Day 1 – Show me the "whey" to better health

Whey Protein ShakeWhen I read about all of the benefits of whey protein powder I was pleasantly surprised. I have been drinking whey protein shakes for about two years, but I thought the only benefit was to refuel after a workout and help build muscle. I had no idea that whey protein also stimulates the immune system, reduces blood pressure and protects against certain kinds of tumors. One of the benefits of whey protein powder that I’ve been taking advantage of over the last two years is that it helps promote fullness. If I know that I’m going to be out shopping for a few hours without access to healthy food options, I’ll just take a long a scoop of whey protein powder and a bottle of water, just in case I get hungry.

Today I made a quick protein shake, mixing one scoop of whey protein powder with 12 ounces of water and shaking in a blender ball cup. I took the shake with me to the gym (at 5:30am….yes, I’m already tired) and downed the shake in the car after my workout. Hopefully it will keep my hunger in check until my mid-morning snack.

There are other great ways to sneak the whey protein powder into your diet. One of the yummiest treats I made last week was so simple, but delicious! I combined peanut butter, whey protein powder, oats, flaxseeds and water. Delicious!

I also learned that there is a difference in the type of whey protein powders that are available. I bought my protein powder at GNC and the salesperson convinced me to buy the GNC brand “Whey Isolate 28” because he said it was “the best”. I thought maybe he was trying to up sell me, but according to research whey protein isolate is much better than whey protein concentrate. Whey protein isolate is the most pure and concentrated form of protein available and contains 90% protein and very little fat. Thanks GNC guy!

6 thoughts on “Day 1 – Show me the "whey" to better health

  1. Whey protein is quite amazing isn’t it? And yes, whey protein isolate is the purest form of whey protein and contains the least amount of fat and lactose. This makes it helpful to those who are lactose intolerant and those who are looking to lose fat. When you’re done with your GNC protein, you should check out http://bulkfoodsdirect.com. So far, for me, this has been “the best” protein I have tried. And their site has a lot of great recipes on it, too. 🙂

  2. Mmm, I didn’t know there was a difference in types of whey protein powders! I started drinking whey shakes for breakfast and they really keep me full until the afternoon! I have been getting a chocolate flavored powder, Earthfare’s own “Show Me The Whey”, and I usually mix a scoop of that into 8-12 ounces of the Silk brand light chocolate soymilk I wrote about on another of your posts…it is decadent, delicious, very filling and healthy! I’ll have to see if it’s protein isolate or concentrate; never knew there was a difference! I also have one of those blender cups from GNC with the whisk-like ball…it’s genius!

    • I’ve used “show me the whey” before from Earthfare before too and I liked it. My RD actually recommeded that one to me because it is low in sugar, it is a great choice!

  3. Protein shakes are my breakfast of choice! Since I “discovered” coffee a couple of years ago (long story behind that statement which I’ll be happy to share with anyone who would like to know, just email me at djaquay@yahoo.com), and learned that it is actually good for your body and a major source of antioxidants, I’ve been enjoying my morning protein coffee shake! I use either vanilla flavored protein powder along with cocoa powder, OR chocolate protein powder, instant coffee granules, 1 cup of skim milk, stevia, cinnamon, and ice cubes. This is my get up and “go to” breakfast most mornings! Now that I’m enjoying this shake I rarely make others, although I do enjoy an occasional berry shake, or berry spinach shake, or peanut butter shake.

    • Oh my gosh, that shake sounds absolutely wonderful! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE coffee and chocolate. That combo sounds wonderful and healthy! I’ll have to try that out! Would love to hear your coffee discovery story! 🙂

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