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Whey Protein: Everything You Need to Know

Whey protein is huge in the sports and fitness world, with casual gym-goers, home workout enthusiasts and professional athletes alike using protein supplements to support their training regimes.


Protein powder can deliver multiple benefits, from helping your muscles to recover post-workout to helping to keep you feeling fuller for longer.


At Garden of Life, we pride ourselves on our extensive range of plant-based supplements, but whey protein is of course derived from dairy, so how do we make sure our whey protein powders fit with our brand’s ethos? Let’s take a look…

What is Whey Protein?


Whey is the excess liquid created during cheese production; isolating proteins from this liquid results in the creation of whey protein.


Whey protein naturally contains essential amino acids, which play a key role in helping muscles to grow and repair. This is why whey protein is such a popular choice for protein supplements, with many people choosing to support their fitness regime with whey protein powder.


scoop of whey protein powder

The Benefits of Using Protein Powder


Protein plays a key role in supporting muscle repair and recovery after exercise, as well as promoting muscle growth. It can also help to reduce your recovery time after a workout.


While protein can be consumed via foods such as eggs, lean meat and dairy products, you would have to prepare and consume a large amount of these foods to get all the protein you need. This is where protein powder comes in.


Protein powder provides you with a quick, easy way to boost your protein intake, to stop the breakdown of muscles following intense exercise, and to support your wider immune system health.


In some cases, protein powder can also help to support weight loss. By drinking a filling protein shake for breakfast or in the evening, you may find yourself less likely to snack and take in extra calories, as you should feel fuller for longer.


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Grass-Fed Whey Protein from Garden of Life


At Garden of Life, we only use animal products in our range if we can guarantee their sustainability. That’s why we use grass-fed whey protein from sustainable family farms, with small herds that produce half of the average carbon footprint.


grass-fed cattle grazing in a field


All of the cows used to produce our whey protein live in their natural outdoor habitat and are free to roam around green pastures.


Our Certified Grass-Fed Whey protein is free from antibiotics, and is Non-GMO Project Verified, NSF Certified for Sport® and Informed-Choice for Sport Certified. Designed to support muscles, particularly after intense exercise, our Certified Grass-Fed Whey Protein is available in both vanilla and chocolate flavours.



Each serving of our whey protein supplements includes 24g of protein, with whey protein isolate as the primary source, and some milk protein added to provide beneficial components found only in whole milk.

Organic Grass-Fed Whey Protein


Meanwhile, our Organic Grass-Fed Whey Protein Powders are designed to provide you with clean, nutritious protein to support everything from your muscles, skin and hair to your bones, nails and collagen levels.


This range of whey protein is Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified, and is produced from pasture-raised cows that graze on grass for at least 300 days of the year – and when their feed is supplemented, this is only ever done with certified organic feed.


Available in a choice of flavours, including lightly sweet, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and chocolate-peanut butter, these organic whey protein powders are delicious added to a protein shake or smoothie to keep your body fuelled post-workout.



How to Use Whey Protein Powder


Consuming whey protein powder after a workout is the best time to support muscle protein synthesis (the process of post-workout muscle repair).


How to Make a Whey Protein Shake:


  • Add one scoop of one of our flavoured grass-fed whey protein powders to 250ml of water, or skimmed or plant-based milk
  • Shake it all up in your Garden of Life shaker
  • Enjoy!


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