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time2lose
03-25-2009, 11:26 AM
One of the threads got me to thinking about protein powder. Years ago I was on the Zone diet and kept reading about protein powder but never used it. Last night I saw a commercial for Biggest Loser protein powder. I wonder if it could help me, so I decided to post these questions.

Do you use protein powder? How? What foods do you add it too? What brand do you use?

Thanks!


Shannon in ATL
03-25-2009, 11:36 AM
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey, Vanilla Ice Cream flavor. I buy it from Amazon.com. I make smoothies with it, banana, yogurt, milk and frozen fruit pretty much every morning. I also make chocolate milk with it, and have blended it with OJ for a little orange julius effect. I have the Trader Joe's chocolate flavor also, but DH uses it more than me.

ETA - there was a tread on this recently that had some good info, and another one from several months back that I'll look for and post a link to if I find it. It was the thread that really got me using protein powder in the first place...

healthierme78
03-25-2009, 11:58 AM
I also have Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey protein shakes every day in the mornings. I have chocolate and they are pretty yummy and low in fat. I usually have half a serving a day for some added protein. I also take Omega 3 supplements because I probably don't eat enough meat and nuts.


Fox
03-25-2009, 12:08 PM
I get the GNC brand chocolate caramel flavor it's low cal/fat and has very little sugar (only 3 pr 4 carbs per serving I think). I occasionally add it to yogurt but mostly just mix it with water and drink it. I have it a few times a week as a meal replacement.

eviemc
03-25-2009, 12:10 PM
I just started using protein powder and I purchased the Body Fortress brand at WalMart. I have found it to be a great addition to my diet. After I exercise I make me a shake and I am not hungry for hours. Before I started using the protein powder I would eat everything in sight after I exercised, nothing would satisfy me. It also gives me that great chocolate taste that I, and most ladies, crave.

MBN
03-25-2009, 12:13 PM
I buy EAS brand, vanilla. I add a half serving to my oatmeal to boost the protein in my breakfast.

dixied
03-25-2009, 12:33 PM
I just started using protein powder and I purchased the Body Fortress brand at WalMart. I have found it to be a great addition to my diet. After I exercise I make me a shake and I am not hungry for hours. Before I started using the protein powder I would eat everything in sight after I exercised, nothing would satisfy me. It also gives me that great chocolate taste that I, and most ladies, crave.

That's the brand I use too. I use the Choc Whey Powder and I just started DH on the Vanilla. I love that it's so reasonably priced. I can get 2 lbs for $12.50, however I've seen the exact same thing at other Wal-Marts for $14.68. So if you have more than 1 Wal-Mart in your area, it's a good idea to compare the prices.

One thing I recommend, if you don't have one is to invest in a small personal blender. I was given this one: http://www.hamiltonbeach.com/blenders-single-serve-blenders.html

It's so useful that I went and bought another one to keep at the office. :D I just think the protein powder needs to be blended, not just stirred in, but that's my personal preference.

ETA: another bit of advice, don't try mixing the powder into hot cocoa. BLECH!

WarMaiden
03-25-2009, 12:39 PM
I use a whey protein powder that I get from Trader Joe's, vanilla flavor. Maximum something is the name...I dunno. I chose it because it had the most protein, least fat, least carbs. It's reasonably tasty, sweetened with Splenda. I use half a scoop (50 cals, 11 g protein) in my yogurt at breakfast, then I use a full scoop in a protein shake after a strength-training session. It's definitely helpful for getting my total daily protein up into the range I want.

thistoo
03-25-2009, 12:51 PM
My sister (an exercise physiologist and lifelong obsessive dieter) swears by MetRx, but that's too rich for my blood. I love Bill Phillips and all, but I can't afford his products. I have been using a soy protein powder I buy at Kroger, but I need to switch to whey, so I'm going to have to look into some of the suggestions above.

