The Basics of Using Protein Powder

Using protein powder is a fairly simple process. A lot of people new to nutritional supplements feel like they will do something wrong and have terrible side effects, but there is really no reason to think that. Superstitions aside, protein supplements get a bad name because of all the harmful and illegal substances that athletes also use. Protein is a natural nutrient and an essential part of the diet. A supplement like whey protein powder is just assuring that you receive plenty of protein at the time you need it.

Most people who are taking protein supplements try to work them into their schedule right after they exercise. This usually means that they take a protein drink or shake with them to the gym. You can also just wait and mix something up when you get home and achieve the same result. Most people premix so that they don’t have to worry about it when they’re exhausted and sweaty though.

This means the two things you need to consider are how you’re going to mix your powder and how you’re going to transport it safely to the gym. The latter of those is pretty easy; just put your drink or shake into a sealed water bottle. Many people prefer to use opaque containers because the mixture might not look that appealing, especially when you’re just craving water after a workout.

As for mixing the powder, many people just use milk, soy milk, or water. A lot depends on how well you can manage the flavor. Although healthy, even the best protein powder isn’t known for its wonderful flavoring. If a two part mix isn’t enough, you may need to work the powder into something more like a smoothie. You can use the same base ingredients, but add in fruits for flavoring. Bananas, strawberries, and blueberries can all be excellent flavor additives.

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