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Old 04-19-2009, 11:24 AM
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Good 'at home' protein shakes?

Ok, I'm a carb whore... I need more protein in my life but do not eat much meat... (no red meat at all) Does anyone have a suggestion on a great tasting, lower fat, high protein shake I can either make myself from scratch, or buy the packet at the store and make at home?
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:27 AM
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Brian uses Elite Gourmet whey protein powder and he really likes it. There are several flavors to choose from.

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your options are either to blend up cottage cheese and/or eggs into a shake, or purchase a commercial protein powder. the two types are whey, which is milk derived, or soy, which is plant derived. for you, soy is probably better unless you are worried about a little bit extra estrogen. i would recommend staying away from those with artificial flavors/colors.
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:36 AM
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your options are either to blend up cottage cheese and/or eggs into a shake, or purchase a commercial protein powder. the two types are whey, which is milk derived, or soy, which is plant derived. for you, soy is probably better unless you are worried about a little bit extra estrogen. i would recommend staying away from those with artificial flavors/colors.
Thank you... do you recommend a commercial powder or have any good recipes using eggs or cottage cheese? And yes, I would always steer clear of artificial stuff! That's why I'm having a difficult time finding powders or mixes online; most are sweetened with artificial things...
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Thank you... do you recommend a commercial powder or have any good recipes using eggs or cottage cheese? And yes, I would always steer clear of artificial stuff! That's why I'm having a difficult time finding powders or mixes online; most are sweetened with artificial things...
there are several whey brands that have no additives. one off hand that i know of is isopure.

i am not sure about the soy protein. i have one, but it is a canadian brand. it is flavoured naturally with vanilla.

likely you will find eggs rocky style to be disgusting. for the cottage cheese, you could blend it up with some fruits (berries, etc) + skim milk + fat free yogurt. i would add some flax seed oil for some polyunsaturated fats.
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there are several whey brands that have no additives. one off hand that i know of is isopure.

i am not sure about the soy protein. i have one, but it is a canadian brand. it is flavoured naturally with vanilla.

likely you will find eggs rocky style to be disgusting. for the cottage cheese, you could blend it up with some fruits (berries, etc) + skim milk + fat free yogurt. i would add some flax seed oil for some polyunsaturated fats.
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In addition to protein shakes, you can also make a point to choose higher protein alternatives in your daily meals.

Whole grains have more protein,and you can get cereals with 10 g of protein per serving. Bean, lentil, and pea soups all can have 10 g per serving. (I get these Nile something ones that you just add hot water to and wait 5 minutes before eating - so convenient for adding protein to a veggie lunch).

For protein shakes, I always preferred vanilla protein as it was the most versatile and blended well with all fruits and various liquids (I have used yogurt, kefir, almond milk, cow's milk, and soy milk equally well). Some people really like flavoured ones too and aren't as interested in mixing in fruits.
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Question: Why do you need more protein?
Unless you're growing up or you're an athlete you don't need much protein. Wound healing also requires lots of protein but I'm assuming it's not the case here.
You probably need approximately 0.8/kg body weight.

Just a few examples.
Chickpeas have 14.5 gm/cup
Lentils have 17.9 gm/cup
Medium potato baked w/ skin has 4 gm
Broccoli has 2.6 gm/cup
Peanuts/ raw have 7.9 gm/oz
Whole wheat english muffin has 5.8 gm/2.3 oz muffin
Low fat plain yogurt 11.9 gm/8oz

Source: Bowes and Church's Food Values of Portions Commonly Used.


Forgot to add that even if you eat more that your body needs (tissue repair, DNA, and stuff) it's going to be deposited as body fat or is eliminated by putting quite a bit of strain on the kidneys.
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Old 04-19-2009, 07:19 PM
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I use IsoNatural. It takes the flavor of whatever you mix it with. I use it mostly in orange juice, 1% chocolate/strawberry milk or yogurt.
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I use IsoNatural. It takes the flavor of whatever you mix it with. I use it mostly in orange juice, 1% chocolate/strawberry milk or yogurt.
I recently found that president's choice makes something similar. can be bought from loblaws for much cheaper
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there are several whey brands that have no additives. one off hand that i know of is isopure.

i am not sure about the soy protein. i have one, but it is a canadian brand. it is flavoured naturally with vanilla.

likely you will find eggs rocky style to be disgusting. for the cottage cheese, you could blend it up with some fruits (berries, etc) + skim milk + fat free yogurt. i would add some flax seed oil for some polyunsaturated fats.
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I use Isopure and ISO 100....there is a plain vanilla available in each.
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sometimes I just buy the egg whites that come in a little pour carton and since it's pasteurized and all that it's safe to use in your shakes.

not usually though.

