Video: The Whey to Leaner Muscle for Student-Athletes

When it comes to lean muscle, whether it be gaining or maintaining, protein is key. The best way to get protein is always through food first; most student athletes can get adequate amounts of protein through a balanced daily diet. However, if you have higher calorie needs or time constraints, you may need a protein supplement. In these cases, whey protein is an excellent choice.


Choosing Whey

Whey protein is an optimal recovery protein for post-exercise because it contains all the essential amino acids and can be digested quickly to help jump-start the recovery process.

But what is whey? Whey is a naturally occurring, high-quality, complete protein found in dairy products. When purchasing a whey protein powder, choose a 100% whey protein isolate to ensure a product free from chemicals and additives.

Mix Up Your Recovery Routine

One of whey protein’s best qualities is its versatility. Mix whey with chocolate milk, juice or water to start the rebuilding process. You can also easily add it to smoothies, soups, sauces, baked goods and many other recipes without altering the flavor. Per ¼ cup, whey adds 19 grams of high-quality protein and only 85 calories.

Try these recipes showcasing whey! 

By Tara Boening, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD
Tara is a registered dietitian and Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics who is passionate about teaching athletes how to fuel their bodies to maximize their potential. Tara loves sports, cooking and spending time with her husband and two kids.

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