I bought one at Kroger and put it everything like yogurt, shakes, etc. Think it helps and keeps you from being hungry. I plan to try the Wal Mart one too.
Gluten Free/Low Carb and trying hard. .5'2 Female Start weight: 176 Current weight: 161 Goal weight: 140 or whatever this 68 yr old body decides. Married 50 years to my HS sweetheart. "Life is good".
NOW brand unflavored, unsweetened has the following stats. I cook recipes with this all the time and like it. I add my own vanilla, cocoa, spices, or whatever. I ordered a huge bag from amazon.com that was not to bad price wise.
NOW brand is IMHO the best stuff out there cost wise, quality wise, and the taste is pretty good too. All natural, made in the USA, good tasting.
I use the concentrate so its got some carbs 12g per serving. If you choose Isolate it will have much lower carbs, but a higher price tag. I got a 10 pound bag of chocolate concentrate and it was 75$ dollars US. That is $0.50 a serving, and you can't really beat that.
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July 6th 2010: 225 lbs, 24% body fat
Nov 30th 2010: 181 lbs, 12% body fat
Dec 28th 2010: 177 lbs, 11% bf
Total weight loss 48 lbs.
so here is my question, because I am in the same boat and need to up the protien intake, HOW can you stand the taste. If you mix it with water, it has such a terrible after taste i can hardly stand to choke it down... is there something you can do to either make it taste better or at least mask the taste?
I mix mine with milk, fat free milk, for a quick mix. The milk adds a little more protein too. I also essentially make a smoothie, but add a scoop of protein powder. For example:
Mocha protein shake:
1 cup prepared coffee, preferably chilled
1 cup fat free milk
1 scoop protein powder (I like chocolate for a great mocha flavor)
(This comes out fairly thin so you can also add ice to thicken)
1.5 cups fat free milk
1 TB peanut butter
1 banana (I cut up ahead of time and freeze; frozen fruit helps thicken it up)
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
(this one comes out fairly thick, depending on how much frozen banana you put it; it's literally like having a milkshake!)
Berry Protein Shake:
1 cup frozen berries (any that you like, but preferably unsweetened)
1 cup fat free milk
1/2 cup nonfat yogurt (I use plain, if you have a flavored version, you could use that too)
1 scoop protein powder (I like to use vanilla here, but there are also strawberry flavored ones that would probably be good)
(This one also comes out fairly thick because of the frozen fruit, although the yogurt helps make it smoother)
You can do tons of variations by changing the flavor of yogurt, fruit juices, fruits, and protein powders. You can essentially look up smoothie recipies and just add protein powder to them. Granted your calorie intake will be higher because of the extra ingredients, but I make one of these for breakfast every day (usually do just powder and milk as a snack on the weekends), but I find it's a great way to up my protein, plus they're delicious!
I mix protein powder into other things too...like oatmeal and cottage cheese. My friends like to make this 'pumpkin fluff' dessert which is basically pumpkin puree, cream cheese, cool whip, vanilla pudding, pumpkin spices.
I made a lighter and healthier version for myself tonight that was soooo good. I did plain pumpkin puree (no added sugars and such), pumpkin spice, vanilla protein powder, and cottage cheese. (worked out to half cup pumpkin, quarter cup cottage cheese, half a scoop protein powder, and spices to taste). I'd probably play with my proportions a little and you can add more or less of an ingredient depending on your taste. It wasn't super sweet, but if eaten with graham crackers or nilla wafers, that would make it seem sweeter (I just couldn't afford any more carbs for today!). It's wet and dense, so it really makes me feel full and was a nice little 'dessert'.
I've also been playing with other combinations of protein powder and cottage cheese (with thawed cherries and chocolate powder for instance). I also plan to mix it with yogurt (or even better...greek yogurt for a big protein boost) and fruit.
Mix and match flavors and foods to find things that taste good. Not sure if almeeker has pitched in here yet but I've read that she adds chocolate protein powder to her coffee (I imagine this makes a mocha tasting drink).
Thanks for all the suggestions. I got brave this morning and tried the strawberry / milk/yogurt/pp shake - It tasted A LOT better than the pp by itself! There was still a little aftertaste but a HUGE improvement over it being mixed in water alone. I was very suprised at how much it makes too. I totally understand the comment about drinking it as a meal replacement! It was breakfast and when i finally finished it - took it to work - I was good and full until lunch. Thanks again!