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When to Drink a Protein Shake!

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First off let’s just clarify that protein is not just for people looking to put on muscle. Protein is essential for every single person, It’s main role is to repair and grow muscle. It also uses more energy to break down in turn helping you feel fuller longer. Now that you know what it actually does, I wanted to share why I personally use it.

I have been on my fitness journey for 4 years now, being the picky eater that I am, I don’t eat a wide variety of foods. This means a ton of chicken, ground beef and more chicken and ground beef. Not to appetizing when you eat it every day. I started getting burned out eating the same food every day. I am talking lunch was some sort of chicken and dinner would be some sort of ground beef or turkey, weeks and months at a time.

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I started using 1st Phorm’s Greens powder to help supplement my lack of veggies, after getting great results with the greens powder I decided to look into other products that could help me. Insert Level 1, it is a meal replacement protein powder. It is made to mimic the digestion rate of a whole food. This blew my mind, I was only taking protein powder post workout for years because that’s what I always thought it was for.

I shortly figured out that cinnamon cookie batter sounded way better than freaking chicken or ground beef again! I ordered that shit real quick and I never went back. Level 1 and oats has been my go to lunch meal for over a year now. It tastes great, mixes with water and is super quick to drink.

Other ways it comes in handy is for busy mornings, I usually make eggs but when I am short on time or just not in the mood for those either I mix up a Level 1 shake and a piece of toast. I also make a smoothie every morning for my husband, I use ice cream sandwhich flavor and mix it with a Costco smoothie pack.

Protein can be used as a meal replacement, you do not have to be working out, it is made to help fill in the gaps where you are struggling and that is how I recommend it. If you have any more questions about Level 1 I would be happy to help!

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5 Quick Breakfast Meals For Busy Mornings

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Eating breakfast is the hardest meal for most people, especially mom’s. You have a bunch of kids to pack lunches for, they normally wait until 5 minutes before you have to leave to say they want to eat, which is the most annoying thing on the planet. Or you have a long drive to work and you barely have time to make sure your eyebrows are drawn on. Whatever the reason I get it. Mornings are what sets my entire day, by getting in a good breakfast packed with protein it makes the rest of my meals follow. Skipping it is the worst thing you can do, next thing you know your blowing $30 a month on Starbucks drive thru bagels.

Here are 5 easy Breakfast ideas for busy mornings

  1. Protein shake and oats- Take one scoop of Protein powder with 8 oz of water or almond milk up to you, and add in 1 packet of steel cut oats, shake and chug. Or if you have a little more time you can mix that same protein shake but heat up the oats in the microwave.

  2. Smoothie- I use the pre-made frozen fruit and veggie bags from Costco, add almond milk, Ice cream sandwich protein powder and 2 scoops of opti-greens powder to add in some extra digestive enzymes, pro-biotics and veggies. Blend and enjoy.

  3. Greek yogurt with granola- I like the Light and Fit Strawberry cheesecake flavor, Greek yogurt has way less sugar and more protein than the normal kind. It is a little rough on taste but trust me this one tastes the best. Top it off with some granola (watch serving size, granola is usually packed with sugar and calories) or fresh berries.

  4. Pre- make egg cups- I got this recipe from a friend who is a full time student. You pre-make a couple eggs or egg whites and a pack of sausage. Once the eggs and sausage are done put them into containers for the next couple days and sprinkle with cheese. They heat up well when you get to work and are the perfect morning meal.

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