Saturday, February 28, 2009

Oat bran and Protein Powder

In my last trip to Whole Foods I picked up bulk oat bran and a new protein powder and I am currently in love with both!!! Oat bran is great! I LOVE oatmeal and have it almost every morning, and hearing about oat bran and its great nutrition stats on other blogs i decided to check it out. Oats a a great whole grain in whatever form, but Oatbran has 6 grams of fiber and more protein and fat than quick oats which have 4 g of fiber. And they are delicious!! My usual 1/2 cup dry expanded so much in water, making it even more filling than regular oats just because of the volume. They are like quickoats' speedy, creamy twin.
I was looking for a protein powder at Whole Foods and LifeTime's Life Basic Plant Protein caught my eye.

I have tried hemp protein powder and Vega before, but hemp has quite a strong taste and while Vega is delicious, its a bit pricey. I like having protein powder around, if I'm in the mood for a smoothie, and making my own Protein Bars is near the top of my current To-do list. Life Basic Plant Protein is made with Pea, Hemp, Rice and Chia seeds and sweetened with stevia. I like that it has a mix of protein sources- I didn't want to get a soy protein isolate because my diet already contains quite a bit of soy. 1 scoop has 120 calories and 22g of protein! It has all the essential amino acids, and Chia powder is getting a lot of buzz right now as a Superfood-high is omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. They were apparently a staple for Aztec worriers and have amazing gelling properties. But the best part is, this protein powder tastes AMAZING. I love it-vanilla flavor and I've been just making a "protein pudding" by adding just enough water to dissolve it, and then the Chia seeds form a gel. I love pudding and this is delicious! MMMMM!!

7 comments:

Annabelle Ho said...

how is vega? what kind(s) did you try? and does it still have that characteristic protein powder taste? thanks! :)

Gina said...

You like Vega, huh? I'm not a big fan.

Anyway, I heard from Robert, and he is still sending out his mom's walnuts, if you are interested. They're $5 a pound, plus shipping. Let me know if you want any :)

Elizabeth Jarrard said...

I liked Vega- I had the chocolate protein powder. They come in smaller sample sizes at Whole Foods if anyone wants to try it before committing to the whole container. :)
Thank you for asking Robert, Gina- I'll contact him!

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Protein Powder said...

Before read this post I take hemp protein powder as supplement but after read this blog I have tried Vega. It contain really good taste than hump. As you said that hump is strong and Vega is delicious to take.

Mike Anderson said...

I buy bulk whey powder at Central Market in Houston. I'm looking for POWDERED OAT BRAN as a great additive to my protein shakes. Anyone know where you get can get this stuff? I bought finely milled oat bran from the bulk section and use it in my protein shakes, but it's a little bit gritty. BTW, my homemade protein shakes are simple! 7 ice cubes, skim milk, strawberries or a banana, teaspoon of sugar, coupla scoops of whey powder and a heaping tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa. Blend it up and bingo!!

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