Healthy Living on May 26, 2010 by

Get the skinny on protein

iStock_000009472037XSmallThe argument over the importance of protein is over, but let’s rehash it a bit., okay? Protein is a vital ingredient of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.  If there is something important going on in your body, protein is involved. Just like fats and carbs, protein is a “macronutrient,” meaning that the body needs a bunch of it every day. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t warehouse protein for when it’s needed.

Usually, we thumb our noses at products that are derivatives of some otherwise healthy food. We’re all about advocating for nutrition from the whole food, just as it was grown. Keep it simple, right? Well, every once in a while we see something that doesn’t exactly fit our ethos, but has benefits that are so compelling that we just can’t resist. That’s protein powder. Aside from being absolutely necessary for life, check out what a powerhouse it is.

RebuildsRunning at the fitness club muscles faster

Boosts energy

Increases the body’s fat burning

Makes you feel “full” longer

Improve the appearance of you hair, skin and nails

So whether you’re a jock trying to bulk up your biceps, a busy mom struggling to stay strong through her step class, or just someone trying to lose a few of those lingering Winter pounds, a diet high in protein has some real benefits for you. Getting it into your diet is easy. Along with our plethora of protein rich whole grains, Bob’s Red Mill has three fantastic protein powders to make a boost to your protein intake easy as can be. We have Whey Protein Powder (made from Oregon’s best milk) and two plant-based powders, Soy Protein Powder and Hemp Protein Powder.


Unlike many other protein products in the marketplace, ours are simple, unflavored, natural, and inexpensive. What’s more, these three products are so easy to use! You can protein to just about anything, but the best way to use them is with a refreshing breakfast or post-workout smoothie. Here’s how we like to make them at the mill

  • 1/2 cup frozen Berries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 Tablespoons Protein Powder
  • 3 Tablespoons  lowfat Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Skim Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Flaxseed Meal
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
Direction? Put it all in a blender and mix until smooth. Enjoy.


whey protein is great for supporting those muscles that are workout heavily,,”

Ruthe Sweda says:

Interesting, thanks for that. My son has a terrible aversion to eating fruit for some reason, so I made the fruit into smoothies for him and then he loves it! I also found some great smoothie recipes here and thought I’d share – lots of other great ideas there.

Bernie says:

Any information of the products used to make your whey protein would be appreciated. I’m looking for a organic, hormone-free, non-GMO whey protein.

Mike Schwarzenberger says:

Hello Bob’s Red Mill. My name is Mike Schwarzenberger and I own a business called smoothe. I serve recovery smoothies at events including Mountain Bike Oregon and Cycle Oregon. The latter is a major event that consists of a weekend ride and the epic week long ride. I live in Portland and my family are major bike advocates which has helped drive the business without any publicity just word of mouth. We sell about 500 to 600 smoothies a day after the week ride and have created a cult following. I am looking for a protein sponsor for 2 reasons, 1 It is an expensive part of my smoothie product and 2 I would love to promote an Oregon company as a large number of participants are from out of state.

I could talk for hours about this adventure but wanted to keep it short.

Please get a hold of me if you are interested.

I would be honored to have a Bobs redmill product as part of the smoothie recipe. We use only high quality products like Nancy’s yogurt and real berries with organic bananas. A product like yours with Bobs amazing respiration would put it over the top and be a great addition to our recipe. Not to mention a great opportunity to promote your protein powders.

Smoothie Mike
503 901 9174

Hi Mike!

Great to hear from you! Please email us at

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