Whether you're a CrossFit junkie or a yoga master-in-training, giving your body the right amount of high-quality protein is essential to achieving your fitness goals. A grab-and-go shake is often a convenient option, but how do you sift through all the available "health" products and know where your protein comes from?
Here are a few quick, easy checks to get you on the right track:
1. Look for a shake with organic ingredients. After sweating out your toxins, don't make the mistake of refilling your body with scary GMOs, synthetic hormones, or harmful pesticides. Plus, a shake without additives or powders is going to be smooth and delicious — it will taste as good as it makes you feel.
2. Seek high protein content from a non-synthetic source. If you're pushing yourself to max out your reps, make sure you max out your shake, too. A 1:1 protein-to-carb ratio will provide the sustained energy you need to go from weight room to living room. A word of caution: make sure the carbs occur naturally in your shake, either from the innate sugar in milk (lactose) or from unrefined, organic cane sugar.
3. Then, ask yourself about the environmental impact of your purchase. Is the bottle recyclable? Were the ingredients grown by farmers committed to environmentally responsible and humane practices?
Now, to lighten things up, check out this hilarious video from Organic Valley (whose Organic Fuel protein shake fits all of the above requirements and packs a hefty 26 grams of protein) about the perils of choosing the wrong protein shake and how you can educate a bro you know: