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Whey protein powder: Preliminary attempts :)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hey y'all!
So, for the first time ever I'm trying to use a protein powder. It's a brave new world!
Do you guys use this stuff?

The kind I got, (without researching, heh) is GNC brand whey powder. It has I think 120 calroies, 2 g of fat, and 21 g of protein. I have just found that I have a hard time getting to my ideal protein range of 60-145, according to Spark. Also, with re-starting all this fitness stuff I thought it would be a good idea!

Yesterday morning was my first attempt. The day before I had failed abysmally to get into my range (largely cause all my refrigerated food had gone bad), so as I was about to leave the house I thought, hey, maybe I should try some protein drink.
The instructions on the bottle were to blend 1 scoop with 6 or 7 oz of cold water.
I was in a rush so I just filled up a glass of water and poured it in there.

First off, that scoop is BIG! Second, stirring really didn't work well. It was like drinking viscous, clumpy, vanilla water-goo. I was in a hurry so I just chugged it down.

To be honest I struggled not to vomit and I felt vaguely sick all day. DISGUSTING. I was kind of worried I'd be forever repulsed by this expensive powder I have a giant vat of.

Today I braved a second attempt. This time I had more time and I executed my original plan of using a couple of the bananas I stored in the freezer when they were about to spoil, and blended them, the powder, some water, and a few cubes of ice in my ancient blender. It smelled a little like burning so perhaps the ice was a bit much to ask of it, BUT,

IT WAS NOT DISGUSTING! It was actually kind of GOOD at first, and then the later bits were a little more intensely vanilla, which I liked less.

I don't want to make these things very high in calorie. So, I'm planning to stick with this and maybe add some more fruit to disguise the taste.

My boyfriend has chocolate flavor and apparently mixes a scoop with 20 oz of coffee. He also has a different one that is 30 g of protein but 170 calories.
He says it is delicious but that sounds really gross to me.

I'd love to hear if you guys have any experience or pro-tips for me on this! :)
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  • SAASHA17
    Oh yuck!! sorry happened to me too..

    I wud suggest strawberry Or chocolate with banana Or coffee and LOTS OF cover that horridness..hehe

    the one I like is GNC whey 60..its 28grams one scoop 20grams of protein and 2 grams of sugar..get the chocolate..and neve ever get pea stinks...
    1680 days ago
    protien powder, splash of milk, coffee instead of water and ice. perfect iced coffee ish drink.

    protien powder, a few slices of frozen banana, milk, teaspoon of peanut butter so good

    use whatever milk you prefer- skim, almond, soy, regular, coconut.

    protien powder, yogurt - like a milk shake, whatever kind of yogurt you like- greek, plain (although if you dont like vanilla flavor your protien powder use a flavored yogurt)

    all blended. i put mine in a to go cup in the morning and drink it on my way to work. perfect.
    1683 days ago
    I haven't tried the brand you're using... I use Designer Whey™. I buy it online (Vitacost, I think). I like it a lot. I mix mine in 16 oz. coconut or almond milk, or a combination of either of those with water. I use 2 scoops of the powder... and you're right: those ARE *big* scoops! LOL

    I know some people like the soy-based powders... but I try to avoid those (anything but whey, actually), because soy is known to bind minerals and make them unavailable to your body. I'm not going to spend a lot of $$$ on supplements (and even the protein powder) and then prevent its uptake! Just my perspective.

    The thing about these powders is that they sell those shakers for a reason. =D They don't "stir" into solution well. You have to really shake them, energetically! The shakers with the wire ball or some sort of mixing top work best. And then shake them like you MEAN it!!!

    I get the plain or vanilla flavor and add some DaVinci syrup to it. You can also use the plain powder in recipes to add some bulk. I haven't tried making frozen concoctions with it ... but that sounds pretty tasty! I might have to try it. I saw a recipe not long ago for chia "pudding", and that sounds like it might be an interesting option for a frozen protein pudding, too.

