Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Difference in Protein Powders...

I had someone ask about protein powder and if I use any. I do actually. I know you’re either a person that likes it or person that doesn’t. I have never been a milk drinker and I’m not a huge meat eater either, so it’s important for me to get my protein and this is one way that works for me.

I was first introduced to protein powder after being contacted by and allowing them to share my story. As a thank you, they sent me a box of treasures. Protein powder was amongst those things. (Click Here  to read that post  )
There are really two different types of protein powder on the market. Here is a little info on both. Neither one is better than the other.  It more or less depends on your own individual needs and preferences. I have used both but generally use one over the other.
Whey Protein: Whey is more of your fast acting protein. A lot of people like to consume this following a workout to help recover, build, and replenish the body.
Casein Protein: This is a slow acting protein. It also does the same things the whey protein does only it takes longer to digest in the system, resulting in feeling fuller longer. 
I like to think of the two proteins as the difference between skim milk and cottage cheese. You may drink a glass of skim milk but within a half hour feel hungry and or not satisfied. If you were to have eaten a serving of cottage cheese instead, chances are you would have remained satisfied longer. 
That is really the only difference. I’m not a doctor or someone who feels comfortable telling you which protein is better for you or even which one you should try. I only know what has worked for me. 
I personally buy the Casein Protein. It’s what works for me and keeps me satisfied until my morning snack. Also, I think it tastes better.  Not that the whey is bad. Again, just a personal preference. The Rich Chocolate flavor is by far my favorite. I make a chocolate/vanilla spinach shake with it every morning to eat with my oatmeal. My trainer has also suggested adding the protein powder right to the oatmeal but for me it was way too rich.  I bet someone out there would like it though.
So there you have it…my two cents on protein powder. 

P.S. I’ve also added it to whole wheat pancake batter and cottage cheese pancakes too. It’s good! 

(My son took this of me after my run this afternoon. He was a little camera happy. Finally warm enough for shorts though!) 

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  1. There are other options than using Whey or Casein. Both of those are sources of high sensitivity to some people. Since both are essentially a dairy. I find it disappointing that other forms of protein aren't as readily available. I used hemp protein powder for quite some time. It took a bit to get use to it, but it was ok.

  2. Thanks for the post. I have been interested in protein shakes for awhile but have never had one. I was interested in trying Shakeology from Beachbody but they are so expensive! Maybe I'll give yours a try. How do you make your spinach shake?

  3. Thanks for the difference. I was wondering just the other day about the difference and I needed to do some research but hadn't gotten around to it:)

  4. I haven't tried the casein protein powder yet. I've just had Whey. I have been trying to use it more for the same reason you quoted...I'm not a milk drinker and I eat very meat on a very limited bases. I have found a difference between brands of protein powder....i'm taking notes of which brands to ignore. :-)

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