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    Protein Powder

    I am interested in making my own protein bars, and most of the recipes I have seen require using protein powder. I have never used that so am not familiar with what to buy. Can anyone recommend a good one to use? Taste, etc.
    I always have my one cup of coffee soon after I get up in the morning. But I cannot have coffee on empty stomach...bad case of coffee nerves happens. Have been using store brands of breakfast bars, but now I want to make my own.
    Thanks for your input.

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    I think I'd rather do homemade granola bars. If you add nuts and peanut butter they will have protein. I am leery of the chemicals in protein mixes but I guess the bought bars.would have chemicals too.

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    We've tried quite a few protein powders (for drinks). The best, in my opinion, is egg white protein. The only brand we've tried in egg protein was this one which is very good, but also very pricey:
    http://www.amazon.com/Jay-Robb-White...dp/B003757WBK/
    Perhaps other brands of egg white protein are less expensive; I don't know.

    My daughter and I both can't stand soy protein (which is also not necessarily really good for you). It leaves a strong, unpleasant after-taste for me. My husband doesn't mind it.

    I can tolerate whey protein in small amounts. My biggest problem with it is that it tastes sickeningly sweet to me. I normally like sugar, but not this kind of sweetness.

    I never tried to cook with any of the above proteins. All of the above is related to how they taste mixed with milk, or in smoothies. Baking may alter the flavors.

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    I watched an episode on America's Test Kitchen where they made homemade granola. Probably go to their website and do a search. Wasn't difficult which perked my interest.
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    I just remembered that you can purchase powdered egg whites in a container at the grocery store. I think it was in with the baking items (flour, sugar, etc.). I have no idea how it compares to egg white protein powders. However, I do know you can use the powdered egg whites in baked goods. Might work for protein bars.

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    You should do a lot more research before you make up your mind. Powered egg whites are not protein powder. Women need to be especially careful with protein powder. You can lean a lot on line. I have three huge jugs of protein powder, vanilla, chocolate and peanut butter that I will probably never use. My body does not like it at all. I get my protein through normal food sources and I feel much better. I had to take laxatives on and off for months after I tried the drinks. It was awful.
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    /http://foodnetwork.sndimg.com/content/dam/images/food/fullset/2009/7/27/0/BX0201_homemade-granola-bars_s4x3.jpg.rend.sni12col.landscape.jpeg Found this. Has wheat germ no protein powder.

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    http://www.amazinggrass.com/store/am...-original.html

    We have used this and I'm going to get more tomorrow. We like the Vanilla Chai flavor, but there are several to choose from. It's on Amazon and you can read all the ingredients. No soy. No GMO.
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    Thanks for all the information. I know to avoid the soy products! They are not friendly to my digestive system. I will try a couple of your suggestions and see how I get along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrammaNan View Post
    Powered egg whites are not protein powder.
    Wait, what? I don't know much about protein powder products for shakes and such. But I remember from high school nutrition class that an egg white (not including the water) is almost 100% protein. So dried egg whites should be protein in powder form. Right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tate_elliott View Post
    Wait, what? I don't know much about protein powder products for shakes and such. But I remember from high school nutrition class that an egg white (not including the water) is almost 100% protein. So dried egg whites should be protein in powder form. Right?Tate
    I believe you are correct. If you look at the ingredients in egg white protein powders, egg white powder or egg albumin is usually listed as the first ingredient.
    Example:Ingredients: Egg albumin, xylitol, natural flavor, xanthan gum, lecithin, stevia.
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    I love eggs, yolk also and eat 4 - 6 per week. When I have to recover from surgery I always go heavy on eating meat and eggs. I believe they help me to heal faster. Never tried any kind of powders.
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    I had a gastric sleeve, I need protein, the whey protein upsets my tummy. I make peanut butter cookies with 1/2 the sugar and put in protein powder, I
    dont make them alot but sometimes, I have trouble getting enough protein,

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    You can sub a protein drink for the liquid in muffin recipes. Muffins are great breakfast food when you make your own and add all the good stuff.

