I am amazing
I recently started to track what I eat through the iPhone app/website LoseIt and quickly discovered that I do not consume nearly enough protein as I should. I run 2-3 miles 5-6 times a week around 6:30am and therefore I need to consume 75-90 grams of protein for adequate muscle recover.
Now there’s only so much animal protein I can eat. I am not vegan or vegetarian by any means (my favorite meals include Roasted Chicken at Frank, Freemans, or The Harrison; and the pulled pork sandwich at Num Pang), but there’s only so much I can eat without starting to feel a tad… barbaric. I stopped consuming dairy in late 2010, so cheese is out. (Cottage cheese gives me hives!)
Today I opted for a new solution: protein powder. Yes, to quote one of my friends, I’ve become “one of those people.”
I read reviews online that Designer Whey protein is not gritty, but I was disappointed not to find the “Natural” flavor at my local Vitamin Shoppe. I chose Strawberry for the basic reason that I like strawberry beverages whereas I never wanted to drink chocolate and vanilla water. I chose the smallest canister – 12 oz (340) grams – because the promise of 18g of protein, 200 mg of calcium, and various nutrients in the 100-calorie scoop was the most appealing.
The reviews are right – this Designer Whey protein powder is not gritty at all. I added the scoop to a 2/3 full bottle of water and shook vigorously for about 30 seconds. No grittiness.
My issue with this powder is that it is incredibly sweet – Halloween candy sweet. I think it’s safe to assume that protein powder consumers do not seek sugar or sweet beverages in these kind of proportions. Even the smell of the protein powder is off-putting and almost… artificial.
Now it just so happened that I had to buy cranberry juice today (if you’re a liberal woman in 2012 you know why). I do not particularly enjoy consuming beverages that are akin to lemon juice, so I quickly calculated the solution for both of my health problems: Designer Whey Strawberry Protein Powder + cranberry juice!
I won’t walk around craving this, but it’s probably the best way to balance the sweet and tart flavors.
Boyfriend and I went to Dekalb Market last Saturday. To quote the website:
Dekalb Market, is housed in a collection of salvaged shipping containers, that bring together Brooklyn’s creative entrepreneurs in a community setting that include an incubator farm, events and performance venue, and a collection of eateries and work-sell spaces.
The boyfriend is visible in my sunglasses.