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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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    I've never tried protein powder. I recently started adding egg whites to my porridge for extra protein.

    I do love cardamom in my oatmeal and Greek yogurt.
    2012 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! I will have to put this on my list to try! It's definitely hard to find good protein powder that's super expensive! Last kind I've tried is Bluebonnet because it's sourced from grass-fed cows that are not treated with antibiotics or recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH). It's was pretty good too!
    2012 days ago
    Sounds good! I am getting partial to pea protein. Though I do like the 3 protein mix I found online. emoticon
    2012 days ago
    Glad you found a protein powder you like. I had a hard time finding one I could tolerate too. But I LOVE Beverly International's Ultimate Muscle Protein. By far my FAV!!
    2012 days ago
    2012 days ago
    sounds great! just might try
    2012 days ago
    wow this sounds good . thank you for the tip . .
    2013 days ago
    Never tried that powder. Sounds like a winner to me.
    2013 days ago
    That oatmeal does sound yummy! I bought some protein powder from Publix. I had never used any before and so I bought a cheap brand in a smallish container. I sometimes have trouble getting my protein number where it needs to be so I thought protein powder would help. I also use Greek yogurt in my quest to get adequate protein and it really helps. Happy sparking!
    2013 days ago

    Sounds good to me too
    2013 days ago
  • JP6262AMY
    Wow! Sounds good!

    2013 days ago
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