Over the past few months, I’ve been getting a lot of emails from serious athletes asking me for product recommendations. Most of them are fed up with the variety of protein powders and snacks they find at health food stores…and for good reason! Have you ever read through the ingredients label on these products? More often than not, these conventional protein powders are loaded with tons of artificial ingredients, colors, and sweeteners. Why would you want to put all of this garbage into your body, especially if the goal is to eat a diet that promotes your best and most powerful self?
That’s why I started doing some research on the best protein products that were specifically designed with the athlete in mind. I stumbled upon the Paleo Protein powder from MHP (Maximum Human Performance) and after doing some reading, I was very impressed and wanted to give it a try! For over a month, I started adding this powder to coconut milk before my daily workout. It tasted great and I loved the boost of energy it gave me! I even gave it to my picky fiance, who is super critical when it comes to protein powders. He was expecting it to taste like chalk but was pleasantly surprised by the vanilla almond taste. Not only is this all natural muscle building protein free from artificial flavors and sweeteners, it’s made with premium grade beef protein isolate and pure egg white protein. This is perfect for all of you athletes who are sticking to a Paleo diet. The combination of egg white and beef protein is loaded with branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) and all of the essential amino acids your body needs to enhance muscle growth and recovery. It also has a high concentration of these potent proteins through the use of special hydrolysis and isolation technologies, which yields high levels of those muscle building amino acids and makes them more bio-available for your body. Best of all? MHP Paleo Protein is gluten-free, lactose-free, fat-free, and sugar-free. It is also made with hormone free rBST free and non-GMO beef and egg white protein. How cool is that?
I also had the pleasure of trying out the Fit & Lean Power Pak Pudding from MHP. This ready-to-eat snack is not only creamy and delicious, it is packed with 15 grams of protein and does not contain any sugar. At only 100 calories per cup, Fit & Lean Power Pak Pudding is a great little snack that you can enjoy before or after your workout. It uses a synergistic blend of proteins from milk and soy protein isolates to deliver a mixture of fast and slow digesting proteins for your body. It also boasts high levels of muscle toning amino acids, including glutamine, arginine and BCAAs, all of which interact with natural growth factors to support faster muscle toning, repair and recovery. An additional benefit is that this pudding provides 25% of the daily requirement of calcium…a vital mineral that so many of us are deficient in.
Learn more about all of the products from MHP by visiting their website at www.mhpstrong.com. I also recommend that you like their Facebook page and check out all of their great posts. If you are a serious athlete who cares about the foods and supplement ingredients that you put into your body, these products are definitely for you!
In this nutrition webisode of “Authentic Living with Margaux” for Nature and Health Magazine, Margaux J Rathbun, B.S., N.T.P., shares with you her favorite plant-based sources of protein and demonstrates how to make a protein-packed smoothie. To learn more, visit www.natureandhealth.com.au.
High in fiber, garbanzo beans are an excellent food for keeping your digestive system in working order. They are also great for boosting the immune system due to the fact that they are full of vitamin E and zinc. Garbanzo beans are a good food for promoting energy because they are loaded with B vitamins. They are also a good source of bone-building calcium. You can add garbanzo beans to your salads, snack on them raw, or make them into a delicious hummus. Get some garbanzo beans today!
Do you love lentils? You should! Lentils are rich in protein, folate, and iron. They are also full of insoluble fiber which helps keep our digestive system in working order. Lentils are bursting with B vitamins which makes it a good food for helping sustain our energy levels during the day. They are also an anti-inflammatory food and have been shown to be especially beneficial for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. It’s also been shown that lentils can help relieve the symptoms associated with menopause. Eat some lentils today!
Live near a farm? Do you have access to cage-free, organic eggs? Eggs are a good source of protein, Vitamins A and D, zinc, and iron. They also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids that have been known to prevent macular degeneration. Eggs are also a great source of choline, a key nutrients needed to promote brain function and health. Eggs also contain iodine which is important for thyroid function and they are a good source of selenium and molybdenum. Get yourself some good quality eggs today!
Widely used in South Africa, kidney beans are loaded with nutrients including protein, fiber, and iron. Kidney beans are also a good source of manganese and potassium. Studies have shown that kidney beans aid in keeping our blood pressure low and help to promote good digestion. They have also be shown to be essential for the production of antibodies and white blood cells, helping us fight off illnesses. The folate found in kidney beans is important for promoting good reproductive health and encourages faster wound healing. Eat some kidney beans today…just make sure that they are cooked or canned as raw kidney beans are toxic!