Protein shakes can do more than just provide balanced nutrition. Getting in to the shake habit just might improve your eating habits too.
There are plenty of reasons why protein shakes are popular. They can provide you with balanced nutrition that can replace a meal, they’re quick to make, and you can get creative and customise them with all kinds of add-ons.
Those are all great reasons, but there are other ways that shakes can improve your diet and eating habits.
Including protein shakes in your diet can also address many common obstacles to eating well, as well as help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Protein Shakes Can Help You…
- Count your calories accurately. Keeping track of your daily calorie intake is an important key to weight management. The beauty of protein shakes is that they’re usually made up of just a few ingredients that are easy to measure. This allows you to get an accurate calorie count of the finished shake.
- Include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Customising your protein shake by adding fruits and vegetables allows for endless variety – and you can easily add a serving or two to your shake.
- Establish regular mealtimes. There are a few things that are easier to prepare than a protein shake. When you’ve got your protein powder, your liquid “mixer” and maybe some fruits or vegetables to add, you’ve got balanced nutrition in a glass in minutes – and no excuse for skipping meals.
- Control portion size at meals. A protein shake is naturally portion-controlled, which can help you in a couple of ways. When you use your protein shake as a meal, your portion is defined for you. Having a protein shake at one meal might also help you control your portion size at your next meal too.
- Meet nutritional needs. No matter how careful you are with your food choices, it isn’t always easy to make sure you get all the nutrients your body needs every day. A protein shake made with milk or soy milk and the addition of a fruit or vegetable can help you meet your needs for several nutrients, including protein, calcium and fibre.
MS, RD, CSSD, CSOWM, FAND,
Senior Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training, Herbalife Nutrition.