Protein is one of the most important foundations of a balanced diet. It is found in every cell in the body, making it essential to support health and wellbeing.
Why do I need protein?
A common misconception is that protein is just a “muscle builder”. In reality, it is so much more. Alongside carbohydrates and fats, protein and the amino acids within it are essential macronutrients.
It is vital for the formation, function and regulation of every tissue and organ within the body. Protein also supports the production of enzymes, hormones, vitamins, and neurotransmitters.
Protein consumption can support:
Improve muscle recovery, strength, and support lean muscle mass growth
Boost metabolism by having a higher thermic effect than fats and carbohydrates
Curb appetite by improving the function of weight-regulating hormones
Support skin, bone, and hair health by fuelling cell regeneration
Lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol by opening up blood vessels
Improve bone health by supporting regeneration and repair
How much protein do I need?
Most people need 10-35% of their daily calories from protein (1g of protein = 4 calories), or at least 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.
As detailed in this chart, recommended protein intake is a function of age, gender and life stage. People with higher energy requirements, like those who are active or recovering from illness, need more grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.
Moodi blends are formulated with women’s needs in mind. Each serve is around a quarter (~12g) of most women's daily protein requirements!
What happens if I don't get enough protein?
Protein is needed to transport molecules throughout the body, repair and make new cells, protect the body from viruses and bacteria, and promote healthy growth.
These key functions may not work optimally without incorporating sufficient protein in your diet. This could lead to numerous health problems including fatigue, loss of muscle mass and strength, slowed metabolism, slowed growth, and weakened functioning of the heart, lungs and immune system.
Where do I get protein from?
Protein is found in both animal and plant-based foods.
• Animal sources: meat, fish, chicken, eggs, cheese, dairy milk.
• Plant sources: soy protein, grains, nuts, seeds and pulses.
Regardless of diet, it can be challenging to have sufficient protein with each meal. Often, meals and snacks lack a rich protein source. A convenient way to ensure you get enough protein is to supplement your meals or snacks with protein powder.
When should I have protein?
You should aim to include a rich source of protein with each meal, ensuring the total protein you consume in a day is sufficient for your needs.
Some research suggests that your body can only absorb 25g of protein in one sitting, so spreading your intake across multiple meals will help to maximise health benefits.
What type of protein is best for me?
What is best comes down to individual preferences. Whey and pea protein are the most common types of protein powder. Bottom line: both are high quality, mild-tasting sources of protein. Pea protein is typically the best option for those seeking a plant-based protein source that is more environemtnally sustainable and free of allergens.
More information on the differences between these two types of proteins:
Whey comes from cow’s milk, making it unsuitable for vegans or those who are lactose intolerant, whereas pea is made from legumes and is plant-based.
Whey is not dairy-free. Both proteins are gluten-free, but whey often comes with added gluten contamination from additives like flavourings, stabilisers, and preservatives.
Both contain all nine essential amino acids and have similar amounts of protein per 100g. Whey contains more calcium and potassium, whilst pea has the edge in fibre and iron.
Pea protein is considerably more sustainable than whey. Pea protein can be farmed regeneratively, while its production emits 30x less carbon than whey for the same output.
Will protein make me bulky?
Our mission is to help you feel your best. We do not create products to convince you to change your body or appearance. You are beautiful as you are, inside and out! However, we have chosen to debunk this common myth about protein so you are motivated to nourish and fuel your body.
While protein helps maintain muscle mass and growth, noticeable changes only happen by consistently overloading your muscles. Without heavy weight training, having more protein as part of a balanced diet will not make you ‘bulky’.
Unlike carbohydrates and fat, your body can’t physically store protein. Instead, protein is either used as energy, stored as fat, or excreted. Even with increased weight training, age, gender, and genetics contribute to how easily you can build muscle.
Will protein powder help me lose weight?
Weight loss is a factor of lifestyle and genetics. It is not attributed to one single food. However, protein powder keeps you fuller for longer by altering weight-regulating hormones, reducing cravings and overeating.
Adding more protein to your diet can also boost metabolism, with 20-30% of the energy provided by one gram of protein used up during digestion, compared to only 5-10% for carbohydrates and 0-3% for fats.
How can I use protein powder?
Gone are the days of protein powder only being for watery shakes in the gym changing room as a post-workout supplement.
Protein is now used as a functional ingredient in many other foods and drinks for its widely recognised benefits in supporting a nutritionally balanced diet.
At Moodi, we love adding our protein-rich blends to smoothies and smoothie bowls – meals or snacks typically lacking in protein content and can be easily balanced with carbohydrates (e.g., fruit) and healthy fats (e.g., peanut butter).
Protein is also great for enhancing breakfasts like overnight oats and baking, such as bliss balls. With the delicious taste of Moodi blends, the opportunities are endless! For inspiration, check out our recipes.
What to look for when buying protein powder?
Not all protein powders are the same. Here are our key watch-outs to make sure the protein you’re putting inside your body is what you deserve!
If plant-based choices and environmental sustainability are important to you, look for vegan options like pea protein.
If you’re dairy or gluten intolerant or have issues with bloating, choose a protein free of allergens.
Fillers and binders
Many brands add nasty fillers and binders to mask their lower quality protein powder – try to avoid these!
Artificial flavours and sweeteners can have adverse impacts on health – try to avoid these!
Added superfoods are a great way to fill vitamin and mineral gaps without taking additional supplements.
Other functional ingredients like adaptogens, active prebiotics and probiotics are great additions to improve holistic health benefits.
What is the best tasting protein powder?
With many protein brands in the market, there is a broad taste spectrum. Often brands attempt to cut costs by compromising quality, resulting in a ‘chalky’ or ‘gritty’ texture. Fillers, binders and sweeteners are often used to offset this.
At Moodi, we’ve searched hard and wide to find the best quality golden pea protein for our blends. And have we delivered!
Flavoured, coloured and sweetened by real superfoods like freeze-dried strawberries and blue spirulina, Moodi blends are the first of their kind. With a complete taste, radiant colour, silky-smooth texture, and added love, our blends pair perfectly with your favourite smoothies, breakfasts, lattes, and baking. We know you will love them.
Try them for yourself!