Are you getting enough protein? If not, there’s no shortage of powders to help you up your intake. They’re convenient, easy to use and can be measured so you know exactly how much you’re getting in every shake. But not all protein powders are created equal. You may choose a product for its ideal protein content only to discover it tastes terrible and mixes up with clumps.
Is your fridge stuffed with holiday leftovers? Here’s a tasty way to make some space. When you tire of turkey sandwiches, use what’s left from the big feast to make this hearty chili. A steaming, hot bowlful serves up 46 grams of lean protein to fuel those late-fall, early-winter workouts.
Bars are your best bet for protein on the go: no messy powders to mix, cups to fumble with or questions about how much you’re getting. They come in every flavor imaginable, and the price is usually right. But there is one drawback. Next time you unwrap a store bought bar, take a look at the label. Chances are, you can’t pronounce all the ingredient names. And if you try to count them? It’s pretty likely you’ll reach 10, if not 15 or 20.
You’ve got the basics covered, right? Whey protein at breakfast and before the gym, a pre-workout with creatine and caffeine, BCAAs while you train, glutamine when you’re done and a casein protein shake at bedtime. Sports nutrition supplements support all your efforts, but without a clean diet to supply the nutrients your body needs, you’re not going to get very far. It’s always best to fuel up with vitamins, minerals and other essentials from real food, but for back up, bodybuilders should consider taking a multivitamin.
Are you usually dragging your feet by mid-morning? Skip your usual breakfast and instead, start your day with one of these amazingly delicious energizing smoothies – then tackle your to-do list with ease!
If fewer daylight hours and chilly weather are starting to wear you down, pick up the pace with protein balls! Packed with this season’s star ingredient—pumpkin—plus almond butter, nuts, seeds and cinnamon, these no-bake treats are the perfect nutritious pick-me-up on a sluggish autumn day, or any time you need an extra energy boost.
Getting enough protein can be tough when you’re a vegetarian, especially if you’re on the strict side and fish, eggs or dairy (in addition to beef and chicken) are on the list of foods you don’t eat. Being a vegetarian athlete or active person makes things even trickier because your daily protein needs are going to be higher than those of someone who does not exercise regularly. Although the recommended daily intake of protein varies depending on your age, gender and weight, it’s said active individuals should aim for about a gram of protein per pound of body weight daily.
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