This nutrient builds and repairs muscle after your workout, but it has its dangers. So do you get it?

    This is probably a question many of you who cross-train or lift ask, especially if getting in the recommended dose of protein in your busy day is a difficult thing to do. This is what an expert has to say.

    If you’re short on time after your workout, (protein) powder is a healthy, convenient way to boost your intake of protein. Opt for whey protein powder, which is, milk-based, suggests Andrew Jagim, a sports nutritionist. “It has the highest amount of amino acids, and your body digests it quickly, so you get the benefits almost immediately,” he says.

    If you’re lactose intolerant or a vegan, try pea protein powder, which is similar to whey in terms of the protein it contains. But check calories and sugar content.

    “Choose a powder that has 100 to 150 calories and less than four grammes of sugar per scoop,” says Brooke Alpert, the founder of B Nutritious, a nutrition counseling company in New York City.

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