When you're done with a tough workout, it's essential to stock up on Protein within 45 mins of your activity. A Whey Protein Shake is a convenient, fast and easy way to achieve this.
Benefits of Whey Protein Shakes include:
- Faster Muscle Recovery. Whey Isolates in liquid form enter your blood stream faster than any other source and get to work pronto.
- Muscle Building. With quality protein entering your body instantly, muscles can rebuild themselves efficiently.
- Keeps you satiated for longer periods. A protein shake when combined with fruits can be quite filling. In fact, many athletes consume these as meal replacements. This also aids in fat loss over time.
- Convenience in a compact format. Just 1 scoop of Whey Protein Powder usually packs in 24 grams of pure high-quality protein. And since these are instantized powders, they blend easily in shaker cups.
You can choose to have a protein shake right after your workout AND once more later in the day if you're looking at staying away from other foods for a while. Do note that consuming excess protein isn't going to help (unless you're on some serious body-building regime). Stick to a calculation of 60-80 grams of protein for a 68-70 kilo person (150 pounds). I usually equate this to 2 full scoops of whey protein. There are varying ratios for consumption of protein out there but there's no reason to go beyond the ratio I quoted. Besides, you will get protein from other food stuffs during the course of the day: Nuts, seeds, milk, meat, vegetables etc.
Here's my regular recipe for a yummy whey protein shake. I have this around 8am after a morning workout and it keeps me feeling full till noon. Blend together the following ingredients - 2 bananas, 1 scoop of Whey Protein Powder, 2 cups of water, 1 tbsp of natural organic peanut butter. Blend for 10 seconds or till you get a smooth creamy texture. Enjoy!