Protein Pudding

Protein pudding is a little concoction I have been living off of (well, not literally) when I can’t exactly decide what to snack on. It tastes strongly of protein powder but also kind of like pudding. Because of this, my suggestion is to find a protein powder you really like first before making protein pudding with it. My favourites lately have been Vanilla Caramel Whey HD by BPI Sports and Vanilla Cake by Muscletech Platinum.

Some people may look back on protein powder and shudder (I used to), but I promise you, in the last half-decade alone, protein powder has evolved drastically. It no longer tastes like chalk! In fact, the 2 I listed above taste pretty close to frosting to me. Perhaps that’s because I’ve been eating ‘clean’ long enough to appreciate less-desirable food (well, not less desirable .. but more healthy, really — and ymmv on what ‘healthy’ means), or perhaps it’s because I’ve been used to supplementing with tons of smoothies and powders during my 3 years without meat back in the day. However, those looking to jump on the fitness bandwagon have no fear — there are wonderful websites out there like bodybuilding.ca where you can order samples of protein powders for under $10. And these aren’t just little sample packets either. You can get a 5-7 serving tub for about $10, so you can really see if you like it before you buy a bigger size. They ship from Richmond, too, so it only took like 6 days (and $5 for shipping!) for my order to get to Northern Alberta (and I believe they have another warehouse in Ontario for those on the other side of Canada, but forgive me if I’m wrong). They also have a US website! (which I don’t get as excited about, because almost everything has a US website 😉 ).

No, I’m not affiliated with these guys in any way whatsoever. I just really, really love that website because I am indecisive. I’m so indecisive that I ordered 8 different samples of vanilla-based flavors alone. I wanted to make sure I could have a staple in my cupboard that I am absolutely sure I love. So if you’re tired of the sugar content of RTDs like Boost and Ensure; and you’re tired of the price of Vega ($70 a tub in some places! Ack!), it’s certainly an option!

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For this photo, I used my good ‘ol faithful, Isoflex Chocolate. It’s nice to find a product you can get locally, and you can find that particular brand in many grocery stores these days. Even Wal-Mart has it! I know a lot of people knock Wal-Mart for having poor quality supplements (and to me, their Pure Protein and IsoFemme powders taste like ass), but it can be handy when you need it. And heck, for those of you who are on a budget, or go there often enough anyway, I fail to see the difference between Wal-Mart and some of the generic GNC-brand stuff that’s 3x the price. Alas, I am getting off topic.

Protein pudding. It tastes kinda like pudding but it has protein.

Anyyyhoo. Here’s the recipe:

Protein Pudding:

  • 1 serving protein powder. Use any you like!
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup milk, depending on the thickness of your protein powder (if your shakes come out the consistency of pancake batter – use more milk, if they come out more like the consistency of milk – use less milk .. some brands are thicker, some thinner, so it’s best to experiment a bit)
  • 1 tsp – 1 tbsp coconut oil, depending on how creamy you like it
  1. Scoop or weigh protein powder in a bowl. Add coconut oil.
  2. IMPORTANT – heat your milk in the microwave for about 15 – 20 seconds. This makes it warm enough to melt the coconut oil, but not hot enough to ‘cook’ the protein powder. If you heat it too much your protein powder could clump as the protein denatures. That was the mistake I made the first time I tried protein pudding (then I tried it cold and the coconut oil stayed solid and became chunky). This is what makes the recipe.
  3. Slowly pour in the milk and stir, stir, stir!
  4. Enjoy!

Note: The nutritional information on this will vary wildly depending on the amount of oil, and types of milk and protein powder you use. Protein powder is generally 100-200 calories a scoop, and milk can range from 40 calories a cup for unsweetened almond, to 160 a cup for whole or goat’s milk. My suggestion is to use whatever fits your goals.

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Berry Chocolate Protein Shake

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Everyone loves smoothies, am I right? 🙂

.. At least, everyone SHOULD love smoothies. With the near-endless selection of ingredients, there seems to be something for everyone.

Some people are fruit purists, others are brave enough to venture into savoury territory. Personally, I prefer protein powder and berries; and boy, am I fussy about my protein powder.

I made the mistake of buying a cheap vanilla whey protein the other day. The texture is nice and silky but whenever a company tries to put in that artificial ‘french vanilla’ scent or flavor, I just can’t stand it. It’s like some sort of Alice-repellent. I’m considering ordering a whole bunch of samples of vanilla protein online just to find one I like. Being fussy does have its expense.

One protein powder I HAVE been able to tolerate, and for many years, is the VEGA protein line.

Even if you’re not vegan (I was for 4 years, but began eating meat again after I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism), the combination of pea and hemp protein is very palatable. In fact, I prefer it to whey.

There are sample packs of the stuff just about everywhere; health food stores, grocery stores.. I love a good sample pack.

However, if alternative protein ain’t your thing, feel free to chuck a scoop of whey into this recipe. But while you’re at it, tell me your favourite protein in the comments. Maybe I’ll give it a try 🙂

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Berry Chocolate Protein Shake

  • 1 scoop Vega Choc-a-Lot instant smoothie
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I used lactose-free cow milk, but try using goat or nut if you’d like!)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp chocolate syrup (I use 25% reduced sugar. Regular would likely work, but you might need to reduce the amount so it’s not too sweet.)
  • 4 ice cubes
  1. Add ingredients to blender; liquid first, followed by protein powder, and then berries, syrup, and ice.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into your favourite cup (my to-go container kind of looks like a sippy cup, doesn’t it? haha) and enjoy!

Nutritional info using 2% milk and reduced-sugar syrup: 332 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated), 191mg sodium, 49g carbohydrates, 7.5g fiber, 36g sugar, and 18g protein