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James Haskell’s nutrition tip: Let’s shake – it could do you the world of good!

I get asked a lot on twitter by young guys: Do I take protein shakes? Do I take creatine?

There is a big misnomer about creatine. It’s mentioned in hushed tones as if it is an illegal agent. The fact is creatine naturally occurs in the body and you derive a lot of it from the red meat you eat. You need creatine for explosive energy and recovery. However this on its own will not suddenly turn you into The hulk.

Supplements are very useful, but they should be seen as the finishing touch; the top up you can’t get from your diet. They are there to fix issues and problems or to re-set the balance.

The key thing to remember is – you can’t out train a bad diet!

With the right mind-set, some easy tweaks can be made to your diet, which will make all the difference.    Understand that supplements can come in handy if you really don’t have time to cook some proper food.

Here are a couple of shake recipes you can use after training or in the morning.

Breakfast:  2 x standard scoops of whey, 1.5 x coffee cups of oats, 1 x scoop of greens powder, 1 x coffee cup of blueberries, 1 x teaspoon Manuka honey, 1 x generous handful of nuts.

*Green vegetables can be thrown-in, along with some cottage cheese. Blend  with cold water and you can add ice if you want.

Post Training:  2 x standard scoops of whey, 1 x coffee cup of oats/cooked Quinoa, 1 x tablespoon of peanut butter, 1 x whole banana. Blend with water.

For more inspiration visit: www.maxinutrition.com

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