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Protein Powder Isn’t Just for Smoothies: How to Add More Protein to Your Diet

Protein Powder Isn’t Just for Smoothies: How to Add More Protein to Your Diet

Paleo. Keto. Vegan. Vegetarian. Mediterranean. Whole 30. DASH. AIP. SCD. Low-FODMAP. Atkins. South Beach. Weight Watchers. NutriSystem. Jennie Craig … The list of popular diets goes on and one. Each has its own benefits and all have their differences, but one constant remains: Protein is an essential part of any healthy eating lifestyle. Exactly how much protein and where it comes from (animal or plant) varies by approach, but the fact that the human body needs protein to function properly is non-debatable.

As one of the three macronutrients (along with nutritional fats and carbohydrates), protein is required for adequate growth and development. Made of amino acids, protein plays a key role in cell creation and maintenance. Among its many jobs, protein builds muscles, bones, cartilage, skin, hair and nails, repairs tissue, oxygenates red blood cells, produces digestive enzymes and regulates hormones. In terms of fitness benefits, consuming protein speeds recovery, builds lean muscle, satiates appetite and curbs hunger. Simply put, protein is essential for fueling and powering our bodies.

If you’re not getting enough protein through whole foods, supplementing with an organic powder is easy, convenient and versatile. Organisource offers four great options: Grass-fed Bone Broth Protein Powder (unflavored), Vegan Organic Soy Protein Powder (vanilla), Grass-fed Collagen Peptides Powder (unflavored) and Keto Collagen Peptides with MCT Oil Powder (chocolate) – all of which you can buy here now.

[Quick refresher: Collagen is a source of protein that makes up 30% of all protein in the body and helps to reduce inflammation and joint pain as well as increase muscle growth and skin elasticity, among other things.]

If you think protein powder is just for weightlifting bros who slam protein shakes post-gym, think again! Here are some alternative ways to use protein and collagen powder on the regular – no weightlifting required (unless, of course, you want to):

Drinks: Add a generous scoop of either protein or collagen powder (or both!) to your post-workout shakes and smoothies. Then stir a spoonful of superfine collagen powder to milk, juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and other beverages.

Baked Goods: Blend a serving into the dry ingredients of cookies, brownies, cupcakes, cakes, muffins, quick breads and dough for biscuits, rolls, pie crusts and pizza crusts. Both protein powder and collagen powder work well with either homemade or boxed mix recipes.

Breakfast Foods: Mix a scoop of collagen or protein powder into oatmeal, yogurt and pancake/waffle mix to create nutrient-dense, high-protein breakfast options.

(Unbaked) Snack Foods: Get creative with homemade protein balls and bars, granola, pudding, mousse, juice pops and ice cream. Stir collagen peptides into hummus, yogurt and your favorite nut butter, too.

Hot Foods: Thicken soup, stew, chili and sauce with a scoop of collagen powder, and add protein powder to meatballs, meatloaf and burgers. You can even replace flour and breadcrumbs with collagen peptides and flaxseed meal when breading foods such as chicken cutlets for a wholesome switch.

The possibilities are vast: From drinks and snacks to baked goods and hot meals, including protein powder and/or collagen peptides to your meal plan is a simple way to increase your food’s nutritional value and receive extra health perks to boot. So what are you waiting for? Get creative in the kitchen and start reaping the benefits today!

Author’s disclaimer: I am not a doctor or registered dietitian. The purpose of this article is to educate and motivate readers to make their own health and wellness decisions after consulting with their health care provider. It should not be taken as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your physician to insure tips given are appropriate for your individual circumstances.

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Low Carb v.s. Keto: What’s the Difference?

Low Carb v.s. Keto: What’s the Difference?

