I am a firm believer in eating REAL, minimally processed foods the majority of the time. That said, we are moms, we are busy, and this is the reality of life. Supplements can be a great stop-gap in you nutrition overhaul. We all need a quick source of nutrients on those insane days where adequate nutrition from whole foods just isn’t going to happen.
The only supplement I use on a daily basis is collagen peptides. It is mostly tasteless, combines easily into coffee or morning oats, and it gives a solid 18 g of protein in its two scoop serving size. And, anecdotally, it is known for helping improve skin elasticity, hair and nails–so bonus. I’ve tried a number of brands, and this is by far my favorite!
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
The other go-to for quick protein boost, say post-workout, is a pure whey protein. This is my favorite based on taste and quality.
Whey has the benefit of being easy to digest, meaning it helps get the protein to your muscles post-workout super quickly, helping to prevent soreness and improve recovery. Whey is rich in a branched-chain amino acid called leucine, which is nature’s muscle recovery helper! Whichever you choose, go for grass-fed. We are what they eat!
If you prefer a plant-based protein, this is a great option. It tastes great, and isn’t as chalky as its plant-based competitors.
To sum it up–try to stick to whole foods as often as possible. But if you need a supplement a few times a week to ensure adequate protein and the resulting increased muscle gains and recovery, then choose a clean protein supplement to fuel your body!