Paleo Protein Shakes Don’t Exist
There’s a lot of folks out there who claim to be making “paleo protein shakes” but in reality, it’s the ingredients that are in them that are paleo not the shake itself. Protein shakes aren’t a food, they didn’t grow out of the ground or they were never an animal. It’s a collection of various bits of proteins that were either in the ground or in an animal at some point.
Still don’t believe me? Paleo guru Robb Wolf himself talks about this issue as well in his article: Are Protein Powders Paleo?.
Stuck in a world without paleo protein shakes…
If we accept that we have to give up protein shakes, then the best bet is to eat real food after a workout. For most of us this will be hard, both from making sure we take real food with us to the gym to and the fact that we typically feel like we want to puke after a hard workout. So while, in it’s purest form a protein shake will never be paleo, there are some that are doing a great job at getting as close as they can. Here’s three of my favorite post workout proteins:
- Progenex More Muscle – This is my favorite by far. A little more costly than most but worth it. Quality ingredients, good taste and mixes well. These guys are the official “supplement” folks of the CrossFit world for good reason. Definitely worth you’re investment (Also you can use coupon code ELR10 at checkout to save 10%)
- SFH Whey Protein – This one goes on the list as my second favorite, to me it has a slightly weird aftertaste to it, kinda tingly. After you drink it for a week or so though, you get used to it. Still, it has quality ingredients and not alot (if any) fillers.
- Paleo Pro – Hey this one has Paleo in the name..it should be good right? It sure is. I’ve tried it once or twice and have to say it instantly jumped up to being tied with my favorite. Great flavor and taste. I can honestly say I felt like I recovered a little better. (Note: The shop link is a little hard to find on the site…it’s on the top right above the product description)
In the long run real food after a workout is better for your body. The goal after a workout is to restore the muscle protein and glycogen that you were burning through during your WoD. When you hit a protein shake after a WoD, you’re dumping a massive amount of liquid sugars in your body, which are digested a totally different way than when you eat food, which is digested slower. If you’re going for a long-term lean & longevity plan, you’ll need to learn towards food.
What am I going to do?
Personally, I’m going to accept the fact that I’ll never have a paleo protein shake, but still drink one post workout. Mainly because of convenience but also because I feel that everyone should have their “cheat moments” when it comes to their lifestyle. If my cheat moment is hitting a protein shake, then I can live with that.
What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!