**This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins.**
By Danielle, Contributing Writer
As a new mom, I struggled managing the diapers, breastfeeding, laundry and cleaning, and emotions of this new challenge called motherhood. Was it really necessary for me to eat? My typical 4 small meals a day diet turned into lucky-if-I-ate-a-food-group-other-than-crackers. I noticed my son began to be gassy, and reached out to friends for what may be wrong.
Like good friends, they suggested it was likely my diet. Broccoli? Please, no time to get groceries. Onions? Should I still have time to cook? No, what my diet mostly consisted of was “healthy” granola bars. Okay, I had like 4 per day. I knew I had to get my diet back to including whole foods, but as a new mother of a newborn with no assistance, how do you find the time?
I started planning ways to incorporate raw foods and how to ensure I was supplementing when I could not so the nutrition for my babe was not compromised. To do that, I added the best protein powders I could find.
Do you Need a Protein Powder?
No. Not everyone in every situation needs supplementation like protein powders. If you are able to consume a whole food diet loaded with traditional grains and legumes, grass-fed, organic meat, raw dairy, and organic fruits and vegetables in the quantities needed, then you may have no need to supplement at all. But, we all have times in our lives when we don’t have access to high quality food or the time to prepare it. Supplementing with whole foods is the best way to replace the missing vitamins and minerals for you and your family.
Supplementation is also necessary because the vitamin and mineral content of our food today is severely diminished due to the lack of those vitamins and minerals in our soil. Pesticides, GMOs and overbearing farming practices have led to our soil being seriously depleted to render the amounts of vitamins and minerals that used to be present in our produce.
Finding a multivitamin which truly has organic, whole foods is difficult. It is also difficult to get enough of the needed supplementation in a small capsule. We not only need vitamins and minerals, but also protein and essential fatty and amino acids to function. Thus, adding a whole food protein powder to your regimen is the best way to get a large amount of supplemented nutrition into your daily diet.
Of course, protein powders can be abused. Supplementation should be a piece of an overall whole food, healthy diet; and should only be seen as a way to boost that lifestyle.
Benefits of Protein Powders
In certain cases, protein powder supplements can deliver a high quality and quantity of vitamins and minerals where it would otherwise be void. An overly busy mama, a traveling daddy, a loved one going through an illness, a picky little eater; all can use supplementation to ensure they are getting enough nutrients. Adding a fruit and vegetable supplementation boost supplies high levels of vitamins and minerals,
#1 Provide the missing vitamins and minerals in your family’s diet.
#2 Ensures picky eaters are getting their nutrients.
#3 Eat healthy while traveling.
#4Supplement depleted soil.
#4 Busy mamas who have -4 minutes a day to eat.
#5 Provides nutrients for those who are ill.
#6 Sure of your protein source!
Quality of Protein Powders – Not all are created equal!
I have had a number of friends show me their drink mix, protein powder, or green drink and say, “look! This is so healthy!” only to turn over the product and see a list of preservatives and dyes.
Not all protein powders are created equal, and if you want to supplement in a healthy way, you will need to do some label reading to weed out the candidates. Any supplements with a food dye or preservative like maltodextrin or acesulfame potassium, are not healthy.
Once it passes the no-preservative and dye test, you need to evaluate what sort of protein is in your powder. Soy protein is derived typically from GMOs, which reak havoc on your immune system and gut health. Even if soy is not present, the majority of the whey on the market is also damaging to your health. Commercial whey products, such as whey protein isolate, are ultrapasteurized and go through an acidifying process. This damages the protein, leaving it unusable to your body and a toxin. You will also want to see if the protein is grass-fed. Most commercial products are fed a GMO corn and soy diet, which is not what the animals’ body was designed for, which actually effects the nutrient composition of their meat and milk.
How to Choose a Protein Powder for Your Family
What to Look for:
- No soy or whey protein isolate
- No additives, preservatives or dyes
- No or low heat used in processing
- Grass-fed protein
- Transparency and Accountability
What Protein Would I Use?
I am a fan of Vital Proteins protein powders and other supplements. They use the highest quality grass-fed protein, and add in a bunch of other essential acids which this mama needs (hello, collagen for stretch marks).
They also use coconut water for added electrolytes to sweeten, as well as probiotics, to top off the list.
- – 26 g Raw Protein – Organic, Grass-Fed, Pasture-Raised, Cold Processed
- – 100% Pure – No Additives – No additives, lecithins, or sweeteners
- – 5,105 mg Branched Chain Amino Acids – Increased protein synthesis
- – 5,763 mg Antioxidant Amino Acids – Promotes glutathione production
- – 15,000 mg of grass-fed, pasture-raised collagen – increase athletic performance & reduce injuries
- – 80 mg of natural hyaluronic acid – helps keep cartilage flexible and strong
- – 2B CFU spore probiotic bacillus coagulans – supports protein absorption and recovery
- – 375 mg cocoa flavanols – helps deliver protein to the body
I like that they are transparent and clear with what is in their products. Below are my two go-to recipes to ensure both me and my little one are getting the protein, vitamins and minerals we need!
Mama’s Morning Protein Shake
– 1 or 2 raw, cage free eggs (from your or your neighbor’s backyard preferably). If you are really brave, grind up one egg shell and add for calcium!
– Fruit scraps (you know all the ones your little one didn’t eat for dinner? or the strawberry stems, cantaloupe rinds and other collateral? Keep them til morning and add in your shake (if organic)!)
– 1 serving of Vital Proteins Organic Whey, unflavored
– 1 1/2 cups of raw, grass-fed organic milk (or almond milk)
Blend, and sip while you work or on the go!
Kid-Approved Chocolate Smoothie
– 1 1/2 cups of raw, grass-fed organic milk (or almond milk)
– 1 serving of Vital Proteins Cocoa Coconut Collagen Whey
– 1 cup of fresh, organic berries of choice (we love a mix of raspberry and strawberry)
– Anything else you have been trying to sneak in but your child refuses.
Blend and serve! Or, taste a little (or a lot) before serving.
Don’t feel bad if you need to supplement you and your family’s diet when things are busy. Do your research, and turn to a natural supplement to ensure your family is getting the needed amount of protein, vitamins, and minerals. And share your favorite product with an overtired mama, like I was!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I do get a small reimbursement for telling you how much I love their product.
Do you use protein powders? What are your favorite recipes?
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