When it comes to your morning cup o’ Joe, you’re probably used to adding in a little sugar and milk and going about your day. But if you want an extra boost along with that caffeine hit, you may want to consider including protein powder in your morning coffee. This addition could lead to incredible results for your waistline and your overall health.
Affectionately called “proffee,” the beverage combines the energy-enhancing power of coffee with the muscle-building benefits of protein powder. So in addition to keeping you alert, scientists believe that mixing the two together can help you feel fuller throughout the day. Studies also show that consuming more protein revs your metabolism since it requires more energy to break down.
On top of that, researchers have found that consuming caffeine and extra protein together before a workout can supercharge your results. Whether you’re looking to build and maintain your muscles to keep your body strong as you age or burn a few extra calories while on the treadmill, the mix of protein and coffee can give you a boost.
Furthermore, if you’re someone who struggles to get enough protein in your diet for any number of health or lifestyle reasons, including that powder into your morning mug can make it a lot easier to get what your body needs. Plus, it’s convenient since you don’t really have to think too hard about it; you just have to mix it in!
Given how much it could help you when it comes to your health, it might be worth a shot. Just make sure you check the protein powder labels beforehand (you don’t want any added sugar or hidden ingredients!) and talk to your doctor beforehand if you have questions about either your caffeine or protein intake.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First for Women.