I use "designer whey" () which doesn't really have a flavor...
it kinda tastes protein-y but it gives your smoothie a super rich, super creamy texture for some odd reason.
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I recently found that president's choice makes something similar. can be bought from loblaws for much cheaper
Does it dissolve easily by just shaking?
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Does it dissolve easily by just shaking?
never tried that. but it does dissolve by stirring with a spoon
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there are many inexpensive shakers out there too.,..makes it easier than trying to use a spoon.
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I make myself eat egg white "pancakes" a few times a week, you can flavor with salsa. shredded cheese, or add a bit of honey and cinnamon.
I really like Spirutein's vanilla & chocolate flavor protein powder, but I'm on the market for a non soy-based alternative.
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isopure is awesome. it dissolves sooo much easier than any other brand i've used (and it actually stays dissolved, you don't have to hurry up and drink it before the powder settles at the bottom and gets all gross). i usually throw two scoops of the dutch chocolate flavor in the blender with frozen yogurt and a banana
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There are a lot of protein powder options....it's how creataive you are with it that counts. I put it in: my oatmeal, when I bake cookies, muffins, pancakes, shakes, home made protein bars. I also use Almond Milk which cuts on my carb count when I make a shake.
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+1 on the IsoPure - plus they are the few to do a zero and low carb version, just started using it find it quite tasty and dissolves so easily compared to others i've used. Dutch Chocolate & Strawberries and cream are tasty, not tried any other ones yet

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muscle milk.. they have lots of great flavors, I use only one scoop per drink to cut calories.. but still good amount of protein! Helps keep me full
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Nothing pre packaged!

Heres my all time favorite and its all natural, kept me healthy when I was hospitalized and couldn't stomach hospital food.

Add ingredients in proportion to taste

Bananas
Low Sodium Peanut Butter (organic if you can find it)
Plain or vanilla yogurt
Low fat milk or soy milk
honey (just a little)

This concoction tastes great and has a lot of protein and has served as a breakfast substitute for me on many rushed mornings.
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Wow it has been a while since i have been on here!!

If you do not eat a lot of protein then it is important to supplement with other forms of protein. Yes shakes are good and I can suggest a few good ones. I am usually more inclined to do a whey protein as soy is out of the question for me (whey is a much better protein source and soy contains estrogen which i do not need anymore of and also causes me to bloat).

Isopure is good, as is just a regular ON Whey protein powder. Chocolate toffee is pretty good tasting and when added to some silk (i use goats milk) it can make a nice treat, although the milk will add some more carbs (not all bad though).

However you should try to get a lot of protein from regular natural sources like high protein wild caught fish (i always have wild salmon the my freezer), turkey breast and chicken breast are also great sources as well as cottage cheese as Vik mentioned.

A good high protein bar that is great to have around at all times is Elevate me bars from ELEVATE ME! natural protein and fruit energy bars The banana nut bread one is seriously the best!
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I'm a fan of Shakeology by Beachbody! You get all the vitamins and nutrients need for the day in 1 drink! And you can spice it up by adding extra ingredients like peanut butter or pudding to make it extra yummy! It works out to $4 per serving, which is less than if you bought a worse quality shake on the street or a cup of coffee at starbuck. Team Beachbody CoachxxJoanna Wise
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I'm a fan of Shakeology by Beachbody! You get all the vitamins and nutrients need for the day in 1 drink! And you can spice it up by adding extra ingredients like peanut butter or pudding to make it extra yummy! It works out to $4 per serving, which is less than if you bought a worse quality shake on the street or a cup of coffee at starbuck. Team Beachbody CoachxxJoanna Wise
"in a 90-day study, participants replaced one meal per day with Shakeology, ate a balanced diet, and exercised moderately three times per week. Total cholesterol was reduced on average by 30% and LDL cholesterol was reduced on average by 38%."

and what about the people that ate a balanced diet, and exercised moderately three times per week, but did not consume your product?
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