Timing is everything. Here’s how to build a healthier shake with all the nutrients your body needs after exercise.
The best time to have a protein shake is after a workout, since in the hour immediately following exercise, your body is craving nutrients and fluids to help replenish energy stores and allow worn-out muscles to recover. A beverage can be a perfect delivery system, but that doesn’t mean you can just toss anything into your PerfectShaker. Your muscles require a balance of carbohydrate and protein, ideally in a 3:1 or 4:1 ratio. When choosing a protein powder, simple is best. Look for a clean and uncomplicated ingredient list such as 100% Whey Isolate Protein or an Isolate and Concentrate Protein.
Experiment with milk alternatives like almond, soy, coconut and rice milk. They feature different flavor profiles, and most are fortified with calcium and vitamin D, another important nutrient for bone and muscle health.