Ever since my favorite whey powder manufacturer started tinkering with their recipe, I have been on the hunt for a low cal, high protein replacement. I don’t know about you, but I can’t sacrifice 300 calories for some good quality protein. Maybe you’re not petite like me and maybe you don’t want to devote some of the calories in each of your meals to real food. But I do. That might make me weird but I’m okay with that. I embrace my culinary weirdness.
I hit up amazon for my search because I have gift cards that I can use to purchase my latest protein powder. (Thank you Amazon for adding check boxes to sort by low calorie and high protein–such a help!) Also thank you to the sellers who diligently photograph their products from all angles including the all important nutritional info panel. Since I want the most protein for my calories that I can get, that panel is deciding factor. I ignore all claims splashed across the product. If it doesn’t meet my nutritional requirements than it really doesn’t matter how branched your protein is. ‘Cause I ain’t buying it.
Calories are really important to me since I don’t have a lot of them to spend everyday and I like food. A lot. So that was the first criterion – calories – lowest I could find. Then I started in on the math equations to figure out how many calories of brand x whey powder would give me 30 grams of protein.
Before Body Fortress changed their formulation, one scoop used to yield 130 calories and 30 grams of protein. So today’s winner had to get close to or do better than that.
(Sorry Body Fortress, I will no longer be buying you. You shouldn’t have changed your formula. It was perfect as it was. I lost 30 lbs a bunch of years ago and have kept it off by adding your powder to my breakfasts, snacks and baked goods. I’ll miss you in glazes, frosting, candy and fudge. It was great while it lasted but now it’s time to replace you.)
After a thorough search and hitting up Google’s calculator, I ended up with (drum roll please):
Nature’s Best Perfect Zero Carb Isopure, Creamy Vanilla, 3 Lb Bottle
The nutrition label claims it has 50 grams of protein for 210 calories per 2 scoop serving. Now before you stroke out (like I did) let me explain. Each scoop is 25 grams of protein for 105 calories. Ergo, for 30 grams, I need 1.2 scoopfuls. 1.2*105=126 calories for my 30 grams of protein. Beat that Body Fortress. I dare you. (Please? I really do love you…)
The downside is the price. 52 scoopfuls (3 lbs) is $42.76. On the plus side, I don’t have to adjust the calorie count on my recipes. I just need to factor in (volumetrically) additional powder. Soon as I get the container in my hot little hands, I will be converting “scoopfuls” into something more useful like tablespoons. It just makes measuring easier. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough gift cards to purchase it today. But soon, very soon, it will be mine. Until then, I will use up the last container of the original Body Fortress’ whey isolate vanilla creme. I don’t know about you, but I feel like baking!