Protein Powder?

(35 Posts)
Katymac Wed 23-Dec-15 07:53:45

DD has been advised to have some protein shakes (3x 20g a day - am, pm & after her busiest/hardest class)

So we bought some 'Optimum Nutrition Lean Whey'

& the blasted child doesn't like it - it's not chocolatey enough in water & too chocolatey for adding to her smoothies (despite the spinach!! yuk!!)

So can she add it to milk & add more milkshake powder to make it chocolateyer & what should I buy next time that is a better flavour?

ami9 Wed 23-Dec-15 13:33:51

Try adding into milk or sweetened almond milk. It tastes alot better.

Katymac Wed 23-Dec-15 17:53:21

Thanks Ami - she loves coconut milk so that may work

HairsprayQueen Wed 23-Dec-15 18:35:07

Myprotein sell sachets in some of their types of protein so you can try a few flavours before you buy a big lot. I have chocolate nut flavour just now which is just like Nutella and sticky toffee pudding flavour which is nice too.

Katymac Wed 23-Dec-15 19:20:01

We really struggled chosing one as so many were for weight loss or bulking up

Ididn'tsee any sachets at either Boots or Holland & Barrett - where else should we look?

Katymac Wed 23-Dec-15 20:53:52

I think we need to do a bit more research - the physo made the suggestion but I think we need more info

HairsprayQueen Wed 23-Dec-15 21:18:50

Www.myprotein.com is where I was talking about, sorry, I meant to link and totally forgot. I just use Impact Whey Protein, from the description it looks like it might be the kind of thing your Dd is looking for but I'm not an expert on all the types.

MuttonWasAGoose Wed 23-Dec-15 21:21:12

GNC has sachets of several brands.

I like to put a strawberry flavour powder in Greek yogurt.

Katymac Wed 23-Dec-15 21:39:19

It's quite confusing as dance doesn't map on to normal sports very well

She mustn't gain any bulk or weight, she has masses of high impact energy expenditure & yet her weekly exercise is over 30 hours of aerobic

Maintaining her weight is a massive problem - exacerbated by her retainer which means it's hard to snack - she is dreading going back to college

KeyserSophie Fri 25-Dec-15 17:37:24

Protein supplements will only cause her to bulk in conjunction with heavy lifting so don't worry about that. Presumably the physic has told her to use them to promote muscle repair and recovery from such a heavy exercise schedule. However, if she's concerned about weight gain she should just mix them with water.

I use Progenex Recovery. It's very good and the peanut butter-chocolate is delicious but it's expensive.

Tbh they all have "that" taste to them, because they can only mask so well. I think it's just one of those things she has to accept.

Katymac Fri 25-Dec-15 17:43:37

No she's more worried about weight loss tbh

She spends all day eating just to maintain her weight & the retainer has stuffed that up

Katymac Sat 26-Dec-15 21:11:21

Can anyone talk me through this properly as I am stumped - or point me to a basic website so I can learn properly

I could do damage going in half arsed

There are high-protein yogurts (Arla do one) available, with 20g protein per pot, I find them less faffy than shakes but they taste pretty... grown up.
Or there are loads of protein bars available, but some of them are quite sugary.

Katymac Sat 26-Dec-15 21:45:18

I think I'm trying to fix two problems at once

1) the physio thinks she needs more protein
2) she can't snack easily anymore because of the retainer & I'm worried she will lose weight

Maybe I should separate them

I was looking at old fashioned tins of nourishment but they seem high in sugar too

hollinhurst84 Sat 26-Dec-15 21:53:08

The two I have used are my protein and the protein works. Both taste decent but I mix with unsweetened almond milk and have as a shake
The arla protein yoghurt are good, Skyr is quite high protein too

MyFriendsCallMeOh Sat 26-Dec-15 22:02:29

Chocolate flavor protein powder plus coconut milk plus half a dozen frozen cherries is amazing. Also vanilla protein powder, coconut milk and blueberries or mango or banana if she is hungry . Fruit with big seeds (raspberries etc) make shakes gritty but you can get fruit purée.....

