Protein Powder: How much, what kind???

Protein Powder: How much, what kind???

Early this year I was on the phone with Emily Cage, a very talented and also super kind aerialist and burlesque performer. We were discussing the challenges and rewards of raising an aerial community in a small town. 

We also got on the topic of sustaining energy as aerialists and teachers of aerial. I told her I was feeling pretty drained from all the teaching (I had ZERO students to demo skills because literally none of my students had done aerial before). She encouraged me to start using protein powder. “You will actually gain more muscle and have more energy,” she said. I was sold, but I had no idea what protein powder to buy, only that most kinds gave me stomach aches. Commence internet surfing. 

Long story short, I came across Scott from Pure Food Company. Scott is a scientist who had worked in the protein powder industry long enough to find out that most companies cut corners and use ingredients and manufacturing processes that are not ideal for our health. He set out on his own to create a protein powder that didn’t cut corners, didn’t disturb the GI tract, AND didn’t taste bad. 

Scott provides ample research into different types of protein powder. I could tell he was invested in creating a quality product. His blog is FILLED with links to peer-reviewed scientific articles. 

Here are some helpful points he makes about protein powder

  • The “best” protein powder for you depends on how you absorb protein, whether you have allergies or sensitivities to certain ingredients, and whether you eat animal products or not. 
  • “If you decide a whey protein supplement is best for you, I recommend choosing one that’s organic, from grass-fed cows, and raw or cold processed.”
  • “Ask the manufacturer how it’s made before you buy it and spend a few bucks more on an acid-free, organic product … it’s worth it.”
  • “If you decide a plant protein powder is a better option for you, look for plant-based protein powders that are cold processed and “enzymatically sprouted,” which means all-natural enzymes are used rather than chemicals to separate the protein from the plant.”

You can tell he’s an advocate for knowledge and health and prioritizes these over profit. I love this about him. He’s completely honest and isn’t trying to hide anything. 

Scott has done the research and concluded that “Athletes need at least 1.8 g/kg of bodyweight.” 

I’m 128lbs which means I need at least 104.4 grams of protein per day. One serving of this powder gets me 1/3 of the way there.

I love having such an efficient source of protein that can easily be made into healthy pancakes or a smoothie (see recipe at end of the post!). I don’t eat a whole lot of meat and almost never eat soy protein products. I also don’t consume much dairy. I love that this protein powder gives me an energy boost that helps me avoid eating sugar and doesn’t lead to a crash later. 

Why I choose Scott’s Product over and over again:

  • Made from real, organic, vegan ingredients. No chemicals, additives, or “natural flavors”
  • Antioxidant-rich superfood ingredients
  • Research-backed probiotics to support GI health and immunity
  • No sugar.
  • He donates 5 meals to Feeding America’s Detroit-based Chapter, Forgotten Harvest for every order
  • It tastes just fine. I get vanilla and it’s very neutral with no weird after-taste.
  • I get absolutely no bloating or stomach ache, and I’m crazy sensitive. I can’t eat maca or whey or mushroom powders. 
  • Completely reasonable price, honestly I don’t know how he does it.
  • If you have questions you can literally email him and ask. 
  • This is the kind of person/company I WANT to support. I WANT to give money to people who are doing the right thing and providing a high quality product even though they could easily CHEAT. 

It feels so right to be partnering with Scott and I’m so grateful to Emily for making the suggestion to try protein powder! I’ve made huge muscle gains this year and I love having the protein powder to support that as I grow as an aerialist. I am happy to spread the word and help you find the right protein powder for your needs!

Energy Protein Smoothie Recipe

  • 5 oz almond/coconut/oat milk (I make my own milks and alternate each week)
  • 2 oz coffee or espresso (replace with your milk choice if you don’t want caffeine)
  • 1 Banana (I forgot I didn’t have any today and it still turned out fine–you can skip the carbs if you want but you may want additional liquid for a smooth texture)
  • Scoop of nut butter
  • Scoop of protein powder
  • Sprinkling of cacao nibs (optional, I love the texture it adds)
  • Optional ice–I usually don’t add ice out of laziness, but it is nice, especially in warmer weather.

Blend and enjoy! This is a great breakfast option. I don’t have much of an appetite when I wake up but I find this smoothie appealing and easy to digest.