Friday, December 21, 2007

Whole Foods Soy Protein Powder (Natural Vanilla Flavor)

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...

1 comment:

  1. The reason for your runs may be that the Whole Foods Soy Protein Powder you purchased may have had Psyllium husk in it. That is an herbal supplement that helps clean you out and detoxify your body. A natural laxative.