The ‘protein shake conundrum’ solved…
Are you a person with a busy life-style?
Do you want to enhance the shape of your body?
Do you want to speed up your recovery after workouts?
If the answer was ‘Yes’ to any of the above you need to add ‘Protein shakes’ to your arsenal of weapons! A high quality shake is perfect for those with busy lifestyles (they’re super quick to make!) and they’ll give you that extra 10% improvement – now who doesn’t want that?
The trouble is there are so many shakes on the market, enough to bring on a pounding headache. Unless your prepared to spend your hard earned cash via trial and error and spend hrs studying protein shakes (I think you’ve got better things to do!) then your going to want to tune into this post.
During my 10 years in the fitness industry i’ve learned tons of knowledge bombs about supplements and i’ve tried more protein shakes than you’ve had hot dinners (ok slight exaggeration but i’ve tried a lot of brands!).
The idea of this post is to spare you the ‘headache’ – I want to save you time by giving you the answers you need to know. I’ve also put together a short snap video to help you further.
Too Much Choice… The Indecision Paradox!
More products = more choice = better for us right?
Nope! The complete opposite! There’s just too many options!
“Just spare us the pounding headache and give us a couple of options please my brain can’t take it!”
Protein shake quality differs and like all products… not all are good. Many are ridden with an excess of unhealthy chemicals, and bulking agents which overtime can damage health and reek havoc with your digestive system! No thanks!
Some appear to give you value for money through sheer bulk! £50 for 5kg bargain! but when you actually look at the quality of the product it’s absolutely abysmal!
With so much choice, who should we trust? what brand should we buy? what flavour? ahhh!
Everything you need to know about protein shakes…
Are protein shakes good? or Bad?
How much do I need to take?
When is the best time to use them?
What are the pros and cons?
Find out all the answers in this quick video…
What’s the best protein shake brand?
For me the best is Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey. I love the quality. Often cheap protein powders are lumpy (full of bulking agents) you drink them and lumps get caught in your throat, making you cough like a 40 a day smoker! it’s not very pleasant or a good look.
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey on the other hand is very light, like grains of sand, making it slide comfortably down the gullet and into the stomach like a bobsleigh.
My favourite flavour is double chocolate. It tastes great and makes you feel like your giving yourself a treat, when in actual fact your supplying yourself with a healthy meal containing essential proteins, imperative for healthy skin, hormones, hair, bones and muscle (1).
I also recommend strawberry and banana flavour. From my experience the fancier the taste the worse it actually tastes! For example you get flavours like ‘strawberry cheesecake, rocky road, mint chocolate, banoffee pie’ – I’ve yet to have one that actually tastes like you’d expect. In fact the complete opposite they usually taste like… absolute rubbish!
Where to buy your shakes from…
For close to 7 years (the start of my uni days!) i’ve been buying from Discount Supplements. I’ve always been impressed with the service and never had any issues. I’ve continued to shop with them because: 1) the price is excellent, 2) my items are always on time, and 3) they always have some great deals (I just picked up some Optimum Whey and it came with a free bag of creatine!). Here’s their Protein Powder page
Protein Shake Recipes:
OMG! I love these and the taste is off the richter scale! They are also incredibly quick and easy to make. Here’s some deliciously tasting ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ protein shake recipes for you to try…
- 500ml whole milk
- 50g optimum nutrition whey (chocolate, strawberry or banana)
- 30g peanut butter
- 1 banana
- 50g vanilla ice cream
*chuck all ingredients into a blender for 20-30s
Nutritional Facts: 822 Calories, 67g Protein, 69g Carbs, 39g Fat
Clean & Lean Shake:
- 400ml almond milk
- 40g Whey Protein (I like to use Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey)
- 2 scoops diary free ice cream (I use Swedish Glace vanilla)
- You can also add in a handful of fruit (I like to use strawberries and bananas – depending on what flavour your protein is)
*chuck all ingredients into a blender for 20-30s
Nutritional Facts: 320 Calories, 36g Protein, 14g Carbs, 7g Fat
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