    A glass of milk is what I drink in the morning to get protein. I like the nut milks, more protein per ounce and less calories. I don't buy low fat or skim milks. All the good stuff is taken out.
    Beans and rice is the perfect combo for powerful protein. We have beans and rice at least twice a week. It's easy to make burritos, casseroles, stir fry, etc using beans and rice.
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    Gotta sign in for a quick addition: my son uses hemp protein powder for his shake drinks. He says 1) it is NOT marijuana, 2) it's a good protein source. I haven't researched it, and don't know if it's applicable for baking, but it would be another alternate source of protein, esp if you don't do soy or whey.
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    I would be leary of protein powders/bars that have HEMP...those can cause a positive on a drug test. If you are looking for a job or work somewhere where they do random testing you could be in trouble.
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    My favourite unflavoured protein powder is Any Whey by Optimum Nutrition. It is expensive compared to store brands, but hold up well in cooking and is great for drinking. It tastes a bit like weak milk. Unfortunately it is getting hard to find. Now Foods makes an eggwhite protein that is good tasting, but doesn't mix easily -- they also make an unflavoured whey protein, but I haven't tried it.

    For flavoured protein powders, I go with Body Fortress whey protein powder from Walmart. I've tried many different brands, and this one is as good as any, and the price is certainly right. I haven't tried it for cooking but whey protein holds up well under heat so it should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pennycandy View Post
    I believe you are correct. If you look at the ingredients in egg white protein powders, egg white powder or egg albumin is usually listed as the first ingredient.
    Example:Ingredients: Egg albumin, xylitol, natural flavor, xanthan gum, lecithin, stevia.
    I don't think the author meant that egg whites don't contain protein but rather egg white powder is different from what is commonly known as protein powder. Protein powder can have the main ingredient as soy, whey, egg white etc but it also has other ingredients and can come in flavors. There are some protein powders that are unflavored a well. Many protein powders contain some form of sweetener. Read the ingredients.

    I use an unflavored protein powder when I make some baked goods such as muffins. It tends to add a dryness to the finished good so I add mashed ripe banana for extra moistness.

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    I use a plant based protein powder withou soy, artificial things and no GMOs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citruscountyquilter View Post
    I don't think the author meant that egg whites don't contain protein but rather egg white powder is different from what is commonly known as protein powder. Protein powder can have the main ingredient as soy, whey, egg white etc but it also has other ingredients and can come in flavors. There are some protein powders that are unflavored a well. Many protein powders contain some form of sweetener. Read the ingredients.
    I use an unflavored protein powder when I make some baked goods such as muffins. It tends to add a dryness to the finished good so I add mashed ripe banana for extra moistness.
    I think you misunderstood whom I was answering. Tate asked: "So dried egg whites should be protein in powder form. Right?" Dried egg whites are protein in powder form. If you look at the example I gave for the egg white protein powder, egg albumin is the protein source, xylitol and stevia are sweeteners, natural flavor is self explanatory, xanthan gum is a thickener and lecithin is an emulsifier. Ingredients are listed by volume from greater amount to least. I see no reason why someone couldn't use powdered egg whites replace egg white protein powder. I would cut back on the amount of protein powder asked for in the recipe and add a bit of sweetener to compensate.
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    Check this out... https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q...+powdered+milk

    Powdered milk can be added to most recipes to add more nutrition...
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    You might look into PB2. It's powdered peanut butter, can add nice flavor and some protein without being sticky in your recipe, and it's low-fat compared to regular PB. Probably not enough protein on its own, but maybe a nice ingredient for your bars.

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    Just some info re: Protein Powder. My DH was using it in his morning VitaMix drinks. He had some lab tests done & one of the tests came back with a concern. When he told the Dr. he was using Protein Powder, she told him to stop. He did & redid the test which came back in normal ranges. She told us you can get the same amount of protein, vitamins etc. in a regular glass of milk. Hope this helps. Just because it says Protein Powder, does not make it the best thing for you.
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    I agree with powdered milk as the simplest cheapest, but all that work seems complicated for what is basically a candy bar?
    Why not drink a cup of milk or eat a hard boiled egg before you sit down with your coffee? Cut out the middle man so to speak

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    www.advocare.com/141027814 muscle gain chocolate or vanilla, delicious!!

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