Getting all of your required nutrients from real whole food is ideal OBVS. But that isn’t always easy for a number of reasons including lack of time, poor appetite, higher requirements, poor digestion and insufficient rates of absorption.
One of the meals that people struggle with the most is breakfast. The biggest barrier here is time. Most of us are rushed in the mornings and more focused on getting out the door than putting together a balanced meal. Unfortunately, the consequences of not nourishing yourself properly first thing in the morning is going to be felt throughout the day. Starting your day on empty or scarfing some quick carbs leads to poor blood sugar management, weight gain, mood swings and sets us up to give into cravings later in the day. This is where a quality protein powder can be invaluable.
But WARNING: Not all protein powder is created equal.
There are a lot of them on the market and many of them contain some serious bro-science B.S.
When choosing a protein powder look for one that has about 20-25 grams of protein per serving, derived from natural ingredients with no added sugars or additives. (Some of the natural products will have stevia as a sweetener – which is ok but some people can’t handle the taste so go for natural and add your own flavour if that’s the case.)
Those of you who consume dairy, a protein powder containing New Zealand whey is top of the line but read the ingredients for other additives. Vegans will want to look for a product made from fermented sources, for the highest rates of availability.
Look for an unflavoured powder with NO added sugar or artificial sweeteners
Stevia is acceptable, but you’re really better to go with unflavoured/ unsweetened and add your own flavouring (ie: vanilla extract) as stevia can really be off-putting.
Our tried and tested options are Vega and Genuine Health Fermented Vegan (unflavoured-unsweeted)
But other good bets are: New Zealand Whey, Garden of Life, Kaizen, Bodylogix, and Sunwarrior!