I swear there are some mornings that my iced coffee tastes better than others. Today was one of those days. Holy yum! Cold, creamy goodness in a glass. Hey, sometimes, it's the little things in life...
Along with my iced coffee, I enjoyed a Coconut Protein Pancake, which I made using this recipe, but I added one teaspoon of coconut extract instead of the vanilla extract. I topped my Protein Pancake with banana slices, a drizzle of honey, and shredded coconut.
A few hours later, my stomach started to grumble, so I made my favorite protein shake and paired it with a serving of walnuts as a snack. (Apparently, a shot glass holds a serving of nuts. Who knew?)
Recently, I've received a lot of questions about the kind of protein powder that I use, so I thought a post about why I like it and how I chose it would be helpful to you guys.
Picking a protein powder is all about personal taste, and it took me awhile to find one that I liked. For the past couple of years, I've used (and loved!) FoodScience of Vermont Vanilla Whey Protein Powder. It has a delicious vanilla flavor, but it doesn't totally dominate the other flavors that you mix with it. So, if I make a protein shake with ground ginger, it comes through or if I make a smoothie with peanut butter, I can actually taste it. Flavor was a big decision-maker for me since I hadn't liked any of the protein powders I'd previously tried.
The next thing I considered was the Supplement Facts:
Serving Size: 1 Scoop (34 g)
Amount Per Serving:
Calories from Fat 15
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 55 mg
Sodium 30 mg
Total Carbohydrates 6 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Vitamin A (from whey) 26 IU
Calcium (from whey) 108 mg
Iron (from whey) 0.23 mg
Protein 21 g
One scoop provided 21g of protein for just 120 calories, plus lots of other good stuff, so it looked like a good option to me. (FYI: Some protein powders have fewer calories per serving, but not as much protein, so make sure you check out the Supplement Facts before you buy.)
The final thing I looked for was whether or not the protein powder contained soy isolate. Studies suggest that isoflavones found in soy can disrupt the body's hormonal balance, so I decided to avoid those kinds of protein powders. I already consume a good amount of soy in my diet, so I figured I didn't need anymore, especially if I planned to use it on a regular basis. However, if you deal with dairy allergies or a sensitive stomach, soy protein is a great alternative.
And that's how I chose my favorite protein powder!
Do you use protein powder in your diet? What's your favorite kind/brand?