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How to Conquer Fear and Reach Your Goals

by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA

No fear.

Does fear hold you back? If you want to lose weight, gain muscle, increase your speed, or improve some areas of your life, then you must conquer fear. And you need a plan.

Whatever your goal may be, if you want to be successful you have to first believe in yourself and then follow a plan. Today I want to talk about letting go of fear.

Snow and ice athletes are a perfect example of people who overcome and channel their fear every day. My sister Jackie has won bobsled medals for her country. I have utmost respect for her love of the sport, and her ability to conquer fear. I’ve always supported her events, but standing in the crowd I could tangibly feel my fear coursing through my veins.

How to conquer fear in sports

Jackie believes that the fear of failure is the main thing that stops people from performing at their best. In her sport, there is a very real possibility of crashing at 80 mph, and the consequences could be dire. What makes my sister a champion is that she’s able to separate her fears into a concern for her safety and anxiety about failure. Jackie knows that she’s undertaken every safety precaution and has practiced, practiced, practiced.

Fear can promote a release of adrenaline into our bloodstream. To protect ourselves, the ‘fight or flight’ mechanism comes into play and our bodies prepare for action. In sports and other competitive environments, it’s not typically the fear of danger that creates this rush of adrenaline, but more a mix of anticipation and excitement.

Being prepared and having a plan of action will allow you to train your mind to overcome any negative emotions that are standing in your way. And you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from mental training techniques.

Jackie put aside her safety fears because she had a plan and she was committed. She was determined to use her fear to make her train and compete, rather than giving in to fear and saying goodbye to the triumph she felt each time she clocked a personal best.

How to use fear to get closer to your goals

We don’t all have to hurtle down hills to face our fears. In everyday life, there are things we might want to do but don’t because the fear of failure is too great.

Making lifestyle changes, especially those that involve weight loss and health goals, often make people feel anxious and fearful. The fear of failure or a fear of the unknown can often stop people from trying something new. Try using my three simple tips to help you conquer fear and overcome any negative emotions to turn them into success.

1: Fear assessment:
Write down a list of the worst things that could happen if you fail. This will often put things into perspective and make you realize that you should just get started on your journey. We can all be guilty of having an over-active imagination, so writing down your fears will help you assess if they are in fact valid.

2: Define your goal:
Ensure that your goals are written down and use a S.M.A R.T.1 goal-setting framework. Having a clear destination and time frame in mind will help you on days you want to quit. Clear goal setting will put you in full control of your success.

3:  Positivity training:
Write a positive affirmation and say it every day. The more you tell yourself that you can be successful, the more you will start to believe it’s true. An example from my old training diary from my athletic days is ‘I am strong, I am powerful I was born to compete at a world level.’ And from my days of trying to lose extra baby weight I wrote, ‘I will regain my pre-baby body, I am strong and focused.’

Many athletes will tell you that the mental side of sports is more important than the physical aspect. That constructed belief is one of the keys to making your dreams come true.

If you have found yourself starting and stopping over the years with your body composition goals, you may benefit from trying a new positive mental approach. Try not to let your fear of failure get in the way of your success. It’s better to try and fail than not try at all.

To end, here’s an inspirational quote from my sister in her new quest of getting back her pre-baby, athletic physique:

I’m going to think myself thin. I thought my way to two Olympic games, so I’m just going to believe I have a perfect body. Of course, I’m going to stop eating unhealthy snacks and get my butt to the gym, too.”

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Need fitness motivation? 6 tips to get and stay on track

by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA

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Always have something to look forward to.

We all stray from out fitness routines from time to time. If you’re looking for some fitness motivation, let me help you get into a fit-for-life frame of mind with my positive approach to living a healthy, active lifestyle.

I know that many people are motivated when they a have a big event or vacation coming up. I also know that many people lose that initial boost of what I call event-based motivation very quickly. Some people will admit to abandoning their healthy eating and exercise plan before they even get started.

Today I want to share with you some motivational tricks to help you get focused and start working towards your personal body goals. Regardless of what season we’re in, I believe your body deserves to be well taken care of all year round. Taking the mental approach of getting fit for a lifetime is much better than just getting fit for a few weeks or a special event.

Don’t let yourself get to your special day or summer vacation and realize that you said “I’ll start my fitness plan tomorrow” one too many times. Instead, try to change your mindset and understand that today is a perfect day to get started.

3 Fitness Motivation Tips to Get Started

No tomorrow

There is no time like today to get started. Small changes add up over time and can often lead to big changes in lifestyle. So, if you’re thinking about making some changes, make one right now—write it down and implement immediately.

