December 15, 2013

All Pro Science Complete: What is grass fed whey, and why use it?

How many of you out there have tried grass fed whey? If you are like me, I look at a giant bottle of that stuff and think, definitely for that body builder crew that we can hear (from inside the fragile, zen-music-playing cocoon of our yoga studio) awkwardly grunting and throwing their weights across the gym for no apparent reason.

But I did a little research, and here's what I found. Ever had a glass of milk go sour? Well, whey is basically the liquid stuff that separates from the curd stuff. But I'm sure they do it in a more sanitary way than just forgetting their glasses of milk on the counter. Plus, that would take a lot of forgetful people. So basically I'm saying that they can supply the brand by coming to my kitchen.

The benefits? Whey's considered a complete protein and contains all nine essential amino acids. It also has less lactose, so it's easier to tolerate if you are intolerant of the big-boy stuff. Or if you're like me, you are trying to avoid it because you believe it's giving you bacne. Also, it's supposed to help build lean muscle, something runners are kind of super into. Here's some more info on WebMD.

Oh, and the grass fed part just refers to what the cows are eating. They aren't feeding the whey grass, but now I can't get that picture out of my head.

The brand I tried was from All Pro Science, which is made in the USA. They have several flavors, but I tried out the banana creme. The flavor wasn't too intense, although definitely banana was there. If I were buying another tub, I'd go for the chocolate, which gets solid reviews for taste.


My sister, aka a health food ninja, checked it out for me on her last visit and gave it a stamp of approval for use. 


Here's a more up-close view of the nutritional breakdown. As the person who at certain points of my life has wanted to eat laundry detergent (dang you, pica), I was happy to see such a high number beside iron. I wrote more about runners and iron deficiency in this old post. 


Did you count six ingredients? I did! I love a simple and understandable ingredient list. The only bad thing I can think of is that if you don't like the stevia aftertaste, you will not appreciate this powder. 


But maybe you can get over that by studying all of the great things it offers. I was just thinking, if I don't get some methionine stat, I'm going to die. Not literally. But seriously, giant bonus points and three virtual high fives if you know without googling what methionine is. 


I'm not sure that it helped me build muscle (might need more than just a one-person anecdote to figure that out), but I do know that I loved having an easy meal at the end of a workout or for an on-the-go breakfast. It kept me full for longer than my fruit shakes do. I also liked that I could still use it while I'm trying to drop processed sugar from my diet (absolutely did not happen at tonight's Christmas party). And again, it was Made in Amuhrka! Freedom! Or Freebird!

And here's my own personal grass fed whey shake recipe. Simple and yum. Hope you love it!

Chocolate Banana Creme Shake

1 scoop of All Pro Science's banana creme protein powder
1 frozen banana
2 TB cashew butter
1 TB cocoa
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup of kefir (also has less lactose than standard milk)

Blend and love!

If you want to try it, go to their site and use the coupon code YO40 for 40% off. And let me know if you try it and how you liked it. With the discount, this large container is about $50, but it is large and will last you a good while.

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Other cool things from my week: a runner on the front of this month's Life Time magazine. Their monthly mag is surprisingly informative and awesome.



This weekend we got in a 15-mile trail run in the pouring rain. We felt like kids on a giant dirt/mud playground. 


And the best news of all? This week I'm celebrating 13 years of maritalness with this dude. And I'm fully supporting the keeping of the beard that he started for No Shave November. I kind of a lot love it. 


All Pro Science sent me that tub of yum to try out, but all the thoughts and opinions are my own.