I have always been a big believer of eating real food and I still am for the most part. However, after 2 kids under the age of 3, my life has changed a lot.
In order to ensure I eat healthy balanced meals, I meal prep weekly. It really helps and prevents me from grabbing random food or skipping meals during a busy day. However, I do find that sometimes even meal prepping isn't enough on a busy schedule + ravenous breastfeeding appetite + trying to get in regular exercise.
One of the most important aspects of exercising is refueling after a workout. While most of my workouts are at home, I do go to the gym at least 1-2 times a week to get my alone time and get in a more intense workout with weights. The gym is only about a 7 minute drive from my house so when I first started going, I had my post-workout snack ready to eat at home. You know what ended up happening instead? My baby would be hysterical, needing me to nurse her immediately. My toddler would want just as much attention and my husband would be rushing out the door. Before I knew it, it's been 1.5 hours before I can even think about eating something. During this time, I would go from feeling energized from my workout to feeling drained from not fueling my body in a timely manner.
At this point, I knew I had to fuel fast (within the 10 mins I have to get home). I went through my husband's stash and started using protein powder. I'm going to be completely honest - I hated the taste of protein powder mixed into water! After some experimentation, I figured out that milk with protein powder and ice actually tastes really good! I add some chia seeds to my protein shake too for a source of healthy fats. Having a protein shake after an intense workout provides me with the nutrition and calories I need when I'm pressed on time.
If you find it difficult to get in enough calories in a day, especially on days you are working out, a protein shake might be a good option.
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