Posted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 4:07 PM
Sorry, to clarify, I mean taking in extra protein that you do not need carries certain risks including taxing the blood and kidneys. Athletes need only slightly more protein per kilogram of body weight than inactive people, but since most of us consume far more protein than we need, athletes are usually already covered.
And as we consume more calories, which it sounds like your daughter needs to be doing, protein intake naturally increases, since all whole foods contain plenty of protein (fruit is the exception with only minimal amounts). My favorite fun fact is that broccoli is 33% protein!
I would consider a smoothie with lots of whole foods (plant milk, berries, frozen bananas, etc.) and skip the added protein powders. But, if your daughter is more comfortable with this option, I would focus on a whole-foods product as possible. Tri-athlete Brendan Brazier sells a formula called Vega. I know some super-athletes who use it and think it's great!
Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education