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New favorite Protein Powder

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I've never been able to stomach protein powder in my oatmeal or yogurt. It always tasted nasty and artificial.. until now.
This is my new love: Optimum Nutrition Oats and Whey Vanilla Protein Powder

I am mildly lactose intolerant, but one scoop of this stuff doesn't bother me one bit. It tastes a LOT better than the other OP whey powders (the ones with artificial sweeteners), and about a billion times better than any other vegetable protein powder I've tried (and I've fried quite a few).

What I really love about this powder (besides the AWESOME flavor and 24g protein/scoop) is that, because it contains oats, there is 4g of fiber in each scoop. Also, there are no artificial sweeteners -- the main sweetener here is evaporated honey, and a bit of evaporated cane juice. However, it's not super sweet (8g sugar per scoop), and the overall glycemic index is still low. I'd rather have the real stuff in moderation any day than all of those artificial sweeteners.

I love to use a half scoop of this stuff in my oatmeal in place of honey. It adds just enough sweetness, and I don't need to eat any other form of protein in the morning, making a quick breakfast that much quicker.

My favorite 3-minute breakfast:
zap 1/2 cup rolled oats and 2/3 cup water in the microwave for 2 min, stir in 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cardamom, 1/2 scoop powder, and 1/4 cup milk (or almond milk). Top with 1/2 cup berries and 1/2 oz walnuts.

(Walnuts contain high amounts of natural ALA Omega-3 fatty acids, and berries are full of vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds. Cinnamon and cardamom are thought to reduce blood sugar and blood pressure levels slightly* -- and they all taste DELICIOUS together).

Cinnamon Cardamom High-Protein Oatmeal w/ Walnuts and Raspberries:
Cal: 454
Fat: 15g
Sat Fat: 3g
Carb: 58g
Fiber: 14g
Sugars: 7g
Sodium: 162mg
Protein: 24g

Smoothies are also great with this powder, but it might be a tad on the sweet side if you are adding fruit with high sugar content (I prefer this + berries + plain greek yogurt for the perfect amount of sweetness). I also plan to try gluten-free protein pancakes in the near future made of this powder, ground oats, ground chia and flax seeds, eggs, and milk.

Here's a Link to Oats and Whey Protein Powder on

*More info on Cinnamon and Cardamom:
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