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    Is this a bad thing to do?

    I have little time to actually cook breakfast and lunch, so I have been making whey protein smoothies for both, while making a proper meal for suppers. They all mostly follow the modern hero meal plan, except I use fruits for the carbohydrate element, like how 100g of Potato is 77 calories with 17g Carbohydrates, I will have 1 smoothie with apple (100g is 52 calories with 14g Carbohydrates) [Such as an Apple Cinnamon shake with vanilla whey] and the other with banana (100g is 88 calories with 23g Carbohydrates) [With 1 tablespoon Peanut Butter and chocolate whey] and both have the optional 240ml Milk. So my concern is I am having 140g scoops of USN brand whey protein a day, as it says to use 60g for a meal, and worry that is too much per day. Maybe I should add 30g per smoothie and have some form of dried meat snack so I get the total amount of protein I should be getting by the end of the day without too much of it coming from whey.

    #2
    spoonroot I only use whey isolate after a hard workout, wouldn't use for meal replacement, protein powders have heavy metals so use minimally.

    Breakfast is easy, just get up earlier and lunch prepared the evening before.

    My breakfast - a cup of Alpen muesli cereal (12g protein) a cup of hot Failife 3.25% milk (14g protein) add chopped walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seed, ground chia and flax seed, 4 dates, 2 prunes and shaved ginseng root, let sit for 15 mins.

    Lunches I would buy a flat of chicken thighs, cook and separate from bone, this is used in sandwiches or big salad. Or make a batch of rice and split into 5 tubs with added chicken and dal curry plus some veg.

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      #3
      You have to have balanced meals. Those two smoothies are not balanced at all... and probably not enough. You need enough carbs and fat to make your body function correctly, and all the elements brought by vegetables (and animal products): vitamins, calcium, iron, FIBERS... Think about the brain, every organ, vessels, breathing, etc. Muscles are not alone there ! I think your health will suffer in the long term if you go on like this, even though your supper is perfect. Variety is vital.
      So I second thinman on this, find a way to get a proper lunch at least.

      If you lack time you can cook bigger quantities at once and it will give you several meals for the whole week. Yes, cook leftovers
      For example, lentils are very interesting in terms of nutrients. You can cook a large quantity and use it for your lunch alongside fruits, yoghurts or other things you just need to pick up... That's an example.

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        #4
        To answer your question: I guess it depends what you mean by "bad."

        This is not a HEALTHY thing to do. You need more variety in your diet, as well as (at least very likely) more calories.

        My recommendation: prep things the night before. You have time to prepare dinner, yes? So once you're done eating, make your breakfast and/or lunch for the next day, and then clean up and you're all set until your next dinner. I do this for my family basically every day.

        And if it's really tough to prep, there are a lot of great cold breakfast options - we do lots of greek yogurt fruit parfaits in our house, for instance.

        Good luck!

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          #5
          It is not going to kill you. And the ingredients in your smoothies sound as good/better then some "meal replacement shakes" on the market. But it is not healthy in the long run. Is this short term for slme busy season at work? If the schedule you're on is long term, you should look into some meal prep options to at least get 1 more actual meal into your day. Even just cook extra for dinner and have leftovers next day.

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            #6
            I used to do a big cook-up on the weekend and freeze the food in meals portions. If you did something similar, you could spend that dinner-making-time on preparing lunch and breakfast.If you have time to prepare a smoothie, you probably have time to eat some cereal. Treat your body kindly - it's the only one you'll get.

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              #7
              To begin with, it would be useful to know your whey protein concentration. It ranges from 30% to 90% protein, so if the one you're using is of the highest concentration, this is way too much protein, unless you spend half your day in the weight room preparing for a championship! This can be a real burden for your kidneys. A balanced diet needs variety, above all, so that you get all the vitamins and minerals you need, not just macronutrients - protein, fat and carbohydrates. I agree with what Baston said about preparation. Proper nutrition needs planning and when you discover the things that work for you, it gets much easier.
              Good luck!

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                #8
                Check your brand of protein power for heavy metals, some are not recommended more than one a day.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by thinman View Post
                  Check your brand of protein power for heavy metals, some are not recommended more than one a day.
                  He's using whey, the concern seems to be around plant-based ones in majority. 10% of the whey ones contained lead. https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2018/...owders-tested/

                  Product listing: https://www.cleanlabelproject.org/protein-powder/

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