In the quest for finding a good protein source, you’ll find SO MUCH information, some contradictory even, about protein. However, we can all agree that protein is required for muscle building. “Protein is one of three macronutrients – along with carbohydrates and fat – that your body needs to build and repair tissue, form muscle and transport nutrients…[t]ogether, these macronutrients are the building blocks of nutrition.” *1
Not so well known is that protein can also help lose weight and also prevent you from gaining weight. “Protein takes longer to digest than carbs, helping you feel full, and also pushes your body to secrete the gut hormone peptide YY, which reduces hunger.” *2
The recommended amount of protein to consume is 0.36 grams per pound of body weight per day. However, if you have a more active lifestyle or spend every day at the gym the amount should be higher. You could increase the amount to 0.8 grams per pound of body weight if not more. It all depends on your body’s needs.
My favorite combination thus far for protein shakes is RSP Truefit protein powder and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze almond milk (already blended with bananas). Truefit has several flavors but so far I have tried the cinnamon churro (my favorite), chocolate and vanilla. If I want to reduce the sweetness and thickness of my protein shake, especially when I don’t have time to blend, I switch to rice milk instead. It has relatively little flavor and has the thinnest consistency of all the kinds of milk I have found.
I like my protein sources to be as clean and complete as possible. RSP Truefit delivers:
- 25 grams of grass-fed whey protein (nutrition)
- 8g of prebiotic fiber (digestion)
- 12 organic fruits and vegetables per serving (nutrition)
- 1 billion CFU Probiotics (digestion)
- Digestive enzymes
- 5g of naturally occurring BCAAs (recovery)
- 4g naturally occurring glutamine and glutamic acid (recovery)
- Pasture Raised
- Zero artificial ingredients
- No artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors or preservatives
*1 – How Much Protein Do I Need?
*2 – This Is How Much Protein You Really Need to Eat in a Day