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
A few ice cubes
Water as needed

7. Pineapple Crush Protein Shake
4 ice cubes
12 oz. water
2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
1/2 cup pineapple chunks

8. Crazy Protein Shake
1 small frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 rounded tsp cocoa
1 oz. walnuts
1 cup almond or coconut milk
1 scoops chocolate whey protein powder
1/2 tsp stevia or sweetener of choice