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Protein powder taste-fest!

Saturday, August 2, 2003 by  
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August
2
2003

Grab a protein shake, kick back and relax. Today’s update is pretty lengthy, and it’s all about… protein powders!

I decided that I wanted to try out some new protein powders, so the other day I placed an order for a few different brands and flavors. They all arrived yesterday, and I couldn’t figure out which one to try first. Since I was having trouble picking just one, I decided to sample them all instead of eating my normal 4:30 meal. 🙂

Here are my thoughts on the proteins I tried yesterday (and also some that I’ve used in the past). Of course these are my subjective opinions – your mileage may vary. Also, keep in mind that I mix my proteins with water, so that’s how these proteins were “tested”.


Optimum Nutrition “Vanilla Ice Cream”
Per scoop: 110 calories; 1.5g fat; .5g saturated fat; 3g carbs; 23g protein

I think this was the best of the vanilla flavors I tried today. I’ve been using Optimum Nutrition’s “Double Chocolate” whey for a long time and like it a lot, too. Like their “Double Chocolate” flavor, this is an inexpensive, high quality, great tasting protein!

Bioplex “Vanilla Creme”
Per scoop: 100 calories; 1g fat; .5g saturated fat; 2g carbs; 20g protein

Well, I’m not going to throw it out, but this was by far my least favorite. It had a very weird taste, which I guess could be described as somewhat reminiscent of vanilla. Drinkable, but I won’t be buying any more of this brand. Maybe I’ll try it in skim milk sometime…

Designer Whey “French Vanilla”
Per scoop: 90 calories; 1.5g fat; 1g saturated fat; 2g carbs; 17.5g protein

My only experience with Designer Whey products before this was with their “Vanilla Praline” whey, which I thought was incredible! So I was expecting their “French Vanilla” to knock my socks off, but it did not. It was very average tasting. It’s also a little light on protein compared to most other brands. Taste-wise, I’d rank this between the Bioplex and the Optimum (vanilla flavor). Next time I’m getting a tub of their “Vanilla Praline!”

Designer Whey “Chocolate”
Per scoop: 90 calories; 1.5g fat; 1g saturated fat; 2g carbs; 17.5g protein

Wow, this one blew me away! Awesome chocolate taste, even better tasting than Optimum’s chocolate! Sure, it’s got a little less protein than most other brands, but when it tastes this good you don’t mind using an extra scoop. 🙂 I couldn’t believe I was drinking a protein powder with water. I’ll bet in milk this stuff tastes like a milkshake. I’ll definitely be buying more of this.


I’ve also tried lots of other protein powders in the past. Here are some quick thoughts on some of them:

GNC 100% Whey
I like GNC’s chocolate flavor a lot, but even with a gold card GNC is just too expensive. If they would just lower their prices people might not give them such a hard time (and deservedly so).

EAS
I’ve never tried EAS’s “regular” whey protein powders (I will buy some on my next order), but they do make really good Meal Replacement shakes. EAS’s “Myoplex Lite Vanilla Cream” Meal Replacement shake absolutely blew me away. Even mixed with water, it was thick and delicious. I also tried EAS’s “Myoplex Deluxe Chocolate” Meal Replacement shake and it was pretty good, but I didn’t think it was anywhere nearly as good as their “Myoplex Lite” MR shake. I’d probably buy more EAS products but, like GNC, I think they are way overpriced.

ProBlend 55
At first I didn’t like the taste, but it really grew on me by the time I finished the tub. Pretty good, but way too expensive.

Prolab 100% Whey
I ordered a 5-pound tub of this stuff “blind”, because I like Prolab’s other products. When I first tried it, I though it was disgusting. It clumped up really bad, and I absolutely hated the taste. I immediately ordered some Optimum Whey and all was well. Over the next few months, it started bugging me that I had a nearly full 5-pound tub of Prolab whey just sitting around going to waste. So a few weeks ago I decided to give the Prolab whey another try and, much to my surprise, I really liked it! I have no idea why I seem to like it now, but I do. My wife, who also hated it, tried it again and she still says it makes her want to puke. 🙂

By the way, I solved the clumping problem by waiting to put the ice in the shaker until after I shake up the other ingredients. For some reason the ice seems to make it clump really badly. Now I take my water, add the whey, glutamine and whatever else I feel like throwing in, and shake the hell out of it. Then I add ice and shake again. No clumps. Actually I do this with all my protein shakes now, regardless of the brand.


Speaking of protein, I finished my shake about 10 minutes ago. It’s time for me to get in the weight room and get to work. Today I’m working my pecs, delts and triceps. Have a great day, see you tomorrow!

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