Casein protein, similar to whey protein, is a component of milk that is separated during the process of making cheese. However, unlike whey, casein is not found in a liquid form – instead, it’s found as solid curds that are not needed to produce cheese. This makes casein much creamier than whey protein, and also explains why it’s the perfect candidate for ‘dessert’ protein shakes. Read on for the ideal casein protein powder bedtime recovery shake that will ensure you’re getting the most out of your workouts.
It’s not just the texture of the protein that makes it so beneficial to take at the end of your day. Casein is a complete protein source, which means that it has all the essential amino acids your body needs for growth. This makes it great for workout recovery as your body needs to repair the muscles that you have broken down during exercise. One of the main benefits of casein protein is that it takes much longer to digest than whey protein. This means that your muscles will have longer to absorb the protein and it helps your cells synthesize protein, which reduces muscle breakdown.
Casein protein powder is generally an excellent option if you’re looking to build muscle and lose fat. It’s packed full of protein and provides a good amount of leucine which kick starts muscle protein synthesis. Likewise, casein powder is fairly versatile – you can both bake with it and incorporate it into various types of shakes and smoothies.
In this recipe, we’ve added in a few other ingredients to give you an extra dosage of nutrition. Of course, the banana in this protein shake is going to add a little bit more protein on top of the casein powder itself, but that’s not the only thing it’s good for. Bananas contain many important nutrients and vitamins, they are a great source of antioxidants which helps protect your body from free radicals, and there are links to bananas supporting heart health. All in all, this banana protein recovery shake is full to the brim with nutrition and will speed along your workout recovery. Plus, it makes for a delicious treat at the end of your day too!
To make one serving of this protein shake, you will need:
- 1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup plain full fat Greek yogurt
- 1 scoop of vanilla Naked Casein
- 1 banana (frozen if you want the shake thicker)
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- Ice (as needed to thicken the shake)
First, add the almond milk, the Greek yogurt, banana, and cinnamon to a blender and blend those ingredients until the mixture is smooth. Then add in the scoop of Naked Casein and throw in some ice if you want the shake to have a thicker texture. Blend until it’s your desired consistency, adding ice to make it thicker, and make sure that the powder is completely mixed in. Enjoy!