Protein is essential for our bodies. It’s needed for balancing hormones, assisting in weight loss, supporting detoxification and digestion, and supporting a healthy immune system. Protein is also the key nutrient that helps you get ageless glowing skin and lean toned muscles.
While natural whole foods are the best sources of protein – such as wild caught fish, organic eggs and chicken, nuts, seeds, beans, Greek style yoghurt and grass fed meats – getting your source of protein with the right protein powder is an easy and convenient way to support your health when you’re on the go.
Like most manufactured foods, protein powders are not created equal. It can get a bit confusing to choose the best one for your needs, as well as knowing how it’s prepared and the ingredients used in making it. A good rule of thumb when choosing a protein powder is to ignore all the marketing hype on the front of the package and head straight for the ingredients list. Do you recognise all the ingredients? If it’s low in sugar and free from fillers, artificial flavours and thickeners – you most likely have a winner.
If your goal is weight loss… The best way to use our protein powder is to use them as meal replacements.
If your goal is weight loss… The best way to use protein for weight loss, is to use them as meal replacements. Start the day with a morning smoothie for breakfast after your workout. I vary between my Pure Native WPI or Organic Pea protein, then add frozen blueberries, Organic Superfood, almond milk or coconut water and some ice. It all depends on what I feel like, but that’s definitely my shake of the moment. A small banana can also be added for extra creaminess and boosters such as matcha can increase fat burning.
This type of smoothie will boost metabolism, nourish lean muscle and keep you energized all morning. As a mid afternoon snack, I combine 1 serve of protein with 1-½ cups of coconut water or water then shake in a blender bottle. This will help curb appetite and stop you reaching for the cookie jar when you feel like something sweet. Regular and adequate intake of protein keeps you feeling full for longer and helps stabilise blood sugar levels, which means you’re less likely to give in to your cravings.
If your goal is for sports performance, the best time to consume protein is immediately after exercise.
If your goal is for sports performance and recovery… The best time to consume protein is immediately after exercise. This is when blood flow to the exercised muscles is high and the muscle is especially receptive to nutrients. Before exercising, protein shakes can curb appetite and keep blood sugars stable to get you through your workout. It’s important that your protein is high in BCAA’s (branched chain amino acids). Studies show that BCAA’s can reduce fatigue, improve exercise performance, reduce muscle breakdown, and facilitate healing. For sports performance and recovery, I love to shake Healthy Chef protein with coconut water or water and drink it immediately after my workout. Two shakes per day are ideal and will help your body and muscles recover quickly.
I love to shake Healthy Chef protein with coconut water or water and drink it immediately after my workout.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body that supports healthy hair, skin, and nails. As we age, collagen production declines, which can mean a noticeable lack of skin firmness and hydration.
Adding collagen into your diet is like giving yourself one of the best natural skin care ingredients available
This is why I’ve sourced the world’s purest marine collagen to support healthy glowing skin and optimum wellbeing.
I drink Healthy Chef Collagen Protein every day to boost the health of my skin as well as my hair and overall health. Studies on women between the ages of 35 – 55 showed that as little as 5 grams of collagen per day improved skin elasticity in eight weeks.
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Protein has a stabilising effect on blood sugar. High stress levels can lead to hypoglycaemia or other blood sugar imbalances. Increasing protein intake can boost energy levels, reduce jitteriness, agitation and mood swings, improve sleep, and sharpen brain function. Stress can also play havoc with your digestion, causing all sorts of issues such as malabsorption, constipation and IBS. Our range is specifically designed to help support perfect digestive health. They are also low in fermentable carbohydrates (FODMAPS) and can be enjoyed by everyone including those with gastrointestinal issues and lactose intolerance.
To have a strong immune system your body needs a daily supply of quality protein. Research studies have shown that deficiency of high-quality protein can result in depletion of immune cells, inability of the body to make antibodies, and other immune-related problems.