Protein shakes have had a hyper masculine image. Advertising traditionally displays images of men with bare chests and taut triceps, and is aimed at those wanting to ‘bulk up’.
This perception can put women off protein shakes. Women want strong, lean, healthy bodies too, but they don’t want to ‘bulk up’ and they’re wary of the greige, unappetising liquids you so often see in the gym. Not to mention their reputation for being full of artificial additives and hard on the stomach.
Dietary protein – in the form of meat, fish, dairy products, pulses and soy – is a very important part of any balanced diet. Protein is revered for its growth and repair properties, but it regulates so many other bodily functions – from digestion and absorption to bone health and brain activity. It even plays a role in fingernail regeneration!
That’s because of the 20 amino acids that make up protein, 9 are essential. Essential means that the body can’t manufacture these particular amino acids on their own. The only way we can get these amino acids is through our diet.
It’s important to eat a wide variety of foods to clock up the amino acids. Not just traditional sources like meat, fish and dairy, but also nuts, seeds and grains, including quinoa. For optimum nutrition, your diet should always include a diverse selection of these food sources.
How much is the right amount of protein? 0.79g per kilo of body weight is normally considered the base rate for the average adult. If you’re in training, that’s when you may want to supplement your regular diet with a protein shake.
But sometimes you need something fast that doesn’t require preparation to give you a protein boost. Either for a quick and easy breakfast or to aid our post workout recovery. This is where a good quality protein shake like Arkworld Nutritional ShipShake comes in.
BTW, check out my recipe for the best ever post workout protein shake. It’s delicious and I know you’re going to love it.