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Friday, May 17, 2013

I mentioned in this post ( wp.me/p1N36Q-74 ) that I generally have protein drinks for breakfast to help meet my daily protein requirements. I understand that – in an ideal world – I should eat real food, not something that contains 1 trillion (I counted) ingredients that I can’t pronounce. But this is what I’m doing for now to get a handle on my protein.

I have tried quite a few different types, but generally gravitate towards the powders as I have seen some yummy looking dessert recipes that include protein powder as an added bonus. I haven’t made any of these desserts yet, but I think it’s because the flavor I have on hand (Chocolate Mint) doesn’t sound very appealing to include with peanut butter (commonly found in these other recipes). Once I use up my supply of Chocolate Mint Muscle Milk, I’ll probably go back to plain Chocolate or the Chocolate/Peanut Butter combo.

Anyway, I realized I have three different types of protein drinks on hand and thought it might be fun to compare and contrast. The reason I have these three is because I had coupons (or a discount at GNC Nutrition, in Muscle Milk’s case). Like I’ve said before, I can’t pass up a bargain ( wp.me/p1N36Q-84 ).

From left to right: Atkins Dark Chocolate Royale, Pure Protein Vanilla, and Chocolate Mint Muscle Milk. All are gluten free.

Atkins Dark Chocolate Royale

Calories: 160
Fat: 9g
Carbs: 6g
Protein: 15g
Allergens: Milk
Price: $6.00 for a 4 bottle package

This, by far, tasted the best – just like chocolate milk. I was certainly satisfied well through noon, and probably could have postponed lunch even longer had I not had a busy day of meetings and needed to squeeze in a meal before my next meeting. If I get another coupon, I would definitely purchase again.

Pure Protein Vanilla Creme

Calories: 110
Fat: 1g
Carbs: 4g
Protein: 23g
Allergens: Milk and soy
Price: $7.00 for a 4 bottle package

Lowest in calories, fat, and carbs – but leaves a gross aftertaste. I think the disappointing taste can be the only explanation for why I wanted to eat more after drinking this, since it was the highest in protein. I will not buy again.

Muscle Milk Chocolate Mint (1 Scoop Serving)

Calories: 150
Fat: 6g
Carbs: 9g
Protein: 16g
Allergens: Milk and soy
$40 for 32 servings

Muscle milk is ok as far as taste goes – however, I don’t find the one scoop serving to be very satisfying. They do offer nutrition info for 2 scoops, so one morning I did have two and felt pleasantly full until lunch. However, that same morning I had an additional cup of coffee about an hour after I had the shake, and coffee tends to make me feel full as well. The coffee craving I chalk up more to being at work (and looking for a distraction) versus actually being hungry, though. I probably wouldn’t make two scoops a practice.

Winner: Atkins wins overall on taste and satisfaction, but I’d probably continue with Muscle Milk because of the price, slightly lower fat content, and ability to use in other recipes.

A point of note – I have tried Muscle Milk Light (in chocolate) and would not recommend. Price was about the same as regular muscle milk, but taste was far inferior and not worth the slightly lower calorie/fat content.
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    I am going to check it out. I have a major protein imbalance and am not big on meat. I drink weight gainer, but this may help with my strength training. Thank you for the tip!
    1742 days ago
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