One rule for building muscle is that you fuel your body with the right nutrients at the right times. An example of this rule is making casein protein part of a meal when you know won’t be eating again for several hours. This includes the last meal you have before going to sleep and when you are going to be to busy to stop and eat every 2-3 hours. The reason you should choose casein at these times is that it is digested over a period of several hours, continuously providing your muscles with the nutrients they need to grow, get stronger, and look better. Whey is not a good choice at this time since is digested very quickly, often in less than 1 hour.
The protein shake we drink at the aforementioned times is Optimum Nutrition 100% Casein. The reason 100% Casein is our favorite is that casein is the only type of protein used. This means you get nothing but slow-released, nutrient rich, casein from every shake you drink. Each scoop of Optimum Casein protein powder has 24 grams of protein, 4 grams of carbohydrates, only 120 calories, and added glutamine peptides. It’s available in delicious Chocolate and Vanilla flavors.
If you are looking for a shake that contains more calories, vitamins, and other nutrients we recommend BSN Syntha 6. Syntha 6 uses casein as one of its protein sources giving you a slowly digested source of protein. We also like Syntha 6 because of has added fiber, a moderate amount of carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Last but certainly not least, it’s one of the best tasting shakes on available with 8 flavors from which to choose.