Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - Protein Powders/ Meal Replacements




Ash15+
10-04-2013, 11:32 AM
Hey all!
Just wondering if anyone has come across a good protein shake powder or meal replacement powder that doesn't contain artificial sweetener but also isn't too high in sugar and of course, tastes great.

I've been hunting for a long time but everything that is supposed to taste good always seems to be loaded with sweetener which I really don't like and it bothers my tummy.

Thanks!


Satine
10-04-2013, 01:41 PM
I don't have a suggestion, but have been looking for the exact same...looking forward to the replies :)

fadedbluejeans
10-07-2013, 12:25 PM
I recently tried About Time protein powder. It's pretty good. It does have Stevia - not sure where that would fall on the spectrum of artificial sweeteners. I absolutely can't tolerate sucralose, aspartame, saccharin, but so far have had no bad reactions to the stevia.


Ash15+
10-07-2013, 01:13 PM
I find I can always taste the Stevia, do you feel like you taste it fadedbluejeans?

JollyGreenSteen19
10-09-2013, 07:25 AM
Well I think it might have sucralose, but I love Click espresso protein powder. I mix it with unsweetened almond milk in the morning. It's definitely yummy - no UCK taste.

fadedbluejeans
10-09-2013, 02:48 PM
I find I can always taste the Stevia, do you feel like you taste it fadedbluejeans?

thought I replied to this yesterday, but don't see it...
I can taste the stevia when I just mix the protein powder in unsweetened almond milk, but it isn't overpowering. If I make a real shake, with banana, chia, etc in addition to the protein powder, I don't taste the stevia at all.

kaplods
10-09-2013, 03:35 PM
I have fallen in love with plain, unflavored, cold processed (meaning filtered rather than cooked) whey protein isolate. It dissolves easily and quickly in most liquids; has a very mild, milky flavor; andnd you can add as much or as little of any sweetener you like.

Cold process whey protein also doesn't clump unless the liquid you add it to is too hot. If it's too hot to drink, it could clump. So if you mind clumps, let hot liquids cool before stirring in the protein powder).

There are other names for the cold process:

Undenatured (because heating denatures the proteins)
Cold-filtered
Microfilteted
Instant-mixing


To make matters more confusing, some makers do not use any of these terms. Quick-mixing or quick-dissolving might be cold-process and might not. Some reference a "secret" formula or process that results in an better tasting and mixing protein. The "secret" really isn't secret, it's just cold-processing.

If you can find a local cheesemaker, you can often get a deal (unfortunately if you need it shipped, it's usually cheaper to find a national brand online, such as Syntrax Medical).

fadedbluejeans
10-10-2013, 12:53 PM
...it's usually cheaper to find a national brand online, such as Syntrax Medical).

Thanks for this! It is exactly what I have been looking for! I would much rather put in my own flavor and/or sweetener.

Ash15+
10-10-2013, 03:07 PM
Thanks for this! It is exactly what I have been looking for! I would much rather put in my own flavor and/or sweetener.

Me too! thanks so much!

kaplods
10-10-2013, 03:11 PM
Thanks for this! It is exactly what I have been looking for! I would much rather put in my own flavor and/or sweetener.

I also wanted to mention that unflavored whey proteins (especially the cold filteted) allow you to "think outside of the {shake} box," for your meals and meal replacement options.

Without the flavors and sweeteners, you can add it to all sorts of things. Some of my favorites

Half a scoop, stirred into a bowl of tomato soup
Half a scoop, sirred into a cup of hot cocoa
Up to one scoop, stirred into any beverage - skim milk, sugar free lemonade, light juice or Crystal Light.

Half a scoop, mixed with a 1/4 cup of instant mashed potato flakes. Add water, skim milk, or almond milk to make a pancake batter (add more liquid for a tortilla or crepe batter).

It takes a few tries to get the pancakes perfect. So your first ones may be a bit dry. The secret is in taking them out of the pan just a few seconds before they're completely done so they'll "finish" cooking as they cool.

If you want a "potato pancake" add grated onion and a very small baby red or baby yukon, grated or even better grated cauliflower

These also make nice "buns," breads, and tortillas for sandwhiches and wraps.



Yesterday I even added a scoop to the cheese filling when I made a low calorie spaghetti pie/lasagna type dish (250 calories per serving). The filling was made with cottage cheese, ricotta, egg, and the protein powder. The heat doesn't hurt because the filling prevents (or maybe just disguises) any clumps.

kaplods
10-10-2013, 03:21 PM
I also wanted to say that even though plain proteins seem much more expensive, they're usually a much better value than they appear.

Flavorings, sweeteners, and fillers are CHEAP in comparison to the actual protein, so when you buy flavored products you're paying mostly for the cheap filler.

