Protein shakes can be your favourite gym partner and a great meal for when you’re on the go. However, just like that one friend that signs up to a gym with you only to never turn up, protein shakes can also let you down. If you don’t find the best protein powder fit for your body or simply don’t drink it the correct way, you may be left feeling bloated and no closer to fitting back into your favourite jeans.
Now, before you break up with your protein powder altogether, here are a few simple steps to ensure your protein powder doesn’t make you bloat.
ASK YOURSELF, HAVE YOU FOUND THE ONE?
According to studies, 3 out of 4 South African's experience a food intolerance of some kind, with lactose and gluten sensitivity presenting as the most common problems. Moreover, many of us simply don’t know that we are sensitive to certain kinds of foods, with intolerances presenting themselves in a multitude of ways. For some it may come in the form of skin conditions while for others it may manifest in more serious cases such as celiac and Crohn's disease.
If you are going through a love-hate relationship with your current protein powder, it may be time to ask yourself have you really found the one? If your protein powder is giving you stomach cramps instead of butterflies, it may be time to swap out to a vegan option. The Slender Shakes are all made from the highest quality Pea Protein Isolate to offer a complete amino acids profile. This means that you will still receive all the same benefits as a whey protein shake wthout the tummy and allergy issues.
Now we know this one may be hard when there is a delicious Choc protein shake waiting for you after your favourite workout but slowing down to prevent bloating is key. This means waiting 30 minutes after your workout before having your protein shake and drinking it slowly to prevent your stomach from filling up with air bubbles.
DITCH THE STRAW
Watch the sneaky ways in which unnecessary air may be making its way into your stomach such as using a straw to drink your smoothie. Your stomach and the environment will thank you for it. If you are on the run and ordering a protein smoothie from a café, say ‘no thank you’ to the plastic straw and drink your smoothie straight from the cup or in your Slender You Shaker.
If you are making your smoothie at home, avoid over blending it. The more you blend it, the more air that will enter your drink and in turn your stomach.