• The Protein Powder Question

    August 2, 2012

    Hi, friends!

    Here’s a little preview of our kitchen. Check out the shelf we hung over the stove for our spices. The previous owners had it on the wall in the living room, but we moved into the kitchen since the black shelf we used to have there no longer matched. Cute, right?

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    Mal and I ordered a couple of things from Etsy, so once we receive them, I’ll show ya the final product. Although, I’m still in search of a new utensil holder. I found this one that I really like, but it costs $48, and I haven’t quite decided if I want to spend that type of money. We’ll see. It is really nice.


    Last night’s dinner was a good one. We had pizza with chopped orange bell pepper, onion, chicken, and black olives on an Almond Flax Crust.

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    I may have spread the Almond Flax Crust too thin because I remember the texture being a lot more cake-like the last time I made it.

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    Even still, it tasted pretty darn amazing. I mean, isn’t all pizza delicious?

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    After dinner, Mal and I headed to the Derby Street Shoppes to do a little shopping.


    Banana Republic was having a one-day sale (40% off one full priced item + 25% off clearance), so we decided to check it out. Unfortunately, when we finally got to the store, neither of us were in the mood to shop anymore. We wandered around and found a few things that we liked, but nothing so great that we wanted to try it on, which, of course, is not a good sign when shopping. Instead of spending money on things we weren’t super excited about, we called it quits and headed to Burtons for a drink.


    Somehow, one drink turned into three.

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    Our friend Colleen was working the bar last night, so she gave Mal and me an autumn-inspired martini to sample. She’s trying to perfect the recipe, so she gave us a taste and asked for our feedback. I can’t tell you what’s in the martini (it’s Colleen’s secret recipe), but Mal and I really loved it. I hope Burtons adds it to their fall menu!

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    While Mal and I sat at the bar, enjoying our drinks, our friend Kayla (from CrossFit) randomly walked in the door of Burtons. She was meeting another CrossFit friend, so the four of us snagged some seats at the bar together. A few minutes later, Colleen’s fiancé (aka Man with a Van and Tile Saw) came to visit her. At this point, we had quite the crew of CrossFit 781 peeps hanging out at the bar at Burtons, so it was only fitting that our coaches showed up to grab dinner. With so many of our friends there, Mal and I decided to stay for “one more” drink.

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    Two glasses of wine and half of a martini later, I was more than ready to head home and pass out. Before I went to bed, I ate a piece of cold leftover pizza from dinner and chugged a ton of water. Thankfully, I feel fine this morning.


    This morning, I made a wrap with almond butter and banana slices inside for breakfast. I also drank an iced coffee with almond milk. Man, I’m sorry I’ve been so boring with my breakfasts lately. This one is just so easy and so satisfying.

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    The Protein Powder Question

    In addition to the carb question (thanks for all of your great comments on that post, btw), I have also received the ‘what type of protein powder do you use’ question a lot lately. And the answer is a bunch of different ones!

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    As you know, I have a relationship with GNC (from my sponsorship to the CrossFit Games), so they’ve been hooking me up with all sorts of awesome products, including various types of protein. The ones I like best are the 100% Egg Protein (check out my review) and the Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60 (vanilla) mostly because they taste delicious (I love vanilla protein powders), but also because they mix well with water, almond milk, iced coffee, and in smoothies. I typically drink a protein shake or smoothie everyday, so I like to have different options. I also like that these products have a good amount of protein, but not a ton of calories per serving. The 100% Egg Protein has 25g of protein and 120 calories per scoop (34.5g) and the Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60 has 20g of protein and 90 calories per scoop (26.3g). I also use (and love) the vanilla protein from fitmixer (check out my review), which has 32g of protein and 190 calories per scoop (27g). I swear it tastes like vanilla cake batter.

    Mal uses all of the protein powders mentioned above (he really likes the fitmixer), but he also started using the Beyond Raw Re-Built Mass (chocolate brownie) to gain weight/muscle. At the CrossFit Games, Scott and Joe raved about this stuff, so I suggested it to Mal and then GNC sent him some to try. The container that we received is absolutely massive. It’s basically the size of Murphy’s torso! Haha! Mal loves it and says it tastes like brownie batter. I’ll let ya know if he builds some mass!

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    Teddie Peanut Butter Giveaway

    Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway to win a jar of Teddie Peanut Butter! Here’s your winner:


    My fav PB is the PB company cinnimon raisin swirl also they have an incredible dark choc dreams! I would love to try Teddie PB, thanks!

    Congrats, Robin! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize.

    Question of the Day

    What’s your favorite kind of protein powder?

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    { 118 comments… read them below or add one }

    Brielle August 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    That crust looks tasty. I love almond flour. This utensil holder is my favorite: http://www.worldmarket.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3595980 and only $10. Lots of kitchen stores carry it.


