How often do you find yourself wandering through the aisles of your local vitamin store? Searching for the “right” supplements can often be a daunting task. With countless rows of colorful bottles making remarkable claims and promising magical results, it’s hard to know exactly who is telling the truth.
One of the major problems with the supplement industry in general is the fact that the FDA does not regulate them. This lack of oversight allows companies to utilize poor quality ingredients and substitute effective ingredients with “cutting” agents such as baking powder. Supplement companies can also avoid having to display the true amount of each ingredient contained in each serving by using the name “proprietary blend.” This leaves consumers completely in the dark, and the result is a sense of uneasiness about what you are really putting into your body. In other words, you might not be getting exactly what you are paying for. Whenever possible I try and get my nutrition from natural sources.
One of the most common supplements on the market today is protein powder. They come in a wide array of variations, and they are often used as a post-workout supplement. The goal of a post-workout supplement is two-fold. First, it needs to contain carbohydrates to replace the stored glycogen lost after an intense workout. Glycogen is a stored form of glucose that your body utilizes as it’s primary source of fuel. Second, it needs to contain protein to assist with the repair and recovery of muscle tissue. Protein is broken down to amino acids, which are the building blocks of muscle fibers.
VOSKOS® Greek Yogurt can in fact be utilized as an all-natural post-workout supplement. The flavored yogurts contain a carbohydrate to protein ratio of about 2:1, which is ideal after a moderate workout. I recommend the plain non-fat yogurt to those who are trying to lose weight because it has fewer carbohydrates per serving. The reassuring part is the fact that you know exactly what you are putting in your body. What you see on the ingredient list is exactly what you are buying.
Greek yogurt can also be utilized as a healthy snack. The carbohydrate to protein ratio in Greek yogurt will not only provide you with sustainable energy, but will increase the feeling of satiety, which will prevent you from binging on other junk foods. With the added benefits of probiotics working to sustain a “healthy” gut, Greet yogurt might just be the perfect snack.
Kick-start your new workout program this year, and give VOSKOS® Greek Yogurt a try. Stick to your goals, and never quit!