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JOSKATE SparkPoints: (0)
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10/7/11 9:09 P

You can also try non-protein powder stuff- like I use peanut flour or soy flour instead of the protein powder in a can. It's way cheaper and I think it tastes better - not grainy.

DOFIDDLE2 Posts: 2
10/4/11 11:58 A

You will love them... Keep me posted.

MINNIEKID SparkPoints: (0)
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10/4/11 10:04 A

I am expecting my first packet of the shake mix today, and can't wait! I have the ingredients for several shakes so I don't get bored with the taste. I hope this helps me lose about 20 pounds.

DOFIDDLE2 Posts: 2
10/3/11 4:38 P

I am a distributor for Visalus Body by Vi, and I have a shake after each workout.

9/17/11 10:57 P

I like Aria for Women...Today I mixed it with frozen fruit (pineapple/papaya/mango blend) and some Cherimoya Punch (SoBe Lifewater). It was like sorbet! Very yummy!!

EMILY0724 SparkPoints: (46,128)
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8/20/11 6:03 P

sweetened vanilla almond milk, banana, tablespoon of reduced fat peanut butter, scoop of protein powder (vanilla ice cream flavor). I just made this for the first time. It was not grainy and i loved it!

ALFVAEN SparkPoints: (0)
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8/19/11 6:44 P

I've been using pro-stat sugar free and Protein Twist candy. The small packs are easy to carry and each have 15g of protein. The Pro-stat is 72 calories and the Protein Twist candy (like gummies) is 100 calories.

EARTHMOM56 Posts: 419
8/17/11 7:38 A

A homemade protein drink made from fresh fruit, protein powder, ice and a dollop of yogurt is a great and fast way to start the day.

I prefer and use Gen Soy Protein powder. Note: Drink your protein drink soon after it is made, the soy powder tends to absorb the liquid and the mixture gets so thick it cannot be drunken...bottom line: it does NOT store well.

SAMSMIGIEL SparkPoints: (0)
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8/17/11 1:03 A

I used to buy Optimum Nutrition's Natural Whey in the Chocolate flavor. It's all natural which I need because the artificial sweeteners literally ruin my day with vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pains at the least. It worked fine and mixed well with either milk or water and tasted good too. I haven't found any other natural protein powders that were as economical as this so if I was to get any more, this would probably be it.

CHUNKYMONKEY36 SparkPoints: (31,434)
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8/12/11 10:25 P

Right now I'm using Gold Standard Chocolate protein powder (available at or GNC). I mix it with ice coffee, ice, and a banana. I'm using a $10 blender I got at Walmart and it works fine! I do use little ice cubes that are the size of those dome shaped chewy candy ?Juju's. I never ate them so I don't know the name but a friend told me that's what my cubes look like. I drink 1-2 shakes a day and use the morning one to be 1/2 my breakfast with a slice of whole wheat toast. I mix up the shakes by using different flavored coffees or adding extracts like almond and coconut. Sometimes I throw in a little sugar free french vanilla coffee mate as well. I could not stomach the shakes with just water and hate adding extra calories and carbs with skim milk. I have a sensitive stomach when it comes to funky stuff and I can get this down with no problem! I was never able to drink Slim Fast or other types drinks like that. I do recommend that you really look at the label and make sure that the drink is low calorie, low fat, high in protein, and low in carbs and sugar. A lot of protein drinks have hidden sugar in them! The one I have now is about 100 calories, 1 gram of fat, 3 carbs, and 1 gram of sugar. When you use a low calorie liquid like water or coffee it leaves more room to add fruits with natural sugar that will improve the taste. emoticon

Edited by: CHUNKYMONKEY36 at: 8/12/2011 (22:34)
TEACH2READERS SparkPoints: (6,993)
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7/13/11 9:07 A

Are protein shakes really healthy? I've been wanting to try them.

JULIEXO5 SparkPoints: (13,109)
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6/29/11 1:00 P

I like Jay Robb whey protein powders and I'm a big fan of the Jillian Michaels Natural Whey Protein powders. I don't find them chalky at all, they are sweetened with stevia (most others I could find had aspartame or sucralose in them), and you can find them at Wal-mart. Like some other posters, I like to use unsweetened almond milk - with a 1/2 tablespoon of almond butter, a scoop of JM chocolate, and a few ice cubes. Or the vanilla with 1/2 cup of orange juice, 1/2 small banana, 1/2 cup frozen peaches and add a little water and ice to make it the right consistency. Yum!

SASHA-222 SparkPoints: (56,293)
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6/24/11 12:20 P

sounds good thanks

CHEECHEE8 Posts: 101
6/21/11 1:42 A

I was drink Natures Plus from the Health Food Store. It was pretty nutritious... Need to start back.

6/20/11 4:59 P

I drink protein drinks everyday as supplements, not meal replacements. GNC has a great one that tastes pretty good....Max comes in chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. I stick to the chocolate flavor and I mix one scoop with just 8 oz. water. Tastes like the Yoo-Hoo drinks to me.

CJEAN123 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/29/11 10:59 P

contaminants? Like what? eww!

KAITMEND SparkPoints: (0)
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5/24/11 12:40 P

Syntrax Matrix protein powder...all of the flavors rock. they pride themselves on having the most dissolvable protein powder...and the best tasting. Coming from one of the most sensitive people to taste and texture - this stuff ROCKS! It's economical too: $40 for 5lbs of powder.

