Aside from working up a good sweat at the gym, one other factor you need to consider in achieving your ideal body is what you eat and drink before, during, and after your workout. It’s easy to just reach out for those multi-colored energy drinks, or even gorge on sweets afterwards (because hey, you earned it!), but listen to that little voice in your head for once: you might actually be adding back the calories you lost. Or worse, you might even be piling on more than what you just burned!
The answer to your problems? Protein powder. Health buffs and workout enthusiasts really swear by this stuff. Protein powder helps build muscle mass, keep you full, and speed up your metabolism. Plus, there are just so many kinds of protein market available in the market, from whey protein to egg protein, or even mixed plant protein—all of which come from different plant and animal sources, so there’s always an option for everyone!
Just remember: for this to work, you need to pair your drink with a good workout. If you don’t exercise enough, you just end up packing in more pounds! Still apprehensive about protein powder? Let’s first debunk some myths.
5 MYTHS ABOUT PROTEIN POWDER
MYTH #1: IT’LL MAKE ME BULKY
THE TRUTH: Okay ladies, listen up. Protein powder does not turn you into some macho she-Hulk. In the first place, you don’t even have enough testosterone in your body to build those kind of muscles! You may notice, however, that when you pair it with a good exercise regimen, your body becomes more toned.
MYTH #2: IT’S ONLY FOR BODYBUILDERS
THE TRUTH: Just because some brands show topless men with huge muscles doesn’t mean that they’re the only ones who can have it. Nowadays, you have a lot of brands to choose from—both local and international ones—and these options even come in friendlier packaging! Just check out the modern and minimalist design of Bulletproof Whey Protein Powder for starters.
MYTH #3: IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE
THE TRUTH: When you’re just getting into the business of working out, a big jar of protein powder worth thousands of pesos might be intimidating for you and your wallet. Fret not, because the options now come in smaller sizes and more affordable prices, just like the variants that Wheyl Nutrition Co. has to offer. You do save more when you get bigger sizes, don’t get us wrong, but you will notice that you go through these quite fast because each serving requires a cupful of protein powder.
MYTH #4: IT’S A MEAL REPLACEMENT
THE TRUTH: Wrong! Protein powder is a supplement. Which means that it just adds to your nutritional intake. Nothing will ever replace your leafy greens and meats. Protein powder will definitely give you an added boost of protein to help in your workout, but it does not in any way compensate for any other nutrients you might need.
MYTH #5: IT TASTES GROSS (EW!)
THE TRUTH: Okay, the fifth one is definitely wrong. While not all Protein Powders taste the same, it isn’t actually that difficult to find one that you will enjoy because there are just so many options and flavors out there! Not a fan of chocolate? Go for vanilla!
But you still don’t like the taste of plain protein powder because it’s so boring, here are 4 recipes to jazz up your workout drink ! Not only are they easy to prepare (no fire needed), but they can also help you achieve your #weightlossgoals. All under 250 calories!
4 PROTEIN POWDER RECIPES UNDER 250 CALORIES
RECIPE #1: STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM PROTEIN SHAKE
CALORIES: 223 Calories
Take this healthy option over your usual post-workout Starbucks frap. You’ll get your daily fruit fix this way, too!
STEP 1: Add your dried strawberries, whey protein, and water in a blender.
STEP 2: Blend until all ingredients are liquified.
RECIPE #2: PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE PROTEIN SHAKE
CALORIES: 157.2 Calories
This refreshing milkshake brings all the boys to the yard! It tastes just like dessert, but with none of that waist-expanding fat and sugar in the mix!
- 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
- 25g bone broth protein powder
- 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
STEP 1: Heat almond milk until warm.
STEP 2: Mix in protein powder and cocoa powder and stir until dissolved.
STEP 3: Add in peppermint extract.
RECIPE #3: MILK TEA PROTEIN SHAKE
CALORIES: 95 Calories
Craving milk tea after a workout? Don’t run off to the nearest shop! This protein shake will satisfy your craving and helps you unwind.
- 1 bag English breakfast tea
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
- 4-6oz. hot water
- 1 tsp. coconut sugar
STEP 1: Steep teabag in hot water for 5-7 minutes.
STEP 2: Add in vanilla whey protein powder and stir until dissolved.
STEP 3: Add coconut sugar if your prefer it sweet.
RECIPE #4: PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE PROTEIN SHAKE
CALORIES: 180 Calories
Instead of reaching for that Reese’s chocolate bar, try this peanut butter and chocolate milkshake. It tastes even better and comes with a lot less calories!
STEP 1: Add in peanut butter, whey powder, and water in a shaker.
STEP 2: Shake until ingredients are all dissolved.
NOTE: When the shakes aren’t sweet enough for you, feel free to add in a tablespoon of coconut sugar. It’s a healthier sugar alternative with a low glycemic index which won’t cause your sugar levels to spike up. Just account for 15 calories per tablespoon.
Now, drink up!
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