Rice Protein Powder: Everything You Need To Know
Why take Protein Powder at all?
Our bodies need protein. Protein is an essential nutrient, and is found in animal products, nuts, beans and some other food stuffs. The word protein comes from the Greek word “protos”, which means “first.” Our bodies use proteins in the diet to build new cells, maintain tissues, and synthesize new proteins that make it possible for us to perform all our basic bodily functions. Proteins help us build muscle, and at the same time boost our metabolism which can help with weight loss. Proteins themselves are made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of muscle, body tissue, the immune system and hormones in the body, to name but a few.
However, it can be hard to make sure that we receive the optimum amount of protein from our daily food intake, especially if we lead busy lives, skip meals, or need extra protein intake after workouts. For this reason, protein powders are a quick and easy way to supplement our protein intake. Protein powders come in various forms, with the most well-known being whey protein (derived from dairy), soy protein (derived from soya beans) and rice protein (derived from brown rice). Other proteins on the market are Casein, Egg, Pea and Hemp protein.
Which is the correct Protein Powder for me?
First of all, let’s be clear: there is no such thing as a wrong choice, when it comes to different proteins. Different foods deliver different proteins, but much of your choice will be down to taste, budget, diet, lifestyle and allergens. While Whey Protein Powder has long been held up as the “best” protein powder, delivering as it does the most complete range of building blocks for our bodies in small quantities, many people are turning to other forms of protein such as Rice Protein Powder. This may be because they are following a vegan diet, or are lactose intolerant, or have issues with other proteins such as soy, prefer a plant-based product or like the taste or texture of Rice Protein Powder over other products.
With approximately 24 grams of protein per average 30 gram serving, Rice Protein Powder has many benefits for health and fitness. Here are just some of them:
- It has been shown to be equally efficient as whey protein at building muscle, strength & aiding in exercise recovery.
- It provides a convenient source of protein for vegetarians and vegans
- It is allergen-friendly, making it ideal for people who have dairy, soy or gluten allergies
- It can assist in weight loss or weight management, being very low fat and low calorie
- It can help lower cholesterol
- It can be an added source of fibre, as well as having high levels of some B vitamins
How and when should I use Rice Protein Powder?
Rice Protein Powder such as Rice Protein Isolate comes as a convenient powder that can be included in a healthy shake or smoothie, or can be added to recipes such as healthy muffins, pancakes or biscuits. It comes in Natural, Vanilla and Chocolate flavours, which will give you a range of options. You may prefer to whip up a quick shake first thing in the morning to save time on breakfast, or alternatively you can take it between meals as a drink. It is also recommended just before or just after work-outs. For best effects, consume within 30 minutes of preparing your Rice Protein Powder mixture.
Try this great Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Protein Smoothie for a refreshing and healthy start to your day!
•1 cup (250 ml) coconut milk
•8 - 10 strawberries, depending on size
•1 serving of Rice Protein Isolate
•2 tablespoons flaxseeds or flaxseed meal
•1/2-1 cup ice cubes
Put the coconut milk, the rice protein powder, the flaxseeds, the strawberries and finally the ice cubes in a high-powered blender, and blend together until smooth and creamy. Garnish with an extra strawberry if you have time or just drink!
Many regular protein powder users actually prefer to use Rice Protein Powder in baking, rather than Whey Protein, as they say the texture results are much better than when using whey.
See what you think, with this great recipe for Banana, Pecan, and Vanilla Protein Muffins
- 1 Banana, mashed
- 4 Egg Whites, slightly beaten
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) Oat Flour, rolled Oats or Quinoa Flakes
- 2/3 cup (160 ml) Milk
- 2 servings (60 g) Vanilla Rice Protein Isolate
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 cup (50 g) Pecans
1.Combine all ingredients and divide into 9 silicone muffin cases.
2.Bake in pre-heated (350 F / 175 C) oven for approximately 35 minutes.
3. Top with sliced banana and Greek yogurt and dust with a little cinnamon. Enjoy!
We hope you enjoy using Rice Protein Powder as a healthy addition to your lifestyle. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavours and ways of using your Rice Protein Powder, to find the results that you like best.
|Data based on vanilla flavour||ND Naturals WPC||Rice Protein Isolate||Pea Protein Isolate||Soy Protein Isolate||ND Natural WPI|
|Protein per serve (g)||23||23.6||24.1||25.4||26.2|
|Type of protein/s||Whey||Vegetable||Vegetable||Vegetable||Whey|
|Carbs per serve (g)||4.2||4.8||2.5||1.8||2.2|
|Fat total per serve (g)||1.3||0.6||2.0||0.4||0.6|
|Sugars per serve (g)||3.4||0.6||0.6||1.0||1.6|
|Serving Size (g)||Stevia||Stevia||Stevia||Stevia||Stevia|
|Serves per kilo||Choc, Vanilla||Choc, Vanilla, Natural||Choc, Vanilla, Natural||Choc, Vanilla, Natural||Choc, Vanilla|
|Additional Premium Ingredients||30||30||30||30||30|
|Flavours||All natural flavours and sweetener||Vegetarian, all natural flavours and sweetener||Vegetarian, all natural flavours and sweetener||Vegetarian, all natural flavours and sweetener||All natural flavours and sweetener|