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schubunny
05-11-2010, 11:16 PM
We just got a blender in my house, and I considered making protein-enrich shakes that I can drink before and after I go to the gym.

I thought about buying some WHEY protein powder but the girls here at work told me that it will make me bulk up and that it isn't a good idea + the fact it costs a fortune.

My quesions are:

- Do any of you use protein powder in shakes?
- Does it cause you to gain or bulk up?
- What is a good shake I can make not using protein powder?

I am looking for simple recipes, not too pricey if possible (if anyone has any)

Thanks!


Tomato
05-11-2010, 11:29 PM
And did you ask the girls at work what kind of research they did or what kind of personal experience they have to back that claim up?
I get really get annoyed when people distribute such ill advice. Protein shakes will NOT make you bulk up (you would be lucky if they did). Whey protein is easily digestible protein that facilitates muscle recovery after weight lifting. As a woman, you do not enough have enough testosterone to bulk up easily.

schubunny
05-11-2010, 11:33 PM
And did you ask the girls at work what kind of research they did or what kind of personal experience they have to back that claim up?
I get really get annoyed when people distribute such ill advice. Protein shakes will NOT make you bulk up (you would be lucky if they did). Whey protein is easily digestible protein that facilitates muscle recovery after weight lifting. As a woman, you do not enough have enough testosterone to bulk up easily.

One of them dated a body builder, but I don't think she knew anything about his routine other than he ate a ton of protein-rich foods and bars and whey powder.

I thought the same thing as you, but when they told me that I became unsure.

I am turned off by the price of protein powder though, so if you know any good recipes I can do using various food I am all for it :) I just know I can't afford the powder right now, unfortunately. I'd love to try it at some point!


duqserb
05-11-2010, 11:44 PM
I buy Designer Whey and I love it. I don't drink it ALL the time. But if I know I'm going to lift weights I'll definitely drink a shake 30 min before I work out. The protein itself is not going to make you bulk up. If you lift really heavy weights instead of doing lighter weights but more reps...well then yes you might build muscle differently. But don't let that deter you from using protein shakes. Women don't have enough testosterone to bulk up like men unless you spend hours and hours in the gym...which I'm sure is what professional women weight lifters do.

~D~

beachlover86
05-12-2010, 12:27 AM
I also buy Designer whey. I drink it just with water actually, which most probably think its awful. I don't think its bad. I like the chocolate and i bet with a banana or something it would be a delicious shake. Its 100 cal and 18g of protein. I drink one every day to help reach my protein requirements, and honestly I have lost weight faster while taking it than I was before. Just my opinion. Plus the vitamin shop usually has it for a pretty reasonable price. Its like $18 for the 2lb container, which has like 40 servings in it.

sotypical
05-12-2010, 12:36 AM
I used to buy protien powder. Spent a lot of money on. I would never like or drink it - I don't even want to think how much money I have thrown away learning I won't drink it.

I have so few calories a day I hate wasting on a protien drink. They quickly add up to 200 or more calories. I would rather have a chicken breast and some veggies and truth me told it would keep me full much much longer.

Anyway the one I did like was FitSmart Vanilla (has lots of fibre too!), it is really good with some yogurt and frozen berries and I would totally drink it more if it would just keep me fuller longer then 20 mintues.

Sometimes now I just blend some fresh spinach with frozen berries and orange juice. Spinach is good for me!

crcossel
05-12-2010, 12:42 AM
Costco has this HUGE bag for $20. I have 1 or 1.5 servings a day and I'm still working on the same bag a month later.

I mix it with 1 serving of frozen fruit (usually 1 cup), 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt, 1/2 a banana and a little crystal light.

kaplods
05-12-2010, 01:24 AM
Whey protein isn't any different than any other protein - you won't "bulk up" from whey protein any more than you would from a piece of fish or chicken breast. Dietary protein can help you lose less muscle to weight loss, but it doesn't add muscle unless you're doing some very heavy weightlifting workouts - and even then you couldn't add enough to "bulk up" unless you were taking some kind of anabolic steroid. Even men can't "bulk up" just by eating protein.

It also doesn't have to cost a fortune. I bought a brand at Target called Pure Protein (Vanilla Creme flavor) and for just under $20.

The tub contains 26 (34g) servings at 130 calories each (.77 per shake if you use this much).

However, to better fit the exchange plan I was using, I used 28g servings. Meaning the container held 31 (28g) servings at 108 calories (.65 per serving).

I noticed that Sams Club has a similar whey protein that is under $30 for twice as much (which would bring the per serving cost to .48 (for 28g servings) or .58 (for 34g servings).

