Protein Shakes or Cruga Biltong?

You don’t have to be a bodybuilder to consume protein after a workout. Anybody that is hoping to lose weight or be toned should have protein after hitting the gym. Protein helps to recover and grow your muscles and it also boosts your metabolism to aid weight loss. Protein is one of the main nutrients that we need to maintain a healthy body. This is why protein shakes have become such a popular trend amongst fitness fanatics. The types of shakes that are blowing up the market just now are whey, casein and egg athlete-barbell-body-931321white powders, which all cater to different nutritional needs.

But what about us people who don’t want to consume too much sugar and calories from a protein powder? Not all of us like shakes so thankfully, there are other alternatives you can try. We would recommend biltong; it’s low in calories and high in protein. If you’re sick of protein shakes, or if you just fancy trying something different, biltong could be the snack for you.

Biltong is also as convenient as protein shakes. It’s an ambient snack so you can pop it in your gym bag and take it with you on the go. There is no need to keep it refrigerated, so it will do well in your gym locker whilst you’re working out.

Let’s compare biltong to some of the popular protein shakes that are on the market today (we have taken out the brand names):

Chocolate Whey (blended with water)

Per 24g serving

Calories: 120

Carbohydrates: 2.3g

Protein: 24.6g

Whey protein is a mixture of globular proteins isolated from whey. Whey is a liquid material that is a by-product of cheese.


Vanilla Casein (blended with water)

Per 30g Serving

Calories: 105

Carbohydrates: 2.6g

Protein: 24g

Casein is the most abundant protein in milk. It is a gelatinous by-product of milk.


Chocolate Egg White Powder (blended with water)

Per 30g serving

Calories: 101

Carbohydrates: 1.6g

Protein: 23g


Cruga Original Biltong

Per 40g Bag

Calories: 11o

Carbohydrates: 1.3g

Protein: 22.1g

There is no doubt that nutritional supplementations are incredibly convenient for people looking for results. As you can see from the nutritionals above, protein shakes can definitely give you what you are looking for after working out. However, if you’re looking for a decent food alternative, biltong is the answer for you. Let us know if you try it!

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