Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I get daily emails asking about the protein I use so I thought I'd do an entry about it because... it ROCKS!
I use Max Protein in all my shakes, ice creams, and baking (though my recipes will work with ANY brand of Protein.)
I seriously credit a lot of my weight loss success to having a protein powder I love versus one I just tolerate. I was introduced to it at a GNC store (unfortunately not all carry it. It's a franchise store thing) 8 months after my surgery.
At 8 weeks post-op I had stopped having shakes because I was literally gagging and sometimes holding my nose to get them down (hadn't found Max yet.) I said screw it and vowed to eat chicken for breakfast if I had too.
At 8 months, I was stuck in the longest stall and everyone I talked to kept saying I needed more protein. People would tell me "Try my protein it's soooo good" so I would race out to the store to buy it. I'd mix up a shake and just know if so & so loved it this one will be "the one" well, ummm... it wasn't the one. In fact, some of the protein supplements people said were sooooo yummy I thought tasted like a monkey's ass. Not that I have experience tasting monkey ass but I can imagine.
BTW my Dad was a zookeeper and I do know how a monkey's ass smells so I really CAN imagine.
Back to the stall from hell...
I sat at -80 pounds FOREVER (well it seemed like forever.) I had stalled before (we all do) but this one was different. It was lonnnnnnng. I mean really lonnnnnnng. Did I mention it was long? So I bit the bullet because I was determined I was going to get to -100 and went in search of yet another protein powder in hopes of busting down the stall wall.
SCORE. MAX PROTEIN.
The girl at GNC mixed me a Chocolate shake sample in the store. OMG! It wasn't just good. It was awesome. I bought a tub. She sent me home with a baggy (sounds like a drug dealer) of Vanilla. I went back the next day and bought a tub of that. The next week on weigh-in day the scale moved. OK, I'm not saying the protein did it but hey it MOVED that is all that matters. I was sold. Oh and not only did it move but it moved -7 pounds and I had not seen a jump like that in a long time. I'm now -158 (give or take a pound or two each week) and I really do credit this protein as a big part of my success. I enjoy having the shakes and ice cream I make with this protein. I mean it. I really enjoy it. It keeps me full and satisfied and tastes great.
Life is too short to drink monkey's ass
Ha. I'm making that a bumper sticker.
The Nutritionals (click on picture to enlarge) and 411:
Comes in 2.2 lbs. (.99 kg) / 5.2 lbs (2.35 kg) size tubs
Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry
New Flavors: Cookies & Cream and Chocolate Mint.
I mostly use Chocolate & Vanilla.
Here are my favorite shakes recipes.
This weekend I tried both of the new flavors as shakes. Both were great. The Chocolate Mint smells and tastes like an Andes candy. I'm thinking using it in my Fudgy Chocolate Balls, Mini Donuts or one of my 5 Minute Cakes would be killer at Christmas time. It was 101°F yesterday yeah that's not a typo... 101°F. It's still April right? We didn't suddenly skip ahead to August??? So to beat the heat I made a batch of Protein Ice Cream with the Cookies & Cream. Awesome.
Shelly's Cookies & Cream Protein Ice Cream
1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (or Regular Milk)
2 scoops of Cookies & Cream Flavored Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
Mix together milk, protein, and syrup. I used this gadget to mix it up. It makes it airy and lump free. If you don't have one just toss it in a blender on super high.
You want it fluffy almost double in size. Pour into ice cream maker. Follow your machine's instructions for freezing.
You can eat it right away it is soft serve-ish but I like to put it in the freezer to set for an hour.
I know this protein is not cheap which is hard in these economic times but it tastes great and doesn't smell like you-know-what so I seriously don't complain much. I can't tell you how many tubs I gave away or threw away that I could not even raise to my nose. It's such a huge part of those first few weeks after surgery. Maybe treat yourself to a tub for those few weeks. Careful though. It's hard to ever have another protein after this one.
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Now one post-ops yummy treat may be another's monkey's ass I'm not promising anything just saying I haven't had anyone I turned on to this protein say they didn't love it.
Posted by Michelle "Shelly" at 7:05 AM