Say the words ‘I can’ and ‘I will’ often

The word ‘I can’t’ will often translate directly into ‘I didn’t,’ so try to redress your vocabulary with positively charged words. Set a positive intention for each day and believe that you can do it. A positive approach often leads to positive results.

Love who you are

Try not to be negative about yourself. Stop looking in the mirror and thinking, ‘I need to change.’ Even if your goal is to lose a lot of weight, it doesn’t mean you should look at your self in a negative light. The fact that you realize you need to take care of yourself is a step in the right direction.

When we tell ourselves we’re not good enough, it can spark feelings of sadness and can negatively effect our energy levels. Let’s all try to use more positive statements.

Affirmations like, ‘I’m ready to improve,’ or ‘I’m going to evolve into the best version of myself I can be’ will make it easier to keep your spirits up and motivation high.

Once you’ve mastered getting into a positive frame of mind, you’ll need to find something to help keep you motivated long-term. Fitness and nutrition is not just a quick fix. Only a long-term lifestyle change plan will keep your body positively evolving.

The reason yo-yo diets and extreme fitness plans don’t work is because they tend to have a start point and an end point. Once you stop eating well and exercising, your body negatively reacts and goes back to square one.

3 Fitness Motivation Tips for Long-Term Motivation

Find an active hobby

If you find a hobby that’s active such as doing long walks, marathons or even committing to learning something new, you’ll always have something to strive towards. Once you get involved in a hobby, especially when it involves being part of a group, it’s much easier to stay motivated and accountable to your long-term goals.

Make it a family affair

Get your family and close friends on board with your healthy, active lifestyle plan. If you all commit to eating well and getting active, it can help create strong bonds and fun times. If you feel like you want to quit, chances are that at least one family member will convince you to keep going.

Plan rewards

Put a reward system in place so that you can continually motivate yourself and others with incentives. It could be a day trip out every few moths or a shopping trip to buy a new outfit. Try to pick a reward that gets you excited, and one that you know you can afford. Hopefully your reward will inspire you to keep going on the tough days.

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Motivation is a personal thing, and what motivates one person may not motivate another. Try to find a few motivational tricks that work for you. I try to stay away from being motivated purely by how I look. But I do understand that most people want to look good and it can be a good fitness motivation booster. Just understand that external changes take time. If you combine your ‘how I look’ with ‘how I feel,’ it’s a great way to ensure that you stay positive. With most healthy, active lifestyle plans, you’ll start to feel better long before you see visible changes. If you feel that your healthy, active plan is making you feel more confident and awake, it may inspire you to keep going.

Find ways to be positive and stay motivated. The only way you will fail on your plan is to quit, so do whatever it takes to keep yourself on track and feeling great!

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A New Approach to Being Active

by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA

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When you embrace a style of activity with free flowing movements, you just might experience benefits that go beyond the physical.

People have been engaging in free flowing movements for centuries, but as a former athlete and a trainer who is often helping people to achieve a very specific goal, the idea of movement without structure is a new concept for me. In our purpose driven lives we are often caught up in following a specific plan with structure and goals, but on a recent trip to China I got to enjoy being outside and simply moving in a way that felt good.

Related Article: Need fitness motivation? 6 tips to get and stay on track

I was running through a park in Xi’an, China, and people of all ages were congregating in small groups, doing what looked to me like a combination of stress relief therapy, family bonding time and friendship building. It was amazing to see a variety of fun activities taking place so early in the morning.

I’m used to seeing people doing traditional exercises, such as running and cycling, but the activities were different and I enjoyed trying a number of them out for myself. The outdoor activity trend throughout china takes place in local squares and parks. It’s a movement that is supported by the government to encourage people to avoid living a sedentary lifestyle.

The physical gains that you get from doing simple activity, in terms of building cardiovascular fitness level and muscular strength, is minimal. However the mental benefits of movement can sometimes far outweigh the physical. Being active is a great way to the relieve stress and anxiety that comes hand in hand with living a busy life.

If you are someone who has a negative association with exercise, simply getting active may be a perfect starting point for you. The joint and bone health benefits of getting active makes the effort of getting started worthwhile. I believe that some movement is always better than doing nothing at all.

Here are some ways that you can become more active at home or outside.

Dancing: All you need is some music. Let your body move to the beat in a way that feels good to you. Some of the groups had traditional flowing style movements while others were just making it up as they danced. The aim is to move and be present in the moment, enjoying the music and surroundings.

