Weight Loss Surgery - Protein Drinks... searching for any that don't make me sick




ladybugnessa
07-23-2009, 10:38 AM
hi all,

pre-op here. trying out protein drinks. the ONLY one (besides the low carb slim fast or atkins shakes) that doesn't make me hurl is Syntrax Nectar Fuzzy Navel. all the other ones I've tried make me queasy after I sip it down.


any advice or input.... I'm very concerned about getting protein in after surgery...


KO
07-23-2009, 10:49 AM
Right now I use Isopure zero carb vanilla and I like it a lot buy it on Amazon its $35 ish for a big container and $1 shipping 1 scoop has 25 g of protein
Unjury chocolate is yummy like hot chocolate. . .its about $20 for a smaller container I've only bought it on ebay b ut you can buy it on the unjury site

Post op I had better luck with soy protein shakes versus whey but thats me
for the premade ones I would pour them out of their container and into a glass b/c flavors become strange post op
I couldn't stand the taste of a can or the atkins "drink box"
That being said I heart Atkisn cappucino flavor. . .the sweetener in that and in unjury don't really agree with me so I stick with the Isopure

bargoo
07-23-2009, 11:55 AM
Have you thought about Boost,, Glucerna or Ensure ?


ladybugnessa
07-23-2009, 11:58 AM
Right now I use Isopure zero carb vanilla and I like it a lot buy it on Amazon its $35 ish for a big container and $1 shipping 1 scoop has 25 g of protein
Unjury chocolate is yummy like hot chocolate. . .its about $20 for a smaller container I've only bought it on ebay b ut you can buy it on the unjury site

Post op I had better luck with soy protein shakes versus whey but thats me
for the premade ones I would pour them out of their container and into a glass b/c flavors become strange post op
I couldn't stand the taste of a can or the atkins "drink box"
That being said I heart Atkisn cappucino flavor. . .the sweetener in that and in unjury don't really agree with me so I stick with the Isopure

ya know, i'm weird. I like vanilla but not chocolate... not so much.

I'm not sure if my doc allows soy shakes. we have not had our pre-op class yet...

I will be sure to ask...

ladybugnessa
07-23-2009, 12:06 PM
Have you thought about Boost,, Glucerna or Ensure ?


well i can't find the facts for Boost but Glucerna and Ensure don't meet the requirements. Ensure has 22g of sugar and will probably make me dump. I think Glucerna has 6 but it's only got 10g of protein.

Ija
07-23-2009, 01:32 PM
I've never had gastric bypass so I don't know what your needs are, but I've tasted a lot of protein drinks. The best I've ever had by far is the Lean Dessert protein shakes by BSN. There are five flavors, all designed to taste like a rich dessert, but each serving has about 130 calories, 20 grams of protein and 7 grams of carbs. The shakes are a little thicker and include both fast-digesting and slow-digesting proteins. I'm not sure if that would be appropriate for a someone who has had the surgery, but it's worth looking into if you hate the taste of other protein drinks.

By the way, the cinnamon roll flavor is amazing!

KO
07-23-2009, 01:59 PM
Nessa Everybody processes different so its basically whatever works for you
Also you can get an unflavored one and add it to other things
Unjury also has a chicken broth flavored one I haven't tried it but some ppl like it
and there's Chike which has more fruit flavors if that helps

ladybugnessa
07-23-2009, 02:25 PM
Thanks all.

This is all so confusing and until we have our pre-op class i'm not sure exactly what the doc and the NUT. will want.

Leenie
07-23-2009, 03:56 PM
I go to Trader Joe's and get Worldwide Pure Protein Drinks, already mixed in cans. They have a vanilla thats 100 calories/21 gms of protein/2 carbs/1 gm sugar, and another one thats 35 gms protein/160 calories/2 carbs.. the vanilla is good IMHO. Its great for on the go. GNC sells it too.

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BillBlueEyes
07-23-2009, 04:18 PM
Hi Nessa (ladybugnessa) - I use Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Protein, but have no reason to think that would or wouldn't be good for your situation.

I just dropped by to wish you well on your journey with WLS. Hope it delivers what you want from it.

SpideyMom
07-23-2009, 06:08 PM
Hi, Nessa. My nutritionist highly recommended Unjury, and I totally agree. I got mine from unjury.com, and it came the next day. The vanilla, chocolate, and chicken soup are all very good. And the plain is excellent to add to anything -- soup, pudding, yogurt, etc. You can make up your own flavors of smoothies with the plain.

Good luck! :)

ladybugnessa
07-24-2009, 07:53 AM
Hi Nessa (ladybugnessa) - I use Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Protein, but have no reason to think that would or wouldn't be good for your situation.

I just dropped by to wish you well on your journey with WLS. Hope it delivers what you want from it.


hey Bill Thanks so much... since you know what I've tired includng Beck you can clearly see this is my last choice....

ladybugnessa
07-24-2009, 07:54 AM
Hi, Nessa. My nutritionist highly recommended Unjury, and I totally agree. I got mine from unjury.com, and it came the next day. The vanilla, chocolate, and chicken soup are all very good. And the plain is excellent to add to anything -- soup, pudding, yogurt, etc. You can make up your own flavors of smoothies with the plain.

