I don’t enjoy eating “three” full meals daily because I never wake up hungry, but I know that proper nutrition jumpstarts metabolism in the morning. I love being filled with vitality, having enough energy to do everything I love to do, everyday.
My mom was a health food mom - and had every health food book ever published in our home library. Like my parents I am a lifelong learner and love to learn about anything that makes me healthier or a better person in any way! I have always been a label reader, and know that my body and brain work better when I feed myself properly. My skin reacts negatively to dairy, and I know when I am low on protein because my energy plummets and I over eat sugary or salty junk food.
That’s why protein shakes are a great option for me, augmenting my protein intake with minimal prep time … real life has a tendency to get in my way!!
I drink protein shakes daily as both a meal replacement and an after workout recovery shake. The body has a unique window of time (about 30 minutes after working out) in which you absorb amino acids faster than at any other time.
My metabolism has skyrocketed since I decided to make protein shakes my breakfast ritual. I have lots of athletic friends, and have never considered myself athletic, so didn't ever consider protein shakes as something that would benefit me.
But, I also didn't want to grow old and be the "tea and toast" lady my daughter suggested might happen ... and that she would be bringing me bottles of "Boost" like I used to bring my dad when he was in his 90's! She also suggested other things that got me to the gym...but I won't repeat those here!!
So... back to the research on what my body needed to be filled with vitality again.... and that lead me to pea protein powder shakes....
I replaced my daily latte habit…. I get nutrients and great taste for the same amount I used to spend on coffee! Honestly, it has changed my eating habits, my strength, my stamina & my energy. I feel like I am twenty again … and that makes my life fun!
Here is what I learned when I researched what kind of protein shakes I should drink:
10 Benefits Of Pea Protein Powder
1. Pea Protein Powder Helps You Feel Full
Studies show that drinking pea protein powder activates the release of the hormones in your body that keep you feeling full between meals. This makes it great to drink as a meal replacement or when you are dieting to lose weight. It’s common for people trying to lose weight to neglect protein intake — which generally means they don’t actually lose much weight. However, getting between 0.7 and one gram per pound you weigh of protein each day causes you to build muscle and burn fat faster.
2. Supports a Healthy Heart
Not only is pea protein good for your weight, but it’s proven to support a healthy heart. In 2009, Canadian scientists found that pea protein significantly lowers high blood pressure.
3. Increases Muscle Thickness
A 2015 study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition proved pea protein increased muscle thickness due to the high quantities of l-arginine.
4. Regulates Blood Sugar
A study conducted by the University of Toronto’s Department of Nutritional Sciences tested the effects of pea protein on glucose levels in healthy young men, and discovered the levels stayed lower than they normally would. This explains why pea protein appears to dramatically cut out food cravings when taken on a regular basis. This has been my experience.
5. Pea Protein Powder Is High in BCAAs
Studies show a diet rich in branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) can help keep your body in a muscle building state throughout the day, decrease belly fat, keep your full longer between meals, energize your workouts, and much more. Pea protein powders are packed with BCAAs.
6. Pea Protein Powder Is Easily Digested
You won’t feel gassy or bloated after drinking a shake of pea protein powder. The amino acids it contains are easily absorbed and put to work. Other plant based protein like soy is difficult to digest and not utilized by your body nearly as well, and women in particular are at an increased risk from the many hormone-disrupting substances found in soy.
7. Pea Protein Powder Is Hypoallergenic
Traditional protein powders contain whey, casein, egg, or soy protein powders. Often these ingredients are not tolerated and you end up feeling bloated, gassy, or nauseous. Pea protein powder, on the other hand doesn’t have any allergenic ingredients. This makes it the protein of choice recommend by doctors and experts in nutrition.
8. Pea Protein Powder Mixes Easily In Water
I’ve choked down a few nasty shakes … nothing worse than a protein shake that doesn’t mix well or taste good. High quality pea protein powder doesn’t have this problem. Mix with 12 ounces of water, and all it takes are a couple of shakes with your shaker bottle to get a smooth, easy to drink protein shake. I prefer it mixed with water and a teaspoon of almond butter in my magic bullet.
9. Pea Protein Powder Is Low In Carbohydrates
Every scoop has about 2 grams of carbohydrates, making it okay to drink when you’re limiting carbs. You also get about 2 grams of fiber per scoop which limits the blood sugar stimulating effects on the carbs that are in every shake.
10. Pea Protein Powder Is Gluten free
If you have a gluten intolerance or need to avoid eating it for any other reason, pea protein powder is safe to drink. Every scoop is gluten free and instead packed with healthy, muscle building protein.