If you’re starting to think all I live on is…
I have a protein shake for breakfast every single day. I’m a creature of habit and eating the same thing over and over doesn’t bother me one bit. About six months post op when I had finally dropped all of the Optifast shakes I was having a hard time meeting my protein requirements of 60-80 g of protein in three small meals a day. Post gastric bypass or other bariatric surgeries it is really, really important to meet you protein goals to stay healthy. Then I discovered The Honest Food Co’s Egg White Protein Powder with Organic Cacao and I haven’t looked back. This protein powder is amazingly concentrated and compared to all of the other ones I have investigated this one, in my opinion, packs the best protein punch.
There are four simple ingredients in this shake but feel free to only add the cereal occasionally:
1x Symbio Vanilla Yoghurt 150g (4.0 g of protein)
2x Tablespoons of The Honest Food Co Organic Cacao Egg White Protein Powder (14.1 g of protein)
50ml of Calcitrim Milk (2.9 g of protein)
I put the first three ingredients into a jug and mix them for about 10-20 secs with my stick blender. Then ta-daaaa you have a protein shake. Once I’ve put it in a glass I add the cereal on top.
These three ingredients net you 21 grams of protein. **Updated April 2016** I did have a cost analysis here but as time has moved on prices have changed and it has become irrelevant.
On the weekends I add a bit of cereal to make it a bit more interesting. It’s nice to have a bit of a crunch factor to it once in a while. Some Special K cereals have quite high (in relative terms in the world of cereals and carbohydrates) levels of protein in them. I add a quarter of a cup of cereal to the top of my shake and away I go. This adds another 1.9g of protein to the above total. I have to admit the main reason I don’t have cereal on the top during the week is because I don’t want to have to use a spoon and mess up my lipstick before work but I don’t think the cereal is necessary everyday because I try not to have too many carbs in my diet.
I wouldn’t recommend this shake too early on after bariatric surgery because while it is protein heavy it is not nutritionally complete like Optifast. This is a good option long term once you are sick and tired of Optifast. Unlike the packaged shakes this one doesn’t have a hint of the weird powdery taste that seems to pervade most protein supplement type products.
I have already converted a fair few friends to this protein powder and they love it too! Here’s a link to buy it online if you are inspired to give it a go! The Honest Food Co Let me know in the comments below if you have already tried this protein powder or if you try it out after reading this post I’d love to know what you think about it.