100 lb. Club - Any of you include protein powder in your weight loss menu.

03-04-2011, 08:59 AM
I have smoothies very often. I have a TMJ (jaw joint disfunction) problem and aim for softer foods when it's acting up.

I'd like to get more protein in my day without have to always chew it up.

Do any of you use a protein powder? If so, which brand (s) do you recommend? Why do you like this brand?

Thanks so much.

03-04-2011, 09:23 AM
I'm using this:


It's genisoy, I always used to like their protein bars.

I have the unflavored one, which I like cuz I can just make it chocolate or vanilla at home and am not stuck with one flavor or having to buy two canisters.

Also, it's very affordable! Some are so expensive.

It doesn't have sweeteners I don't think? and no flavor. (the one I got). It's 25 grams of protein and I put it in light soy milk so for 170 cals I'm getting 31 grams of protein.

I'm vegan though, and when I exercise if I don't get enough protein I feel sick and I don't like to eat protein with breakfast most days so I thought the shake might be a good idea. That and I do some weeks 75% raw food only.

Most people if you eat animal products, get plenty from their diet though. I was coming up just about this much short on my protein so it worked out great.

03-04-2011, 09:52 AM
I use Designer Whey in Chocolate. I use it in a strawberry smoothie almost everyday. Tastes great, decent price. You can get it at GMC and Vitamin Shoppe. I get it at VS for the reward points, plus it's usually cheaper there. They have vanilla too.

03-04-2011, 10:18 AM
oh btw the genisoy I got at rite aid. it was 14$ with a coupon on it and a wellness card. :)

03-04-2011, 10:31 AM
I buy whey protein as I'm iffy about soy. I also add egg whites to my smoothies to up the protein. The dogs love getting the yolks. (Around here, it's cheaper to buy eggs and pitch the yolks than to buy the egg whites in the carton.)

03-04-2011, 10:40 AM
We've got a banana one at the moment. Im not sure what the make is but Ill look later.

I often mix it with cold water for breakfast as I dont always fancy eating something. Ive also discovered its great mixed with quark as its like eating cheesecake topping, sometimes a tiny squirt of honey if I want something sweet.:dizzy:

03-04-2011, 11:35 AM
We keep both vanilla and chocolate whey protein powder on hand. It's nice for a quick breakfast. We get it in the vitamin aisle of our grocery store, so it's whatever brand they have.

I like the vanilla mixed with frozen berries and cream, and sometimes with a handful of frozen spinach (you can't even tell it's there). The chocolate is great mixed with cold coffee and cream! (I don't use milk because I'm more sensitive to milk sugars than to the fat in cream. Low-fat dieters tend to use milk or juice in their protein smoothies)

My husband uses vanilla powder, milk, and a banana. For my daughter, we use vanilla powder with frozen strawberries, mixed with a bit of milk and either apple or orange juice (she likes it sweeter than we do).

It's nice to have on hand, and to know that I have one more pantry staple in my arsenal against hunger.

03-04-2011, 04:20 PM
DH and I use Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey in Double Rich Chocolate. I usually mix a scoop + 8oz unsweetened Silk soy milk for a post-workout snack, or use 2 scoops for a quick breakfast. This is the first chocolate flavor I've liked, it's not overpowering and tastes almost like a chocolate malt with the soy milk. Nutritionwise it's one of the best I've found - about 120 cal per scoop but has a really low sugar and fat content, and gives you about 24g of protein.

If you look for it on Amazon, the 1lb and 2lb bottles differ in price by about 48 cents lol so the 2lb is definitely better value. I didn't want to pick up the 5lb since I'll probably want to try another flavor long before we finish it. :)

03-04-2011, 04:28 PM
I loved Vega Berry. I say "loved" because I don't have them anymore since I found I was gaining weight while using it! (gained about 10 lbs)
Turns out I was accidentally underestimating my calories by about 500 per day because of all the healthy stuff in my shake! (used soy milk, ground flax, frozen strawberries, and a tbsp of this and that for different nutrients. Udo's oil 3-6-9 in particular was 240 cals.)

