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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Whey Your Options

Whey protein powder is a high quality powder made from cow's milk. It is one of the most nutritious proteins available. The great thing about whey is that you can mix it with virtually any food for a great dose of extra protein.

Alex and I have tried our fair share of proteins. Some are definitely better than others. When purchasing whey, look for the fewest ingredients possible, no artificial sweeteners and no more than 30 grams of protein at a time, as your body can only absorb 30 grams - anymore and it will be stored as fat.

After much research and years of trying different types, we found that OPTIMUM NUTRITION PLATINUM HYDROWHEY is the absolute best on the market: www.optimumnutrtion.com. With 140 calories per rounded scoop and only 1 gram of fat, no cholesterol, no sugar, 2 carbs and 30 g of protein, this powder also includes 8.8 g of your BCAAs and no lactose. It also contains digestive enzymes for enhanced utilization.

Some great options for whey are as follows:

1. Mix a half scoop in with your oatmeal or oatmeal pancakes in the morning.
2. Protein peanut butter shake. If you have vanilla or chocolate whey, mix one scoop whey, 1 banana, 1 cup soy or nonfat milk, and 2 tbs. natural peanut butter for a delicious treat.
3. Protein pudding made with 1 scoop whey protein powder and 1 cup greek yogurt. Stir until smooth, add a dash of cinnamon and put in the freezer for five minutes (trust me, it's delicious and is a great fix for a sweet tooth after dinner).
4. If you are making desserts (pies or brownies, specifically), you can add a scoop in for an extra dose of protein.

Whey is great in that it mixes well with most foods. While you don't want to go overboard on protein, it's a great way for vegetarians to get some extra protein (you can also use soy, though it does not replenish the muscles as quickly as whey). The best time for whey, of course, is post workout. It immediately starts repairing damaged muscle tissue, supplying your body with all the nutrients it needs.

Got ideas or questions? Please send them our way!

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