Friday, February 4, 2011

A Little About Protein

Why helloooo Friday. You're lookin' good.

So I received a couple of questions about protein powder recently, and I thought I would write a quick post about it. While I know that I am not necessarily lacking in protein (I am a meateater after all) I find that having a little protein with breakfast helps to keep me full longer...and to be honest, I am not one of those food bloggers who think that peanut butter in my oatmeal or smoothies is delicious. Yuck.

I have two kinds of protein powder in my pantry. The one that I use most by far is the vanilla. The brand is Dymatize and I get it at the Vitamin Shoppe. It has 24 grams of protein and 114 calories. This I mostly use for oatmeal.

I typically only use half a scoop. I add it to the oatmeal and water and cook it as I normally would. Be sure to mix your protein powder in WELL before and during cooking otherwise you will get weird protein clumps that have the consistency of scrambled eggs. That may be your thing, but I personally think it's disgusting. As long as it's mixed in well, you won't even know the protein powder is in there.

I have GNC brand Whey Protein in Strawberry that I use mostly just for smoothies.

This one has 20 grams of protein and 110 calories. Again, I typically only use a half a scoop in smoothies, just because a little protein goes a long way for me.

Both brands are whey protein (a protein found in cow's milk), so if you have an allergy to whey (which I know a lot of people do) both the Vitamin Shoppe and GNC have other kinds (soy, hemp, etc.) that are just as good.

Otherwise, for lunch or dinner everyday I tend to eat chicken, turkey, tofu, and occasionally red meat to get my protein in. I have briefly considered going vegetarian a few times, but it's just not something I think I could ever do...but give a lot of credit to those of you that do. But I'm not going to get into that debate here because I feel being vegetarian, vegan, or a meateater is a personal choice and this is a judgement free zone (well, almost...I still reserve the right to judge you if you wear something atrocious).

Now onto less serious things...I have a busy weekend ahead of me to get ready to be in DC for two weeks. I'm going to miss these guys like crazy :(

And my boy of course ;)

Aside from running around like a mad woman trying to get myself ready to be away from home (trips to target, lots of packing, etc.) the boy and I also have a Superbowl party to go to on Sunday. I decided to make a few goodies to bring to the party. Here is just a preview of some of the ingredients...

I'm making peppermint bark as well as carrot cake balls, which was inspired by Bianca's recipe for Nutella Cake Balls. I will post the super easy recipe for you guys next week, they are going to be amazing!

What do you have planned for the weekend? Do you use protein powder in your diet? Any good packing tips for me?


  1. Can't wait to hear about the carrot cake balls! I'm going to be heading to a Super Bowl shin dig at a local sports bar, where I will probably eat & drink WAY too much.

    I add vanilla protein powder to my oatmeal too every once in a while. It's good!

  2. I used to be such a big protein powder fan/freak. Now, I just can't stomach it. I think I had too much of it back in the day.

  3. I have 3 hard boiled egg whites (only 1 yoke) and a protein english muffin. I eat it at like 6:30 and I am seriously full until 11:30ish.....which is right I may or may not be foaming at the mouth for lunch ;-)

    mmmmm I am getting into the baking mode for the super bowl as well! :-) red velvet whoopie pies!

  4. I've never done protein powder, but am thinking I should as I take on a new strength training plan. This weekend is a hectic one for me, with dog sitting my in laws dog (bringing the total in my house to 3!) and working at a big event the organization I work for is doing tomorrow, all while my husband is away. Hectic, I tell you!

  5. I eat a lot of cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, turkey, beans, veggie burgers and for protein powder I use Lean Dessert in vanilla. It's delicious!

    Your treats sound yummy!

  6. I LOVE cake balls, and the peppermint bark ones sound delicious. Post pictures of them all when theyre done!

  7. We have matching cats!

    I use protein powder in smoothies, and that's about it. I'm going to have to try it in my oatmeal!

  8. yum! that peppermint bark sounds so good!

  9. Half a scoop is enough if you already have the right amount of protein from whole food.