Dr. Piazza’s Healthy Post-Workout Protein Shake Recipe

It is important, after exercising, to replenish your body’s supply of amino-acids, which are organic compounds that help build muscle and repair tissueThe best way to do this is with a protein shake. However, most believe the kind of protein they need can be found in meat and dairy, and use powders like creatine and whey. This simply is not true.

While you can get what’s called “complete” protein from meat products, it can also create an array of health concerns. Dairy and meat do not protect you from diseases like Osteoporosis, despite popular belief, and can even increase your chances of developing heart disease and cancer.

Another shocking fact about dairy is that it can actually make you age faster. Animal products strain the liver, and our digestive system with uric acid. “Complete” protein makes your body work to deconstruct it for absorption, taking away from the replenishment of muscle tissue.

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Government and large dairy companies push the supposed benefits of meat and dairy with little concern for the health risks. With that being said, most ask:what can I use to supplement protein if I’m not getting it from animal products?”  There are two alternatives that are plant based, an important factor when considering how to give your body the nutrition it’s craving:

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Hemp Protein

Produced from the Cannabis plant, hemp protein  can provide the human body with essential fatty acids, linoleic acid, omega-6, omega-3 and, of course, amino acids.

This kind of protein is easy to digest, due to it containing globular proteins, which dissolve easily in the body. While being low in saturated fats, hemp protein reduces the risk of heart attack and certain types of cancer.



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Raw Brown Rice Protein 

Made with the endosperm and bran from raw sprouted brown rice, this protein is a great way to supplement the vitamins and minerals your body is craving post-workout. 

Brown rice is free of gluten, solvents, GMO‘s, radiation, artificial flavors, preservatives or colors, according to the Sun Warrior website.

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Other ingredients: Acai Berry

This superfood has another 8 grams of protein (more than your average egg), and an anti-aging component called anthocyanin.

Paired with the improvement of your skin, nails and hair, acai berries offer your daily intake of important vitamins like B-12.

Acai berries rose to their level of fame with studies done on their ability to destroy cancerous cells, boost the immune system, and lower blood sugar levels. This is certainly a handy ingredient to use for the improvement of your health!

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Chia Seeds

These tiny seeds are not just the “superfood of the Aztecs,” but are also possibly one of the richest sources of fatty acids found in nature.

Chia expands after consumption, giving you a feeling of being full, and allows for your body to properly process the nutrients you’ve ingested.

While being a great source of fiber, chia seeds can be ingested whole, used as an egg replacement for baking (it creates gelatin when you let it sit in water for a few minutes), and protect the body from free radicals!


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Raw Cacao

Raw chocolate, or cacao, while sweet and tasty, can offer a wealth of benefits that not only will make your smoothie more palatable, but boost your day! Cacao is notorious for its anti-oxidant content, and also for the lowering of blood pressure.

With alkaloids, beta-carotene and linoleic acid, cacao increases brain activity, optimizing your functionality for the day.

Dr. Piazza’s Healthy Post-Workout Protein Shake Includes:

  • 1/4 of a cup of either Hemp or Brown Rice Protein Powder
  • 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk or water
  • 1-2 Tbs. chia seeds
  • 1/2 frozen acai smoothie packet
  • liquid stevia to sweeten
  • 1 Tbs. raw cacao (if you’re a chocolate lover! If not, use 1/2 tsp. cinnamon or vanilla extract)

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Enjoy!

There are many protein-filled vegetables that you can combine to get the amino-acids you need post-workout. Along with the above mentioned protein, you can also use:

  • Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Spirulina
  • Chlorella
  • Broccoli
  • And legumes like peas

All of these vegetables have the bottom line of easy absorption. With the redistribution of energy, you’ll be shocked at your increased stamina during and post-workout!

Even professional body builders have been known to follow a plant based diet. Greats like Jim Morris, Bill Pearl and Amanda Reister, further dispel the myth that vegetable proteins make you weaker than whey or creatine.