Tai Chi: Tai chi is an art that needs instruction and practice, but once you know the basics you can do it at any time. I was surprised at just how much patience and muscle control it takes to move your body so slowly. It is very low impact and perfect for seniors.

Simple stretches: Find an area and start to stretch. You don’t have to do a specific stretch routine, just stretch the areas of your body that feel tight in a way that feels natural to you.

Waist hoop: This playground classic is great for loosening up tight muscles and it’s very fun.

Footbag and simple ball games: Working on your co-ordination with simple games is a great way to get your body moving.

Hiking and walking: Enjoying your surroundings while walking is a great way to get active in a gentle way. Walking is an activity that you can make easy by taking a stroll or increase the intensity by adding in a variety of terrains.

Following a structured exercise routine in order to achieve specific gains is wonderful, but every now and then taking a break from the competitive and progressive style of exercise is a great way to jump start a passion for a new activity or stop yourself from getting burnt out. Children on the playground have got the art of free flowing activity mastered, but as we get older we tend to be a little more self conscious about what activities we do especially in public, so I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new.

Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Sr. Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife.

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Cooking With Kids: Healthy Eating Starts in the Kitchen

by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND

Cooking can instill a sense of pride in kids.

Kids love to cook—and it might help them to make better food choices, too.

I think it’s fair to say that most kids—given the chance—like to spend time playing around in the kitchen. And why not? Cooking is creative and messy and fun, and it tickles all the senses. On top of that, your efforts are rewarded with something that’s (hopefully) delicious to eat. But cooking can deliver some additional benefits, too—spending time in the kitchen can help kids to develop an appreciation for healthy foods, and foster better eating habits, too.

RELATED ARTICLE: 12 smart tips for getting your kids heart healthy

The significance of this really shouldn’t be overlooked. In the last few decades, obesity and overweight rates among American kids have risen dramatically—a reflection, in part, on a diet that includes too many calories and nutrient-poor foods, and too little in the way of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and calcium-rich dairy products.

And eating out is a contributing factor. Meals eaten away from home are higher in calories, fat and saturated fat—and provide less calcium and fiber—than home-prepared meals. On the other hand, eating more meals at home is associated with a higher intake of fruits, vegetables and dairy products, with less fat and calories.

Cooking with Kids: The Many Benefits
    • Cooking at home and eating together helps kids develop an appreciation for healthy foods. When parents serve as good role models with their food choices, kids develop a similar appreciation for healthy foods. And, the comfortable, supportive environment of home helps to reinforce these healthy behaviors.
    • Kids enjoy eating what they’ve prepared. When kids are involved in the selection of ingredients and preparation of foods, they’re more likely to try their creations.
    • They’re more likely to try new foods. Even if kids decide that they don’t particularly like what they prepared, the cooking experience will help to cultivate an open mind when it comes to trying new foods.
    • Kids derive a sense of pride and independence when they cook. Kids love to boast that “I did it all myself!” When they are able to prepare something on their own—no matter how simple—and serve it to family, it instills a sense of pride and independence. Help your kids by guiding them toward age-appropriate recipes.
    • Cooking is creative. Once kids have some basic skills and learn to follow recipes, they should be encouraged to get creative. You can start with a very simple basic recipe—for example, a smoothie made with flavored protein powder and milk—and allow them to experiment by adding different fruits, vegetables, spices or extracts. Once they’ve come up with their own recipes, many kids enjoy creating their own recipe file.
    • Cooking together can be fun, quality time. Spending time together in the kitchen can be fun and relaxing for both kids and adults. Many kids don’t need much coaxing to join you in the kitchen, so use this time to simply enjoy each other’s company and talk about how good—and good for you—your meal is going to be.

Susan Bowerman is Director of Nutrition Training at Herbalife. Susan is a Registered Dietitian and a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.

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Das gesunde Frühstück erklärt von PD Dr. biol.-hum. Marion Flechtner-Mors

Das gesunde Frühstück

Frühstück

Es ist allgemein bekannt, dass eine tägliche Ernährung, die alle notwendigen Nährstoffe enthält, für einen gesunden Körper und ein langes Leben unabdingbar ist. Unzureichende Ernährung führt zu einem schlechten Gesundheitszustand und ist ein Risikofaktor für die Entwicklung von nichtübertragbaren Krankheiten – die sehr weit verbreitet und weltweit die Haupttodesursachen sind. Traditionell werden in der Wissenschaft die Beziehung zwischen den einzelnen Nährstoffen und deren gesundheitliche Folgen erforscht, aber seit einigen Jahren rückt verstärkt der Einfluss der Mahlzeitenmuster, d.h. die Einnahme der Mahlzeiten über den Tag verteilt in den Fokus, gleichermaßen bedeutsam mit der Zusammensetzung der Mahlzeit.

