P is for Protein (and plenty of it!)

Ryan Correy February 24, 2016 No Comments
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By Athlete Ambassador couple, Pebbleshoo

Why start a discussion about protein? Well chances are that most of us are not getting nearly enough of it in our daily diet. Yet, protein is literally the building blocks for our body.

Here are just 4 essential reasons we should consider adding more protein into our diet:

  1. Every cell in your body needs it.
  2. Your body uses it to build and repair tissue
  3. It’s vital for your body to be able to make enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals
  4. It is the fundamental component of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood

We need to consume relatively large amounts of protein, just like carbohydrates and fats, to stay healthy. This is actually why protein is referred to as a macronutrient, whereas things like vitamins and minerals are considered micronutirents and can be consumed in much smaller quantities to retain health. Also due to the fact that our body cannot store protein, unlike carbohydrates and fat, there is no reserve to pull from, which is why supplementing our diet with extra protein is so important.

The simplest way to increase protein that I have found is through protein powder. Adding this to my daily smoothie or shake is the most convenient. When I have access to my blender I always add Hammer Whey Protein to my morning smoothie. When I have spent a big day out, whether it be trail running, skiing, climbing or just adventuring, I always top up at the end of the day with another smoothie and be sure to add in Hammer Recoverite; it contains a higher amount of Glutamine which helps to speed up recovery.

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It’s important to think about preparing your body for activity and then rebuilding it after the activity is finished. Since I have focused on adding more protein to my diet I have noticed huge improvements in my recovery time and lean muscle.

Protein works wonders when it comes to training and overall health in general. Just check out a few of the simple ways protein will help you everyday:

  • Speeds recovery after exercise
  • Reduces muscle loss
  • Helps to build lean muscle
  • Curbs hunger
  • Will help you to maintain a healthy weight

Below are a couple of delicious recipes that I use with my favourite Hammer proteins:

Morning Protein Smoothie

Half of a frozen banana (already peeled and frozen the night before)
¼-½ cup of your favourite frozen berries
1-1 ½ cup of water
a spoonful of your favourite nut butter
1 serving Hammer Whey Protein Vanilla Flavour

Recovery Smoothie

Half of a frozen banana (already peeled and frozen the night before)
2-3 cubes of ice
1 – 1 ½ cup almond milk (or any other milk substitute)
a spoonful of your favourite nut butter
1 serving of Hammer Recoverite Chocolate Flavour

Ryan Correy

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