I get a lot of questions on what exactly to take before you go to sleep each night and in this post I’m going to give you an easy and simple recipe for creating your own night time protein shake that will keep you lean and skinny at night.
The real secret is going to be the use of casein protein instead of just the traditional whey protein shake. And a great and readily accessible source of casein protein is cottage cheese and today I’m going to show you how to make a killer shake out of it.
Whey protein isolate is simply the best because it’s so quickly absorbed by your body and that is ideal after a great workout when you muscles are starving and they’re glycogen depleted.
But since we’re going to be asleep for hopefully 8 hours or so, we’re going to want to go with casein protein which won’t be quickly absorbed by the body, and instead is time-released.
What actually happens with casein protein is that it becomes a gel like clot inside your stomach allowing it to be digested slower and therefore supply a steady stream of amino acids (breakdowns of protein) into your blood.
This is an ideal situation because you won’t have access to any protein/amino acids while you’re asleep and in rapid eye movement.
This Sleep Skinny Protein Shake is kick ass for keeping your body lean and toned while you sleep after a hard day or work and training. Now I wouldn’t slam this baby right after working out but if you’re about to be out like trout, then I would give this sleep shake a try.
The Sleep Skinny Protein Shake Recipe:
- 8-10oz. of water or skim milk (preferably RAW)
- 1 and 1/2 cups of fat free cottage cheese
- 1-2 scoops of your favorite whey protein powder
- 1/2 cup of fat free yogurt
- 1 cup of ice cubes
- Raw honey or Stevia for flavor
- Mix it up in a blender and drink before going to sleep
This shake is a great alternative for when you’re body is starving at night but you don’t want to eat a big meal because the calories will just hang out in your stomach and turn to fat. Use this Sleep Skinny Protein Shake to build up your toned lean muscle while keeping the fat off.
If you’re looking for the best foods you should eat before bed then check out my top 10 list.
Let me know how the drink tastes or what modifications you made to make it taste a little better…
Josh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Science. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and he’s a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) by American Council on Exercise. He’s worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the high school and college levels. He has over 15 years of experience as a personal trainer and nutrition coach. He is also the author of The Flat Belly Formula. He strives to bring inspiration and results for people to live healthier lives through smart diet and exercise.