Done some reading in here and just checked out this recent thread:
I ride 5-7 times a week and if it's only 5 times I'm playing other sports those two days. I ride around 30-40 miles a day on solo rides, usually do fast group rides on Thursday/Saturday. I know it is good to have protein right after a ride.
I eat a pretty balanced diet (fruits, greens, beans, boiled eggs, pasta, some milk, not many sweets, almost no soda, almonds, etc.) and take a daily vitamin. I weigh 145 pounds and am happy with that weight. I just wonder if I am getting enough protein each day. I eat eggs, almonds, sunflower seeds, some tuna fish, very little meat, some milk, a banana each day. I'm 29 years old.
So, my question is would my riding and body and health benefit from a protein powder supplement? I generally like to eat real food, minus my daily vitamin, but I'm wondering if I get enough protein or not. And, if you suggest a powder, I was checking out whey protein and soy protein. Not sure of the pros/cons of each.
I feel pretty good all around, just curious to hear what others might advise. I don't know if my body would perform better with some more protein. I played college sports and ate a lot more to keep weight on then (faster metabolism) and we also lifted weights, which I do very rarely now. I also ate more meat in college.
Thanks for the replies!