As for how I use it, I add it to oatmeal and I make protein shakes. I also sometimes blend it with a Tbsp of sugar free pudding mix and some milk to make a protein-fortified dessert. I shoot for at least 100 g of protein a day, so adding protein powder to meals really helps with that.

ringmaster
03-25-2009, 12:56 PM
I get the GNC brand chocolate caramel flavor it's low cal/fat and has very little sugar (only 3 pr 4 carbs per serving I think). I occasionally add it to yogurt but mostly just mix it with water and drink it. I have it a few times a week as a meal replacement.

How does this one taste?

belezura
03-25-2009, 01:05 PM
I needed some protein too so decided to try something new... I found this great drink mix with only 30 calories/portion, 5g protein, 5g fiber and only 1/2 g of sugar. It is called Lite & Lean Protein2Go and it is from Designer Whey. It comes in separated little packs so you can bring it with you.. I use it in my water or at my oatmeal. can't get any easier than that. I got the Raspberry Acai flavor... It is delicious!!!
I am very happy with It!!!

daniela
03-25-2009, 01:06 PM
Every morning and post workout I have a smoothie with Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey protein Strawberry flavor, 1 cup skim milk, 1/2 cup mixed frozen berries. YUM!!!

JayEll
03-25-2009, 04:17 PM
I use Designer Whey protein, strawberry flavor, mixed with 1% milk. I have an allergic reaction to some soy protein powders.

Jay

willow650
03-25-2009, 04:32 PM
i use Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein+fiber

Fox
03-26-2009, 10:51 AM
How does this one taste?

I like it, it's better than a lot of the other ones I've tried. Don't get me wrong, it still has that distinctive "protein powder" flavor (I've never found one that didn't have that) but it's quite tasty! It's relatively sweet and smooth tasting and mixes easily with water. I tried mixing it with a cup of coffee one day and wouldn't recommend that though! lol

nelie
03-26-2009, 11:26 AM
I don't use Whey protein (I don't eat dairy) and generally I don't use protein powders but I do like hemp protein powders occasionally.

Vega Chocolate is my favorite but others out there are pretty decent.

Shannon in ATL
03-26-2009, 11:39 AM
DH uses the Body Fortress whey powder from WalMart, and I did too for a while, until I found it was flavored with Splenda. Splenda and I just don't get along... even in the Optimum Nutrition line that I use now some of the flavors have Splenda. So, if you are sensitive to artificial sweeteners make sure you read all the ingredients! Sucralose was way down on the list and I almost missed it.

Fressca
03-27-2009, 02:07 PM
I use Ultimate High Alpha Whey Protein, chocolate flavour. It tastes good, and has no artificial sweetners - a biggie for me. It's sweetened with stevia. I use it mostly in shakes, but I sometimes add it to cottage cheese or natural yogurt for an extra protein punch. It makes the yogurt taste like chocolate pudding!

Bubu
04-21-2009, 03:54 PM
Every morning and post workout I have a smoothie with Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey protein Strawberry flavor, 1 cup skim milk, 1/2 cup mixed frozen berries. YUM!!!
Same here, I have the Chocolate one and the Vanilla one, to which I add all sorts of fruits, depending on the day ;). 24g protein, 4g carbs, 1.5g fat.
I like the Vanilla one because it is most flexible: you can add anything to make it taste the way you want (from bananas, to berries, kiwi and so on), you can even add unsweetened cocoa powder and you'll have chocolate.

canadianangel
04-24-2009, 12:37 PM
i use the Bodywise elance protien powder. it has
130 cal
20 gram protien powder
1gram sugar
2g fiber
5g carb

it comes in chocalte or vanilla..for me with weight loss i mix with water, or for my hubby i mix with milk, and add friut or peanut butter..whatever they want

they taste amazing, i have tried many diffrent brands, but nothing taste like these do. if im having a sweet craving, i will mix the powder, with ice, to make it nice and thick..just like ice cream

the only catch is that these are not avalible in stores..they have to be ordered from a consultant..

angela

SweetScrumptious
04-27-2009, 04:47 PM
I use Optimum Nutritional Whey Gold Standard. I currently have Rocky Road, Tropical, and Vanilla Ice Cream. The vanilla is my fav since it's so versatile (mix a banana in there, etc). I have also tried the Chocolate Ice Cream and Chocolate Mint flavors.

