6 no-brainer ways to increase your protein intake
A BIG PLUS FOR PROTEIN (PRODUCTS)
Timing is of the essence when it comes to protein. Dr Sarah Schenker (left) is a leading dietician, who has worked with Premier League football teams and renowned chef Delia Smith, among others.
Dr Schenker explains: ‘It’s about the delivering and timing of protein rather than the quantity of it. The misnomer is that the more protein the better, but that’s not the case.’
The nutritionist says many people struggle with food after heavy exercise, but suggests consuming protein within half an hour, followed by a full meal within two hours. ‘There’s a window of opportunity to get protein back in the body.’
Dr Schenker is a brand ambassador for Wow Protein (available in Tropical and Summer Fruits, £2.49 each, Tesco). The drink has 20g of whey protein and vitamins stored in a blast cap, a product she calls ‘a very useful way of providing protein’. Visit Wow Protein for more info.
SHAKE IT UP
Lugging your protein to the gym can be tiresome, but the Blender Bottle ProStack (£10.21, iHerb) offers a solution.
A leak-proof bottle with a screw-on compartment at the base and a wire mixing ball to get rid of unwanted lumps. This all-in-one shaker is for those who mean business.
A NATURAL HIGH
Plant-based protein is easy to digest, boasts high-quality amino acids and is rich in nutrients, from B vitamins to calcium, iron and omega-3 fatty acids. Leaders in plant-based protein Pulsin (Pulsin) has just marked its 10th birthday with a new sun and moon logo to trumpet the fact that its powders and bars maintain your energy levels day or night. The range boosts your immune system and brainpower, while keeping you fuller for longer. London’s flagship Whole Foods store in Kensington High Street will have a dedicated Pulsin window display in May.
ON THE UP
Protein hydrolysates might not trip off the tongue, but they’re big business – the US market alone is set to be worth £580million by 2022. A protein hydrolysate, where the protein has been broken down in a reaction with water, allows the body to absorb amino acids more rapidly and reduce muscle recovery time. Try Platinum Hydrowhey (£89.99, On Academy).
YOU CAN BEAT MEAT
American ultra-runner Matt Frazier is also known as The No Meat Athlete and his cookbook by the same name was selected as one of Sports Illustrated’s health and wellness books of this year when it was released in the US. Matt insists meat is not required to get the necessary protein of a top athlete. The book, which boasts 150 recipes, is out in the UK in July (£18.99, The Experiment).
The handy, on-the-go, dairy-free snacks pack in up to 13g of protein, fibre, good fats and carbohydrates, and come in a whole range of flavours. And they’ve just launched a vegan range, with three totally new flavours — Coconut Cumin, Beetroot Cashew and Almond Kale — and two twists on old classics. Now we’ve got no excuse for unhealthy snacking — even busyness!
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