Microfiltered is even more expensive, but the taste and texture is so far from that of heat processed whey it's like comparing an overcooked hotdog to a perfectly cooked steak.

There's nothing wrong with conventional whey isolates if you like them, but the cold process whey protein isolates are much more versatile.

fadedbluejeans
10-11-2013, 06:52 PM
Thanks Kaplods. FYI everyone, About Time whey protein isolate is also cold filtered, but they don't seem to have an unflavored option.

KayBee01
02-01-2014, 09:35 PM
I want to kick start my losing weight by using meal replacement shakes for several meals for short length of time....any opinions on best tasting shakes....anyone tried Ensure or Glucerna, etc?

Jane
02-08-2014, 08:41 PM
Premium Protein is my favorite! 30 gr. of protein, 4 carbs. Found them at SAMs club.

KayBee01
02-08-2014, 08:50 PM
Premium Protein is my favorite! 30 gr. of protein, 4 carbs. Found them at SAMs club.

I could only find Premier protein shakes....would they be the same ?

Jane
02-09-2014, 08:26 PM
Yes, I should have been more clear. I meant the shakes. They are very good! You can add some cinnamon to the vanilla ones, and they taste like a snicker doodle. Or add some orange flavoring and it tastes like a dreamsicle.

I found some almond joy coffee flavoring that I add to the chocolate shakes. YUM!

DrivenByAmbition
02-09-2014, 08:42 PM
Any ideas for gluten free chocolate shakes? Every time I go to a gluten forum people are always saying they drink protein shakes, but don't seem to tell the brand. Or if they do I find that there is conflicting information on ingredients. It's really been a daunting experience trying to find gluten free things.

IanG
02-09-2014, 09:15 PM
I use Isoflex for my weight training.

It does it all. Gluten free. Zero carbs. 115 calories a scoop. Zero carbs. Gluten free. 27g of protein.

Tastes great.

Costs $$.

lucindaarrowspark
02-09-2014, 10:17 PM
spirutein is gluten free

DrivenByAmbition
02-10-2014, 12:30 AM
I use Isoflex for my weight training.

It does it all. Gluten free. Zero carbs. 115 calories a scoop. Zero carbs. Gluten free. 27g of protein.

Tastes great.

Costs $$.

Ian, what is the sweetner in it? Thanks for the suggestion

DrivenByAmbition
02-10-2014, 12:51 AM
spirutein is gluten free

Thanks for the suggestion, how does it taste?

Misa66
03-02-2014, 07:27 AM
Thanks for the suggestion, how does it taste?

I've only tasted the Chocolate Spirutein but it tastes so good! almost like a chocolate malt shake, I could probably eat the powder alone but I know I shouldn't lol

nelie
03-02-2014, 09:33 AM
I can't imagine any protein shakes having gluten in them? Normal forms of protein are whey (milk), soy, hemp, brown rice and pea. I've seen some with chia and quinoa as well. I'd be surprised if any protein shakes had gluten in them. Right now, I am using vegan shake ology(1/2 scoop) in the morning with berries and soy milk. I wouldn't recommend it just based on price but I got it as part of a deal.

Fairybell
06-08-2014, 04:04 PM
Thank you for the information about whey protein. I have been using "Wonder Slim" for two weeks and was looking for a "clean" alternative, that I could add my own sweetener ( stevia) and coco or fruit to. I found one on Amazon that is sold by Bulk Supplements. It will arrive in a few days time. I will then be able to compare.

Fairybell
06-08-2014, 04:05 PM
If a protein mix has oat bran in it, then it could have some gluten.

mars735
06-08-2014, 05:52 PM
Designer Whey RTD is my grab & go. 10.5 oz, 100 cal, protein 18g; fat 2g; total carb 5 g fiber 2g. Vanilla or choc, both taste good. certified gluten-free.

Yikes I was about to post saying it was sweetened with Truvia, but just read the label--sucralose. I don't know why I thought it was Truvia. Anyway, it's a lot less sweet than, say Muscle Milk or the Cytosoprt Whey powder that Costco sells.

Thanks Kaplods for the info--cold-processed whey is going on my shopping list.

Skinnyminnie Wannabe
06-15-2014, 02:18 AM
spirutein is gluten free

I like Spirutein, have been a fan for years. I use rice milk with it due to lactose intolerance. Also for me it works best to make a smoothie with some frozen fruit in the blender, because I've grown a bit more sensitive to soy these days and can get IBS symptoms if I just mix the powder and the ricemilk alone. I was doing that for awhile and realized it didn't agree with me.

I like to make a "pina colada" one with the vanilla and some pineapple and coconut, and various red berry variations with the strawberry or raspberry ones.