Sports Drinks & Protein Shakes

Today’s Teaching Video from Coach Kelsey:


Work to get the sports drinks out of your life (if they’re in it). Consider replacing with coconut water. Perhaps try a few brands and see what you like and don’t. If you are going to do protein shakes, read up and see which one you’d want to do and purchase.


What about Sports Drinks? 

No! Bottom line, they are full of sugars, dyes, bad carbs and chemicals that are extremely hazardous to the human body.

What about Protein Shakes?

If you’re looking to make strength gains and are doing rigorous workouts in a given day, then yes. If you’re just starting out on a workout routine and learning how to optimize your diet, we recommend getting your protein through whole foods, such as a high quality protein like wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef, or free range chicken.

It’s always best to eat your calories rather than drink them. God did not make protein powder – it’s not something that grows in the ground naturally. It’s chemicals to a degree that are going in you. That said if it’s the difference between eating a pizza and drinking a protein shake, we’ll take the shake all day!

Different Types of Protein Powders: 

NOT all created equal and different types better for different people. Protein powders are concentrated sources of protein from animal or plant foods, such as dairy, eggs, rice or peas.

There are three common forms:

  • Protein concentrates: Produced by extracting protein from whole food using heat and acid or enzymes. These typically supply 60–80% protein, with the remaining 20–40% composed of fat and carbs.
  • Protein isolates: An additional filtering process removes more fat and carbs, further concentrating the protein. Protein isolate powders contain about 90–95% protein.
  • Protein hydrolysates: Produced by further heating with acid or enzymes — which breaks the bonds between amino acids — hydrolysates are absorbed more quickly by your body and muscles.


Things to look for in all proteins:

  1. Minimal Ingredients
  2. No Metals
  3. No Chemicals
  4. Low Carb
  5. Low Sugar
  6. 1 serving = at least 21g protein 



GRASS-FED Whey: Digests quickly. Typically great for B blood types and when high grade can do well for A’s. O types typically struggle with anything dairy related. 

Casein: A slow digesting protein. It’s dairy related so refer to above.

Soy: ALWAYS a no!

Pea: Potential risk for gut dysbiosis.

Hemp: “A” blood type do well on this.

Egg: Solid option.

Collagen: Solid option.


Good Brands: You get what you pay for. If you’re going to do it, do it clean!

  • SFH
  • Transparent Labs
  • Ascent Native
  • Bulletproof
  • Isogenix
  • Progenix
  • Metagenix
  • Advocare


And…we know you’re going to ask, so here’s more info:

Cleaner Protein Bars

  • Paleo Thin
  • Rise’s Almond Honey Protein Bar
  •  The Paleo Diet Bar
  • AMRAP’s Refuel Bar
  • Epic Bars
  • Caveman
  • Rx Bar
  • Simple Squares
  • Power Crunch Bar (double stack)
  • One Bar
  • Quest Bar


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