Üblich gibt es drei größere Mahlzeiten (Frühstück, Mittagessen, Abendessen) und meist zwei Zwischenmahlzeiten. Das Frühstück wird als sehr wichtige Mahlzeit angesehen und nicht zu frühstücken gilt als eine ungesunde Ernährungsweise. In wissenschaftlichen Untersuchungen zeigt sich, dass das Weglassen des Frühstücks mit einer geringeren Aufnahme von Mikronährstoffen einhergeht, selbst wenn dann im weiteren Verlauf des Tages genügend Kalorien aufgenommen werden. Ganz besonders wird zu wenig Kalzium, Vitamin C, Folsäure, Vitamin A und Magnesium von Nichtfrühstückern aufgenommen. Ältere Menschen haben im Vergleich zu Frühstückern doppelt so oft eine unzureichende Aufnahme an fast allen Nährstoffen. Wird bei Studenten nachgeschaut, kann es interessanter Weise dazu kommen, dass nicht genügend Kalorien aufgenommen werden und ein Mangel an Vitaminen, wie z.B. Vitamin K auftritt.1 Bei Kindern wird aufgrund der vorliegenden Beobachtungsstudien gezeigt, dass ein Frühstück mit einem geringeren Risiko für Übergewicht einhergeht.2

Nicht nur die Mikronährstoffe (Vitamine, Mineralstoffe, Spurenelemente), auch die Makronährstoffe (Kohlenhydrate, Fett und Eiweiß) sind vom Weglassen des Frühstücks betroffen. Während der Nacht werden nicht nur die Kohlenhydratspeicher gelehrt, von denen bekannt ist, dass sie morgen wieder aufgefüllt werden sollten. Auch Muskeln brauchen ihren wichtigen Nährstoff, das Eiweiß. Ein proteinreiches Frühstück oder Proteinergänzung zum Frühstück und Mittagessen wirkt sich auf den Aufbau der Muskelmasse aus, wie nach 24-wöchiger Beobachtungszeit bei gesunden älteren Erwachsenen beobachtet wurde. In der Untersuchung wurde ein Anwachsen der Muskelmasse mit dem vermehrt zugeführtem Protein aufgrund einer optimierten und ausgewogenen Proteinverteilung auf die einzelnen Mahlzeiten (mit Frühstücksbeginn!) im Vergleich zu kohlenhydrathaltigen Mahlzeiten gezeigt.3

Dem Frühstück kommt besondere Bedeutung für die Leistungsfähigkeit zu. Ein lieblos gedeckter Frühstückstisch ohne Auswahl und ein in Eile eingenommenes Frühstück erfüllen nicht ihren guten Zweck. Mit einem Marmeladebrötchen und einer Tasse Kaffee können morgens Kohlenhydrate zugeführt werden, aber das wichtige Eiweiß fehlt. Butterbrote mit Wurstbelag oder auch verlockende Croissants sind wahre Fettbomben.

Nimmt man sich nicht die Zeit morgens ein richtiges Frühstück mit vollwertigen Lebensmitteln in aller Ruhe einzunehmen, gibt es intelligente Lösungen von HERBALIFE für eine farbenfrohe, optisch ansprechende und wertvolle morgendliche Mahlzeit – in Form eines proteinangereicherten cremefarbenen, schokobraunen, oder grünen und beerenstarken Formula 1-Shakes. In acht verschiedenen Geschmacksrichtungen erhältlich, sowie Glutenfrei, ohne Laktosezusatz und ohne Sojazusatz.

1Leech MR, Worsley A, Timperio A, McNaughton SA. Understanding meal patterns: definitions, methodology and impact on nutrient intake and diet quality. Nutr Res Rev; 28:1-21, 2015
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Szajewska H, Ruszczynski M. Systematic review demonstrating that breakfast consumption influences body weight outcomes in children and adolescents in Europe. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2010 Feb;50(2):113-9.
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Norton C, Toomey C, McCormack WG, et al. Protein supplementation at breakfast and lunch for 24 weeks beyond habitual Intakes Increases whole-body lean tissue mass in healthy older adults. J Nutr;146(1):65-9, 2016

Q&A about Formula 1 Nutritional Shakes By David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.N

David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.N., Chairman, Herbalife Nutrition Institute and Nutrition Advisory Board and Founding Director, Center for Human Nutrition, UCLA* , answers some of your most frequently asked questions about the Formula 1 shakes.

