After researching all the protein shake powders on offer, I have come to the conclusion that they are all massively overpriced ... surprise, surprise.
Instead of shelling out big bucks for these overpriced powders, I will be eating the following low fat, super high protein foods:
* Eggs (6.5 grams of protein per egg)
* Tuna (crazy levels of protein)
* Sardines (okay, these have a high fat content, but its of the healthy variety),
* Beans and meat free sausages
* Beanfeast (I haven't got around to eating this relic of my bygone student years , but it packs a whopping 16.5g of protein in half a sachet!).
* Soya protein (its 50% protein and its as cheap as chips).
* Low fat natural yoghurt
* Low fat cottage cheese (30% protein, trace fat ... this is the godsend of the cheese world)
But here is the ultimate protein drink ingredient:
* Dried skimmed milk powder.
Yes, you read it correctly, it's a real miracle food. If you make a 1 pint shake with normal semi-skimmed and add in four tablespoons of this bad boy you will double the protein content (you'll get well north of 20 grams of protein) and boost your calcium, all the while keeping the fat level constant. Drop in a banana and an apple to increase the carbohydrate content, and maybe a drop of honey to sweeten it up, and voila, you have the perfect post work-out drink. That's as much protein as many protein drinks will provide but at a fraction of the price. To highlight, a tub of skimmed milk powder costs £1.50, while a tub of protein powder of equal weight will cost in excess of 5 times that amount.
As a bonus, both dairy and egg protein has a very high biological value (BV) score, which means it is a very efficient protein for the body to utilise.