Pumpkin Spice!

Pumpkin Spice!

It’s fall which means pumpkin spice is everywhere! Candles, potpourri, lattes, and meal replacement shakes!! YAY! When seasonal items are available, our desire to buy and consume them is enhanced as we know they will not always be available. Seasonal or not I am all about making informed decisions so I would be remise if I did not share my comparison between a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte and the Herbalife Pumpkin Spice Meal Replacement Shake.

Starbucks Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte (16 oz.)   $5.25 per serving                                         Calories: 380  Fat: 14G  Carbs:  52G  Sugar: 50G  (more than a slice of pumpkin pie)           Fiber: 0G  Protein: 14G from 2% cows milk 

Herbalife Pumpkin Spice Meal Replacement Shake (16 oz.) $2.96 per serving (before discount then $2.22)

A Herbalife Pumpkin Spice Meal Replacement Shake is comprised of two scoops of Pumpkin Spice Formula 1 and two scoops of Vanilla Protein Drink Mix blended with 8 oz. of water and ice.

Calories: 200  Fat: 4G  Carbs: 18G  Sugar: 14G  (less than 1 cup of frozen berries)           Fiber: 4G  Protein: 24G Other: 24 vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, D, B6 & B12, E, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Chromium, and more!

Oh… and I didn’t even mention taste! The Pumpkin Spice Latte is too sweet for my liking, personally. The Herbalife Pumpkin Spice Meal Replacement Shake tastes DE-LIC-IOUS! Like true pumpkin pie delicious and not some fake knockoff! Seriously!

Now… what do you think based on the facts presented is a better way to start your day? A power packaged or sugar package breakfast? You decide! Also… s Herbalife Meal Replacement Shake cost more than $2.00 less per serving than a Starbucks Latte. Save money and improve your NUTRITION and HEALTH! Once you start putting proper nutrition in your body, watch your energy soar and your body change in favorable ways as well!

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Eat SMART! Health & Hugs,

Protein Powder – What’s Best?

Protein Powder – What’s Best?

What is the Best Protein Powder?

I am often asked two common question. One – do I NEED to take a protein powder and, Two – what is a “good” one I recommend. The answer is always the same, “It depends and what’s your primary objective?!”

What is protein powder, anyway?

Best Protein PowderProtein shakes / powder are typically made from whey, casein, soy, or a blend of plant based proteins. Protein shakes are a convenient way to add the protein macronutrient in your diet as an alternative to eating meat or a protein rich plant.

Let’s face it, sometimes you want something that tastes different than meat, vegetables, or legumes and a shake is a quick way to enjoy a liquid meal. I mean, who wants to relax in the sauna after a workout and be chomping on a piece of fish as a recovery meal! I’d vote, no one! In addition, protein shakes come in all kinds of flavors, including chocolate, vanilla, cookies and cream, chocolate chip mint, pineapple, etc. There really are some delicious protein shake alternatives!

Reasons for taking Protein Powder…

Protein powder has 2-3 objectives depending on the brand:

(1.) Adding protein to the diet

(2.) Delivering a nutrition enhancement along with the protein e.g. Vitamins / minerals, performance enhancing supplementation etc.

(3.) Filling up your stomach aka stopping the hunger pains!

What is the Best Protein Powder ? How to decide on a Protein Powder – a few considerations…

When deciding what type of protein powder and what brand to buy, there are a few considerations.

(1.) What are your overall fitness & health goals e.g. Athletic performance (faster speed / endurance), losing weight, improving health, adding muscle, etc.

(2) Do you have allergies?

(3) How important is taste to you?

(4) Are you wanting to use shakes as a “go-to” instead of junk food?

A bit of sharing! (hopefully helpful in making your decision)

When I was competing in the National Physique Committee, my #1 objective was to be stage ready by the selected show date. This meant eating very specific menu items in order to lower my body fat to levels it would never be able to achieve by “normal” eating. I did use protein powder two times a day in the first 9 weeks of my 12.5 week preparation. Although I am lactose intolerant, I used whey protein based on my perception of its benefits even though this milk product left me gassy and bloated. Ouch! At that time, I looked for brands with very few fillers and as a result of them not filling me up, I was often hungry immediately after drinking my shake. BTW, when you compete in bodybuilding competitions, you get used to be hangry (Hungry + Angry)! Unfortunately being hangry is part of the harsh realities associated with competing. [Read my previous blog on extreme dieting for more insight.

After I stopped competing, I switched to a vegan protein as I didn’t want to experience the bloating and gas. Smart, right!?  I tried every vegan brand I could find and settled on the one that tasted the best. Notice I didn’t say tasted delicious because none of them did. I also started adding fruit to my smoothies to enhance the taste. Organic fruit is packed with vitamins and minerals in its natural form and also sugar, which may or may not be a diet downfall depending on what else you’re eating on a daily basis.

Fast forward to now, where my goals are to walk around in a body that I am confident in, not be gassy, and not feeling deprived aka like I’m dieting, or hangry. It is also important that my health e.g. heart health, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. maintain in tip top shape! Recently this objective has brought me to Herbalife meal replacement shakes. See my 35 day transformation blog for my results thus far. In reading the ingredients of Herbalife shakes, they meet my fitness objectives in that they:

Best Protein Powder | How do I Choose?✔️ Deliver high quality soy protein isolate (no gas or bloating here)

✔️ They contain fillers that are intended to leave me feeling satisfied and not hungry for additional food at that meal

✔️ Herbalife shakes are D-E-licious! I mean they are SO good! Think chocolate chip mint, banana carmel, and dulce de leche just to name a few!!

If you’re wanting to lose weight or conversely add mass, bulking, using a “clean diet” and it’s important that you mentally don’t feel deprived from things that taste like “treats”, Herbalife has been a game changer for me. Because my focus is no longer on being stage ready and in a bikini that is so small it has to be glued on (true story), I just don’t have the will power to not consume food that taste like treats.  At least not for the long term. Turns out when you feel like a certain food is “bad” it creates scarcity and the result is yo-yo dieting. If you’re someone who craves sugar e.g. cookies, ice cream, candy, any baked good and these cravings are sabotaging your health and fitness goals, I have found Herbalife to be the best alternative.

In the end, when deciding what protein shake is best for YOU, you must be clear on why you are wanting to add a protein shake into your diet in the first place. When you know your objective, you then can make an informed decision on how to meet it!

Note: All protein shakes, ALL, are a processed food! It’s just a fact! Not all processed foods are created equal and so it’s important to be able to differentiate between those that have zero nutritional value or needed macro or micronutrients and those created to deliver a supplement to the daily diet.

Another Note: For those who consume whey, if you do not know the condition of the farm and cow e.g., what it was fed, impregnated (that’s how you get the milk), and what the cow is injected with e.g. growth hormones, there is no way to know exactly what you’re ingesting or if it’s good for your body.

EmpowerHouse Fitness by Dianna Moore

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