    Tina August 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks for the link! :)


    Laura @ My Pink Thumb August 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I, unlike you, *hate* vanilla protein.. but I blame that on the fact that I had to literally live on the stuff 7 years ago when I had my jaw wired shut (all thanks to my horse kicking me in the face). So I’m all about the chocolate. One of my favourites, and what I’m currenly working my way though the big bucket of, is the chocolate Promasil. However, the one that is just a bit tastier in my mind and tops my list is Extreme Milk Chocolate from Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard. We buy both from GNC.


    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Whey Gourmet Chocolate Peanut Butter.

    I usually have a frozen banana mixed in, so it makes all my shakes taste like chocolate-banana-peanut butter. Which is clearly the best combination possible. :-)


    Kristen @ notsodomesticated August 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    The kitchen is looking great, Tina! And the autumn inspired martini sounds even better! ;)


    Eva @ Committed2Nutrition August 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Your kitchen looks great! and isn’t it funny how one drink turns into more? Story of my life. Anywya, I love reading about new protein powders. I love the egg white one! I recently also just bought Sun Warrior Vanilla Raw Vegan one, and it’s growing on me. I don’t LOVE it, but I like it. I’m interested to try the amplified one! oh and I ONLY get vanilla. It is the most versatile!


    Lydia @HappyHealthyConfident August 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Sometimes those “have a drink…or three”, nights can lead to some of the greatest memories! Sounds like a fun time! Kitchen looks good so far!


    Kelly August 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I am allergic to soy so I have to make sure my protein powder is soy free. My favorite vanilla is a soy-free (gluten-free, lactose-free) whey from a company called Rainbow. For chocolate I like a brand called Show Me The Whey. Both are tasty and neither upset my tummy. I haven’t ever tried a protein powder other than whey.


    Living, Learning, Eating August 2, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Homemade pizza is the best kind, I need to make some again soon – with that crust, it looks fantastic!


    Cindy August 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Burtons does amazing cocktails! I just found out that there is a GNC here in Glasgow, so I am looking forward to checking out their store in search of some of the protein powders you’ve mentioned.


    Jess August 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Gnc does carry a lot of really good supplements and protein powders! I actually worked there for about 6-7 months so I got very familiar with all the products and information about each! I also reallllyyy love the GNC Lean Shakes! The vanilla is amazing! It is a meal replacement though so there is not as much protein but they have the lean shake 25 with 25 g of protein in the same flavor so its such a win!! Tastes like such a treat!!


    Chelsea @ Chelseaslovelys August 2, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I love Optimum Nutrition vanilla whey. I would love to try the fitmixer though, I will have to keep my eye out for it.

    Btw, the pizza looks great… thin crusted and all!


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    That pizza looks awesome! And I like that the crust is easier than making a wheat one with yeast haha. :P


    BroccoliHut August 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Can’t wait to see the kitchen once it’s done!
    My favorite brand of protein powder is the BioChem vegan protein. It’s free of soy, dairy, and gluten, so I like that it’s pretty much just pure plant protein.


    Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife August 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I like trader joes chocolate whey protein! Especially in banana soft serve!


    rhonda g August 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    SunWarrior Rice Protein Powder (chocolate)!! :)


    Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate August 2, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    The kitchen looks great! And I am a vanilla SunWarrior fan!


    Laura August 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Tina,

    I’ve been reading your blog for years now, and am so inspired by you! I’ve been a semi-runner for a few years, and am just now getting into weight lifting/strength training.. so I am trying to soak up knowledge wherever I can. Anyway, do you take any supplements (Carnitine/Glutamine/etc.) before/after workouts? Multivitamins? Thank you for your insight =)


    Tina August 3, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I do! I’ll write a post on it this afternoon. Keep a look out for it! :)


    Marie August 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I think you should buy the utensil holder (if it doesn’t actually break the bank). Life’s too short and you will see it everyday! If you get something else just because it is cheaper you may just end up regretting it!!
    Love the pic of Murphy with the protein powder keg! Hilarious!!!


    Jessie August 2, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Mmm, that martini sounds delicous. I mean can anything fall inspired be bad though??!?

    I use Myofusion Probiotic Protein Powder! LOVE IT :)


    Lina August 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Hey Tina,

    We used to buy biscotti by Nonni’s @ Sam’s Club in these pretty ceramic jars that are similar to the one in your link. You may still be able to find the jars with the cookies but for now here’s a link to the jars on bay.



    alicia August 2, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Hi Tina,
    Murphy is so darn cute. He cracks me up all the time.
    My favorite protein powder is Jay Robb Whey Protein, the chocolate is awesome for shakes. I use the vanilla flavor usually just in recipes…like protein pancakes. Jay Robb has a very short ingredient list, which I love. Plus its sweetened with stevia. So for anyone who is skeptical about artificial ingredients and stuff you can’t pronounce, check out the Jay Robb brand.


    mel August 3, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I second this comment. I use Jay Robb egg white protein powder and I absolutely love it! It has 25 g of protein for 120 cals and tastes great!


