This is stuff that I eat to help me with my health and fitness goals.
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Whey Protein Powder
Getting enough protein can be tough, especially if you are an active person and/or if you don’t eat meat. Whey protein powder is an incredibly efficient and cheap (around 50 cents per serving!) way to ensure that you’re getting adequate protein. There are tons products available, so I suggest visiting Labdoor (no affiliation, I just love their site) to evaluate the one you use or intend to buy. I am a huge fan of MyProtein, as they make high-quality, affordable products in tons of flavors and varieties (isolate, concentrate, etc). My favorite is their Chocolate Smooth Impact Whey, which tastes amazing and mixes really well.
Plant Protein Powder
While the majority of my protein supplementation is via whey, I use plant protein powder as well, like in this smoothie recipe. There seems a lingering perception that plant protein is inferior to animal protein, but as this article argues, that’s not necessarily the case. Furthermore, if you have digestive issues with whey or don’t eat animal products, then using a plant-based powder is a no-brainer. I dig Vega Protein & Greens as it has a nice blend of plant sources, powdered veggies, and is low in sugar.
Fake meat has come a long way. I remember the early days of veggie burgers in all their spare-tire-textured glory. Thankfully fake meat has evolved quite a bit since then. We now have countless varieties of meatless patties, faux chicken, ground crumbles, etc to choose from. Moreover the products continue to improve in texture and flavor! It has never been easier to get delicious and satisfying meat substitutes; most grocery stores (at least in metropolitan areas) have a freezer section dedicated to them. But in addition to taste and nutritional value, versatility is a really important factor to me and that’s another area where these products shine. For example, meatless chicken strips can be used in all sorts of recipes, from fajitas to curries to salads.
Carbs are beautiful. God bless carbs. Alas, sometimes you have to bite the bullet. Like when you need to cut calories and can’t afford to reduce protein or fats. For despondent times like those, instead of merely wishing you could scarf down burrito or grapple a curry with a roti, low-carb tortillas like Carb Balance do the trick. Of the brands that I’ve tried, these are the most similar to a real tortilla in softness and flavor. They get better with heat, so try making a grilled quesadilla or toasting them directly over a gas stove as a roti substitute.