One of the best ways to lose fat while maintaining (or even increasing) muscle is to add in more protein to your diet. Muscle mass naturally declines with age, which can lead to fat gain and the risk of developing chronic diseases. Through regular exercise and better diet, however, this process can be slowed or even reversed.
Getting adequate protein can be tough, though. Also, who wants to scarf down a chicken breast or can of tuna after a workout? If you’re looking for easy and quick-digesting protein options, protein shakes are a great option. Using protein shakes as a snack or post-workout drink can greatly increase your daily protein intake (and ensure you don’t lose muscle mass).
Here are three tips for incorporating protein shakes into your daily diet:
Pair them with a workout.
Hitting the gym today? Mix up a shake! Consuming whey protein after a killer workout can help fuel your gains and encourage muscle recovery. Before you hit the gym, have your shake ready to go. Take small sips throughout the workout and then finish your shake during the cool down.
Pick a flavor you like!
One of the biggest benefits of including protein shakes into your daily diet is that they taste GOOD! If you have a sweet tooth and are trying to cut out sugar, protein shakes are a great option for satisfying your craving. Pick a flavor you like and you’ll always look forward to your shake.
Make sure you’re supplementing, not replacing.
While protein shakes are a great way to increase your daily protein intake, they shouldn’t be your sole source of protein. Make sure you’re including lean protein sources (like chicken, turkey or plant-based proteins) elsewhere in your diet.
Protein Shake Recipes We Love!
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Café Au Lait Mocha Protein Shake
Refrigerated 6 oz Almond milk, unsweetened
1 scoop of Driven Whey Chocolate (or sub any flavor – vanilla or caramel latte)
1 scoop of Driven Whey Vanilla (or sub any flavor – chocolate or caramel latte)
6-8 oz Cold Brewed Coffee *Driven Coffee*
If you like it frozen add: 1 cup Ice and blend!
Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie
1 Scoop Driven Whey Cinnamon 1/4 cup canned pumpkin (or your own homemade puree) Aprx 4 apple slices ( can just use a whole small apple) 1/4 cup crushed ice 1/4 cup oat milk
Blend and top with Fat-Free Whipped Cream and Cinnamon Powder for decoration if desired.
* Adding ginger to this recipe – puts it over the top! But it’s not for everyone *