    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 2, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    SunWarrior Vanilla is my favorite. I tried the plain variety and, well, it’s still sitting on my counter. Haha.


    Whitney @ Whit Likes Fit August 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I love Designer Whey in French Vanilla. Never tried the fitmixer one though and have heard great things about it.


    Amelia August 3, 2012 at 1:28 am

    My dietitian friends wrote a guest post on my blog about how to choose a protein powder, who really needs protein powder, and what purposes protein powder serves in the body – I found it really interesting! http://eating-made-easy.com/2010/12/29/can-protein-powder-help-you-lose-weight/


    Ellie@Fit for the Soul August 3, 2012 at 2:24 am

    I used to drink Wheybolic all the time!! And I have to say that out of all whey powders, that one and MRM have the best ones IMO. My husband raves about wheybolic, but it’s so pricey for us that he’s using MRM for now…haha. My fave right now is Proventive’s vegan powder, and brownie batter sounds so delicious.


    Jess August 3, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Hey Tina, random question, but do you heat up your breakfast wraps (with the AB and bananas)? They always look so good & I’m going to try it for breakfast, but I’m debating whether or not to toast it..


    Tina August 3, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I don’t, but it sounds good! :)


    Sheila August 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    The pizza looks great! I have used the Jay Robb Whey Protein. I am currently using Sun Harvest Whey Protein powder. It is all so confusing as what is the best for your body:)


    Ann Walker August 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    BUY the utensil holder!!


    gina August 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Hi, can I ask about the egg white protein powder….I thought I saw it said there is a TON of sodium in only one scoop…is this an issue? Or pretty good?

    I use powders, but DO NOT weight lift or do much other than walking + every other day do some pushups, etc…Thanks for any help.

    Also, with the almond flour…I have a lot of weird ibs issues…i know you have digestive troubles (well, yours are explained and serious), mine are …i don’t know :( but still bothersome and i’m worried about weird foods or things that are “heavy” like almond flour and coconut flour appear to be…what do you think? how do you find it? (my main tummy troubles lean more to constipation)…


    Tina August 8, 2012 at 8:43 am

    The sodium content of the egg protein is pretty high, but it’s not really an issue for me since I don’t drink it every day. I mix it up with other protein powders.

    I haven’t had any digestive issues with almond flour or coconut flour. I actually think they “agree” with me more than all-purpose and whole wheat flour. Have you tried either of them?


    Angela August 4, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Why so much protein?


    Tina August 4, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Muscle repair and satiation.


    Karli Corey @flighttorun.wordpress.com August 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    my fav protein powder is any powder that has a good flavor with a good amount of protein and low sugar!


    Katy @ HaveYouHurd August 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Keep a look out at Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshalls in the home goods section for a utincel holder like the one you like! I currently use a silver flour pot haha…it’s cute and it works!


    Amber September 18, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    How many tablespoons of peanut butter do you put in your wraps?


    Tina September 18, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I don’t measure, but maybe 4-ish?


    Megan September 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Sun Warrior Vanilla!!!! Love it!


    Willemijn March 1, 2013 at 5:40 am

    I’m still a bit scared of using protein powders. In Denmark, where I used to live, it was quite common for women to use them and I get the idea it’s about the same in the US, but in the Netherlands none of my (fit) friends use it…
    I did look into it though, and I think I’d prefer a sugar and aspertame free one, probably a mixture of slow and fast wey proteins. But I have to think about it.. And all the aggressive packages they come in scare me a bit. And my boyfriend, by the way, as he doesn’t want me to become huge. LOL.


    Manhatta January 26, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    i enjoyed your blog. i thought i would pass on something that is helping me right now.

    i am on a high protein diet. the problem is meat is not my favorite thing. Protein shakes sometimes get old so i found this stuff called pocket protein. it a squeezy tube! i love it. check it out. here’s another tip. I found a promo code on a website. (shannon10) that will give you a little discount. hope the tips helps.

    You look fantastic!


    Julia January 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I know this is an old post, but I have recently got back into working out (past three weeks) but this time (unlike last time when I lost weight) I am taking a bunch of classes at my gym. I’ve never done these kinds of things before (So far I’ve taken two TRX classes, a class with a bosu ball and a ballet style class for buns and thighs). After the first TRX class I was so sore I could barely sit and stand! The next few classes have gotten better but I am wondering, in your opinion, are protein shakes necessary for me? I mean I am NOT training for crossfit games or anything of the sort, but just wondering if it would be beneficial at all for muscle recovery after these workouts, or if they’re just added calories I don’t need. Thanks!


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