There's a bulk baking supply store and a local cheesemaker that also sell unflavored whey protein, I haven't priced out the exact per serving cost, but they're even cheaper (though I'd have to add in my own sweetener cost to be sure they're cheaper per serving).

Before you go out and buy a big tub of whey protein, you could try no sugar added Carnation instant breakfast, or something like Slim Fast (Walmart has a store brand, I think it's Equate). They're not cheaper per serving, usually - but they have the advantage of coming in smaller packages.

I've made shakes and smoothies without protein, but they're not very filling. They fill me up for an hour or so, but I feel starved an hour or two later. With the whey protein added, it'll satisfy me for 4 to 6 hours.

Fitin10
05-12-2010, 01:40 AM
It doesn't make you bulk, at least for me. I have one as either an am snack or pm snack and its great. Quick and easy way to get the protein in. I use a Whey Protein with no added fillers or sugars, mix it with .5 c skim milk and a serving of frozen berries. 182 calories of yumminess!

diabetic z
05-12-2010, 02:09 AM
Check your local vitamin store. The Vitamin Cottage by my house has single serving packets of all their tub sized whey protein powders. Also, check netrition.com. I've gotten some good deals from them before.

Each morning I start my day off with a protein smoothie. 2 cups water, 1 cup ice, 1 cup milk (2%), 3 frozen strawberries (whole), 2 packets flavored protein mix or 2 scoops of powdered protein (Muscle Milk Light), vanilla and cinnamon for taste. I normally workout in the mornings after breakfast.

luciddepths
05-12-2010, 02:32 AM
You will want to go with a whey isolate.. it generally has more protein content :)
I have almost 2 a day, sometimes more if need be. I never seem to eat enough chicken/beef/anything of the sort so it helps me get that extra.

What i do is i just put a scoop.. and a cup of orange juice! tastes like a creamcicle (sp) :D then i eat it with either carrots or fruit... some sort of carb.. and im good to go.

Shmead
05-12-2010, 07:32 AM
Honest to god, cottage cheese is practically unprocessed whey protein (not exactly, but whey protein is made from the by-products of cheese production, and cottage cheese is sorta the middle step) and if you really want shakes, people say it blends well. I just eat it--it's easy and takes pretty much any flavoring, sweet or savory, well. I don't know how the cost works out, serving per serving, but cottage cheese is pretty cheap: 1.50/lb here, if you buy the 2 lbs tub.

MindiV
05-12-2010, 09:09 AM
I make protein-packed shakes using about 1 cup of fat-free cottage cheese, some ice cubes, a splash of milk and whatever flavoring I choose - right now it's a tablespoon of low sugar Strawberry Quik powder. Oh, and some no-cal sweetener. In fact, that's my breakfast here in a little bit, for just over 200 calories and more than 30 g protein.

synger
05-12-2010, 09:34 AM
I second the idea of cottage cheese. Greek yogurt is another high-protein dairy item that makes yummy smoothies.

schubunny
05-12-2010, 12:04 PM
Thank you all for the helpful and wonderful comments.

I will go check out the prices for myself. They have some at Shopper's and at GNC in the mall. From what everyone says it does'nt seem so bad, and I can definitely afford 20 bucks.

The reason I want the shakes is I don't get much protein as it is. I get some from red meat and cheese, but that's about it. So the shakes will help me with that. And also I don't eat before I go to the gym because I feel sick if I do, so a shake would help.

Thank you again!

beachlover86
05-12-2010, 12:49 PM
Gnc is pretty pricey. I would recommend buying a small container to make sure you like it. Nothing worse than spending money to buy a ton and hate it. That's what I did. And once I liked it now I order a couple containers at a time online. MUCH cheaper that way.

shoeluver67
05-12-2010, 07:29 PM
I use the Gold Standard Protein Powder. That stuff is GREAT...TONS of protein with only like 2g of sugar!! some of the powders are LOADED with sugar...be careful. Gold Standard runs about $40 a can, but lasts a LONG time. it tastes good too. i will make shakes with it, or sometimes put a scoop in my oatmeal for flavor.

Shmead
05-12-2010, 07:47 PM
The reason I want the shakes is I don't get much protein as it is. I get some from red meat and cheese, but that's about it. So the shakes will help me with that. And also I don't eat before I go to the gym because I feel sick if I do, so a shake would help.

Thank you again!

