Three weeks ago I wrote an article on meal prep, something I thought was just for people obsessed with Instagram-ing their gym pics. Well, I obviously learned my lesson with that one. After I realized that meal prepping isn’t bad at all, I started thinking to myself “Hey, why don’t I give other things I’ve written off a try?” Next on my list: protein powder.
I’ve never really had anything against protein powder, I just didn’t think that I needed it. I usually karate-chop people when I get the “but what about your protein!!!!” speech, because I know that I get enough protein. I also feel like I don’t exercise enough to really need a protein boost afterwards, but I decided to give it a try.
For about a week I pumped up my workout routine and began adding protein powder to my smoothies. I also used protein shakes as a meal replacer some mornings and afternoons. My go to was spinach, bananas, strawberries, peanut butter, almond milk, and protein powder. It tasted great and really did fill me up!
If you’re someone that works out on the regular and you’re looking for a great meal replacer, a protein shake is definitely the way to go! I began noticing that when I added protein powder to my morning smoothies, I was less hungry throughout the day; I searched for snacks less because my breakfast actually filled me up.
My morning and (sometimes) after-workout protein shakes definitely helped me to snack less, but what was I really getting out of it? What exactly are those store-bought protein powders made of?
The two powders I tried out were Plant Fusion (vanilla bean flavor) and 22 Days Plant Protein Power (chocolate flavor!). I’ll say right away that the latter definitely tasted better to me. It was a lot less chalky, even though I couldn’t tolerate either one mixed with just water.
22 Days consists of an organic blend of 24 fruits and veggies ranging from carrots and beets to watermelon and tomatoes, sea salt, stevia leaf extract, flax seed, cocoa, guar gum, and of course, whole grain brown rice protein.
Plant Fusion’s label however, is a bit more hard to read. It starts of with a blend of protein from peas, artichokes, amaranth powder, and quinoa powder, but then gets into the hard to read stuff like alpha galactosidase, l-isoleaucine, and finishes off with fructose, natural vanilla flavor, stevia, glycine and silica. Based off of taste and the ingredient list, I’ll go with 22 Days for all 22 days. Yeah, that joke wasn’t very good.
Protein powder is a great choice for vegans who feel like they’re just really not getting enough protein, for those who would like something delicious to help curb their appetite, and for those who work out a lot! It’s great to drink after any strenuous activity because it aides in recovery and helps strengthens your muscles!
The main problem I have with protein powder is the price. It’s just SO expensive. A 1.85 pound tub of 22 Days is 60 dollars and a one pound tub of Plant Fusion is around 30. I know that a pound may sound like a lot, but a container of Plant Fusion is only 15 servings! That means each scoop costs you two dollars!
For me, I’m not so sure if the benefits out-weigh the cost. I’d rather just stuff my face with leafy greens, almonds, and avocados for my protein boost! But then again, I don’t work out nearly as much as I should, so your needs may differ from mine!
Here’s what I think. Protein powder can help to curb your appetite and boost you up after a workout, but do your research before jumping on this band wagon. It’s a big investment!