MyFriendsCallMeOh Sat 26-Dec-15 22:04:09

Quick question (my dd wears a retainer)..... Why can't she snack easily with a retainer?

Katymac Sat 26-Dec-15 22:05:28

I wonder if I should take over with 'cooking' to make acceptable blends rather than let her mess about

They both sound very acceptable & the yogurt will be fab in a smoothie

Katymac Sat 26-Dec-15 22:10:56

She generally snacks after each 1.5hrs of class; she struggles to keep her weight constant

But if she has to take her retainer out, eat, chew gum, replace and change her kit & shoes - she won't get it done in 15mins (never mind maybe needing a loo break)

KeyserSophie Sun 27-Dec-15 09:27:21

Okay- so if weight loss is the issue then don't worry about sugar/ calorie content- you basically want to make them more calorific. I was confused by your saying "she mustn't gain any bulk or weight" and thought that was why you were adding it to water.

Many protein powders are sugar free (artificially sweetened) as they're generally marketed at athletes who want max protein in combination with minimum other macro-nutrients (fat/carbs). However, you can tailor calories depending on the "mixer"- water obviously being least calorific.

Can she drink a protein shake through a straw with the retainer in? If so, just mix them up with whole milk for more calories.

However, as I say, protein shakes always have a sort of back taste and that's something that's hard to avoid. Progenex is the nicest tasting of the ones I've tried but it is expensive, as I mentioned. I also find Muscle Milk quite palatable and that comes in ready made cartons.

Kathysclown Sun 27-Dec-15 09:40:14

KeyserSophie - where/how do you get hold of Progenix in the UK? I use the Recovery shakes, but don't live in the UK and can get hold of them where I currently live. Will probably be moving back to the UK later this year and good to know I can get them there - I didn't think they were available there....

Mrsmorton Sun 27-Dec-15 09:44:00

Using a high fluoride mouthwash will be quicker and easier than chewing gum. It is important to do something though if she's snacking or drinking or whatever. Sports people who do this generally have awful teeth unless they do something like gum etc.
Something OTC such as fluoriguard would be ideal. It's made by Colgate.

Applepie45 Sun 27-Dec-15 09:53:47

Just another suggestion for a couple of reasonably nice tasting protein supplements.

Optimum Nutrition makes for a nice shake, especially if added to almond milk. They come in loads of different flavours and you can buy samples of them on EBay to try before you buy a whole tub. I found it to be better quality than MyProtein, which whilst it did taste quite nice, made me quite bloated.

The other thing you might find worth looking into is a product called Muscle Mousse. It's essentially a high protein angel delight and it has a really good protein content. Some of the flavours are a bit synthetic, but the strawberry one is pretty good. I also quite like the peanut choc one (with an added scoop of peanut butter) but I suspect that one isn't for everyone.

Katymac Sun 27-Dec-15 11:25:52

Thanks everyone lots for us to try here

Thanks also MrsMorton; I reaally hadn't thought about mouthwash-the sheet said we had to clean her teeth,but as someone pointed out it's too soon after eating to do that. Any other useful retainer advise? In 3months it drops to 14 hrs a day & tbh that will be as hard as this is,she sometimes gets home at 8:30 then leaves at 7:30 the next day

Maryz Sun 27-Dec-15 11:34:12

Take her to a proper dietician - it's unlikely any child needs protein powder, they just have it because it's easier than eating proper food.

ds2 is a rugby player; some schools encourage the use of protein powder, bu the sports dietitian recommended a diet based on protein rich food - eggs, fish, chicken, peanut butter and other nuts, and milk.

In fact the recommendation is a pint of chocolate milk after a weight session - it contains 20g of protein, which is the correct amount.

Her comments about the contents of some over-the-counter protein supplements were a real eye-opener.

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