If you’re a man who wants to maintain muscle mass as you age, then you need to learn to love protein. More specifically, you need to learn to love protein shakes.
Why protein shakes?
Because these delicious, nutritious, protein-packed beverages will help you build muscle and elevate your metabolism. And when your muscle mass and metabolism go up, your body fat percentage goes down which helps your heart, your joints, and helps your body produce key hormones like testosterone.
At Allure Medical, we know how important staying young and healthy is to you as a man which is why we want to introduce you to these two incredible smoothies, and the four different kinds of protein you’re free to use in them.
What kinds of protein are there
The foundation of every protein shake is of course, protein. But what kind of protein?
Well, there are four primary types of protein to consider.
- Whey Protein
- Casein Protein
- Soy Protein
- Egg Protein
The First: Whey Protein
The first, whey protein, is the most common protein on the market. Derived from milk products, it’s a combination of “beta-lactoglobulin, alpha lactalbumin, bovine serum albumin, and immunoglobins.” These proteins are readily absorbed by the body, making them ideal for muscle repair and recovery.
The Second: Casein protein.
Like whey, casein is derived from milk products but unlike whey it’s not readily absorbed by the body. Casein protein uptake is slow, which means it’s a great protein to enjoy first thing in the morning, but it’s not a great protein to ingest post workout when your muscles need help ASAP.
The Third: Soy protein.
Soy is nice because it’s a perfectly safe option for vegetarians and vegans, and it’s a “complete protein [that] provides all of the essential amino acids for human nutrition.” However, soy protein is not without its own problems; it can depress thyroid production, can contain nitrates, and can also include trace amounts of the industrial herbicide glyphosate.
The fourth: Egg protein
Egg protein that’s derived from egg whites. Egg protein, like soy protein, is a popular choice amongst men who suffer from lactose intolerance or lactose sensitivity.
This tasty shake ideally uses slow-moving casein protein which makes it an ideal breakfast beverage, but you’re free to substitute another type of protein if you prefer.
– Start with one fresh banana (peeled) in a blender with 2 scoops of chocolate casein protein powder.
– Add one ounce of dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao), two teaspoons of organic chunky peanut butter, one tablespoon of flaxseeds or flaxseed powder, one cup of ice, and one cup of unsweetened almond milk.
-Blend, serve, and enjoy!
Ideally, this tasty shake utilizes whey protein, the optimal protein for rapid, post-workout muscle repair, but you are free to substitute another type of protein if you wish.
-Start with two scoops of vanilla whey protein powder in blender.
-Add a banana (peeled), ½ cup of fresh strawberries (tops removed), three tablespoons of chia seeds, one cup of ice, one cup of vanilla almond milk, and one tablespoon of pumpkin seeds.
-Blend, serve and enjoy!