Chances are you often feel pretty hungry after a Fierce Grace class, especially after an early or late session. You have worked hard, worked up a sweat, woken up your digestive system and now you need fuel. Well we are big fans of protein shakes at Brixton – honestly they’re not just for bodybuilders! Why?
- Protein promotes muscle growth and repair
- It fuels fat burning
- It keeps you feeling fuller for longer
All proteins are comprised of amino acids. Essential little dudes, these are the building blocks of life! Hair, muscles cartilage, in fact every cell in our body, our hormones, even our enzymes contain protein.
The protein products we have in the studio are a quick and effortless way to get high quality nourishment on board, ideal post workout as your metabolism will be firing on all cylinders but your digestive system doesn’t have to work very hard to get the goodness.
Most protein powders are made from either whey protein or soy protein, but we have chosen a different vegan powder for the studio, and here’s why…
Soy based protein can be from GM sources. It also has oestrogenic effects, wreaking havoc with our fine balance of hormones and having a huge impact on our thyroid health. Not to mention that the vast expanses of land needed to grow the highly-demanded soy bean leads to deforestation and global warming and destruction of rare species and fragile ecosystems!
Whey protein is composed of processed bovine blood proteins, they don’t tell you that in the shops do they? Unfortunately, the cows used to produce this product are almost invariably reared in inhumane conditions. They are fed on unnatural foods like grains and pumped with antibiotics to prevent the spread of any bacteria that thrive in the types of poor conditions they live in (if the cows are eating it so are you!).
This has several unseen repercussions, including the originating and spreading of global superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics. No one wants that. I hope, upon reading this, when opting for any dairy or beef products you will choose those that have come from grass fed cows. (If you are interested in learning more about this subject, I recommend reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer.)
For these very reasons we use Arbonne essentials vegan Protein Powder which is a combination of pea, rice and cranberry protein, By combining these 3 plant based powerhouses you end up with a protein powder that is pretty impressive:
Cranberry protein is the only 100% plant protein that contains 25% complete protein, including all essential amino acids. It’s also a powerful detoxifier, diuretic, immune booster, reducer of cellulite, and can help improve skin conditions, circulatory health and cholesterol levels.
Peas are a high fiber, low calorie, nutrient-dense superfood, satisfying all essential amino acid requirements. They’re great for restoring the body’s nitrogen balance after intense exercise, help increase muscle mass while reducing body fat, improves vasodilation, calcium absorption and the immune system.
- No cholesterol
- Low glycemic index
- No bloating, gas, indigestion or constipation/diarrhoea
- No estrogens, antibiotics, GMO and not loaded with artificial sweeteners and flavours
- Reduced lactic acid and ammonia build up
- Pre-digested, resulting in a 98-99% digestion efficiency, so you need less
- Increased nitric oxide production, decreasing blood pressure
Protein power-up smoothie recipe
You will need:
- 1 apple
- 1 banana
- 1 avocado
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 handful blueberries
- 1 handful soaked cashews
- 1 handful raw spinach and/or kale
- 1 scoop Arbonne Vanilla Protein Powder *
- cucumber (to taste)
- ice (optional)
For that extra twist try chucking in either some fresh ginger or mint leaves!
You can try playing with your preferred consistency by adding water or almond milk.
Instructions: Bung it all in a blender or food processor, whizz it up and enjoy! Suitable for freezing. Serves four.
* Available to buy here at the Fierce Grace Brixton Studio.