Oh you have to start with the right protein powder! Some of them are sinfully delicious - and I am not some wierdo who thinks gross things are good LOL. I have never found a soy one that is not nasty.
I have tried a LOT of powders because I was going to have gastric bypass. Some of them are literally revolting - smell bad and taste worse. But some are SO good its unreal! I will say that everyones tastes are different. Matrix and Nectar are 2 very popular brands but I think they are so gross. I personally like the Lean Dessert brand for powder, I get the chocolate and the vanilla. I like to do them in the blender with ice and add fruit or other yummies. You can add cocoa powder, SF pudding powder, SF syrups, extracts. One of my favorites is a scoop of Lean Dessert vanilla, 8 oz water and a couple cups of frozen strawberries - blend it all up and its like a ice cream shake. I also like chocolate powder, 1 tbs SF choc pudding mix, 1 tbs cocoa powder and some grated orange rind blendered with ice and water. Lean Dessert also has a cinnamon roll powder thats good but the only thing I have figured out to make with it is a pumpkin shake - powder, water, 1 tbs vanilla SF pudding powder, ice, 1/4 cup can pumpkin and some pie spice - yum. The pudding powder reacts with the whey and thickens the shake. Chocolate protein powder is also really good mixed into SF hot cocoa but you have to be careful you do not over heat the protein or it clumps. There is also some good ready to drink shakes - I like Oh Yeah a lot and EAS has a good chocolate one. Bariatric Eating has a really good chai one but its expensive. You want to go for whey isolate protein vs whey concentrate - not only does our body absorb it better - but it tastes a LOT better than soy. Of course if you are vegan you won't want whey anything but if you are a milk drinking vegetarian its fine. Whey concentrate is a fine product - Matrix and Nectar are concentrate, I just do not like the taste so I don't know if that means I don't like concentrate or I just don't like those brands (same manufacturer). If you have not had weight loss surgery and do not have an altered digestive system its not as important to stick to the more easily absorbed whey isolate, you could do the concentrate. I do avoid collagen protein because #1 its not absobed as well and #2 its the connective tissue between muscle and bones and the thought of drinking that is freakin gross. "Bullets" are usually collagen. I am NOT an expert I just tried a lot of powders and protein shakes when I was going to have the surgery and I read a lot about different types. I do still drink them because they are yummy and will fill you up for a couple hours for not a ton of calories.
SF = Sugar Free
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