Protein Powder

Protein powder isn’t just for bodybuilders.  The average person needs about 50 grams of protein per day (45 for women, 55 for men, leading a sedentary lifestyle).  Two scoops of a quality protein powder give you all the protein you need for the day (25 grams per scoop).  Mix the protein in a blender with 16 ounces of milk and you have a delicious meal.   (Milk has 1 gram of protein per ounce.)

My favorite protein source is vanilla-flavored Combat protein.  I add a tad of maple syrup to enhance the flavor plus a serving of inulin powder and resistant starch (both are prebiotics, excellent for digestion) ~ mix everything in a blender with 2 cups of whole milk, and – voila! – lunch (plus an apple, and a cup of peanuts in a shell).  I live a very active lifestyle, getting the additional protein I need every day from nuts, oatmeal, and vegetable sources.

It takes forty times more energy to produce one pound of beef than a pound of milk.  The energy efficiency (calories per pound) of corn is over 100%.  The energy efficiency of beef is 4%.

Most Americans consume 100 grams of protein per day ~ twice what they need.  Every gram of protein you get from a non-meat source (beans, nuts, legumes, dairy products, whole grains) lowers your carbon footprint.  Even if you get only half of your daily protein from protein powder or some other plant source – that’s progress!  

I’ve lived alone all my life. It’s a hassle to cook meat, so I’ve always used other protein sources.  The modern protein powders are engineered to provide all of the amino acids and vital minerals that you get with every portion of meat.  You get all of the goodness of healthy protein but with none of the cholesterol and saturated fats that are synonymous with meats.  I save meat for special occasions – celebrations!