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We bet you’ve read a whole lot of stuff by now. But there’s one thing you might have overlooked. So we’re just going to give it to you straight. Here it is: protein is super duper important when you’re on a liquid diet.
As one of the building blocks of human cells, protein is essential to any diet. It’s one of the macronutrients that helps us build muscle, heal tissues, make new cells, and stay full, among other things.
But when you’re on a liquid diet and have severely limited food options, it’s easy to be careless about your protein intake. Like when you’ve got a broken jaw and attempt to subsist on ice cream for the next few weeks. Not a brilliant idea.
First, the basics. How much protein do we really need?
Is it safe to assume you’re not The Hulk, or a wrestler training for the World Sumo Championships? Then you should have 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, per day. If you’re pregnant or have a certain medical condition, it’s best to ask your doctor.
What are good sources of protein for a liquid diet?
Animal-based sources of protein include whey, a byproduct of making cheese, that’s full of healthy proteins and nutrients. Another one is casein. Both of these are present in milk.
Plant-based sources of protein have lots of health benefits, but are less easily absorbed by the body. They include: chia, all other kinds of seeds (such as pumpkin, sunflower, flax, or chia seeds), oats, brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, beans, lentils, and chickpeas.
Soy (including soy-based foods like tofu and tempeh) and nuts are also great sources of protein, but a lot of people are allergic or intolerant to them.
You know what else is an awesome source of protein for a liquid diet?
Plenny Shake, of course! Plenny Shake is made with oats, soy, flax seed and milk, which nails four key sources of protein right there. Plenny Shake Vegan has the same awesome protein sources, except for milk, of course. And with 25g of protein per 100g of Plenny Shake
Is Plenny Shake the same as a protein shake?
No, they are completely different. A protein shake consists mostly of protein, usually taken right after playing a sport or doing training session at the gym.
Plenny Shake is a meal replacement shake contains carefully balanced amounts of carbs, fats, fibers, and a mixture of 26 essential vitamins and minerals. That means the proportions of Plenny Shake aren’t just skewed towards protein, but also give you all the things your body needs to function and thrives.
Why is it important to have carbs, fats, and fiber? Can’t I just have protein?
Balance you must have, young Padawan. Without enough carbohydrates, your body will use protein as an energy source instead of using it for the other things it needs to do—such as heal tissues, make new cells, and build muscle.
A balanced amount of carbohydrates and fats help you absorb protein more efficiently. Fats and fibers help you feel fuller longer and keep your blood sugar and insulin levels stable. That’s essential in beating those crazy hunger pangs and sugar cravings.
Being so precise with my protein intake sounds like a major hassle. Can’t it be easier?
Glad you asked! With 25 grams of protein per 100g, Plenny Shake takes all the guesswork out of watching your protein intake. We’ve done all the work to make sure that you get all the protein you need, in combination with all the other good things that fuel your engine.
Now you’re all set to go and be a protein pro. First step: order your Plenny Shake below. The rest is easy-peasy.
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For this article, we consulted licensed dietician Dascha Willemsen of Dietistpraktijk DDietist in Amsterdam. Thanks Dascha!