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Whey Pro Complete by Standard Process is probably one of my favorite nutritional products.  I believe this quality protein powder is an essential product to keep in the pantry at home.

There are many benefits to getting enough protein.  Here are just a few: Protein helps build muscle and bone, it helps in tissue repair after an injury, it promotes energy and helps keep you alert and focused throughout the day, and it helps keep you full and satisfied, which diminishes snacking and can actually assist in weight loss.

There is growing agreement that protein should be part of every meal.  Talking with my patients, most agree that breakfast is probably the hardest meal to get an adequate amount of protein. Most grab for a sugary cereal or go for the bacon and eggs.  However, eating lean protein or supplementing your breakfast with a quality protein powder at the start of the day sets the tone for your energy and mental focus and is much healthier for you.

So, here are some healthy suggestions on incorporating protein powder into your meals.  Mix it with plain, low-fat or non-fat yogurt and add fresh fruit.  Mix it with low-fat or non-fat cottage cheese.  Add it to your morning oatmeal.  If the oatmeal becomes a little thicker than you like, add a little unsweetened almond milk to thin it out.  Mix it into your milk, plain water or juice and drink it.  Make a protein shake or smoothie.  A protein shake or smoothie can also be a meal substitute if you are on the go.  Protein shakes and smoothies make a great breakfast or lunch alternative and they can be a healthy mid-day snack instead of heading for those potato chips.  You can even substitute a small portion of protein powder in place of flour in baked goods.  So be adventurous and experiment!

One of the biggest reasons I recommend this protein powder is that it has only 1 gram of sugar per serving.  Generally, most protein powders are packed with sugar; something I try to steer patients away from.  It is also free from fillers and preservatives.  Additionally, this protein powder is not flavored; which means that the protein powder will not change the taste of the food or drink you are adding it to.  In fact, it takes on the flavor of the food or smoothie you mix it with.   This is a great benefit for children who may be picky eaters.  Finally, you get 15 grams of protein with two scoops of Whey Pro Complete.

I hope this encourages you to be more mindful about what you are placing into your body.  Quality whole foods and supplements are the fuel your body needs to run at its best.  So be kind to your body and start incorporating healthier food choices into your daily routine.  Even small changes can start you down the road to a healthier way of eating.