Protein is critical to build and maintain muscle, recover post-workout, support immune function, stabilize energy, and help you feel fuller, longer. It is important aspect of every plan I recommend. There are different types of protein replacement options. Don’t be confused- I can help.
Whey protein isolate has been well-studied in recent years and shown to provide optimal benefits as part of your post-workout recovery. The unique blend of amino acids in Whey protein has been shown to be effective in elevating performance in some cases (not all). Whey protein is high in leucine, an amino acid that signals your muscles to recover and repair after a workout. However, for some people, whey protein can contribute to food sensitivities.
I often recommend a vegetable-based, protein powder blend of pea, potato, and chlorella proteins – for some this is a welcome alternative to more allergenic casein-, soy-, or egg-based protein sources. This is ideal for vegans and vegetarians and dairy-sensitive individuals.
Both options are low in sugar, calories and fat. Know that my first choice for you is to eat real food- however; if a protein replacement option ensures your intake of protein, I am on board.
Kimberly Young, M.S. is a practicing Nutritionist in Dallas, Texas. Learn about her integrative and functional approach to diet and nutrition at kyoungnutrition.com