Actresses Halle Berry and Megan Fox swear by it. MTV’s Jersey Shore cast member Vinny Gaudagnino renamed himself for it (@ketoguido). Even NBA star LeBron James has tried it. It seems like everyone is embracing the keto (short for ketogenic) diet — cutting out virtually all carbs and living high on the (bacon) hog and avocado tree. So is keto just a trendy name for a low carb diet? Not exactly. A ketogenic diet is a low carb diet, but a low carb diet isn’t necessarily a ketogenic diet. They differ in origin, philosophy and execution.

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ORIGIN

Low carb diets, such as Atkins, South Beach and the like, have been around since the 1970s as a way to lose weight. Carbs were the enemy for each of these fad diets du jour. The ketogenic diet was created in the 1920s as a medical treatment for childhood epilepsy and only in the past few years has become a popular method for weight loss. People are going cuckoo for cocoa puffs coconuts.

PHILOSOPHY

One key difference between low carb diets and keto diets is the macro split (the percentage of calories allocated to each of the three macronutrients: fats, proteins and carbohydrates). A standard keto diet allows for 75% of daily caloric intake to come from fat, 20% from protein and no more than 5% from carbs. On a basic low carb diet, there are no specific rules about macro splits. As long as a person’s carbohydrate intake is less than the 45-65% USDA’s Recommended Dietary Allowance, it can be considered low, thus making “low carb” a subjective term.

Quick science lesson: Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel. When consumed, carbs are broken down by the liver into glucose, which is then combined with insulin in the bloodstream and converted to energy. Extra glucose is stored in the muscles and liver as glycogen for later use. Once glycogen stores are full, extra glucose is stored by the body as fat. If the body cannot find sufficient carbohydrates to use as energy, it enters ketosis – burning fat as fuel.

The goal of a ketogenic diet is to virtually starve the body of carbohydrates in order to force a state of ketosis — the metabolic condition by which the body uses fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. The point of a low carb diet is to reduce or eliminate high glycemic “bad” carbs (such as bread, pasta, sugary drinks and processed foods) in exchange for lower glycemic “good” carbs (e.g., whole grains, low sugar fruits and non-starchy vegetables). Ketosis is not the objective and does not occur.

EXECUTION

The trick with a ketogenic diet is to keep carb intake low enough to induce that fat-burning state, which means even high-nutrient, good-for-you complex carbs, such as fruit, beans and starchy vegetables, are off-limits. But the body is smart. In order to keep blood sugar levels stable, the liver can also convert protein to glucose through a process called gluconeogenesis. Eating too much protein can kick the body out of ketosis, so it’s not just about eliminating simple carbs, like bread and soda. The amount of protein digested must remain in a 4:1 protein-to-carb ratio (thus the 20% cap on protein) in order to remain in a ketogenic state. On a low carb diet, however, ketosis is not the goal. The goal is simply to reduce the amount of simple carbs consumed on a daily basis. There are no hard and fast rules about how to replace those calories. If both carbohydrates and fats are too low, the body will not be in ketosis and it will still be searching for carbs to use as energy. When not found, both the brain (concentration, mood, focus) and the body (energy levels, strength, endurance) will suffer.

While the approaches vary, both a keto diet and a low carb diet can result in weight loss, but each can also produce moodiness, fatigue, hormonal imbalances and nutrient deficiencies when entire food groups are eliminated. The “keto flu” is also common during the first week or two, as the body detoxes from carbohydrates. Once it has passed, keto followers report increased energy levels and improved cognitive functions.

As with any diet, weight loss, health improvements, energy levels and satiety vary. What works for one person may not work for another. Whether you decide to go low carb, keto or follow something else entirely, always consult a doctor or medical professional to ensure its appropriateness for your own personal health goals and condition. And if he/she says it’s okay, then go ahead and add some grass-fed butter or Organisource Chocolate Keto Collagen Peptides Powder to your next Starbucks order. You can thank us later!

Author’s disclaimer: I am not a doctor or registered dietitian. The purpose of this article is to educate and motivate readers to make their own health and wellness decisions after consulting with their health care provider. It should not be taken as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your physician to insure tips given are appropriate for your individual circumstances.

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