Friday, April 13, 2012

Fitness Friday....Protein Power!! #Nytrowhey

Many years ago, when people talked about protein intake and drinking protein shakes and such it was a small subset of people.  Many of those people had goals of being on their way to look like this:
Now this may or may not be your goal look.....not mine but probably is my hubby's.  However, protein intake is so important whether you are training to be Mr. Olympia or if you want to reach a lean, toned shape.  We know that protein is the building block of muscle and it is an important part of our diets each day.  Recommendations vary but you can calculate your protein needs with the following formula:

1. Weight in pounds divided by 2.2 = weight in kg
2. Weight in kg x 0.8-1.8 gm/kg = protein gm.
Use a lower number if you are in good health and are sedentary (i.e., 0.8). Use a higher number (between 1 and 1.8) if you are under stress, are pregnant, are recovering from an illness, or if you are involved in consistent and intense weight or endurance training.
Example: 154 lb male who is a regular exerciser and lifts weights
154 lbs/2.2 = 70kg
70kg x 1.5 = 105 gm protein/day 

One way that I have embraced getting more protein in my diet is through green monster protein smoothies!  I have one a day and get at least 20 grams of protein nestled in a yummy shake!!  I was recently given the chance to review a product from ProSource, an amazing site for weight loss and body building supplements!! 

I tested out NytroWhey Ultra Elite protein powder in the flavor chocolate mint.  It comes in 4 different flavor vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, and chocolate mint and for a great price through ProSource of only $30.95!!  The first thing that hit me when I open the jug was the YUMMY smell!  Sometimes protein powder has a certain aroma to it but this one made me want to dig right in!!  Here's the skinny on NytroWhey from the ProSource site:
  •  Serving size is 2 scoops
  • 180 calories 
  • 5 grams of fat
  • 13 grams of total carbohydrates with 4 grams of fiber and just 3.5 grams of sugar
  • 21 grams of protein
What does Fancy Nancy think???
I was happy by the amount of calories versus protein content.  I think it's low on calories for the amount of protein that is in it.  I usually pick powders that are a little lower in sugar but I figured that since it was chocolate mint instead of vanilla, that that was where the added sugar came.  I used this on it's own with water and in my green monster smoothies with a banana, almond milk, and spinach.  Both ways were super yummylicious but the one with just water had a very strong mint taste.  The smoothie version had me practically licking the glass!!  Also it was easy on the belly.  I've made no point to hide that my stomach can be about as cranky as a tired toddler and this protein did not make it gurgley at all!  

Try it out for yourself!!  Head on over to ProSource and check out the NytroWhey Ultra Elite!!!

I was given a jug of the NytroWhey Ultra Elite for free but the thoughts and opinions were all my own.  I was not otherwise compensated. 

 

6 comments:

  1. That guy at the top? Gross. I hope your husband doesn't end up looking like that. I mean, muscles are great but that guy is a little over the top. I am glad that the current protein powder doesn't make us look like that too!

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  2. I have an unsweetened soy protein powder that I use and that helps cut back on the sugar calories.. I find that I tend to use this as a meal replacement though when I'm running late in the mornings...

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  3. Nice post, I am very picky about my protein powders but I do love chocolate mint!!!

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  4. Yes, the vanilla has less sugar, < 1 gram. I have been reviewing this product too and hope to post my evaluation tomorrow, or later tonight, if all goes well. :)

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