I’ve been on a protein powder bender since the new year for a number of reasons. Most of the reasons are tied to training for upcoming fitness adventures, but another is that I’ve discovered how a turbo protein boost in the morning energizes me and keeps me satisfied. I am a notorious nibbler (and an unapologetic one at that), but sometimes I need to hunker down and get a lot of work done–a challenge when I am getting up and down for yet another snack. I suppose I could ask Kevin to construct a pantry right on my desk, but for now I’m eating a bowl of double-protein Greek yogurt.
Plain Greek yogurt, with its extra-high protein content and velvety texture, tops my list of morning (and mid-morning, and lunch, and teatime, and dessert) favorites, even more so when a drizzle of honey or lush berry topping is involved. So when a friend suggested adding some protein powder to my beloved breakfast bowl I was both excited and dubious. But she made promises of a vanilla custard taste and texture, as well as some allusions to Wonder Woman, so I gave it a whirl.
The results are lovely. I usedall natural vanilla whey proteinand it created a thick, creamy, custard-y dish of yum. The protein powder I used is naturally sweetened with stevia; it was just sweet enough for me, especially when I topped off my bowl with raspberries; adjust the sweetness to your taste. You can certainly use an unsweetened powder, too, and add all of the sweetener of your choice. Alas, no Wonder Woman powers materialized, but I did conquer 3 loads of laundry and a complete filing system overhaul with no thought of snacks as I toiled. Kapow!
A word of caution: I experimented with the vanilla vegan protein powderI had on hand. Oy vey. You do not want to do this. Save the vegan protein powder for vegan concoctions.
1/4 cup all-natural sweetened vanilla whey protein powder (I used this one)
Optional: additional sweetener, fresh or frozen (thawed) berries
In a medium bowl, whisk the Greek yogurt until smooth. Gradually whisk in the protein powder (do not add all at once or you may get clumps). Taste the yogurt and add more sweetener ( e.g., stevia, honey, agave nectar, maple syrup) to taste.
Transfer to a lovely serving bowl and serve immediately, plain, or topped with berries.
For best results, use whey (not vegan) protein powder.
Mercy : whey is an excellent choice of protein powder (battle of the powders!). Unless you are vegan now :). So long as you get an all-natural one as mentioned above. I looked up the arbonee mix ingredients and it sounds like a a good vegan protein blend, but there are many excellent vegan protein powders and many excellent all-natural whey powders, too.
Peter Cannon via Facebook
Thursday 14th of February 2013
Mercy, Try to avoid whey. As you know Arbonne has the pure, safe and beneficial product line and their Protein drink is the best. Vanilla and Chocolate. Comes in single packs to mix with water or jugs which lasted me almost a year. No artificial sweetener. Google to "compare Arbonne Protein Drink'. I can order for you (at a discount) Delicious.
Power Hungry via Facebook
Wednesday 13th of February 2013
Hi Mercy ! Ok, I think I need to do an entire post on this becasue several other people have emailed to ask, too. I'll do so in the next few days. In the meantime: yes, there are some yucky protein powders loaded with all sorts of artificial nastiness. Umm, stay away from those! Especially the ones with aspartame as a sweetener and artifical flavorings and colors. Blick. I recommend (1) whey protein powders with all-natural ingredients (typically sweetened with Stevia). Jilliam Michaels actiually makes an all natural one that is available at places like Sams Club and Walmart for a good prices. But then I mail-order others or go to GNC or health food store. Here are some I like: http://www.amazon.com/True-Athlete-Natural-Protein-Vanilla/dp/B006FNJFNE/ref=sr_1_4?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1360685265&sr=1-4&keywords=true+whey
http://www.jayrobb.com/protein/whey-protein-vanilla-12-oz-bag.asp (2) I also like the all-natural vegan raw protein powders that are available, like Sunwarrior brand and Garden of Life Raw protein powder :)
Mercy Cannon via Facebook
Tuesday 12th of February 2013
So, what's the best protein powder? Are there differences? (too lazy to do own research) I've been skeptical of powder, heard conflicting reports.