Last year, I came across this very informative article in the Healthy Food Guide about protein powders (August 2015 issue). I don’t know about everyone else, but when I hear ‘protein’, my mind immediately conjures up images of men in the gym, ‘pumping iron’ working towards those Pop-Eye biceps, exploding with muscle. … Anyone else?
Well, thanks to Claire Turnbull (Mission Nutrition dietitian and nutritionist for Healthy Food Guide), my eyes have been opened a little bit further in regards to the versatility of protein powders.
Protein powders are traditionally used to help muscles recover and repair after hard exercise. But in recent years, people (both male AND female!) have been adding it into their smoothies etc. as protein helps you feel fuller for longer. There are many different types of protein which you can use, with the most common being whey protein – a milk based protein and soy protein.
So should you be using a protein powder in your everyday smoothie? That really depends. As Claire explains in the Healthy Food Guide, many protein powders are high in carbohydrates and energy – making them great for those who exercise hard and for those who are trying to put on weight. However, if you’re goal is the ‘slim and toned’ look, you may want to be careful about how you use protein powders. Claire suggests that you should opt for a protein powder that has the least number of added in ingredients, as we all know the more natural a product is, the better for you it will be!
Alternatively, if you don’t think protein powder is for you, there are other things you can add into your smoothies to boost the protein levels and subsequently reduce your hunger levels! Try adding in some yoghurt, milk, extra protein milk, or even add in a handful of nuts.