Now that I’m using protein powder several times per week (and have even gotten my husband into it), we’re going through it pretty fast. I’d been using MGN Pure Whey, which I liked, but when I could no longer find it online, I realized it was time to try something new.
After hearing rave reviews on a certain fitness board I frequent, I decided to try BSN Lean Dessert Protein. The most fun part, of course, was choosing a flavor. Sure, you know it’s just powder and it shouldn’t be all that exciting, but somehow the flavor names they come up with sound sooo delicious (chocolate fudge pudding? fresh cinnamon roll? gimme!!).
I ended up ordering Whipped Vanilla Cream – sounds good, right?
Per 35 g scoop:
- 150 calories
- 3.5 g fat
- 2 g sugar
- 21 g protein
The package recommends mixing 1 scoop with 4 to 5 oz. of liquid, so I went with about 5 oz. of skim milk; previously I’d been using 1 scoop of MGN protein powder with 8 oz. milk per NROLFW recommendations.
This stuff is good, although it’s quite sweet (which may or may not be a good thing depending on your preferences). Using only 5 oz. of liquid made for a pretty strong taste, and I definitely needed a cold glass of water when I was done to wash away the powerful sweetness of it. However, it mixes well (I just put it in a bottle with a tight-fitting lid and shook a few times), isn’t chalky and has good flavor.
Next time I’ll try mixing this with water (closer to 8 oz.) and ice, since it does have about 50 calories more per serving than my previous protein powder; that’s not necessarily a bad thing, depending on your goals, but since I’m also trying to lose fat, I do need to watch my calorie intake.
I still haven’t found a vanilla protein powder that I think is awesome; I don’t know what it is about vanilla, but it’s hard to get that flavor just right in protein powder form.
I’m definitely interested in trying a few of the other flavors from the BSN Lean Dessert line once I use up this can!
For more protein powder reviews, check out my BSN Syntha-6 review!
I also picked up the weights again this morning (finally). I just don’t have the time to devote to the NROLFW lengthy workouts right now, so I found a modified 5×5 program (more like 3×8) that I’m going to try for the next few weeks. It’s incredibly simple and perfect for the time-crunched.
Here’s what I did today:
1×8 at 50 lbs.
2×8 at 70 lbs.
Dumbbell bent-over rows:
1×8 at 25 lbs.
2×5 at 35 lbs.
Dumbbell shoulder press:
3×8 at 30 lbs. (15 lb. dumbbells)
Which have you found to be the best protein powders? Have you discovered a great-tasting vanilla?