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Drinking a protein shake for breakfast is the best way to start your day!
  • Jump start your metabolism
  • Stabilize blood sugar levels
  • Energy for the whole day
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Drink a Protein Shake for Breakfast

Jump Start Your Metabolism!

You've probably heard about how body builders and other athletes take whey protein isolate or whey liquid protein in shakes and other forms to help their bodies build muscle and maintain it. Liquid whey protein found in whey protein shakes and whey powder is a very easily and quickly absorbed protein. Protein is very critical to muscles - it forms the basic structure, is a major source of energy when muscles contract and is a major part of enzymes in the muscle.

You may have also heard that essential amino acids (found in liquid protein and protein shake powders) help in building and maintaining most organs and hormones. The protein found in protien drinks and protein powder shakes is also necessary for creating hemoglobin and antibodies.

Yes, that's right. High protein drinks and high protein shakes provide power-packed protein that is one of the best ways for our bodies to get its essential amino acids.

But did you know that protein drinks can help stabilize and regulate your blood sugar levels too? The best way to start doing that today is with a protein shake for breakfast.

Stabilize blood sugar levels

When your blood sugar levels are stable, your metabolism functions smoothly, you feel satisfied (full) and your brain has what it needs to keep you and your body on your toes. When your blood sugar levels aren't stable, your body goes into overdrive to fix the problem.

When blood sugar is too high, your body rushes to store blood sugar as fat, leaving your blood sugar low. Then when blood sugar is too low, your brain goes into starvation mode and so do you; all you can think about is food and all your body can "think" about is getting enough sugar (glucose) to the brain and storing whatever extra it gets as fat. And when everything is being stored as fat instead of used as energy, it's really hard to lose weight.

How does the protein in protein shakes and whey protein drinks stabilize blood sugar levels?

Unstable blood sugar levels usually happen when you eat too many carbs without eating anything else. If carbs are all you have in your system, the carbs are quickly converted to glucose and you get a "sugar rush." This is intensified in the morning when you haven't eaten for hours. But if you eat protein (as found in whey protein shakes) and good fats (like flaxseeds or nuts) with your carbs, the conversion of carbs to glucose is slowed down and blood sugar levels remain stable.

Protein acts like a gatekeeper on carb-to-glucose conversion creating a time-release effect.

Energy for the whole day

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Your body is extremely hungry after not eating for hours, and it needs some good carbs (like cereals, grains and fresh fruits) for the glucose. (Yes, unprocessed carbs are important and good for you!)

If your body gets the carbs/glucose it needs in a nice steady stream (no sugar rush), your body is jump-started and ready for the day:

  • your metabolism gets going converting glucose and fat to energy instead of storing your donut or breakfast cereal as fat
  • you feel satiated not hungry and are less likely to pig out throughout the day
  • your brain gets its glucose so you can concentrate better and think more clearly

To make your breakfast do all these wonderful things for you, you want to make sure you get a protein with your carbs. That's where the whey protein shakes and smoothies come in.

Having a protein shake, protein drink or protein smoothie first thing in the morning ensures that your carbs are time-released, your metabolism gets a kick-start, your body is geared to burn fat rather than store fat, and you feel satisfied not hungry.

Other benefits of having a pure protein drink/whey protein smoothie in the morning, include:

  • stable emotions because you are not in a low-energy, low-sugar (hypoglycemic) state a boost in your immune system
  • no sugar or carb cravings and no need to compulsively overeat
  • encouraged bone growth, helping to prevent osteoporosis
  • reduced stress and depression due to slowed production of stress hormone cortisol and  release of serotonin, a calming brain chemical

After getting your whey protein shake in the morning, it's still a good idea to follow this simple rule of thumb for all meals to make sure your body gets what it needs: "A fist, a thumb, and a fist."

  • 4-6 oz (a fist) of lean, complete protein (or a whey protein drink)
  • a tablespoon (thumb) portion of good fats/oils
  • no more than 1 serving (fist) of unprocessed carbs

Featured Protein Shake Recipes

Blackberry Crunch
1/2 cup blackberries
1/4 cup of raw oatmeal
Whey Protein Powder
See Full Recipe

Apple Cinnamon
1/2 cup apple
1 tsp cinnamon
Whey Protein Powder
See Full Recipe

Strawberry-Mango
1/2 cup strawberries
1 tsp mango slices
Whey Protein Powder
See Full Recipe

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Why drink a protein shake for breakfast?

Getting enough protein is essential to our bodies, and there are many benefits of taking natural protein supplements (like whey protein shakes) as a source of protein.

Whey protein is a particularly good source of protein because it's pure, clean, and one of the most easily absorbed sources of protein there is. In fact, whey protein has the highest biological value (a measure of nitrogen retained for growth or maintenance) of any protein.

Whey protein comes from milk (it comes out during the cheese manufacturing process) and is put through a process that separates out the pure amino acids (all 8 essential amino acids and branched-chain amino acids) and leaves behind the sugar (lactose), fat and cholesterol. No wonder that healthy Miss Muffet is always eating her curds and whey!

You can go to our Whey Protein FAQs to read more about what to look for in a high-quality protein.

View Protein Shakes Recipes

Our Story

Our Story

EnergyFirst, a leading company in the all-natural protein and supplement industry, was founded in 1997. We, at EnergyFirst, believe that everyone can benefit from drinking a protein shake whether the goal is optimal nutrition in a meal replacement, an easy and healthy breakfast alternative, a weight loss aid, or a protein supplement for athletes. We also believe that your protein shake should be 100% natural and delicious. Nutritionist, educator, athlete, and EneryFirst's CEO, Gerry Morton is committed to providing customers with all natural, science-based, effective products for optimal nutrition, weight loss, and a healthy lifestyle.

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