Importance of Protein & A Yummy Recipe

Monday, March 04, 2013

By: Terilyn Snelling

- Personal Trainer, TheGym at 99 Sudbury

The Importance of Protein...

Delivering to your body a constant supply of Protein throughout the entire day is very important for optimum muscle growth. Protein is made up of many amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of your muscles and body. Without them, it would be impossible to build, repair or even maintain muscle tissue.

If you consume a good amount of protein each meal throughout the day, it allows for complete recovery between workouts. This will ensure you have an adequate supply of protein without consuming more calories.  This will also keep you in an anabolic (muscle building) state all day long.

Your body also needs all these necessary amino acids in order to build the muscle you want to achieve. The body can produce some amino acids on its own; the others have to be obtained from the foods we eat - these are called essential amino acids.

An example of a really good protein supplement would be whey protein.  This is because it has the highest biological value of the proteins, at 100%. This means it is absorbed completely by the body. For this reason, I recommend you have a protein drink after your workout. I would also recommend that you choose a brand that contains a pure whey protein concentrate and/or isolate. These protein sources are broken down easily and digested rapidly in the body.

...& A Yummy Recipe

Carrot Cake Protein Bars


- 1 cup oat flour
-2 scoops
vanilla whey protein
-2 tsp
-1/2 tsp
baking soda
-1/4 tsp
-1/8 tsp
-1/8 tsp
egg whites
-3/4 cup Splenda, Truvia, or Ideal
-8 oz
baby food carrots
-4 oz water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Mix flour, whey protein, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, baking soda and salt together in a bowl.
  2. Mix egg whites, Splenda, baby food carrots and water (optional) in a bowl.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
  4. Spray glass dish with non-stick butter spray.
  5. Pour ingredients into dish.
  6. Bake 20-30 minutes.

*Makes 16 squares