Good luck! :)

I see a lot of votes for Unjury. I'm going to order some samples...

ch3rry
07-24-2009, 11:26 AM
Have you tried Kashi shakes?

ladybugnessa
07-24-2009, 11:30 AM
Have you tried Kashi shakes?

these are the ingredients:

Soy Protein Concentrate, Evaporated Cane Juice, Gum Acacia, Cocoa Treated With Alkali, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Flavor, Calcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Carrageenan, Chicory Root Fiber, Magnesium Phosphate, Uva Ursi (Bearberry Extract), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Grape Seed Extract, Panax Ginseng, Niacinamide, Alpha Tocopherol Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin A Palmitate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamin Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Whey Caseinate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Molybdate, Vitamin K (Phytonadione), Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12

and this is the nutrition:
Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 2 Scoop (60g)
Servings Per Container: About 7
Amount/Serving %Daily Value*
Calories 220
Calories from Fat 5
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 120mg 5%
Potassium 520mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 23g
Protein 21g 26%
Vitamin A 35%
Vitamin C 50%
Calcium 40%
Iron 25%
Vitamin D 35%
Vitamin E 50%
Vitamin K 25%
Thiamin 35%
Riboflavin 35%
Niacin 35%
Vitamin B6 35%
Folic Acid 30%
Vitamin B12 35%
Biotin 35%
Pantothenic Acid 35%
Phosphorus 40%
Iodine 35%
Magnesium 40%
Zinc 15%
Selenium 25%
Copper 25%
Manganese 70%
Molybdenum 35%

so while it is high in protein, it's way too high in Sugar.

I have to have something that at maximum is less than 9g sugar per serving.

KO
07-24-2009, 12:01 PM
My Nut said KAshi shakes were a big no for the sugar. . . in re to Beck I'm still tryign to work it have to get back on that board!

ladybugnessa
07-24-2009, 12:07 PM
My Nut said KAshi shakes were a big no for the sugar. . . in re to Beck I'm still tryign to work it have to get back on that board!


yeah our NUT also (she's a NUT alright but that's besides the point) said nothing with more than 9 g of sugar... so we are shopping.

thankfully this morning the Nectar Fuzzy Navel went down and stayed down..:carrot:

annie175
07-24-2009, 01:44 PM
Good luck with the protein shakes, I never did find one I liked therefore did not do any. I did manage to get down enough other stuff to get my protein in. Skim milk was big for me.

jillybean720
07-24-2009, 01:45 PM
I know a lot of people's tastest change after the surgery, so what you do/don't like now won't necessarily be the same post-op - it's very weird, but it happens a lot, so I would keep a lot of sample packs of different flavors on hand for post-op.

I highly recommend the Jay Robb brand of protein (I get mine at Whole Foods - they sell individual sample packets of it, too). His vanilaa is the BEST I have had, bar none.

I also agree with the recommendation to try an unflavored powder and add to it. That way, you can have whatever flavor you want. I liked the Unjury unflavored powder but stopped buying it when I found a cheaper alternative with even more protein per serving.

I prefer the powders mixed with milk (I use Hood Calorie Countdown milk for only 3g carbs per cup) over the pre-made shakes, but I do keep the EAS Carb AdvantEdge chocolate pre-made shakes on hands for those times when I'm in a rush.

nanj
07-24-2009, 11:52 PM
Protein drinks!!! YIKES!!! A necessary evil I'm afraid. Because the protein mixes are so expensive and last and last and last.....I suggest you go to Vitalady and she offers sample packages that you can try and not have to buy the whole, whopping, horrid thing! I lean more toward the Nectars, but just hold my nose and down what I have too. GOOD LUCK!!!

jillybean720
07-25-2009, 07:48 AM
I lean more toward the Nectars, but just hold my nose and down what I have too. GOOD LUCK!!!
Have you tried drinking them from a cup with a lid, like a travel cup or a shaker? I've heard that helps a lot of people who have trouble with the smell.

nanj
07-25-2009, 09:33 AM
Thanks for the suggestion Jill. When I first started my WLS journey, I could tolerate some of the fruity and iced tea protein drinks. For some reason now, just thinking about them makes me want to hurl! LOL! I maded banana, egg white, whole wheat pancakes this morning with a scoop of protein powder and I swear I could smell the protein. My DH says I'm nuts. I do the Atkins bars and they don't seem to bother me, but the protein drinks......... I used to love protein hot chocolate, now it gags me. I'M WEIRD!!!! I'm almost two years out and I just finished up some Unjury powder that I had bought at the beginning!

You are right about your tastes changing. I've been noticing that I like my stuff spicier the last few months and could never do that before. I've always been a carnivore and now we have two days a week of non-meat. I sure don't miss sitting down and eating a pound of bacon for breakfast!

original_serendipity
08-01-2009, 04:56 AM
Ok, one of my very guilty pleasures these days is Snickers' Marathon Protein Bars.... Not the best, but hey, when it comes down to either that or nothing because I can't force myself to eat or drink another supplement, I'll take the junkfood-veiled-as-protein :D

Btw, it has 20g of protein, 22g of sugars (a lot, I know) and 10g of fiber.
Also, I found that the colder a liquid supplement is, the less odor comes off of it. I'm a big fan of Syntrax Nectar. My personal fav's are twisted cherry, fuzzy navel and orange juice-flavored (I forget the exact name). My first and foremost recommendation, because I have a horribly sensitive palate, is to get unflavored protein, whey or soy, and mix it in with foods/drinks you know you will most likely be able to tolerate after surgery. Depending on which procedure you have, you might have to choose whey over soy for maximum benefit. Plant proteins take 3 times as many pancreatic enzymes to digest as whey/animal proteins. When you're duodenum has been by-passed, your available digestive enzymes will be very limited.