In the past, I have offered my opinion on Protein Powders several times. Although others might disagree, my opinion is largely based on:
- It’s counter-productive to take protein supplements if they are loaded with a long list of ingredients/sugar
- Unless you are body building or an athlete, it is entirely possible to meet the recommended “0.8-2.2 grams/per body weight (kgs)” through a varied diet, vegetarians/vegans included
- Protein supplements can contribute to weight loss or a generally fit body but not singlehandedly
At the risk of coming across as a hypocrite, I wasn’t sure whether to discuss my recent purchase of Sunwarrior Protein Powder.
While I still stand by my above views, I am more open to adding protein powder into my current diet. Especially since I’ve started weight training recently, I am making a conscious effort to eat more protein for both muscle repair & recovery and to keep my hunger levels at bay. Protein seems to be the only thing which keeps me full and let’s be honest, there’s only so many eggs I can eat, chickens I can grill, or glasses of milk which I can drink.
My main “issue” with protein powders is the ingredient list but fortunately Sunwarrior has, badabing badaboom, merely 5 ingredients…all of which I have heard of and that I can pronounce:
- Whole Brown Rice Protein
(Bio-Fermented Raw Sprouted Whole Grain, Brown Rice Protein)
- Xanthan Gum
I’m also a big fan of the nutritional stats:
As someone who needs to try a number of fro yo flavors before ‘committing’, I was initially hesitant about dropping £45 on a bag of Sunwarrior without being sure I liked it. I went with the vanilla flavor because part of me hoped that it would taste like a McDonald’s Vanilla Milkshake. It definitely did not live up to my expectation nor was it love at first sip: it wasn’t chalky at all but I found a whole scoop too sweet! Reducing my intake to only half a scoop per serving seemed to do the trick because it has more than grown on me. I’m a big fan of the flavor and creaminess which it adds.
Flavor aside, I love the extra sleep time it affords me in the morning: finally a smoothie which actually keeps me full and can be drunk en route to work. From what I’ve read, protein powder has potential in recipes beyond smoothies. My favorite concoction yet is with cereal:
Cheerios + soy milk + 1 teaspoon Sunwarrior Vanilla = tastes just like Lucky Charms sans the marshmallows
If you’re a fan of “cereal milk” (i.e. thinks milk tastes way better after cereal has been infused in it), you would love this! Besides cereal and smoothies, I’ve also mixed it into Greek yogurt and muffin batter and am definitely looking forward to playing around with it even more.
Sorry if my opinion offended you but I would love to hear your thoughts on protein powder? Any protein powder recipes you want to share?