We have a food first philosophy here at Dietitian Approved but in some instances, protein powders can have their time and place within a healthy and active lifestyle.
As a supplement, that’s exactly what they should be used as; an addition to a balanced diet when you can’t get enough protein through real food for whatever reason.
Here are some of the reasons we might advise using a protein powder:
For convenience. If like us, you have a busy lifestyle and seem to always be on the run!
To meet protein needs directly after a heavy strength specific session – where you are trying to maximally stimulate muscle protein synthesis (building new muscle)
To make sure your recovery meal ticks all of the boxes when you’re in a location where real food isn’t feasible. E.g. Post-racing where your recovery meal gets delayed while you’re waiting for your medal Or if you struggle to eat post-exercise
To bump up the protein of a meal...