Protein Shakes: The Sweeter Way To Recovery

Recovery just got sweeter

Motivating ourselves to exercise can be strenuous. Sometimes, it’s the last thing we feel like doing. Especially after a long day at work or if we’re cramming it into a busy schedule. Luckily, recovery doesn’t have to be as daunting as getting ourselves to the gym or gearing up for an activity. In fact, recovery can come in the form of a treat: a reward for our hard work. Which, is why we, at WillPower, took the time to make our protein powder taste just as delicious as it is beneficial to the body. If you’re curious how something that tastes so good can also be that good for you, read along. We’ll break down the benefits you can’t afford to miss out on.

The Three R’s

Rest. Repair. Recovery. There’s a good chance that while working out or engaging in strenuous activity, like weight-lifting, long-distance running, or HIIT training, your muscles experienced micro-tears; which are just small tears in the muscles. Rest allows your body the time it needs to repair those tears.

Food As Fuel

Stretching and rest is important, no doubt, but so is incorporating your body’s preferred source of fuel: carbohydrates and proteins. While carbohydrates and proteins provide and restore energy, protein is primarily known for its role in tissue repair and growth. It’s no secret that muscle preservation and production is a huge success factor for endurance athletes.

Protein Plus +

Not only does protein help repair exhausted muscles, it’s also used to create hormones, enzymes, cellular messengers, nucleic acids, and immune-system components. If we subtract protein from our diet, our bodies can’t heal as quickly, which may lead to potential injuries due to over-training. Protein allows our bodies to generate biochemical substances necessary for cardiovascular function, growth, healing, and muscle contraction.

When Is The Best Time to Ingest Protein?

There’s something called an “Anabolic Window.” You may have heard this term before. It’s a supposed 30-minute window following a workout where our bodies are in a state that allows our muscles to more readily absorb essential nutrients from protein shakes. It’s gotten a lot of flack in the athletic industry – some say it’s a myth this window exists at all, others swear by it.

Bottom line…intense exercise and training does deplete glycogen and breaks down muscle tissue. So regardless whether this window is mythical or not, it’s still imperative to provide our muscles with the protein it needs to begin healing the micro-tears. It’s safe to assume immediately following a workout is the best time frame to drink a protein shake in order for our bodies to absorb the nutrients like a sponge.

How Much Protein Should I Take?

If you’re building muscle, we recommend taking 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. So, if you’re 150 pounds, you should take in 150 grams of protein that day for muscle growth. In terms of your protein shake – a typical dosage is 1 scoop or 20 grams of protein. But feel free to scoop in as much of our delicious protein as desired!

Protein Shakes sound great, what should I make?

When it comes to shakes and smoothies, the options are endless. Get advanced by sprinkling in hemp, chia, or flax seeds, or incorporate fish oil to lubricate your torn muscles. You can even add your favorite healthy fats like avocado, coconut oil, or dark chocolate.

We recommend mixing our ReGenPCR  Vanilla protein powder with your choice of frozen berries and unsweetened almond milk for a smoothie that satisfies both your taste buds and waistline. Or, give our ReGenPCR Cinnamon Cocoa protein powder a try, add plain greek yogurt, scoop in a dollop of peanut butter, add a whole banana, and a finish it off with a touch of nutmeg for a personal favorite.