Q: What are the components that make Formula 1 shakes a healthy, satisfying meal?

A: Formula 1 shakes provide high-quality soy protein, healthy carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients to provide the cells of your body what they need for optimum health.† You will be able to tell the difference from your usual breakfast after the very first shake.

Q: Is the soy protein in Formula 1 shakes beneficial to both men and women?

A: Yes, the soy protein in Formula 1 shakes is definitely beneficial for both men and women. Numerous scientific studies demonstrate the benefits of soy protein for heart health when included as part of a healthy, low-fat diet, which is why Formula 1 shakes have a healthy heart symbol on every label (except Tropical Fruit flavor, which contains less soy).†

Q: How can one product, Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix, be ideal for both weight loss and weight maintenance?

A: Research shows that drinking two shakes a day and eating one healthy meal will lead to weight loss, while having one shake a day will keep the weight off for years. Formula 1 shakes are the ideal meal for everyone, whether they want to lose weight, keep off the weight they have lost or just maintain their naturally healthy weight.†

Q: If I’m lactose intolerant, can I use soy milk to make a shake?

A: Yes, simply add soy milk to Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix and you should have no problem. By the way, most humans are lactose intolerant to some degree. You lose nothing when you substitute soy milk for dairy milk from a health standpoint.†

* The University of California does not endorse specific products or services as a matter of policy.

†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Protein Shakes – A Beginner’s Guide by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND

Protein Shakes – A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND

Protein Shakes – A Beginner’s Guide From HerbalifeCurious about protein shakes but don’t know where to start?  Here’s your go-to guide – how and why to use protein shakes, how to choose a protein shake mix, how to make a shake and how to personalize your protein shakes!

If protein shakes aren’t part of your regular diet, it may be because you think they’re only meant for heavy-duty athletes or serious bodybuilders.  And while it’s true that many athletes use shakes to refuel after exercise, there are plenty of reasons why “regular folks” might want to consider protein shakes, too.  Plus, they’re quick, convenient, and fun to make!

What is in a Protein Shake?

While there is no set definition as to what a protein shake actually includes, it’s basically a drink that provides protein – and oftentimes additional nutrients as well, such as vitamins and minerals.  Some shakes are designed to simply supplement the diet with protein, while others are more nutritionally complete and can be used to replace a meal.   Some protein shakes are sold in ready-to-drink form, but many people prefer to make their own protein shakes by combining – at the very least – a protein powder and a liquid;  but they are often customized by the addition of other ingredients such as fruits and vegetables.

When and Why to Use a Protein Shake

As a quick, balanced meal.

Protein shakes that are designed to replace a meal are great for people who are meal-skippers.  They’re quick and convenient, and can provide balanced nutrition when time for meal preparation is limited.

As a meal replacement to help you lose weight. 

For those who are trying to lose weight, a meal replacement shake can be used to replace one or two meals per day.  Aside from being convenient, protein shakes have a defined calorie content and are portion controlled, which makes it easier to more accurately count calories and control total intake for the day.

As a supplement to help you gain weight.

For those who are trying to gain weight, protein shakes can be used to provide supplementary calories.  Drinking a protein shake in between meals or at bedtime can help to boost calorie intake.

To supplement your protein intake.

Another reason to consider using a protein shake is to boost your overall daily protein intake if it’s difficult for you to meet needs from your meals alone.  When you make your own protein shakes, you can adjust the amount of protein in your shake according to your individual needs.

As fuel before and after exercise.

Many people use protein shakes after a workout, but they’re also useful as pre-exercise meals, too.  Those who work out in the morning often like to ‘top off the tank’ with a light meal, and protein shakes can fill the bill.

As a means to improve your dietary balance. 

A simple protein shake is like a blank canvas – you can add all sorts of things to your shake that can help you meet your daily nutrition goals.  It’s easy to add a serving of fruit or vegetables, but you can also boost your fiber or your intake of healthy fats with the proper add-ins.

Choosing a Protein Shake Mix For Your Protein Shake

Some protein shake mixes are “complete” – they’re designed to be prepared simply by mixing them with water.  But, more typically, protein shake mixes are designed to be mixed with milk –the combination of the shake mix and the milk provides the right nutritional balance in the finished shake.