Just in case you don't understand this--a cup of low fat cottage cheese has 28 grams of protein and 160 calories. A scoop of protein powder (http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-eas-100-percent-whey-protein-i84161) has (according to calorie count--this may vary) has 23 grams of protein and 120 calories. If you don't like cottage cheese, that's fine, but if you don't think it has enough protein per calorie, it's actually about the same. It's better than those protein powder with a lot of sugar.

sotypical
05-12-2010, 08:01 PM
Just in case you don't understand this--a cup of low fat cottage cheese has 28 grams of protein and 160 calories. A scoop of protein powder (http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-eas-100-percent-whey-protein-i84161) has (according to calorie count--this may vary) has 23 grams of protein and 120 calories. If you don't like cottage cheese, that's fine, but if you don't think it has enough protein per calorie, it's actually about the same. It's better than those protein powder with a lot of sugar.

I am not a huge fan of cottage cheese, but I don't mind it. And would way rather eat a cup of cottage cheese over protein powder. And it keeps me full way longer. Might have to go get some cottage cheese!

schubunny
05-12-2010, 08:51 PM
Just in case you don't understand this--a cup of low fat cottage cheese has 28 grams of protein and 160 calories. A scoop of protein powder (http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-eas-100-percent-whey-protein-i84161) has (according to calorie count--this may vary) has 23 grams of protein and 120 calories. If you don't like cottage cheese, that's fine, but if you don't think it has enough protein per calorie, it's actually about the same. It's better than those protein powder with a lot of sugar.

I do put cottage cheese in most of my recipes. About a cup in a 6 service recipe (macaroni casserole for example). Sometimes I even eat it out of the container. I do like it, but I don't know if it's enough protein in a day as I don't have it all the time and I eat less than half a cup if I do.

Jecca811
09-09-2011, 02:27 PM
I know this is an old post but I'd still like to contribute in case anyone else comes across it!!! I've had the same concern before, and was told that it is very, very, very hard for women to bulk up (as far as muscle goes - Lord knows I can make my butt bigger just lookin at a cupcake!!!) and the body builder women that you see that are super jacked are typically taking testosterone supplements, as women do not produce enough testosterone on their own to bulk up. I second crcossel's suggestion about buying the protein at Costco or Sam's - you can get a HUGE bag of it for a lot less than what you would spend at GNC or the gym. Vitacost.com also typically has good prices.

My favorite recipe for a smoothie is as follows: 1 cup of milk (you can use soy, or I use So Delicious coconut milk, 1/2 cup original, 1/2 cup vanilla), 1 scoop of protein powder, 1 cup of frozen mixed berries, and 1/2 tbsp of agave nectar (honey works well also). It always tastes sooooo good, and is really creamy and filling! You can also add in liquid vitamins, fiber powder, etc without altering the flavor too much!

Jecca811
09-09-2011, 02:30 PM
There's also a brand of protein powder and drinks called Isopure - they are low (or maybe no) sugar and carb, and have flavors like green apple and blue raspberry. The flavors are really good, they are just kind of expensive, but the powder is good on its on mixed with water (I don't like mixing normal protein powder with water - the consistency really bothers me!!!) which saves you calories and carbs!

tkdtara84
09-10-2011, 01:23 PM
My husband likes the Market Pantry protein in chocolate (Target's store brand). It's $14.99, and one of hte cheapest we've found. We do not like the cheap one at Walmart, though. Price clubs like Sam's or Costco are good places, as others have said. If you find a more expensive one you like, I would look at the prices on Amazon. That has been the cheapest place for me.

Recently, I've just started using 100% any whey protein-- it's "tasteless"-- well, it has a very slight taste, but I add it to crystal light, and it's fine. If you added it to a smoothie, you wouldn't even notice it. It all depends on what type of shake you want-- a creamy type (go with chocolate or vanilla flavors) or a fruity type (the tasteless versions are best for that).

When blended, protein does tend to froth up a bit, but most of the time I like that. It keeps me pretty full, too. The bad thing is that sometimes you have to try a few brands to find one you really like.

QuilterInVA
09-10-2011, 01:54 PM
I like Jillian Michael's Whey Protein Powder and I get it at Walmart for $10. It comes in chocolate or vanilla. I add fruit to the vanilla. Sometimes I make the chocolate with cold coffee and have a mocha shake.

I lift weights 3 days a week. Unless you are a serious body builder, you don't need protein powder before you work out...carbs give you the energy if eaten 30 minutes before. Have protein within an hour after working out to help in repairing muscles. This info came from my personal trainer.

Whey is what is left after cottage cheese is made. Cottage cheese is milk solids with the whey removed. Yogurt is in the middle.

sumnerfan
09-10-2011, 02:06 PM
I like Nectar protein powder. It's fruity flavored instead of milky. You can buy samples of ebay.

steinanwine
09-10-2011, 04:41 PM
Very helpful information here. I think I'm going to try the Jillian Michaels from Walmart as Quilter in VA suggests with maybe low fat milk and a banana? I dont know if frozen berries would be good with the chocolate. Either way, 10$ seems like a good place to start experimenting from.