When 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!