How Should I Take Protein Powder?

If you’re new to exercise, the first thing you’ll want to do is figure out how much protein you are already ingesting every day.

Chances are, it’s already more than enough.

But, everyone is different. And timing matters.

So let’s skip forward to this part: you want to take protein powder either before or after working out, for whatever reason. Maybe your trainer told you to. Maybe it’s because you see everyone else doing it at the gym. Maybe it’s because ‘protein’ is like the third most popular word in the English language lately.

But you don’t know what kind, how much, or when to take it.

It’s not necessarily either before exercise or after.

It might be before, during, and after. That’s what I do.

And I take it within a frozen-fruit filled smoothie with is also filled with a mixture of other things, such as spirulina, cacao powder, creatine, nut butter, beet juice concentrate, and almond or coconut milk.

You can take your protein powder with just water.

But that probably will taste nasty. And it won’t provide any sugar, which can help you during intense training.

Try making a smoothie in advance, and having half before, and then half immediately after.

It will taste great, and fuel your body appropriately.


“Strength + Health = Vitality.” – Coach Matt

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