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May 27, 2013 07:20 PM

Kosher Protein Powder

Could someone please tell me where I can find a good kosher protein powder? I would like to order it locally in the Houston area but will order it online if necessary. Many thanks, Gilah

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    1. re: superburns

      Thanks so much for the information. I'm going to try it!

    2. I actually tried about a half dozen and the one I liked the best was Carnations Sugar Free Instant Breakfast. That's for powder. The ready to drink one I liked the best is Muscle Milk. I'd order my CSFIB on line so I could get the vanilla and strawberry flavors in addition to the chocolate. With some extracts, spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and the like, I had plenty of variety.Good luck !

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      1. re: ettilou

        Thanks so much for the information. I'm not so sure about the breakfast drink if it is the one I'm thinking of from past experience. I'm looking more for something that I can mix into other drinks such as the Naked Green Machine and Odwalla drinks. But I will check out the other one. Thanks again.

      2. My son uses the Hammer powder and really likes it. It is CRC-dairy. I use Perfect Fit, a pareve powder, made from organic brown rice. It is United Mehadrim Kosher. I like it best blended with frozen fruit.

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        1. re: TerreeCloth

          Thanks so much and I will look at both products. I also discovered some of the Zone bars as I'm trying to find quick ways of getting protein when I am on the run.

        2. I'm also looking for a good protein powder, but I have some very specific requirements.
          1) Prefer a whey and casein mix
          2) Prefer no added sugar or sugar alcohols- Aspartame, Sucralose or Stevia would be ok.

          The Hammer is uses Stevia as a sweetener, but it's 100% whey.

          Any recs?

          1. I couldn't remember the name of this other protein powder I used a couple of weeks ago, but just found an empty packet I saved to remind me. I bought a single-serve packet at Whole Foods to try it out, and I really liked it. It's called Amazing Meal, and it has an O-U on the back--it's pareve. I tried the Vanilla Chai flavor. Here's a link:
            It could be at your local Whole Foods, though. My son buys the Hammer at the local running store where he buys his shoes.

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            1. re: TerreeCloth

              This is a bit of a tangent, but if you have a flavored protein powder, what do you add to your protein shake (assuming it's a shake)? I've been curious to experiment with powders but am not sure how to do it with the flavored ones... but I love vanilla chai!

              1. re: tamarw

                I typically make a smoothie with regular/soy/almond milk, peanut butter, a banana, frozen fruit (e.g., blueberries), greek yogurt, and flax meal.

                1. re: DeisCane

                  But what about if protein powder is used (to make the smoothie protein-rich?) How does flavored protein powder impact the outcome of the smoothie?

                  Can someone just add water to the protein powder? Would it taste good? Call me completely clueless but interested.

                  Or how is everyone else using their protein powder?

                  1. re: tamarw

                    I use either vanilla or chocolate, which work very well with the flavors I choose. For example, blueberry usually with vanilla, berries usually with chocolate.

                    1. re: tamarw

                      My question is why people use the protein powders at all. I understand that professional athletes might need them, but most Americans get more than enough protein already (Google something like "do Americans need more protein"). If you just feel that you want a protein based meal, why not just have fish, meat, nuts, beans, eggs, etc.? Why buy expensive powders? Or even cheap ones? (Or do we have that many kosher-keeping bodybuilders on this board?)

                      1. re: queenscook

                        I used to think I got enough protein. I scoffed at people who got protein boosts, or made protein smoothies.

                        I am a lifelong athlete--multiple sports in HS, baseball in college, lots of rec leagues in multiple sports as a grownup--in my late 30s and I never gained much muscle, despite being a regular gymgoer throughout. Only since I increased my protein intake--via powders, primarily--beginning in July of last year, have I actually seen a positive impact in muscle growth.

                        So I am a big proponent now.

                        1. re: queenscook

                          I think that kosher keepers have a harder time getting all that protein in. I rarely eat fleishig (commitment issues) and can't tolerate some kinds of dairy (cottage cheese, milk). A protein shake for breakfast helps me keep my carbs down and my protein up.
                          I've been using a scoop of Designer Whey Strawberry flavor in a cup of Vanilla unsweetened almond milk.

                          1. re: websterhall1994

                            Oh thanks, I forgot about almond milk. I'm going to try incorporating that in some of my protein drinks. I know I have not been getting enough protein and this really seems to be helping me balance things out.

                          2. re: queenscook

                            I'm not a bodybuilder, but I do run 3 miles, 6 days a week. I really like to grab a protein shake right after--it's a quick dose of protein that lets me get out of the house when I need to.

                            1. re: TerreeCloth

                              Yeah, I've been getting more into fitness (which is really hard to do when you enjoy good food), so it's really helpful to know there are kosher options out there. Thanks for your insights and suggestions.

                            2. re: queenscook

                              Protein drinks are not just for body builders. I am not a body builder, simply trying to get enough protein. I love all those sources of proten you metioned, well except not so much the meat. But sometimes I do not like the heaviness I feel from eating some of those foods. A protein drink settles better in my stomach and I know I'm still getting my protein. Also, it's quick and easy when you're on the run. It's not like I'm using it every day so it is not that expensive. Everyone is different so there really is no one size fits all.

                              1. re: Gilah

                                As an aside, a number of Morningstar Farms products are suggested in protein-rich diets because of their protein count. I really enjoy their sausage links.

                            3. re: tamarw

                              I do occasionally blend mine with just water, but most of the time I add frozen blueberries, peaches or strawberries. I think I used blueberries with the vanilla chai. As far as the flavor of the powder--I can't say that it's so pronounced that I notice it. I did use a chocolate-flavored hemp powder for a while, and I didn't like it with anything else.

                          3. re: tamarw

                            I use whey protein powder that I get online from I usually get the Nutri-Supreme brand -- the vanilla and coffee flavors.

                            The vanilla provides a great base for any fruit. I'll blend water, powder, half a banana, and then strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mango, etc. whatever you have. Or, you can do a combination of watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew. Blend with ice. If you want to indulge, use low-fat milk instead of water.

                            The coffee flavor goes great with banana, a little peanut butter and/or strawberry. Sometimes, i throw iced coffee in there too.

                            These are great after a workout or post-run.

                            1. re: cb3

                              Thanks so much! Wow, I had no idea there was a coffee flavored protein powder. I love coffee, so I'm definitely going to try this one. And making a sort of iced coffee blend for summer sounds great. Thanks again.

                          4. re: TerreeCloth

                            Thanks so much; it sounds yummy and I'm going to try it. There is a Whole Foods near me so hopefully I too can find it there. I also appreciate the link. Thanks again.