A Word About Protein Powders

I am a big proponent of morning smoothies!  They are quick, tasty and the variety you can make them is endless. Anyone who says they do not like them has just not found the right ingredients.

That being said, I often take grief when going over protein powders that are in compliance with my 28 Day Healthy Reboot.  I hear, "My powder is promoted by this holistic doctor" or "This other popular program sells it and says it is the best product to promote health," or my favorite, "It's organic. Why is that bad?" "I don't understand why I cannot use it?"

It has nothing to do with whether it is good or bad or whether you will be able to use it in the future. It has to do with your goal for following my program.  The 28 Day Healthy Reboot and the Healthy Reboot For Life eliminates inflammatory foods as well as foods that cause digestive distress due to sensitivity or allergies. This often means eliminating otherwise healthy ingredients that fall into certain categories. 

Lectins, FODMAPS, dairy, soy, nightshades...the list goes on. This eliminates and whey or casein, soy and rice protein.  Also, I get many questions on a favorite of holistic practitioners, pea protein (a lectin).  Many also fall short because they are not organic or grass/pastured products. 

Does this mean you can never eat them again? Of course not!  What you need to do is determine if you have sensitivity to the food category. If you are sensitive, you will need to determine why and how to heal whatever issue you might be experiencing. If you have no reaction, you can add it back in at the end of the program. If you find you are allergic, you will need to avoid it or suffer the consequences of a reaction.  

I have featured Vital Proteins in this post.  I use this product almost daily - I like the chocolate flavor best.  It is made from grass fed and pastured collagen peptides and contains essential amino acids your body needs.  Best of all, the suggested serving size is two scoops for a total of 18 grams of protein.  I only use one scoop per day because 9 grams of protein is plenty for my morning smoothie.  If I add blanched almonds, hemp seeds or other protein containing ingredients, I am getting more than enough protein. 

We do not need as much protein as you think! Many people consume too much protein daily.  There are exceptions like body builders or anyone who has been told by a medical professional they need more protein. But the average person does not need as much protein as we generally eat in a day (We will save this topic for another blog post!).

I do need to note that Vital Proteins was bought out by a big corporation a few years ago. When this happens, they often mess with the ingredients to bring down the manufacturing costs.  I have not seen this happen yet, but I carefully read the label each time I buy a bottle.  You can find it in many stores, but Costco has the best price I have ever found. 

I will finish with this - as with anything, you get what you pay for.  Inexpensive protein powders are inexpensive because they do not use the highest quality ingredients.  If you are consuming smoothies every day, you need to be using a quality product that work for you.  Only you will know what is right after finishing a program like the 28 Day Healthy Reboot.

Feel free to share a favorite smoothie recipe in the comments!  If you have any questions or want to discuss your protein powder with me, just reach out!  Susan@HealthyLivingWithSusanJohnson.com or Susan@MyHealthyReboot.com.

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