Gluten free. Those two small words are everywhere these days. Literally. You’ll find them in your local grocery store, on your favorite restaurant menu, and even in places you never thought to check. (We’re looking at you, shampoos and other personal care products.)
More than just a passing trend, the gluten-free movement is here to stay in a big way. According to research, some 3.1 million people across the United States are currently following a gluten-free diet.* If you’re reading this article, you might be one of them. Or maybe you’re simply gluten curious and wondering what all the fuss is about.
One question you might have is: How can I make the switch to a gluten-free diet without ushering in a life of boring, tasteless nutrition? This might be followed by: How can I ensure I’m still getting the proper nutrition my body needs – like high-quality protein – to stay healthy and fit? This is especially important if you’re regularly exercisingand striving to build lean muscle.
The good news is, 1) You don’t have to “break up” with all things flavorful, and 2) We’ve got just the high-protein shake you need to nourish your body in a delicious way. Think of it as the perfect trifecta of great taste, gluten-free goodness, and body-firm nutrition.
But first, let’s shed a bit more light on the gluten-free lifestyle …
What is gluten?
Put simply, gluten is a type of protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. The foods you probably associate most with gluten are breads, cereals, crackers, and pastas … but gluten can pop up in many other places. It’s also used as a thickening agent and stabilizer to help maintain food’s elasticity. Many sauces, salad dressings, gravies, jams, and other condiments contain gluten – just to name a few. If you’re serious about going gluten-free, you’ll need to be on the lookout when you shop, and always read food labels. Simply by-passing the pasta aisle just won’t cut it.
What is Celiac disease?
Celiac is a digestive disorder that prevents people from eating gluten for health reasons. When someone with celiac ingests gluten, their intestinal cells become damaged, leading to greater health issues. Symptoms include recurring abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea and/or constipation, gas, chronic fatigue, joint pain, muscle cramps, headaches, and other unpleasant symptoms.Celiac has also been linked to unexplained infertility.
What if you don’t have Celiac?
Maybe you don’t have celiac, but still want to try a gluten-free lifestyle. If so, you’re not alone. Remember the 3.1 million people in the U.S. right now following a gluten-free diet? A whopping 72 percent of them are classified as “PWAGs” – people without celiac disease avoiding gluten.
So why would you choose to go gluten-free if you don’t have to? First, many people report suffering celiac-like reactions to gluten, even if they haven’t been officially diagnosed with the disease. This is usually termed as “gluten sensitivity.” The symptoms may not be as severebut are still uncomfortable (or even painful) enough to warrant a change in diet.
Other people adopt a gluten-free lifestyle to feel healthier all around. Anecdotalevidencesuggests that a gluten-free diet can decrease gastrointestinal distress,reduce inflammation, and support weight loss. In her New York Times best-selling book, The G-Free Diet – A Gluten-Free Survival Guide,author Elisabeth Hasselbeck writes, “Even people with no health issues have a great deal to gain by giving up gluten. The G-free diet can help with weight management. It can elevate your energy levels, improve your attention span, and speed up your digestion.”
Bring on the gluten-free protein
As mentioned earlier, gluten-free options are more prevalent than ever. It’s far easier to live a gluten-free lifestyle today than it was even five or 10 years ago. Some restaurants now have separate gluten-free menus, and manyfood brands have started to clearly call out their gluten-free designation on pack.
But still ….
What do you do if you’re on the go and want a quick gluten-free snack that’s also high in protein? Gluten-free crackers, chips, or granola bars won’t cut it because they’re mademostly of empty carbs – hardly the ingredients for a lean, fit body. Alternatively, you probably don’t want to pack a dry chicken breast or batch of hard-boiled eggs with you. Sure, they’re high in in protein, but not exactly super tasty or convenient. Luckily, there’s a better way.
Problem solved with Lean Body RTDs
So, we’ve established a few things: You’re looking for delicious, gluten-free snack options (nothing that tastes like chalk or dirt), you want to make sure you’re getting enough protein (because you’ve got some serious fitness goals), and you’re seeking asimple solution (something with little-to-no prep that can go where you go).
We’ve done the research, and Lean Body Ready-to-Drink (RTD) shakes check all the boxes.
- Gluten-free- Lean Body RTDs contain zero glutenso are perfect if you have adiagnosedgluten allergy or intolerance/sensitivity.The protein source is Milk Protein Isolate, a high-quality protein that’s naturally gluten-free
- High in protein– Lean Body RTDs contain 40 grams of protein per serving, helping you easily meet your daily protein needs.The goal is to consume roughly one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight each day, spread out over five small meals. Protein is a must-have since it helps build lean muscle, boosts metabolism, and supports increased energy.
- Delicious– Yep, even by gluten-free standards! Lean Body RTDs are rich, creamy, and delicious. They also come in eight different flavors so you can regularly switch things up. Enjoy them as a snack or a meal.
- Easy and effortless– The beauty of Lean Body RTDs is that they truly are ready to drink. No prep work needed. You can pack and enjoy them wherever you go.
- Nutritious– Lean Body RTDs are fortified with 22 vitamins and minerals for essential daily nutrition. All without gluten, lactose, or sugar.
Zero gluten. Full enjoyment.
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