Drinks with Protein and Nutrition

If you're constantly on the go, there are some great options of health drinks that can boost your metabolism and keep you from crashing.

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Working musicians lead very busy and hectic schedules, and there are times when eating a proper meal can go by the wayside. Being a drummer myself, I know the scenario all too well. We musicians sometimes eat a lot of junk foods for a quick pick me up. This means lots of carbs and sugar and not enough protein, coupled with the stress of getting ready for the gig. THis also often includes working a day job.

The good thing is that there are some very good alternatives on the market. There are some great protein and supplement drinks, some of which are a meal in themselves. There are all kinds such as: Ensure, Muscle Milk, Naked, Atkins and Glucerna; these are just a few samples from the hundreds of these drinks on the market.

One of these, Atkins, stands out at least for me because their shakes are formulated primarily for those who are watching their carb intake. Most of the Atkins shakes have 1 net carb, 1 gram of sugar and 15 grams of protein. But for the musician on the go, a quick bottle of Ensure will also do the trick; an 8 oz. bottle contains approximately 9 grams of protein, 26 vitamins and minerals and has 226 calories to boot.

Another choice which I found was Muscle Milk, a protein nutrition shake that is packed with 25 grams of protein, 210 calories, lactose free and has a whopping 780 mg of potassium and yet only 3 grams of sugar. It tastes good too! I also ran across a liquid drink called bai 5 which is labelled as an Antioxidant Infusion drink. It is labeled as Sumatra Dragon Fruit Antioxidant-Infused flavored beverage. An 18 oz. 2 serving drink only contains one gram of sugar and only 9 carbs.

These drinks can serve a purpose, but they are never a substitute for eating and maintaining a good healthy diet. In some cases, you can get away with it on a limited basis, but even those can have adverse effects if one does not maintain somewhat of a balanced eating schedule. Most of these dinks are based on a 2,000 calorie diet and playing and gigging can burn more than 2,000 calories very easily, depending on what you do musically. Taking a god multi-vitamin supplement helps as well. Think smart and eat smart and you’ll stay healthy.

If you want some local options and would rather opt out of the pre-prepared juices, there are some great stops in town, such as the Groov Cafe and Juice Bar on Valley Road. Stop by today for some great, fresh drink options!

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