Protein is such a hot topic these days! Are you getting enough? Do you need a supplement? What are the best sources of protein? The average American needs about 0.8 grams of protein per kg of body weight. So for a 150lb person, that's about 55 grams of protein. This is easily met (and often exceeded) on a day-to-day basis by our intake of meats, poultry, eggs, dairy and more. So the short answer is yes, you're probably getting enough. And no, you likely don't NEED a protein supplement. Yet it seems like everywhere you look (especially in the world of facebook, twitter and instagram), people are blending up protein shakes and "green drinks" as meal replacements or to fuel and re-fuel from their workouts.
Nutrition facts: 200 calories, 15 grams protein, 6 grams fat, 16 grams sugar
I tried the chocolate peanut butter flavor and to be honest I am not a big fan. It had that "protein-y" (very scientific, I know) taste and wasn't that satisfying for 200 calories, which can mean trouble if it is meant to be a weight managment product. This bar also has a TON of ingredients, many of which are preservatives or other chemicals. I tend to recommend products with fewer ingredients and that have names that are easily recognizable. For the same flavor and more satisfaction, I'd probably go for a KIND Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein. Or better yet? I recommend making your own protein bars or trail mix for a snack between meals!
When I'm looking for super quick breakfast or want that post-run smoothie, I usually use EAS brand Soy Protein Powder (vanilla). So to review the last product, I just substituted the Lean 15 powder in my typical smoothie (pictured above, recipe below). Similar to the Recovery Protein, this product contains both sucralose (Splenda) and acesulfame potassium (Sweet One or Sunett). I have to say the flavor was excellent and I didn't feel it was overly sweet. I would be hesitant to recommend it for athletes (especially pre-workout), because a common side effect of Splenda is gastrointestinal upset. In addition, although artificial sweeteners help to keep the calorie and sugar count down, research does not support their use in effective long-term weight loss. However, if you already are accustomed to using artificial sweeteners, this might be a great product for you. I'm going to stick to my EAS Soy Protein Powder for now!Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
8oz Skim milk
2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
2 scoops Lean 15 Vanilla Cream
1 Tbsp ground flax seed