Protein shakes....yay or nay?
OK. So here's the deal. I'm looking to lose 22 pounds (erm, since that's the amount I seem to have *somehow* put back on since last May...d'oh! Bad me!)
Anyway. I'm aiming to do an hour of cardio five days a week, with weight training three days a week. My cardio usually consists of some combination of treadmill, elliptical, and stairmaster, and my weight routine isn't exactly Miss Universe-calibre, but I am looking to tone up quite a bit.
What I'm finding, though, is that on my cardio days I'm usually quite a bit hungrier than I am on non-cardio days, and sometimes I end up overdoing it with the points (I'm doing Weight Watchers.) So I've been thinking about protein shakes. But then...I don't know why, but I always associate protein drinks/shakes/bars with, like, bodybuilder types (I work at a gym so this is most likely where I got this mental connection.)
Anyone out there who drinks protein shakes after a cardio workout? If so, do you buy the pre-mixed ones, or just buy the protein powder and mix it into your own homemade protein drinks? And on that score: any recipes for homemade ones (since I live in a tiny town and there's not much in the way of places where I can buy protein powder, except Wal-Mart and Sobeys)?