Are you umming and ahhing about whether to buy protein powder? Don’t believe the myth that supplements are only used by bodybuilders or people who are very serious about the gym. Anyone from the general population could and should consume protein powder because doing so provides so many benefits. If you’re not convinced, read below. This article will highlight the six main perks of protein powder and why including it in your diet might be the best nutrition decision you ever make.
Protein Powder Is Cheap
Unlike everything else these days, protein powder is quite reasonably priced. This might surprise you considering the currently extortionate cost of dairy products. A big kilogram sized bag of NZProtein whey will only set you back $38 if you buy in bulk. This equates to around $1.17 per serving. Compare that to the price of chicken breast. 100g of chicken breast would cost around $3.30 from the local supermarket. Paying for the gym, gas, housing and food is costly enough. Save money where you can and swap some of your protein sources to powder instead. People might tell you that supplements are a colossal waste of money but it depends what you’re buying and where from. Getting a decent protein powder is an investment rather than an expense because it makes you healthier in the long run and will last a while before it goes off. If you’re looking for a protein source that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, powder is perfect for you.
Comes With Added Benefits
Not only does powder contain the essential macronutrients and amino acids your body needs to live, some of them come with added extras. For example NZProtein hemp has omega 3s, calcium, iron and potassium also included in the formula. These elements are very important, especially for those on vegetarian or plant based diets. Our meal replacement shake is even better and comes with more vitamins than you can poke a stick at. It even includes niacin, folate, iodine and many other minerals your body can’t live without. If your diet isn’t particularly nutrient dense, a protein powder that contains extra vitamins and minerals in the formula can make a significant difference to your wellbeing.
People these days are busy. They don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen and probably don’t want to either. Protein powder is perfect for those who are time poor or lazy. A tasty shake requires minimal prep time and can be made in seconds. Even a child could do it. The powder can be blended up quickly in your Nutribullet with milk and ice or just in a shaker with water. NZProtein powders are tasty enough on their own. You don’t need to add other fruits, sweeteners and flavourings to make them palatable. Two scoops and a liquid is all you need. Compared to other protein sources like eggs and beef which need to be cooked before consumed, protein powder is ready whenever you want it. A tasty shake that is ready in seconds. What more could you ask for?
Gone are the days of disgusting powders. You no longer have to block your nose before downing a bland tasting shake that is gritty and unpleasant. Food technology has progressed significantly in recent years which means our protein powders get better and better every day. NZProtein whey comes in 24 different flavours and we plan to create more in future. Right now you could go for a tried and true flavour like vanilla or chocolate. Alternatively, those with more adventurous palettes could try jelly tip or lemon tart. We have plenty of options to cater for a variety of tastes. Even our pea isolate, which tends to be grittier than other proteins, has been described by customers as creamy and easy to mix. If you’re worried about protein powder being disgusting, don’t be. The options available on the market these days are so delectable, you’ll find it hard to believe they are good for your health.
Can Take It On The Go
Not only is protein powder a convenient source of nutrition, it is also easily transportable. Powder doesn’t require any refrigeration or special storage conditions. A bag will sit happily on the shelf and can last many months before it gets anywhere near the best before date. This is beneficial for those who want to take it to work or on holiday and don’t have cooking or refrigeration facilities. NZProtein even sells sample sizes for those who don’t want to commit to an entire kilogram and mini storage products which make transportation so much easier. Our fill and go funnels and mini storage tubs attach easily to your keychain or lanyard. You can take these with you to the gym or work and shake it up whenever you’re in need of some sustenance. These also make excellent gifts for your protein loving pals. Christmas is coming up soon so definitely keep this in mind.
Protein Powder Recipes
Not a fan of shakes? No worries! Protein powder can be included in a variety of sweet and savoury recipes. We have plenty available here. One popular idea is to stir a couple of scoops into 200g of Greek yoghurt. This creates a pudding with a thick, frosting-like consistency and tastes even better with fruit on top. Protein powder and also be used in brownies, porridge and even tortilla chips. Different powders have different properties and some are better than others when it comes to cooking. Plant proteins go well in baking, casein is great if you need something thick and egg white powder can be used to make an incredible batch of cookies. If you think protein powder is only good for boring old shakes, you are mistaken. Try some of the recipes mentioned above and let us know how you go.
Failing to consume an optimal amount of protein will have you feeling fatigued and malnourished. Although it’s entirely possible to hit your protein intake with other foods like chicken or fish, doing so can be expensive and time consuming. A good powder can be a reliable staple in anyone’s pantry. They last for ag, can be taken with you on the go and included in a plethora of delicious recipes. The only thing left to decide now is which mouthwatering flavour you’re going to try first.
Written by Lauren Carruthers.