With the good weather now upon us, delicous refreshing drinks are now in season. Just remember, not all things may be as good a choice as they seem at the time (as if you don’t already know this). Keep an eye on your consumption of iced latte’s, sodas, fruit drinks, etc. You’ll find when you look, that they have way more sugar in them than you’d guess (guessing high and doubling it will get you close, try it). Check out: 20 Worst Drinks in America CrossFit Vancouver posted this link last week. One thing to keep in mind is the comparisons based soley on sugar equivalents. One great alternative to some of the chain smoothie bars and other purchased drinks is a smoothie from Jako’s (the smoothie bar in the Health Food store by Nesters). Heather and myself have been stopping in there regularly. It’s quick, easy, and the price is as good or better than Booster Juice, and the smoothie quality is much higher (try the Dom-inator post WOD). Jako’s = thumbs up.
A bunch of people have been asking about Whey Protein and which brands are better or worse. Heather and myself have been using the Ergogenics Whey Protein (original, not the Isolate. See below) for the past couple months and have found it to be great quality, good taste, and utilizes the best practises (processing). Currently the Health Food Heaven between Starbucks and Nesters has it on sale for a great price ($42.99). You can get a smoothie while your there:)
Jamie sent me this link the other day: Paleo Energy Bars. If anyone has the umph to do some baking it this weather and gives these a go, post to comments how it went.
Whey Protein Isolate versus Whey Protein Concentrate
Whey isolate usually contains between 90-94% protein while whey concentrate has a protein ratio of 70-85%.
Whey isolate is more heavily processed which means two things. First, if you are lactose intolerant the isolate may be a better choice, second the extra processing removes some of the valuable immune-boosting protein subfractions such as alpha lactoglobulins and lactoferrins.
Whey isolate is more expensive than whey protein concentrate.
Many online forums and blogs that aren’t “sponsored” say that most people don’t notice any major physical changes between using the isolate or the concentrate, and many people choose the concentrate based on it being more affordable.
If you have anymore questions about the protein powder, please ask us or the knowledgeable women in the health food store.