    Keep experimenting. You'll find a perfect mix!
    1683 days ago
  • ADZY86
    I love love love my protein powder. I use pHd diet whey protein, and I've got the vanilla and the strawberry ones. Both are delicious. I swear they taste just like milkshakes.
    With the strawberry, I use 1 scoop (25g) mixed with soy milk and 2 big handfuls of spinach! Blend that all up, and it looks like a green mess but it is DELICIOUS! And it doesn't take like spinach at all, but you still get your green fix. Yummy.
    With the vanilla, I use it to make protein pancakes! Mix 1 scoop with 1tbsp almond flout, 1 tsp baking pwder, an egg, a dash of cinammon, and voila. It's amazing.

    1683 days ago
    If you can, a good blender makes all the difference. I know a lot of people that will just use a magic bullet. Frozen banana helps with consistency so it feels more like an ice cream shake -- also frozen banana works better in ancient blenders than ice does. Sometimes a few frozen berries (i like blueberries) are great if you want a little color. Also if you buy the plain vanilla flavor and one day want chocolate -- throw in some cocoa powder (I use Ghiradhelli) and boom -- insta-delicious chocolate.
    *edit -- chop the banana into slices BEFORE you freeze it, so its really easy on the blender
    1684 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/12/2013 10:16:51 AM
    Peanut butter. That's the secret to whey powder in my opinion. :D It takes away the aftertaste. I wasn't fond of the GNC brand. I like the EAS chocolate powder, and usually add frozen strawberries, blueberries, milk, a tiny bit more cocoa, and a spoonful of peanut butter. Yummy. :)
    1685 days ago
    Ha ha. The last batch I tried tasted like feet! So gross. But when I would mix the scoop with coffee it wasn't so bad. Also get a shaker bottle thing, that helps.

    I was getting mine at Complete Nutrition here in Iowa and they had really good flavors (with just mixing it with cold water) but they were $60 or more per jug. So I am now trying ones I find at our grocery store or Target. The first one was $15 and tasted like feet with just water. Now that that is finally gone. I just got one at Target. Here's to hoping it does not taste gross
    1685 days ago
  • MCK0582
    I love protein powder in smoothies! Frozen bananas or blueberries, almond milk. Sometimes a scoop of peanut butter or PB2. So yummy & filling! I have bought EAS Lean (vanilla, chocolate) and Muscle Milk Light (cake batter, chocolate) but haven't tried other brands. It'd be great in oatmeal too!
    1685 days ago
    Protein Powder is a MUST in everyone's kitchen!!! It's also a great way to prevent mid-day munchies from getting the better of you. (Lately, I even drink it as a meal, when I'm tight for time, or running to a class and don't want to throw up during Zumba! LOL)

    I like to drink my protein (Vega One brand is the only one that I can stand, without an allergic reaction!) with almond milk. (or skim milk, in a pinch) I don't add any fruit to mine, just drink it plain and simple! Use a magic blender to mix it up, too! And I can't drink cold drinks, so no ice for me! (Besides, colder it is, the slower you have to drink it! No thanks! Protein drinks are meant to be CHUGGED! LOL)

    You can also use the protein to make pancakes or to add some punch to your oatmeal. "Protein Pancakes" are 1/4 cup protein powder, 1/4 cup oatmeal (measure it then cook it before mixing into the rest) and 1/4 cup egg whites. Mix all up and pour into a hot pan. Makes 2 decent sized pancakes that taste sooo good!
    1685 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    That recipe sounds good,, I use raspberries and blackberries from our garden, or almond SILK or some carrots for sweetness. you can add veggies and you do not even taste them but they give it bulk.
    1685 days ago
    I use protein powder all of the time! Several recipes- best is chocolate protein powder with a banana (frozen or you have to use ice too), a half cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and a scoop of PB2. For vanilla protein powder, my favorite recipe is to add half a cup of the almond milk, some frozen watermelon and 1/4 cup or so of watermelon juice that's always in the bottom of the Tupperware bowl that it's stored in. That recipe hardly adds any calories. Good luck finding what YOU like!
    1685 days ago
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