Thank you for all the well wishes and concerns about The Love Nugget yesterday. I’m happy to report that he is doing much better!
I have a feeling this is going to be a long post so let’s get right into what my fitness was for the week.
Saturday and Sunday – Rest
Monday – Body Pump class and new Body Combat class which was similar to Turbo Kick but slowed down and focused on the moves.
Wednesday – Super Sweaty Spin Class! My muscles were a little sore so I decided to skip weights for the day.
Thursday – Stroller Strides Plyo Class
Friday – Treadmill running with this medicine ball mixed in.
1 mile at 6.5 – 1 min of each medicine ball exercise – 1 mile sprints speed 9.0 1 min speed 6.5 1 min – 1 min of each medicine ball – 1 fast mile 7.0 – 1 min of each medicine ball exercise – cool down
I’ve been receiving questions from readers, friends and others about what type of protein powder to use. First though I thought it would be good to talk about if you even need to supplement with protein powders or not. If you are eating a well balanced diet, you probably already consume enough protein powder. With that said, there are some reasons why protein powders can benefit you but they definitely aren’t necessary to be healthy. First, protein powder can aid in weight loss. Whey protein powders in particular can assist in keeping you full and also provide a high level of amino acids which can promote fat loss. Second, they can help build, repair and preserve muscle growth by providing a high quality protein source. Third, protein powder can actually help to build a healthy immune system and prevent disease. It increases levels of glutathione, an antioxidant that helps improve immune health. (LIVESTRONG) If you choose to consume protein powders you should definitely do so in moderation and try to find one without too many added chemicals and ingredients. It’s also a good idea to check with your doctor before starting any new supplements or diet products.
There are a few different types of protein powder out there and choosing which one’s best for you can be somewhat confusing.
Whey Protein, derived from milk, contains all the essential amino acids your body needs. It’s said to be absorbed better than soy and can be found as a concentrate, isolate and hydrolysates.
Soy protein, usually made from soy flour, is one of the most easiest for the body to absorb and for the break down. Since it’s dairy free it’s great for people who are sensitive to lactose.
Egg white protein is also easily absorbed and contains complete amino acids that your body needs. This is also a great alternative to Whey if your lactose intolerant.
Brown Rice Protein is hypoallergenic and contains all the essential amino acids so it’s great for anyone sensitive to allergens.
Deciding which one works best for your diet is up to you. The best way is to sample the different types to see how your body reacts. I did this with all but Egg White Protein and found that even though I’m somewhat sensitive to dairy, my body reacts best to Whey Protein or Vegan Protein.
So now let’s talk about a few protein powders that I’ve used and enjoyed,
First off is Fitmixer. Not just because I am a contributor for the company, but I honestly love the taste and texture of this protein powder. As far as ingredients go there are a few things that I would rather not be getting in my protein powder but since I don’t consume it everyday and it doesn’t bother my stomach I’m okay with it. They offer chocolate and vanilla which are both quite delicious!
Next would be Sunwarrior Vegan Protein Powder. For a vegan protein powder, this one mixes very well and isn’t as grainy as some of the others I’ve tried. It has a great taste too!
I love that this company strives to create good quality products that have no GMOs, radiation, artificial colors, artificial preservatives, artificial flavors, herbicides, and pesticides. They also contain absolutely no animal products, dairy, egg, soy, added sugar, wheat, or yeast. Making them vegan and gluten-free!
Finally, I love About Time Whey Protein Powders. You may remember a few months back I reviewed a few of their flavors. They were so kind to send me a package with more protein, a few of their meal replacement bars and some of their delicious protein granola bites.
What I love about their protein powders is that they are a very clean, natural protein that only has four ingredients! Not to mention it comes in some amazing flavors like Cinnamon Swirl, and Chocolate Peanut Butter just to name a few.
The granola bites are VERY good and the perfect protein snack! They are a great source of omega’s since they contain Flax seed and Chia seed, contain only 135 calories and 9 grams of protein per serving.
The Meal replacement bars were beyond delicious! They contain no artificial sweeteners, no artificial flavors and were the perfect on the go breakfast for days I was too busy to eat.
Guess what people! About Time so generously offered to send one lucky reader a sampler pack of their tasty products!
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Disclaimer –About Time Whey Protein provided me with free samples. I did not receive samples of Sunwarrior or Fitmixer. All opinions are of my own and I received no other compensation for this post.
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