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Old 01-07-2012, 04:39 PM
rubyming rubyming is offline
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Question Protein Powders/Drinks

So with the start of the new year, I am trying to get back on track with diet and exercise. I kicked the diet coke habit when I was diagnosed in 2010, and do not eat any artificial sweeteners. I'm not 100% sure if avoiding artificial sweeteners is good for MS or not, but I stopped having nasty headaches since I quit them, so it's still a good thing. Anyways, a lot of people I know are using protein powders as part of their diet/weight loss/work out plan, and I can't seem to find one that doesn't have artificial sweetener. It's probably because the sugar adds calories, but I'd take an unsweetened one if I need to. I don't need to drink protein powders, I could just eat, but I like to make smoothies when I am eating healthy. Thought it would be interesting to see what you guys think! Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:44 PM
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Default Green Smoothies

Hi Ruby,

welcome to the forum. Have you thought of trying green smoothies? They are supposed to be really super healthy for you and you make them from scratch. There are loads of recipes in the internet. My sister who is a vegan is a big fan of these. Here is just one link:

http://greensmoothiesblog.com/10-gre...othie-recipes/


Well done on quitting the Diet Coke. Diet Coke has an ingredient - Aspartame that is supposed to be really bad for you and dangerous. Better to get hooked on water.

Good luck with your New Years resolutions!

Stella
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:26 PM
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Hi Ruby,

Congrats on kicking the soda habit! As far as protein powders go, you may want to look at an unflavored whey protein powder. Often, the sweeteners come into play when they are flavoring the powder. And if you're adding fruit or other stuff, you won't miss the flavoring in the powder anyway.

Personally, I use Jay Robb Whey Protein. Tastes good, and has minmal additives. I've tried the egg white protein from the same brand, but I prefer the taste of the whey protein.

Jim
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:28 PM
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I do make green smoothies! I have a friend who follows a raw diet, and she got me hooked on kale, blueberry, and banana smoothies.

I'll have to keep an eye out for unflavored protein powder, haven't seen any in my travels! thanks for the tip!
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Old 02-13-2012, 03:05 PM
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Ruby,

I've kicked glutten, dairy, eggs, soy, sugar, artifical sweetners.... to name a few , since I was dxed a year ago. I started mixing a protein drink with rice milk and Garden of Life Raw Protein. It is free of all those things, and mixes up pretty easily in one of those shaker-type plastic cups. When I first started drinking it, I told my wife that it tasted like tree bark, but now I am pretty used to it --- I actually look foward to having it. Might consider giving it look.

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Old 02-13-2012, 10:58 PM
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I drink the EAS Body for Life carb control protein shake. I have to confess that I haven't checked the sweetener situation.
I also use Greek yogurt- Fage 0 - to make smoothies. It is very high in protein and tastes great mixed with fruit.
I have looked to a protein powder but no luck with a decent tasting one.

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Old 02-14-2012, 09:18 PM
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I've been using the 365 (Whole Foods) whey protein powder, vanilla flavor for a little while. It doesn't have sweeteners and it wasn't too hard to get used to. I'm trying to gain weight so I have a little more fat for my injections and adding this every morning has helped. If you can shop at Whole Foods, they're really good about letting you try products and return them if you don't like them--it might be a way to find a protein product you like.
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:50 AM
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I use biochem sports whey protein powder. So far I have only tasted the chocolate one. $24.57 from Vitacost. It come in other flavors. I do add 3 cups of spinach to it, one cup of frozen blueberries, barley juice powder, and other items to boost nutrition. I can't taste the other items I add. I do use almond milk 30 calories per cup to blend it with and water to get the desired thickness. It keeps me full for a long time. I usually make a blender full in the vitamix.


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100% Whey Protein is rich in the highly bioactive fractions glycomacropeptide and beta-lactoglobulin, immunoglobulin, glycopeptides and lactoferrin. These components feed muscle tissue.
The ultra-low glycemic response to 100% Whey Protein is beneficial for those concerned about sugar intake.
Sweetened with fructose- a Low Glycemic Index Sweetener.
Provides high levels of branched-chain amino and glutamic acids, plus a perfect ratio of other amino acids.
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Free Of
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Biochem Sports Whey Protein Isolate Powder Chocolate Fudge Directions

Mix two (2) scoops (31.4g)(1.1oz.) with 3/4 cup (6 fl.oz.)(178mL) of cold water or your favorite beverage. Stir briskly until dissolved.
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:24 PM
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Haven't tried any green smoothies but maybe i will this week. Blending and juicing destroys nutrients of the veggie so i prefer to eat them in their raw form. As far as powders go I use Apex fit meal replacement shakes for breakfast and lunch on most days and I feel great using them. Most of the time i just mix them with cold water in a blender bottle but if I'm feeling fancy i'll throw it in a blender with some frozen fruit. After workouts I also use Optimum Gold Standard Whey Protein mixed with water. Both those protein powders come in multiple flavors and i think gold standard comes unflavored as well. I think they taste good and like I said before I feel good using them.
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:49 AM
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I used hemp protein powder for a while, which I mixed into my own protein bars (1/3 cup raw nuts + 1/2 cup moist dates + however much powder you want for a good balance of protein vs. calories). It makes them a funny color, but the flavor and texture are okay. Just be sure to count up the calories it adds, or you'll be sabotaging your diet!

I really like Naked Juice protein drinks. Again, take note that one bottle is two servings! I drink a serving right after 60-90 minutes of figure skating to tide me over until I can eat lunch (usually within the hour). I especially like the berry and the mango flavors, but the original isn't bad either.

I got a one-serving sample of Garden of Life RAW Protein Powder at Whole Foods. I used it in cherry juice, but wasn't thrilled with the grittiness. I think if you threw it in a blender with fruit to make a smoothie, it would be okay. It's unflavored and unsweetened. AND it's vegan and raw, if either is an issue for you.

Oh - and at least in my part of the country, Whole Foods has a sale flier with a $5.00 off coupon in the stores until the end of March.

I recently saw an article on the internet somewhere (darn - where?) that milk is a good recovery drink after exercise, too. Chocolate milk - but probably best to make your own to reduce calories and cut out all the non-pronounceable ingredients.
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