Weight Loss Surgery - A question about protein supplements

Learning 2 Live
12-07-2012, 12:56 PM

I have a question about protein supplements and I figured this group had to be the most knowledgeable on them.

Background: I know I haven't been getting a lot of protein from my diet. I've been exercising so much that I just don't have the energy to cook. I pretty much survive off of Clif Bars and water. So I was hoping that you all could tell me which are the best protein supplements you've tried. I'm seriously hoping to get at minimum 50% of my protein needs from either a pre-packaged shake or protein powder.

Also, could you tell me if you mix anything else in with the powder when you blend it?

Thank you!!

12-07-2012, 04:06 PM
I drink isopure protein drinks. I buy the 3 pound protein powder jug and I mix it with 8 oz of milk. It has 50g of protein per serving (2 scoops) but I only drink a half serving (one scoop), twice a day. I've been slacking on my protein also but isopure makes it easy to meet my protein needs. I also continue to protein during the day, I guess I get in about 80g a day. I also breastfeed so I need a little more.

12-07-2012, 06:39 PM
Unfortunately, it is hard to state what is best, as everyone's tastes are different. I personally like Syntrax protein powders because they taste good mixed with water. If you like coffee, Click makes both a caffeinated and a decaf protein powder. Finally, Unjury makes a chicken soup flavor that I love.

I have mixed sugar-free syrups and sugar-free pudding mixes with protein powder to change the tastes up a bit; the cheesecake pudding flavor can be yummy. I also mix a scoop of Syntrax Chocolate protein powder with a scoop of mocha Click for a fancy flavored coffee. Finally, I also like to mix a bit of PB2 with the Syntrax chocolate, for a nice peanut-butter/chocolate shake.

I buy most of my protein powders from Nashua Nutrition. They sell protein powder samples for $1.99, which allows you to try out different flavors without investing in a whole container.

As for protein bars, I used to consume a lot of Pure Protein until I grew tired of them. PowerCrunch wafers are tasty as are Quest bars, but Quest bars are pricey and very, very dense.

Learning 2 Live
12-07-2012, 11:30 PM
I will give Isopure a try. Wow 50g of protein! Fantastic! I'll go to the Vitamin Shoppe tomorrow to pick up the Dutch Chocolate. Most people seem to like it.

I also never thought of adding protein powder to anything other than a shake. It may be good in a bowl of oatmeal as well. Hmmm.

Thank you!

12-08-2012, 12:20 AM
I drink the dutch chocolate and if you add it to milk it taste just like chocolate milk. The only negative for me when it comes to drinking protein shakes is that they make me constipated. I take 2 colace a day and drink tons of water. I haven't tried any other flavors of isopure but they have several. Also when you drink it with milk you get more protein because milk has protein also.

12-09-2012, 05:50 PM
I do the powder protein also but I had a problem making myself make them lol. It's not so much a lazy thing but I work two jobs and a I'm exhausted by the time I get home lol. So my dr's office suggested Premier Protein shakes...they're already made and they have 30 grams of protein so I drink one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I've tried both the vanilla and the chocolate and I like the vanilla better.

12-09-2012, 06:40 PM
If you do a protein powder shake, think about adding a cup or two of spinach, and some ground flaxseed. You don't taste it, and it adds a lot of nutrition!