Protein Shakes


Harvest Health Foods

It seems that everyone, not just athletes,  are concerned about getting enough protein in their diet. Harvest Health Foods is ready to help you select one that is right for you.

Proteins are building blocks of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Protein is a MACRO-nutrient meaning we need an appropriate amount for our body every day. Proteins are essential for our bodies ability to build and repair tissue. Your body needs proteins to make enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals. 



Who Needs Protein?  Everyone! Kids, Athletes, Adults, and Mature adults. 

When should you eat protein?  Optimum times are breakfast, a mid-day snack, before or after workouts. There are protein formulas formulates for very specific needs.

How much protein?  You will get many answers to this question but it is best determined by your level of activity.  On the flip side too much protein is not beneficial either. 

                For nonactive adults - Males 56 grams/day   Females 46 grams/day - Most of us will need more.

                3 oz of Chicken contains 28 grams of protein

                6 oz of Greek Yogurt contains 18 Grams of protein

                12oz  protein shakes can range from 15-30 grams of protein

                Here is list of the Protein Content of common foods


So Many Choices...?

We choose the brands of protein formulas for our stores we make sure they are clean sourced proteins. It is important that these formulas meet our product standards of no artificial ingredients, colors, no hydrogenated oils or artificial sweeteners.  We also look for brands with third-party certifications like organic, non-Gmo Project Verified, NSF-Safe, Informed Choice, Vegan, and Certified Gluten-Free.

How to use a protein shake - Our staff is always ready to help you find a protein formulated for your specific needs:

Athletes - There are proteins best before work out for fuel or after your work out for muscle recovery.  These will have all 22 amino acids that athletes are usually looking for.

Meal Replacement - These are proteins that contain enough nutrients that the FDA qualifies it to be called a meal.  Along with protein, these meal replacements contain a serving of greens (Veggies),  multivitamins and fiber.

Weight Loss:  These will be low in calorie and high in fiber to help maintain your blood sugar levels.  Some have added herbals as green coffee bean or green tea to help with metabolism.

Kids or Mature Adults:  On these two ends of the spectrum, it may be hard to get the kids to stit still to eat a protein filled meal or some seniors don't have the appatite to consume quality nutiriton.  There are formulas geared toward these two groups without all the added chemicals or high quantity of sweeteners often found in conventional formulas.  There are ready to drink options that make work well for this group.

Everyone Else:  The good news is you have lots of options in this category and our staff is ready to help you select a protein that is good for your needs.

Types of Protein Sources

To Whey or Not to Whey?  Proteins come from many different sources.  Historically soy and whey were the primary sources of protein in protein formulas.  Soy has fallen out of favor.  Whey, a by-product of the dairy industry is still a leader in the protein category and is often favored by muscle builders.  Concerns about whey proteins are all about the sourcing since it is really a by-product of industrialized dairy industry.  Higher quality whey formulas have entered the market with new standards of organic, grass-fed, Non-GMO.  For example Garden of Life sources their Grass-fed whey from Ireland, because of their ability for 100% Grass-fed cows, or Their Organic Whey from the Rumiano Farms Dairy in California.  The brand name Rumiano may sound familiar because you can find their Organic, Grass-Fed and Non-GMO Cheeses in our dairy case.

Plant-based proteins continue to be a growing category.  Pea, rice, hemp, and young cereal grasses are combined to make a protein formula that can hold it's own in the company of whey protein.  There are many to choose a plant-based protein to avoid dairy products.

Bone Broth and Collagen Based proteins:  This is the new kid on the protein shelf. The protein is being sourced from the bones and collagen of animals.  This of this as what your thrifty great-grandmother made when she would make a soup of the animal to make a nutritious and fortifying broth.  As grandmother would state this can help cure just about anything that ales you.  After simmering for many hours the vital nutrients leeched out the of bones, marrow and connective tissues to create a protein filled broth.   If you don't want to spend that time over the stove, there are bone broth proteins available.  We have bone broths that are powdered, ready to drink and frozen too. 


Are you a Simple Shake and Go kind of person or do you like to make your protein shakes Instagram worthy? 

Shake and GO   Fancy Shakes

You can ramp up the nutritional impact of your smoothies with a plethora of ingredients.  Just choose wisely and make sure you are adding the highest quality ingredients. 

Produce: Just about anything in the produce section will work in your smoothie.

Fresh or Frozen Fruit - Frozen is great keeps your smoothie cold.

                Greens because we can always use more greens.  Kale, Spinach, Collards, Parsley - all add alkalinizing power

                Ginger & Turmeric - Anti-inflammatory.  Find fresh organic produce in our produce section.

                Out of fresh ingredients, opt for a greens powder for boost of veggies or Wheatgrass powder that also adds additional of protein

Fiber: Helps keep you feeling full longer and we should eat about 35 grams of fiber daily.

                Chia Seeds 

                flax seeds

Healthy Fats:

                Avocados - healthy fat and will make your smoothie super smooth

                Coconut Oil or new MTC's oils boosts metabolism, supplements brain health.

                Flax Oil - Vegetable source of Omega-3 

                Liquid Fish Oil - only if you want a little sea in your shake.


Additional Protein Boosters:

                Almond Butter or Peanut butter.  We even have powdered sources without the fat.

                Hemp Seeds/Hearts -  contain almost 4 grams of protein in a tablespoon.


Sweeten Up Your Shake:  When you are starting out it may take a few smoothies to adjust your ingredients to arrive a taste you enjoy.   As your pallet adjusts you'll need less added sweet

                Adding more fruit or cutting back on the greens


                Cacao Chips - Raw Chocolate

                Maple Syrup


Bottom line: You can't go wrong adding a healthy protein shake into your daily routine.  How fancy you make it is totally your personal style and time you have to spend making your protein shake.   However you choose to make it your body will appreciate your efforts! 

Harvest Health Foods Protein Brands* More brands maybe available in the stores.