I am one of those people that struggles with food. I eat crap on occasion, I don’t get enough fruits and vegetables on most days and I have a tendency to binge eat. I try and keep my diet simple enough that a trained seal could get it right. Mostly, I try and focus on getting enough protein in my day and I let the rest (hopefully) fall into place. Seeing as I am an occasional healthy eater I like be straight with you and let you know that I just had a small slice of a chocolate mousse pie. Followed up by hummus. I have not joined the whole ‘let’s make cauliflower into a pizza dough and mashed potatoes substitute’ thing and probably won’t. Ever. To me food should be as it is intended to be. I don’t want to eat one food to pretend it is another. So, focusing on protein is easiest on me. I like protein rich foods and they are easy to come by in a few food groups. Score.
I had the opportunity to try some Designer Whey Protein Powder in February and I fell in love. There is a high protein content per scoop of powder and it is low in calories, which makes it the gold standard of powders. I have purchased a few containers since then, and it has not disappointed. I was given the chance to try Designer Whey’s new Protein Powder: Sustained Energy.
This new powder is designed to give you balanced, stimulant-free, sustained energy through fast absorbing whey protein and slower absorbing soy and casein proteins, giving you a steady supply of essential amino acids while helping you control hunger with fiber. Packed with 16 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 19 Essential Vitamins & Minerals and naturally flavored and sweetened – all for only 100-good-for-you calories! Plus, it comes in 2 delicious flavors!
Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Velvet.
I have tried each flavor a few times. I am not the biggest vanilla protein powder fan, but this one was good. Not as creamy as I would like, but like I said, not the biggest vanilla fan. The chocolate velvet was very good, could have been a bit creamier as well…can you tell that I like creamy protein shakes? I loved having a protein shake after my runs with Designer Whey Sustained Energy protein powders. I typically mix the powder with ice, water, 1-2 cups of spinach and a banana. If I’m feeling jazzy I’ll throw in some frozen blueberries.
And what tastes better after a long and HOT summer run than a cold shake? Not much. Not much at all. I devoured my shake after my run on Sunday, it could not have tasted any better!
And yes, that is wood on our walls. No, not wood paneling. Actual wood. Our house is straight stylin’ from 1978.
Seriously though, after exercise I have a protein shake within 20 minutes of my workout ending, I shower up and then have a small meal with a good carb in it. I don’t do this after a small 3 mile run, but after substantial mileage or a good amount of time spent doing the activity, I make sure I fuel properly. And since I am occasionally healthy I am counting this 100 calorie per scoop protein powder in the health category! These Designer Whey Sustained Energy protein powders did keep me pretty full for the next few hours. I did eat a small meal after I cleaned up, but it probably wasn’t necessary.
What kind of protein powder do you swear by?
Do you make sure to get protein after a hard workout?