The day before I went on vacation last week, I stopped by Whole Foods to pick up a few bars to pack and also picked up a pouch of their soy protein powder to try. I had been thinking about getting a can of the stuff, but I definitely wanted a trial run before that. Fast forward to a week later. I was sore from weights and such for the second day in a row, which reminded me that I had the pouch.
I've had protein powders before, though in whey form. I used to swirl them around in ice water, and it really didn't taste half bad. Expecting the same thing, I mixed the soy protein and drank away.
To put it simply, it was gross. No flavor, thick, gag-worthy (I nearly vomited, but I guess you didn't need to know that). I looked on the label and noticed that there were no carbohydrates, 110 calories per serving (the whole pouch), and 24 grams of protein. So I guess it tasted like that for a reason. I ended up having to chase it down with additional water and the skin of a muffin that someone brought to work.
I don't want to give up on soy protein, because it's a lot of protein for both your calorie and monetary buck. I noticed that the back of the pouch said to add it to soups, cereals, baked goods, etc. If I'm to continue with this, I will need to find something to put it in, though I am disgusted with the concept of thickening my soup. Maybe oatmeal would be a good candidate when I start having that again. I eat Quaker Weight Control instant oatmeal (which is SUPER good in Banana Bread flavor with 160 calories and 7 grams of protein); the soy powder would bring it to 270 calories and 31 grams of protein, 11 more than a Clif Builder's bar for the same number of calories and probably more fulfillment). I wonder if the oatmeal will taste less good, though.
UPDATE: So trying a very similar protein blend (Genisoy) in the oatmeal rendered it a gross mixture, but I choked it down anyway. I think I will try to shake it up with soy milk in the future and just chug it down. I have to use up a whole canister now...