Protein powders derived from animal sources include whey and casein (both come from milk), as well as egg white protein.  For those who prefer to get their protein from plant sources, there are powders derived from sources such as soy, rice, pea, quinoa or hemp.

Some protein powders contain a blend of proteins. One reason for this is that different proteins are digested at different rates (whey protein is digested more quickly than casein, for example), so some people feel that blends are better at satisfying hunger.

Another reason is that – with the exception of soy – vegetarian proteins are not considered nutritionally complete.  So, many vegetarian protein powders contain a blend of several plant proteins – this way, the final product provides the full complement of essential amino acids and is, therefore, a complete protein.

Many protein powders are flavored, although you can find plain, unflavored powders, too.  Most people find that the tastiest shakes start with a flavored protein powder, such as Herbalife® Formula 1.  Then, they’ll customize the amount of protein in the shake by adding extra unflavored protein powder like Herbalife® Personalized Protein Powder if necessary for their needs.

Most protein shakes, when made according to the directions on the package, typically have about 15 to 20 grams of protein per serving. 

Choosing a Liquid to Make Your Protein Shake

In order to get the proper nutritional balance in your shake, it’s important to make your shake according to the package directions.

If your protein shake mix calls for milk:

–  Many protein shake mixes are designed to be mixed with milk so that the finished product will have the nutritional balance that the manufacturer intended.  For this reason, only cow’s milk or soy milk should be used in products that are designed to be mixed with milk.

–  Both cow’s milk and soy milk contribute additional protein to your shake – another 9 grams or so.  These milks also provide additional vitamins and minerals that complement the nutrients in the shake mix, making the finished shake more nutritionally complete.

If your protein shake mix calls for water:

–  Water should be used only in those protein shake mixes that call for it.  These products are  nutritionally balanced on their own, and do not rely on additional nutrients from the “mixer” liquid. In place of plain water, you can also use black coffee or brewed tea if you like.

–  Rice, almond, hemp or oat milks provide very little protein, so these liquids are typically used in those protein shake mixes that are designed to be mixed with water.  These ‘milk alternatives’ will add a bit of flavor and a few extra calories to the shake, but very little protein.

–  Fruit juice doesn’t contribute any protein to your shake, either – so, again, it should be used in products that are designed to be mixed with water. But, fruit juices contain quite a few calories, so keep that in mind if you’re calorie-conscious.  On the other hand, if you’re trying to boost your calorie intake, using fruit juice in your shake might work for you.

–  Of course, milk or soy milk can also be used with protein shake mixes that are designed to be mixed with water – the addition of milk or soy milk will just boost protein content (and calories).

5 Ways to Customize Your Protein Shake

Add Protein to Your Protein Shake. 

Even though your protein shake already contains protein, you might want to include more if your protein needs are high.  You can add plain protein powder, of course, but you can also add foods like low fat cottage cheese, yogurt, ricotta cheese or silken tofu to boost protein content.

Add Fruits and Vegetables to Your Protein Shake. 

Adding fruits and vegetables to your protein shake is an easy way to get more servings of these healthy foods in your daily diet.  Frozen fruits and vegetables are convenient, and they give your protein shakes a thicker texture.  Experiment with different fruits and vegetables (you might start with sweeter veggies like carrots or butternut squash) and try different combinations – like pineapple with carrot, or banana with butternut squash.  When you’re feeling a little more bold, try adding more unusual ingredients to your shake –  like baby spinach leaves or beets.

Add Fiber to Your Protein Shake. 

Most protein shake mixes don’t contain a lot of fiber, and most people don’t eat as much fiber as they should, so try adding high fiber foods to your shakes.  Obviously, you can choose a dedicated fiber powder or go with fruits and vegetables, rolled oats, bran, or seeds such as sunflower, flax or chia seeds which all contribute fiber.

Add Calories to Your Protein Shake.

If your calorie needs are high, you can add rolled oats, nuts, nut butter, avocado, or dried fruit to boost the calorie content of your shake.

Add Ice to Your Protein Shake.

Ice makes a nice addition to a shake because it thickens up the liquid.  Ice also adds volume to your shake, so it increases the portion size without adding calories.  A great trick for those who are watching their weight!

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How do you like to make your protein shake?  Share your favorite shake recipe!

Susan Bowerman is Director of Nutrition Training at Herbalife. Susan is a Registered Dietitian and a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.

Susan Bowerman

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