Thank you everyone. I've printed out the responses so I will have something to consult when I buy the next can of powder.
2/9/13 12:04 A
for protein, i eat hard boiled eggs, already cooked by Eggland's brand (like 1 a day or less). i like the Spirutein chocolate protein powder too, but I notice it doesn't seem to mix up that well. i buy it from our local health food store. it comes in a lot of other flavors too.
2/8/13 7:59 P
My favorite is Spirutein... 100% of a bunch of vitamins and minerals too!
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2/8/13 4:55 P
at TrueNutrition.com they have a wide spectrum of protein powders available which you can buy unflavored and unsweetened or you can custom mix them into a formula of your choosing including natural flavors sweetened with stevia. They have high-quality products at good prices and their customer service is excellent.
If the RAW protein that you are talking about is from Garden of Life, don't worry about the stevia. They use the natural green powder form rather than the white form you get in the stores. They are actually using the plant, they dehydrate the leaves, and then get them in powder form. If you use the WHEY protein from this same company you are also in the clear as they use a cold press process and the cows are green fed 100%. I know Jordin Ruben who sits on the board and he has been very explicit on his calls of the processes they use. I also use two others that i know are made the same way and love them both. one is slightly cheaper than the other. I get the Designs for health and Maximized Living protein powders. Both are Whey, both are cold pressed, both are made from Green fed cows only.
I want to increase my protein intake easily. I don't like eating a LOT of meat. The commercial high protein bars are pricey and have a lot of unpronounceable ingredients.
I don’t like smoothies of any kind. Actually, I never drink ANY calories after my morning coffee and OJ – just a personal preference.
I saw the SP recipe for peanut butter fudge protein bars using whey protein powder
I also don’t use any artificial sweeteners – also a personal choice – or sugar alcohols unless they sneak in without my noticing, like in many of the commercial high protein bars.
This makes choosing a protein powder rather difficult. Either they have tons of sugar or artificial sweetener as well as some weird ingredients of their own.
I chose a brand (Designer Whey premium protein powder) with “Stevia leaf” as the sweetener. It seemed the best choice. The bars taste really good.
Then I bought “RAW Protein” (sprouted brown rice and other sprouts protein). The label says “no fillers, colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives.” Sounds like my kind of product. But it does have STEVIA LEAF, which technically is natural, I suppose. I haven’t tried the bars with this brand yet. It's not WHEY protein powder so it may make a difference in taste.
So, I turn to the collective wisdom of SP. I’ve searched the message boards, but none of the threads really fit my situation.
Any information or advice? This is an area totally unfamiliar to me.