The pre-op surgical diet that we have to do before…
I have branched out lately and have tried a new protein powder because while your old favourites can be comforting and reliable it’s good to change things up once in a while isn’t it! I have a group of surgery buddies and I mentioned I was thinking of trying a new protein powder and I was recommended by a few others to try Balance 100% Whey Protein Powder.
The nutritional breakdown of this protein powder is pretty good.
Per Serving (28 grams) values are as follows:
Protein 22.2 grams
Fat 1.5 Grams
Carbs: 1.9 grams
Sugar: 1.4 grams
To start with this protein powder is really high in protein and low in carbs, sugar and fat which is a must if I’m considering having it. I got a 1.5 kilo tub of it online for around $75 (it was on special but is usually about $79 – $109 which is great considering it will last me almost two months. As you know I have a protein shake for breakfast everyday and the cost per serving breaks down to $1.41.
One of the things I get really hung up about with protein powders is how well they mix in because I hate the gritty powdery taste that so many protein powders give you. Balance 100% Whey Protein blends perfectly just in a shaker. That’s right, you don’t need to bother with a stick blender or whizzy machine because a shaker is more than enough.
I have tried the Orange Choc Chip and the Lime Milkshake flavours so far. I found the Orange Choc Chip ridiculously sweet and while I got through it I wouldn’t get that flavour again. I am quite sensitive to sweetness now though so others might not find it too bad. I am really enjoying the Lime Milkshake flavour though. I love lime flavour of anything really and this one is a really good lime flavour and isn’t too sweet.
You can mix this protein powder with any liquid. Water is suggested on the packaging but I know some people mix it with milk for a bit extra protein. I played around a bit and found I like it most with half milk (100ml) and half water (100ml). Mixed with water alone it’s okay but to be honest isn’t the greatest. Mixed with just milk it gets really bubbly and foamy and I don’t like having too much air in my tummy. But mixed with half milk and half water it’s the best mix (for me) of palateability, taste and texture so that’s what I’m sticking with.
Balance 100% Whey Protein Powder seems to be really readily available too. Most online sport supplement places stock some or all of the range and I’ve heard good things about NZ Muscle (They have a physical store on Constellation Drive in Auckland) in terms of really fast shipping of online orders. I’ve only visited them instore so haven’t had an online shopping experience with them yet and can’t say for sure how quick they are. *Update as at 04 April, I did an online order on Friday last week late at night and it arrived today (Monday) at lunchtime. That kind of service and speed is awesome.
I’m looking forward to trying more of the flavour range, I’ve heard the banana flavour is quite good and while looking online I’ve spotted a chocolate mint flavour! I’m going to give Balance 100% Whey Protein 5/5 stars because it suits bariatric post-ops perfectly, it mixes really well and once you find a flavour you like it’s really yummy too!
Have you tried any of the Balance Sports Nutrition protein powders? What do you think of them and please comment below if you have a flavour recommendation for me!
While I rave about this protein powder I just wanted to let you guys know I bought it myself and definitely haven’t been paid to write this review. I have done this review to share a good find with you guys!
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