I would recommend Vega Berry for anyone looking for a shake high in nutrients, but just advise caution if using any shakes during weightloss. Especially if not exercising regularly. I'll use it again in the future but not for at least another 10 lbs and only on days when I'm having a hardcore workout session.

03-05-2011, 08:09 AM
Thanks to you all for your input and suggestions. I will get some protein powder to add to my smoothies, etc.

03-05-2011, 09:16 AM
I only use whey protein but my favorite (but $$) brand is Jay Robb vanilla powder - the chocolate is good too but I'm just not a HUGE chocolate fan period (but the few times I've had it w/ ice and some coconut butter blended in, it tastes just like a Frosty).

I also like Muscle Gauge Nutrition Cake Batter and Cinnamon Roll flavors and Nutiva's Hemp Protein + Fiber - they're all (including JR) low carb/low sugar and I like the hemp protein because it's relatively flavorless so I can make my own stuff.

03-05-2011, 09:30 AM
I love to eat to much to drink calories: every bite I don't get to have makes me sad. I just wanted to mention that cottage cheese is an excellent, inexpensive source of protein: it's like 70% protein. People say nuts, eggs and beans are great protein--they are like 25% protein (egg whites are much more). Anyway, cottage cheese takes any flavor well: I like to use artificial sweetener and cocoa powder or cinnamon, but my sister loves seasoned salt or hot sauce. And I've long suspected it could be thrown into a smoothie and blended to add texture.

03-06-2011, 05:36 PM
Shmead - I like to eat my food rather than drink it, too. I can't eat cottage cheese because it's high sodium. (I LOVE it) Alot of times I'll eat low fat riccotta cheese - only 100mg salt per 1/4 cup. I do egg whites (sodium on 55mg per egg white), no salt peanut butter, and beans are salt free for the most part.

I will throw some ricotta cheese in my smoothies.

Smoothies are great way for me to get in all my fruits and veggies. It's a soft, low sodium protein source I have trouble finding. I think the protein powder could help.

Thanks to everyone for your input. I appreciate it.

03-06-2011, 06:08 PM
I love to eat to much to drink calories: every bite I don't get to have makes me sad.

But when you have TMJ, you often don't have much choice. Many sufferers must eat all their meals through a straw, because even opening their mouths wide enough to insert a spoon is too painful. I once worked with a woman who during flares had to puree all of her food. She'd order chinese or italian food and put it through the blender so she could eat it through a straw.

My husband has TMJ, and thankfully it's not that severe though during flares cottage cheese is about as much chew as he can handle.

He'd prefer to chew all of his calories too, but sometimes it's not an option.

I thankfully don't have tmj, but I do like breakfast smoothies occasionally. I do miss "chewing" at other meals, but for breakfast it's not an issue (probably because most of my life I skipped breakfast entirely).

We use whey protein, and prefer unflavored. It can be hard to find unflavored, though (but when you do, the price is often much cheaper).

03-06-2011, 09:40 PM
I have tmj too, mine doesn't hurt so much from eating if I don't gnaw on a hunk of panera whole grain bread.... ha. So now that I'm gluten free and vegan those firm texturey things like bread or meat or even some seitan (fake meat made from gluten) isn't a problem.

I do remember them irritating me at times though in the past.

Mostly my jaw cracks insanely loud and it sounds like I've been chewing glass. Recently it cracked so hard I was afraid to move it, afraid it would fall off my face, and when I finally did move it, the pain radiated up into under my ear.

Auuuuuugh. :( I feel ya!

03-06-2011, 10:18 PM
I've just started using protein powder. The first thing I bought was Jillian Michaels. Not because it has her name on it but because it's not loaded with all kinds of vitamins & herbs, it's 15g of whey protein/serving, it's only 100 calories, you can mix it with water, it's only $10 and the most important thing to me was it was sweetened with stevia & not artificial sweetener. I currently take specific vitamins and I don't like doubling up on them so having whey protein with not many added vitamins is a bonus.

I'll probably try others when I run out of this one. Although, I do really like this one a lot. It's not very sweet and that's nice imo, it mixes well and makes a great smoothie.