Rowenna
04-27-2009, 05:00 PM
I like it, it's better than a lot of the other ones I've tried. Don't get me wrong, it still has that distinctive "protein powder" flavor (I've never found one that didn't have that) but it's quite tasty! It's relatively sweet and smooth tasting and mixes easily with water. I tried mixing it with a cup of coffee one day and wouldn't recommend that though! lol

I don't exactly know what designates a "protein powder", but I drink Slim-Fast chocolate shake mixes (mixed with skim milk) that have 10g of protein and 5g of fiber, and they taste delicious. I don't taste anything protein-y about it, it just tastes like chocolate milk. It does have some fat and sugar, though.

Are most of the ones being mentioned sugar/fat free? I've never heard of any of them before, this was the only protein/fiber supplement type thing I could find at my grocery store... where do you all shop? I don't have a Wal-Mart near me, so that's out.

ohmanda
04-27-2009, 05:46 PM
Does protein powder help with weight loss? Will it speed it up at all?

Bubu
04-27-2009, 07:08 PM
I don't exactly know what designates a "protein powder", but I drink Slim-Fast chocolate shake mixes (mixed with skim milk) that have 10g of protein and 5g of fiber, and they taste delicious. I don't taste anything protein-y about it, it just tastes like chocolate milk. It does have some fat and sugar, though.

Are most of the ones being mentioned sugar/fat free? I've never heard of any of them before, this was the only protein/fiber supplement type thing I could find at my grocery store... where do you all shop? I don't have a Wal-Mart near me, so that's out.
I shop the 100Whey Gold Standard at my local GNC, but you can order anything online for a better price. I am too lazy to watch the protein shakes being almost out, and I wake up when I actually need them on the spot, so no time for ordering online. Next month I will take my revenge lol.

Does protein powder help with weight loss? Will it speed it up at all?
I don't think so. It all depends on you and your needs. The question is are you getting enough protein from your food or not?
I use it for two main reasons. One is because I get enough carbs from my food, but not enough protein (without having all the calories and fat added to it), so I chose a high protein, low carb, and low fat powder. The second main reason is the fact that I noticed I feel much better when I take them (preworkout and postworkout, when my body needs them the most). My body processes them very well, because if I have food (I tried everything from fruit to protein intake combination from solid food) I feel heavy with my digestion going on even after 1h. I have a lot more energy, and my muscles also recover faster. But you have to take care and add them to your calories and protein/carb/fat intake so you stay on track, otherwise you will gain weight instead of loosing.

sunshinez28
05-02-2009, 05:21 PM
Hey there, I buy the Body Fortress chocolate whey protein at Walmart also.. its cheap and its good it has everything in it you need for a good protein shake. 26 grams of protein per scoop. I blend mine with a tsp of peanut butter and its yummy!!! =)

mizski
05-02-2009, 06:05 PM
Last night I saw a commercial for Biggest Loser protein powder. I wonder if it could help me, so I decided to post these questions.

Do you use protein powder? How? What foods do you add it too? What brand do you use?

I can't have soy anymore so I switched over to whey protein. Problem is that I also need to avoid artificial sweeteners so many of the whey protein shakes are out for me.

Referring to your original comment about TBL protein powder, the all natural Vanilla Bean (and the chocolate flavor) are sweetened with stevia and contains fiber. I use TBL Vanilla Bean one...it has a good, fairly bland/neutral flavor and is perfect for making smoothies. Standalone as a shake, it is pretty thin/watery but it's only 5 oz of the stuff so it's gone in a few swigs. :p I use it mostly on mornings that I have oatmeal for breakfast to up the protein.