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Banana Kiwi Super Smoothie


A high in nutrients protein shake for the muscle and taste buds.

Preparation: 5 minutes
Serves: 1 serving
Energy: 347 calories per serving

Ingredients:
– 1 large banana
– 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
– 6 oz nonfat plain greek yoghurt
– 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
– 1 kiwi fruit

Method:
1) Chop the fruits.
2) Blend all the ingredients for 1-2 minutes.
3) Serve.


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Plasma Protein for Recovery


You are familiar with whey and casein, as well as soya, and probably other vegetable protein powders, such as rice and pea protein. But plasma protein powders are fairly new to the market.

Plasma (also known as serum) protein starts with blood, typically from cows. The red blood cells are removed and the remaining liquid is plasma, or serum if the blood-clotting factors are removed. This liquid is spray-dried and ground into a fine powder that is more than 90% powder. Most of that is from albumin, which is the major protein in blood and is responsible for carrying certain hormones and maintaining blood volume, and from immunoglobulins or antibodies, which fight off foreign invaders in the body. Taking plasma protein can boost your immune system, which can help prevent you getting sick or help you recover quicker from an illness. In fact, University of Barcelona researchers reported that rats infected with the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium, that were given plasma protein powder, produced more anti-inflammatory and fewer inflammatory agents than rats given regular milk proteins, and thus had a better capacity to recover from the infection.

To prevent illness from derailing your training, especially during the flu season, choose plasma (or serum) protein that supplies at least 40% immuniglobulins and add about 10 grams to your pre-workout and post-workout protein shakes. Also add 10 grams to other shakes you have throughout the day.


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Relying on Shakes/Protein Supplements Instead of Whole Food


A bodybuilder relying on multiple shakes per day in place of whole food will have a very different physique from one who eats more whole food. The natural digestion process is important and you can only get that with whole foods. Protein powders are broken down so much that they do not digest and get absorbed like food. It is better to add specific amino acid supplements to a meal than to replace a meal with a shake. However, we do not live in a perfect world and because of work or family obligations we may end up missing meals. In such situations, shakes can be used. But when you are dieting, would you rather have a protein shake made with water or a grilled chicken breast and sweet potato?


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Consumption of Protein Shakes


I know that protein shakes are beneficial post-workout. Is it as good to have them at other times of the day?

You can drink protein shakes through the day between whole-food meals to supplement your protein intake. If you are struggling to make gains, it is recommended to drink a protein shake before going to bed. A supplement with multiple protein sources such as fast-digesting whey and slower-digesting casein, is ideal.