CSLADE2712 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/24/11 11:14 A

Has anyone found a premade shake that they enjoy? i tried the Atkin's chocolate shake and it had a odd taste.

STEPHANNE27 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/17/11 3:24 P

That sounds awesome!

CCSCHOON SparkPoints: (0)
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5/17/11 12:03 P

I've never liked protein shakes. they taste chalky. I do drink Boost and they have a high protein one.

1FITMOM23 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/17/11 11:19 A

It sounds like the "grainy" aspect could be the type of protein. I have tried MANY! Currently, I am loving Lean Dessert" banana creme flavor, mixing with h20, pomegrante kefi, and frozen strawberries! The "cinnamon roll" flavor is yummy too and I just mix that in plain yogurt and eat as a treat

SUNSHINE99999 Posts: 18,139
5/17/11 12:11 A

thank you for the tip on strawberry flavor. Cheer!

LINDAA9 Posts: 3
5/16/11 8:40 A

I am trying to have something for when I am working. my hours are 12 - 14 hrs per day. start at 7am get home which is 8pm at night. have to take meals with me in order to stay on track. now i am incorporating protein drinks. is anyone in my situation and if so how are you handling this. i need help or guidance.

ALLIE_ME Posts: 248
5/8/11 8:57 A

I buy the Whole Foods brand of whey protein, Vanilla flavored. I've also tried Jay Robb, Strawberry flavored. Both are good quality and good tasting.

Consumer Reports came out with an analysis of whey proteins--and many are loaded with contaminants (really gross). So, it's important to find ones not on that list.

VICKI120 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/7/11 10:45 P

I'm just looking into getting protein powder for shakes...any recommendations for what type to buy? Thanks!

1NANA4EVER Posts: 570
5/7/11 2:37 P

I make mine with Silk "Pure Coconut" (vanilla) Milk, Non-Fat Yogurt (makes the shake creamier) 1/2 banana, frozen mango chunks, powder and a handful of ice. (makes it really cold). I agree with the poster that mentioned that a blender with a "very high speed" makes a difference.

5/6/11 3:25 P

Sounds yummy! Will be good as the days get warmer!

IILAAD65 Posts: 4,504
5/3/11 12:38 P

1/4 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1 scoop protein powder
1/2 frozen banana (ripened)

I add about 3 tbsps of lite cool whip as well.

Sometimes I add frozen raspberries or blackberries, etc to tone down the banana a bit.

I also add 1/2 to 1 cup of spinach. It turns it green but you don't taste it!! And tons of vitamins with an added boost of another veggie!!

5/3/11 11:06 A

I agree with using the Almond Milk as the liquid. I try to always use the unsweetened vanilla which is only 40 calories per cup!

CRISM18 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/3/11 9:34 A

I saw a post yesterday that uses 1 scoop protein powder, 1 yoplait smoothie mix and 1 cup almond milk. I didn't try this today because I didn't have all of the ingredients, but I bet it helps! If you haven't tried almond milk it is wonderful! A nice, nutty flavor!

LEBAKKE Posts: 22
5/2/11 7:57 P

Consider getting yourself a really good blender to emulsify it better. I just got a Vitamix and is blends my smoothies as smooth as ice cream!

67CAMARO_SS Posts: 523
4/28/11 3:28 P

We use Jay Robb Whey Protein - usually the Strawberry flavored one. It's supposed to be "the best-tasting protein on the planet." I know we definitely recommend it to people:O)
We blend a scoop w/8-10 oz of Almond Milk (orig/unsweetened).
Then we throw in about 1/2 of a banana & some frozen strawberry slices.
One of our favorite breakfasts - so yummy - & NO grit!
Good Luck ~ keep sparking!
June :)

BETH_FROM_LA Posts: 348
4/27/11 6:02 P

I'm Designer Whey all the way

COUCHDIVA333 SparkPoints: (11,470)
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4/26/11 7:15 A

i have a black raspberry one that i love. i also like the brand syntha-6. mochachino is my favorite syntha-6.
i get them at

4/25/11 7:39 P

I found a protein drink that i love! its from Click. Some GNC stores sell it, I had to order it online. I think you would love it! Has the texture of a smoothie and they have different kinds. Hope this helps!

PIXIEDUST22 Posts: 1,219
4/25/11 10:51 A

I also make them as a smoothie by adding ice and mixing it in a blender, because it gives a better consistently. Lately, after a suggestion from a poster on a different board, I have been making them with coffee, which is a great pick me up in the morning after my run.

SUNSHINEGREEN SparkPoints: (12,481)
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4/24/11 8:37 P

well i don't know too much about shakes but i make mine like this. i put 8 oz. of water put ice
put 1 teasepoon of splenda
mix it in the blender
it really taste good .try it mine is banana flavor.

4/13/11 8:23 A

I'm not sure if it will help with the texture but as an ex-avid coffee drinker I like to warm mine in the microwave in the mornings.

BHASSFURTHER SparkPoints: (0)
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4/12/11 5:06 P

I am currently mixing it with regular fat free milk. It has a good flavor at first but at the end I get the powder taste. Thanks for your help!

-POOKIE- SparkPoints: (312,629)
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4/12/11 2:55 A

What are you mixing it with?

I found soymilk gave great results, water way less so. Ordinary milk was good too, but the soy added a nice nuttiness!

BHASSFURTHER SparkPoints: (0)
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4/11/11 8:24 P

Does anybody have any suggestions for making a Protein Shake not so grainy? I love them because they fill me up for breakfast but hate choking them down. Help!

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