Protein is the most important nutrient your body needs for your health and wellbeing. Protein is the key nutrient to balance hormones, support weight loss and lean, toned muscle, support glowing skin, a healthy pregnancy, and optimise the immune system.
"A good protein powder should be free from fillers, sugar, gluten and vegetable fats. It should be low in carbs, easy to digest and make you feel wonderful. You can read more about these ingredients HERE."
"A good protein powder contains only natural whole food ingredients that retain their full nutritional profile. You should be able to recognise all of the ingredients!"
+ FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
Protein can work effectively to regulate the appetite and encourage significant weight loss. *For weight loss, it is recommended you get between 80 – 120 g of protein per day to help keep you full and provide the body with essential amino acids for producing hormones and repair lean muscle.
As a meal replacement, I love starting my day with a protein shake for breakfast that keeps me full and nourished until lunchtime. I combine a few spoonfuls of Healthy Chef Protein into a blender along with water or plant-based milk, matcha green tea and avocado. The perfect complete low GI breakfast that helps stabilise my blood sugar and boosts my metabolism. You can view the recipe here.
+ FOR GLOWING SKIN
Including enough quality protein sources in your diet supports our collagen levels, making your skin firmer and less prone to wrinkles. Amino acids in the diet help support healthy and firm glowing skin and thicker hair. In addition, protein influences the skin's structure and helps keep the skin firm.
I love Marine Collagen Protein as well as my Pure Native WPI combined. They work synergistically to help restore healthy skin and hair. I use Marine collagen mixed into water or in an antioxidant-rich turmeric latte. Alternatively, I love adding it to a miso soup or blending up an anti-inflammatory smoothie with banana, Marine Collagen, coconut water and ice as a refreshing treat.
All Healthy Chef Proteins are pure and easily digested, which means no bloating or tummy upsets.
+ FOR MENOPAUSE
Women over 40+ or who are menopausal should struggle to include enough protein. Dry skin, mood swings, weight gain, insomnia and hot flushes and anxiety have been a few issues I’ve been dealing with in my journey towards menopause. Over the years, I have made changes to my lifestyle and diet that have helped me manage and support my levels of anxiety, stress issues, gut issues, thyroid and metabolism and balance and restore my health and state of wellbeing.
For me, it was eliminating sugar and sticking to a low-carb, gluten-free eating plan that includes quality protein has been the key in controlling insulin, reducing cortisol and balancing hormones.
I make a meal replacement shake using 2 tablespoons of Healthy Chef Protein, 4 brazil nuts, ½ avocado, a spoonful of Naked Chocolat Mylk and 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk. This protein-rich, low-sugar, chocolatey smoothie helps balance my blood sugars, stabilise insulin and boost my metabolism.
Do you follow a plant-based diet or more of a primal diet, or do you prefer one type of protein over others? The Healthy Chef protein range includes Pure Native WPI (from grass-fed cows milk), Organic Pea Protein (100% isolate), Marine Collagen (from 100% wild fish), and Body Shaping Protein (from organic brown rice and organic pea protein with digestive support), and all low FODMAP and digestion friendly.
A FEW TAKE HOMES.....
Match your protein to your goals. What are you aiming to achieve?
- Use any of the Healthy Chef Proteins for a healthy snack or a quick source of protein.
*Protein requirements are based on data from the 4th edition of Clinical Sports Nutrition, Journal of Sports Sciences and Medicine, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the Nutrient Reference Values for Australia & New Zealand.