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.
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!!