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Optimum Nutrition: Gold Standard 100% Casein. Cookies and Cream flavor, a glass of it mixed with milk, and a 1/2 cup measuring cup

Optimum Nutrition:
Gold Standard 100% Casein. Cookies and Cream flavor with 1/2 cup skim milk

As a hypoglycemic, I’ve found I’m much more likely to get through the night with no issues if I have some protein right before bed. So, I ordered the Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Casein Cookies and Cream protein powder.

It’s delicious! I mix 1/2 scoop with 1/2 cup skim or 1% milk and have that right before bed. It helps me get through the night very easily. And the best part? It takes like melted mint chocolate chip ice cream, which was a childhood favorite of mine.

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A photo of a counter and a fridge in a hotel room stocked with healthy food

This was my “stash” of food for four days in Nashville. Note: i got lucky and got a bigger fridge than most people do.

I’ve written before on travel tips for hypoglycemics and healthy eaters. But, to give you a solid photo example from a food perspective, this is my stash after unpacking and a grocery store run in Nashville, TN. Admittedly, this ended up being too much food (my friend who lived locally got the leftovers I couldn’t pack), but it gives you an idea of how I stock-up when traveling to avoid making poor food choices.

I was staying at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, which is known for expensive and not-so-good food. With a per diem budget of $66 per day (translation: not enough) and crappy food all around me, I tried to eat as many meals in my hotel as possible.

Here’s the full list of what I brought with me:

– Dried cranberries

– Emerald 100 packs of nuts

– PB2

– Local Texas Honey

– Lean Body protein powder

– Optimum Gold Standard Casein Powder

– Trader Joe’s Rosemary Raisin Crackers

– Paper plates

– Silverware

– Small plastic cups for the protein powder

 

What I bought at the store (about $45 total):

– Bananas

– Apples

– Clementines

– Salad mix

– Carrots

– Green Beans

– Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt

– Quaker Oats individual oatmeal cups

– Goat cheese

– 9 Grain bread

– Raisins (whoops, forgot to pack those)

– Caramel rice cakes (which were YUMMMY in the Greek Yogurt)

 

From this, I was able to:

– Have a ton of hypoglycemic-friendly snacks

– Mixed greens salads with goat cheese (protein) and cranberries (carbs) with 2 slices of 9-grain bread (for carbs/calories)

– PB2 & honey sandwiches with carrots and green beans

– Avoid most other food costs

 

And yes…I still splurged on a KILLER BBQ meal at Jacks Barbecue.

 

 

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A cup of hot chocolate

Photo from Flickr Creative Commons: avlxyz

I was working an all-day training session and thus had to pack all my food for the day with me., including my protein powder. The conference center we were at was scare on regular water, but they had hot water. It dawned on me, could I make a hypoglycemic-friendly version of hot chocolate by mixing my Optimum Gold Standard 100% Casein Chocolate Supreme protein powder with hot water?

Turns out, yep! It was a little hard to mix-up the protein powder with the hot water (I swear the colder the water is, the better it mixes), but once I got it mixed, it actually tasted pretty good!

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A jar of PB2

PB2 tastes amazing! And is much healthier than regular peanut butter.

 

A couple weeks ago, I was traveling with friends and one of them, a fitness competitor, let me try the new PB2 product. Basically it’s powdered peanut butter with the majority of fat (and hence calories) extracted from it.  I was skeptical at first, but I have to say, it’s amazing!

I immediately went out and bought a bottle of it (available at most grocery stores). I love peanut butter, but have moved away from using it because of the fat and calories as compared to other protein sources. PB2 solves that. At only 45 calories and 1.5 g of fat per 2 tablespoons, it’s once again a viable option.

As I mentioned last week (Protein Powder Throwdown: Juice Plus vs. Optimum Gold Standard), I also figured out that, if I mix it with my Optimum Gold Standard 100% Casein chocolate powder, it tastes very close to a chocolate peanut butter cup.

Ladies and Gentleman, peanut butter is BACK ON THE MENU!

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Juice Plus Complete Drink Mix: Chocolate

For a long time now, I’ve been using EAS Vanilla Myoplex as my main protein powder, but I won a bag of the Juice Plus Complete Drink Mix in chocolate, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

Pros:

  • Admittedly, one of my downfalls is chocolate. The darker it is, the better, and I have a very difficult time staying away from it.  By switching to chocolate protein powder, my need for chocolate dropped to zero. Good to know, from now on, chocolate it is.

Cons:

  • The taste was not good. No really. I mean, I understand that protein powder isn’t going to taste like chocolate, but I give this a 2 out of 10.
  • It was hard as hell to mix. Every Juice Plus representative I spoke to gave me the same advice, use a blender or hand mixer. Not realistic considering how often I use protein powder on the go.

 

Optimum Gold Standard 100% Casein: Chocolate

After doing some research and realizing (as I mentioned above) that I needed a chocolate variety, I decided to order this because of the taste reviews and because casein is a slow-release protein.

Pros:

  • It tastes fantastic! I give it a 9 out of 10. Seriously, I could probably give this to you as a chocolate pudding and you wouldn’t know the difference.
  • If you mix it with equal parts of PB2, you get a chocolate peanut butter flavor. So good.
  • It mixes very well on the go. I put it in small containers, add some water and shake.

Cons:

  • To me, it smells heavy of chemicals.
  • It thickens up quick, so you’ll need a good bit of water. But again, it’s good as pudding too.

 

The winner

Hands-down the Optimum Gold Standard 100% Casein is my new favorite protein powder. It tastes amazing and mixes well by itself or with PB2. I’ll never buy the Juice Plus mix.

 

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