I drink them because they are easy on my stomach. I've been having stomach and intestinal issues and I'm currently undergoing testing to see what might be wrong with me. For some reason when I eat (healthy or not) I have a lot of nausea and pain. :?:

03-07-2011, 08:27 PM
From a nutritional standpoint, I'd like for you to consider avoiding Whey protein. It's not the same protein as you eat with foods. So it will in fact work differently not the same as protein from foods. There are so many wonderful ways to get in your daily needs that don't involve chewing. Dairy is a fine example. If you eat yogurt/cheese you will pack away some mad protein for the day. Fish is soft and loaded, chicken can be made soft as well. of course the really most hardest chewy proteins would be red meat/pork/nuts. Otherwise the eggs/cheeses/chickens/yogurts are all fantastic ways to eat your way to a healthier.

I know this is a tough pill for people to swallow, I dont make this claims without scientific basis. I've read and learned alot in ths journey as well as taken sports nutrition and basic nutrition class in college.

Good LUck.

03-09-2011, 01:29 AM
I also realize that you can get your protein needs easily from foods rather than taking whey protein. It is an interesting debate.

I have recently went back to taking whey protein after a workout. I am lifting weights, and have noticed that it helps me get extra protein to repair muscle. I do not eat red meat, and although I eat some chicken, and fish, I find that taking whey protein can me give me that extra protein boost right before or after working out.

Right now, I take whey protein isolate that I bought in a drugstore with the brand being webber and European whey isolates. It isn't the best brand that I've tasted, as I usually purchase my whey protein from the GNC store.

This is a pretty good website if any of you are interested in seeing the benefits of whey protein.


03-09-2011, 01:34 AM
I am in agreement with I wouldn't take any protein supplements unless
you had a very specific health issue to warrant doing so. I read all of these posts and the research that I have done is that whey protein is an inferior protein compared to what is present in real food. I got this information from a former professional body builder and former title holder. I tend to think he is correct because body builders in general seem to skip meals and take a ton of supplements to get the results they want. My husband had to take a protein supplement because he was born with PKU. He did that for the majority of his life until he met me then it's been chicken all the way for him. He could eat that morning, noon and night. I didn't convince him to abandon this.

When we were first dating, I just asked him if he thought it was effective (children under the age of 18 with PKU do however have to take their protein via powdered supplements). He had taken it so long he really didn't know how to answer me. So, we made a long distance visit to the pediatrician he had to ask him. The pediatrician told him if he didn't want to take it he didn't have to! I was actually kind of stunned that the "good doctor" didn't tell my dear and sweet hubby this some time before he met me! I think of all the thousands of dollars he spent on that! Plus, he was missing out on the second most pleasurable thing in life:eating delicious real food.

Initially, my vegan son used to go with the protein supplements but switched over to tofu. He said that tofu takes on the taste of whatever you cook it with and it is actually very delicious. As someone else mentioned here, cottage cheese is one of the best and least expensive sources of really good protein, not inferior second-best which I have heard whey protein is.

I love smoothies too but for the amount of calories they represent to me they are not as satisfying as real food. Are you seeing a message here, bev? It's your body but give it what it really wants: real food.

One last thought: my mother was forced to have a J-tube the last nine months of her life. She had had a massive stroke and she couldn't pass the swallow test. When she finally did pass the swallow test, she had developed an irrational fear (aren't all fears irrational?) of eating. She refused to take food thereafter. Of course, she lost weight very rapidly but when she got a bad case of the pneumonia on top of everything else she was battling with her weakened body, there was not a lot left of her to fight off the bacteria.

Maybe, some day you will have no choice to eat food through a straw but to voluntarily take away your choice to eat as we were meant to(the digesting of foods also helps the nutrients be absorbed into your body properly) is sad, in my opinion. Try soft boiled eggs, cottage cheese, soft or melted cheese, even tuna in tiny pieces but don't puree. You will create more problems than TMJ. Trust me!

03-09-2011, 08:50 AM
It seems that the OP has received lots of responses and had her questions answered, so I'm going to close this thread.