Wild Cherry Smoothie

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Introducing my new Wild Cherry Smoothie for a fruity smoothie experience. Sip it down for your morning nourishment or gulp it down after a hard, sweaty workout.

This wild cherry shake recipe contains 1 scoop of grass-fed whey protein powder for 23 grams of protein. Grass-fed whey happens to be my protein powder of choice after a hard workout. This may come as a surprise to some since all of my recipes are both gluten-free and dairy-free. I bend a little on the dairy-free when using grass-fed whey protein since whey is technically a dairy protein. I would recommend adding it to your post-workout shakes if you don’t have an allergy or sensitivity to whey. Dairy contains two types of proteins—casein (80% of protein content) and whey (20% of protein content)—which are the curd and liquid parts, respectively. Of the two proteins, whey is typically easier to tolerated than casein.

Why Grass-Fed Whey?

There are three things that determine the effectiveness of protein powder: the amino acid content, digestibility and bioavailability. Whey is a preferred source of protein because research has shown it is a complete source of protein and it has an exceptionally high amino acid content (specifically the branch chain amino acids isoleucine, leucine and valine), a rapid digestibility and high bioavailability. The leucine in whey is associated with improved muscle protein synthesis which is essential for building muscle. The body should achieve more muscle protein synthesis than muscle protein breakdown in order to gain muscle after a workout. Whey protein is better able to stimulate muscle protein synthesis at rest and after resistance exercise compared to other types of protein such as soy and casein.

Wild Cherry Smoothie by BeingBrigid Functional Nutrition Brigid Titgemeier

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