Protein shakes are one of our favorite ways to compliment a good workout.
You’ll always find some extra protein powder in our gym bags because we know protein is a great way to help build lean muscle.** And we think, with all of the versatile recipes out there for a good protein shake or smoothie, that they can be quite tasty too.
But some of you might be asking: what kind of protein should I be taking? Others of you are asking: Wait, there are different kinds of protein?
Here’s what you need to know about some of our favorite kinds of protein powders so that you can decide which is right for you:
Whey is a milk-based protein is prized by athletes for lean muscle development.** It is absorbed and assimilated into muscle tissue quickly.** For this reason, whey is typically consumed immediately before and during workouts.
This plant-based protein is highly digestible. Free of gluten, soy, dairy, and cholesterol, pea protein is ideal for athletes and fitness enthusiasts who are vegan or may have digestive sensitivities (such as lactose intolerance).
While rice is mostly composed of carbohydrates, it contains a small amount of protein, which is extracted to create brown rice protein. High in lysine, an essential amino acid for building and maintaining muscle, brown rice protein is also free of the fat and cholesterol that are often found in meat or dairy-based proteins.**
Hemp protein powder boasts an impressive nutritional profile, rich in omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids as well as amino acids. Additionally high in fiber, it’s a great choice for those following a vegan diet.
What protein powder do you like to use when you’re hitting the gym? Let us know in the comments! You can also check out some of our favorite protein shake and smoothie recipes here!
Health & Happiness,