Protein Basics

When do you need extra protein?

If you are trying to maximize workout gains or overall health and fitness, supplementing your diet with protein bars or shakes as a snack, a meal, or before/after exercise can be very effective

As a Healthy Snack

Snacking is a fun part of life, and eating a little healthier when that craving hits can make all the difference.  When you consume high-protein snacks, you can satisfy your hunger and get the extra nutrients you need to get through the rest of the day. Snacking on a protein bar or shake is always a good plan.

As a Meal

A lot of people have a bar or a shake for breakfast. The protein boost starts the day off right and helps prevent overeating later in the day.

Bars and shakes also make a great lunch because they are rich in nutrients that provide energy to get you through the afternoon without turning to unhealthy snacks.

To Supplement a Meal

You can also supplement a meal with a bar or shake if you're trying to get bigger and have a problem gaining weight. A protein bar or shake about 10 minutes after your standard meal is perfect for acquiring the extra protein and calories you need.

Before/After Exercise

Protein bars and shakes have always been linked to exercise.  They are great before or after a training session.  Here is the difference:

Before
Consuming extra protein 45 minutes to an hour before you work out helps energize your body. You will also send nutrients to your muscles, which they need for the recovery and repair that begins as soon as you start exercising.

After
Getting protein into your body is even more important after a workout. You not only stress your body when lifting weights or performing other exercises, but you also kill your energy level, leaving your muscles tired and in great need of protein and other nutrients.

It’s best to eat something rich in protein within 30 minutes of finishing a training session. A protein bar or shake that you can take with you is a fast and easy way to do it.