Tips To Find A Perfect Protein Powder
I’ve spent years exploring a question: which protein powder is best for me? I swear, I thought it would be so easy. Researchers know a lot about the proteins that our body can use most easily, and I know from experience what works in my body. Whey protein, for example, can cause me digestive problems, so I try to stay away from it.
But when I tried to figure out which protein powder is best for me, I was a little shocked. Even when I knew what I wanted, I had the hardest time finding it! For starters, a ton of protein powder out there have a bunch of waste I don’t want to have in them, like sugar or additives. And then some of them with cleaner ingredients simply tasted so bad-seriously, like chalk!
It made me realize that if I struggled to find out, they probably were too! So I created SPF Nutrition to make it easier for you, but I also want you to understand why it’s like that.
WHY DO I NEED PROTEIN?
Protein is Basically the Block of Your Body. Many women think that it only fills their muscles, but this is not true! Yes, protein plays an important role in your body’s ability to build muscle. But you also need protein for your hair, BONES, nails, connective tissue and more. Basically, protein is essential to make you look good and feel better!
And not all proteins are equal. You need something called complete protein, which means that the protein contains the nine essential amino acids that your body cannot make itself.
If you get enough protein and get the right amino acids, you will get:
- Healthier hair, skin and nails
- Lean Muscle
- Stronger Bones
- A better functioning immune system
- Plus, getting enough protein can actually help you lose weight without even trying! So, yes, this is quite important.
The good news is that adding a protein powder to your Routine can help you get the clean, complete protein your body needs. And I have some tips to help you choose the right one.
HOW do I know WHICH protein powder FOR ME IS BEST?
Basically, I distilled everything I want into a protein powder except for these four things:
Of PLANT origin
In the early days, a lot of protein powder was based on milk (whey comes, for example, from dairy products). The problem? Milk-based protein powders can often be associated with abdominal problems.
Fortunately, today you can find vegetable protein powders to get the protein you need to feel good without the potential digestive problems.
One thing you need to know, however, is that many plants do not provide complete protein. But some protein powders mix two plant sources together to get the nine essential amino acids out there. Personally, I love a mixture of brown rice and peas because it’s a great source of vegetable protein that my body can’t digest!
20G PROTEIN PER SERVING
There’s a big question you should ask if you’re wondering, ” Which protein powder is the right one for me?”Here it is: how much protein should I look for in each Serving?
My general rule is to choose a protein powder with at least 20 grams of protein per Serving. This will be enough to get the remaining protein you need without much trouble through your meals and snacks.
By the way, you can multiply your weight by 0.36 to find out about how many grams you should get each day. And if you train a lot (which I know you are, my SPF girls!), you probably already want a little more than that.
Basically, starting with the 20 gram mark means that you can immediately cover a good portion of your daily protein requirement, and this will help you during your day and during your workout!
This is a big one for me, and it’s pretty simple. Look for the ingredients in the protein powders you are considering. If you do not know what something is and you always scratch your head during a quick Google search, you probably do not need it in your body.
NOT CHALKY, CLUMSY OR TOO Sweet
When I was wondering which protein powder is right for me, it’s easy to get caught on the health side. But let’s be honest: if it’s revolting, I won’t use it. Of course, if I make a really delicious Smoothie, I could throw something into it. But sometimes I get so busy that I just want to throw my protein powder in a little water and run. And that makes chalky, chunky, and excessively sweet protein powders a No-Go for me.
Don’t be afraid to be picky with your protein powder and the way it tastes! It’s much more likely that you’ll make it a regular part of your Routine — meaning you’re giving your body all the protein it needs— if you actually enjoy drinking it.
Agree, of course, there is a lot to look for in a protein powder. And it can feel a little overwhelming. I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect, so I decided to make my own! Of course, all these boxes are checked, and I’m so glad you have it in your hands!!