Protein mysteries

I recently had someone ask me what protein I use.

I responded with, “Use when?”

There are different proteins for different situations. First, I never do plant protein…it doesn’t absorb as easily into the body, it’s usually very low in natural BCAAs and protein grams, and it’s almost always a nasty taste and it makes your teeth feel fuzzy. I am also not “plant based”, and never will be, thank God. Give me beef or dairy protein all day, every day.

Second, I also don’t use those proteins from companies like Thrive, Arbonne, GNC, or Beachbody. For those of you that have only had those types of proteins: THERE ARE WAY BETTER TASTING PROTEINS OUT THERE. Don’t settle for crappy tasting and overpriced protein. Do some research and find a flavor that works for you.

My top protein choices are as follows (in no particular order):

Dymatize – They make a great tasting whey and great tasting casein protein. They don’t amino spike, and it mixes really well with water, almond milk, or milk. I drink this blended with a banana, some honey, and milk after a workout. Gluten free too.

MAN Sports Clean Protein – One of the best tasting protein blends out there. It’s a mix of fast and slow digesting protein, has no amino spiking, and no artificial color. I drink this at work during the day by pouring a scoop with some milk. The Unicorn Milk flavor tastes like strawberry cake (not just strawberry). Says gluten free but processed with equipment that processes wheat.

Sparta Nutrition Spartan Whey – I can’t seem to get any response from the company on whether or not it’s gluten free at all (I’ve emailed, Facebook messages, etc), but the taste is amazing. The “Pebbles Cereal” fruity one really tastes like cereal and is great mixed with milk. It’s also a blend.

APS Isomorph Whey Isolate – This was a new one for me, but it slides right through a funnel for mixing (which is awesome for anyone that’s spilled protein powder on their desk before) and flavors taste exactly like they say. Cinnamon Graham is awesome. Like Sparta, I can’t get a response as to whether or not it’s gluten free.

RedCon1 MRE – This one is more like a meal. Most certainly not truly gluten free like MAN Sports Clean Protein, but it tastes amazing. Don’t let the blend of oats, beef, salmon, chicken, egg, rice, pea, and sweet potato fool you, it really tastes great and Blueberry Cobbler is like dessert (there are tiny oat chunks in there for you texture people).

I am always on the lookout for new, great tasting proteins, so I’d encourage you to try these and check back to see if more get a recommendation from me over time.

Sean

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