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  • The Buddy Guide on Choosing a Protein Powder

  • Protein. How much? What kind? Whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, egg white protein, pea protein, casein protein, brown rice protein, plant proteins, complete proteins, protein concentrates, protein shakes, protein blends, vegetarian protein bends, vegan blends, the list goes on and on. Do you want to lose weight? Build muscles? Gain weight? Have a meal replacement? Take it before a workout or after your workout? When you wake up or before you go to sleep? Where do you start? Hopefully, we can help when choosing the right protein powder.

    Let’s start with learning a little bit about a few of the different types of ingredients that can be used to make the perfect protein blend. At Buddy Nutrition, we don’t have just your average protein. We offer 17 different macro ingredients at custom percentages which allows us to make a blend that is completely customized to your body type, lifestyle and goals. Our ingredients include:

    Grass-Fed Beef Protein Isolate (great for paleo or low sugar diet as it is completely sugar and fat free and sourced from hormone and antibiotic free grass-fed cattle)

    Hemp Protein (nutty flavor packed with protein and fiber which makes for a vegan-friendly meal replacement ingredient)

    Micellar Casein (contains 25g of time release protein per serving, slow absorption rate which makes for the perfect overnight muscle building shake)

    Pea Protein Isolate (vegan and non-GMO yellow peas for a complete plant based protein)

    Rice Protein Concentrate (dairy free, gluten-free, soy-free, easy to digest, tastes great, and great for building muscle)

    Whey Protein Concentrate (tasty and easy to digest, great for muscle building, post-workout recovery, feel full and satisfied)

    Whey Protein Isolate Cold-Filtration (filtered to remove everything but the protein, ultra-low fat, low lactose, great for building lean muscle)

    Whole Egg Protein (Paleo friendly, excellent meal replacement because it contains the broad nutritional value of both the whites and yolks of an egg)

    Egg White Protein (fat free Paleo friendly source of protein that supports muscle growth during and after workout. Soy and gluten-free)

    Dextrose (a simple sugar that comes from non-GMO brown rice and has the benefits for those looking to bulk up, increase exercise output, or replenish glycogen post workout)

    Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin (a slow burning carb that enhances endurance and stabilizes energy without insulin spikes)

    Maltodextrin (metabolizes slower than most carbs)

    Oat Starch (complex carb great for any stage of your workout)

    Sweet Potato Powder (Paleo friendly, nutritious, delicious, unrefined, and natural carbs)

    Waxy Maize Starch (transports carbs straight into your bloodstream with less bloating than other carbs)

    Avocado Oil Powder (high in heart health Omega-9 fatty acid)

    Virgin Olive Oil Powder (packed with heart healthy monounsaturated fat).

    The Buddy Process is simple. You don't need to be an expert on these ingredients in order to purchase the right formula for you. After spending a few minutes chatting with us, we'll take your answers and create the perfect blend of macro ingredients that suits your needs based on your body type, lifestyle and health goals.

    Based on the conversation we have in our chat, we may also recommend including some of our 10 boost add-ins which consist of Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Boost (fills in all of your basic nutrient gaps), Electrolytes Boost (keeps your body hydrated), Protein Enzyme Boost (breaks down proteins and peptides to allow for maximum protein absorption), Carb Enzyme Boost (breaks down simple and complex carbs to battle bloating), Branched Chain Amino Acids Boost (important for muscle growth and repair), Essential Amino Acids Boost (all of the essential amino acids that your body needs to function right), SuperGreens Boost (all your veggies in powder form), Probiotic Boost (healthy gut promotes a strong immune system, happy heart, brain, improved mood, healthy sleep, and effective digestion), Turmeric Boost (great for inflammation and joint pain), and a Collagen Boost (strengthen your skin, tendons, and joints).

    It does't end there! Let’s not forget the 7 flavors to choose from that will make your taste buds crave more; we have Salted Caramel, Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Banana, Strawberry, Café Mocha, Vanilla, and Chocolate Coconut. With millions of possible powder combinations, you hop onto our website, chat with one of our Buddies, and we will guarantee that your Buddy Protein will be one of a kind.

    Just to give you an idea of what a blend may look like when one of our personal Buddies answered the questions to the quiz, their personalized protein blend was as follows: 10% Avocado Oil Powder, 10% Virgin Olive Oil Powder, 65% Pea Protein Isolate, 10% Rice Protein Concentrate for a nutritional value of 133 calories, 5g Fat, 2.6g Carbs, and 20g protein. In addition to these different macro ingredients all in one blend, the following boosts were added in turmeric, probiotic, multi-vitamin & minerals, and carb enzyme. As you can see, based on the answers to the quiz, the protein blend is uniquely designed with you in mind and how you answer the questions to the quiz.

    So, remember to find the protein powder that is best for you, choose your blends based on the ingredients according to your needs. Animal-based protein powders include casein, whey, and collagen. Plant-based protein powders include pea, rice, and hemp. If you're lost, Buddy Nutrition can help. But, if you aren’t chatting with a Buddy over at Buddy Nutrition be sure to look for the protein powders with the least ingredients as possible. Be sure to check the labels for those unwanted additives like sodium, sugars, and artificial colors and flavors.

    Whether you are looking to lose weight or build those muscles up, protein should be a very important part of everyone’s daily nutritional intake. As you have seen there are a lot of options when looking to get started with protein shakes. Be sure to do your research, examine and know your goals, and choose your protein based on your dietary needs. Let Buddy Nutrition help you take the first step today.