Updated: August 26, 2011

My personal trainer, Emmeline, has told me how important it is to get a good dose of protein after a weight training session- preferably within the first 30 minutes. She recommended protein shakes, which I can make quickly. But because they can easily become too calorie-packed, I asked Lila Ojeda, my registered dietitian, to give me some pointers. She suggested looking for a whey mix (one of the best sources of protein) with a simple ingredient list and no artificial sweeteners like sucralose (which can cause an upset stomach in some people). I add ½ cup of nonfat or soy milk and ½ cup water to the powder, plus frozen fruit, 1 tablespoon each of wheat germ and ground flaxseed, and a dash of agave syrup for sweetness. These post-workout drinks are so tasty, I have even more of an incentive to hit the gym!

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