Pick up some protein powder pronto!

January 31, 2018 6:42 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Protein powder, to the uninitiated, sounds like a bit of a Frankenstein product – something created in a laboratory, and a long way away from ‘proper’ food. Fortunately, that’s not at all the case. Protein powder is actually a really simple product. It’s a basic, ground-up source of protein, like brown rice, hemp seeds or pumpkinseeds. Designed for people who need additional protein in their diet, it’s a perfectly natural and simple way to take in extra nutrition.

Protein powder isn't for everyone, but it's a great source of additional protein

Protein powder – it’s a natural product

Do I need to buy protein powder?

Most people have no need to buy protein powder. They can easily obtain their recommended daily requirement of protein from ‘whole’ sources – preferably wholefood sources. But some people do need extra protein – and you probably know if you’re one of them.

Sportspeople, athletes and heavy gym-users are among the main consumers of protein powders. Strenuous exercise requires a steady supply of protein, often over and above that which can be achieved from ‘normal’ meals. Protein is necessary for the building of muscle mass and for the repair of overstretched tissues. Protein powder in a ‘shake’ is often used as a ‘recovery’ from a workout, though many recommend taking such a drink before a workout, or even during one, too.

Vegan protein powders provide a great protein boost

Vegans and vegetarians often find protein powders useful

Vegans and vegetarians sometimes need an extra, high-quality source of protein, too. While it’s perfectly possible to have a completely healthy vegan or vegetarian diet without using protein powders at all, there are occasions when it may be harder than usual to get proper non-animal protein into your diet.

What do we stock?

We’ve got a range of protein powders at Naturally Good Food. We look for powders that provide an alternative to the whey- and soy-based protein powders that are readily available commercially, but which we know many of our customers avoid. Here’s a quick run-down of what we stock.

Brown rice protein powder

This is simply powdered brown rice. It’s great in porridge or baking, as well as in drinks. We stock brown rice protein powder from various brands, including Pulsin, who use sprouted brown rice in their powder, which is dehydrated at a low temperature. We’ve also got Sun Warrior’s vegan, raw, wholegrain rice protein powder, which comes in both natural and chocolate flavours.

Hemp protein powder

This is made from cold-pressed hemp seeds, with the oil removed. It’s got a gently nutty taste.

Pumpkin seed protein powder

Made from ground-up pumpkin seeds, this powder provides a range of nutrients (magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc, for instance), as well as protein.

Naturya organic greens protein powder, mixed with pineapple

High in vitamin B12 and iron too.

A green protein powder, mixed with pineapple for sweetness, is a good place to start.

This is a really handy blend of hemp protein, wheatgrass, barleygrass, chlorella and spirulina powders, mixed with pineapple for sweetness. It’s a good way to get started with protein powders, and works well in a fruit juice, as well as in smoothies. Naturya have picked this particular blend for its high vitamin B12 and iron content, as well as its protein and fibre.

How should I use these powders?

The great thing about these powders is that they mix really well and smoothly, making them ideal for dissolving in hot or cold drinks or smoothies. You might also like to use them in baking, or simply sprinkle them onto porridge, muesli, yoghurt or into soups and stews.

Mostly, these powders find their way into ‘protein shakes’. There’s no precise recipe for these: stick in whatever you like best and whatever you most want to include in your diet. A good rule of thumb is to include vegetables, fruit, some seeds or nuts and a non-dairy milk of your choice. But don’t have more than two of these a day – protein powders are a good and natural product, but they shouldn’t be used to completely replace proper, solid wholefoods in your diet.

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