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Shaking It Up in Your
You mix it, you blend it, you whip it, you chop
it. And then, when all is said and done, and the roaring blender
gives way to a dull whine, you drink it.
But above all, you know what you ultimately do with that
nutritional health drink.
You love it.
The fitness fanatics’ ongoing love affair with those nifty
powdered health shakes served up at your local health club is not
heading for the rocks any time soon. A 16-ounce sport shake, for
all intents and purposes, can often be our beloved knight in
shining armor, conveniently appearing in our lives at the most
appropriate of times, saving us from a day of depletion,
malnutrition, of under-nourishment.
The booming market for powdered beverages is flourishing for a
reason. In this fast-paced, ongoing train ride known as everyday
life, things seem to whip by in a New York minute. We don’t
really have time to sit and prepare each and every meal, so we find
ourselves sinking into the dark world of fast-food establishments
and unhealthy, on-the-go binges.
That’s where the shake comes in.
When you’re in dire need of a quick nutritional fix, just
spill the contents into a blender and flood it with a healthy
juice. The result – a rich concentration of carbohydrates and
proteins – tastes almost too good to be true.
Shakes take on a number of different roles for today’s
busier-than-thou health fanatic. They can inject your muscles with
the carbohydrates they need throughout long, grueling workouts, yet
they help you maintain a healthy blood sugar level throughout the
Also, shakes can also provide you with the fluids you need during
workouts while feeding you the carbohydrates and protein you need
to stay energized without giving you that feeling of being
Say you’re getting ready to do that biceps workout and
you’re feeling a little low on fuel. For one, you want a
drink that will get you ready to curl – not hurl! If the
shake doesn’t taste good, drain it. You don’t want to
go into a workout with any nasty aftertaste. Make sure that the
shake meets the liking of your taste buds.
Also, make sure that your tummy can handle it. Sometimes, health
shakes don’t settle in your stomach the way you’d like.
Products that are wheat-free are generally sensitive to nagging
stomach discomfort caused by gas and diarrhea.
If you’re intentions are to consume a shake to trigger your
body with an energy jolt, try this: Calculate your bodyweight,
divide it in half, and this is the number grams of carbohydrate you
should intake an hour before the workout. If you’re looking
to load up earlier, then your number of carbs you consume in your
shake should be much, much higher.
But remember this: Do not become too dependent on shakes. While
they can occasionally serve as a fitting meal-replacement
alternative, a health shake is not exactly the equivalent of a
chicken breast, a baked potato and a garden salad. You must learn
to work shakes into your diet as a provider of important nutrients
and vitamins, not as the underlying provider of nourishment.
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