For a while, I was on the fence about whether or not to purchase a protein powder to supplement my work out routine. I wanted one, but finding a protein powder that was gluten free AND lactose free and didn't have a lot of "junk" in it wasn't an easy task. After a few months of researching brands Whole Foods sold and a few that my friends used, I was still without a protein powder. Laziness overcame me and I gave up on my protein powder hunt. I ate a lot of protein to begin with so it didn't phase me too much. At the start of the summer I changed my fitness and nutrition goals due to wanting to increase my muscle mass, which mean an even higher protein diet. I thought that I could still just get my goal amount naturally. Well, when you're aiming for 100-125 grams per day that task is quite difficult. I began my search again....
A spontaneous trip inside a GNC is where I found what I had been longing for: Isopure Protein Powder. Free of gluten, lactose, and aspartame, I couldn't have asked for a better product. I spent at least a half hour picking the salesperson's brain and texting my very knowledgeable fitness friend about the quality of the protein powder and what set Isopure apart from others. The answer was simple and even in its' name, it was 100% pure whey protein isolate. If that sounds like a bunch of fitness mumbo jumbo to you, read here, but simply stated, it's pure protein without preservatives or additives! Exactly what I like to put into my body!
Note: I have an extremely sensitive stomach, to the point that even a few sips of soda can give me a terrible stomach ache and cause my IBS to flare up. I am often afraid of trying new products for this reason. Isopure Protein Powder has not given me ANY stomach issues what so ever. I have been using this product since June and I have no symptoms or stomach distress after drinking my shakes, so I HIGHLY recommend this product for anyone who is in search of a protein powder but has intestinal issues like me!
Now that I found the powder, the hard part was picking what flavor to buy. It's tough to choose when you're buying three pounds of something that you can't even taste first! My first purchase was the Dutch Chocolate, but after two shakes of chocolate I realized that I just had to have the Vanilla as well so I could alternate the types of shakes I made. SO two days later I was back at GNC buying my second Isopure, here's my flavor reviews:
Dutch Chocolate: If you are chocolate lover, then this is the flavor for you. My first smoothie I only used ice and water, but to me it brought me back to my pre lactose intolerant days...it tasted like thick full fat chocolate milk, like the kind you get from a diner when you're little kid. Each sip sent my taste buds into pure bliss. In comparison to the Vanilla, this one is not as sugary sweet. It pairs well with peanut butter, or if you REALLY love chocolate, you can add cocoa powder to it as well!
Vanilla: If anyone has ever had Nestle's Very Vanilla Milk (used to be my favorite when I was younger), this tastes exactly like it. If you have no idea what I'm talking about then I'll describe it as a very sweet vanilla flavor. It easily blends well with other ingredients, which is what makes it so versatile in comparison to the chocolate. I've used the Vanilla to pack protein into my green smoothies or to make an "Oatmeal Cookie" protein shake, as well as added it to my vanilla greek yogurt as a dip for fruits and as a base for a peanut butter protein sauce!
Now you are probably wondering, "Wow that sounds great, how much does it cost?" Well, I am not going to lie to you, it is expensive if you don't shop around for a good deal...when I purchased mine, GNC was running a sale on it for around 52 dollars. If you check Isopure's website, there are many other places besides GNC where you can purchase Isopure. Amazon also has it for a lot cheaper than the store price. Originally Isopure is sold for 89.99 in GNC stores, DO NOT BUY FROM GNC UNLESS IT IS ON SALE! Otherwise check websites like Vitaminshop, Bodybuilding, and Amazon. Find the best deal and make the purchase. It seems like a lot of money at once BUT I am a firm believer of "you get what you pay for" especially in instances of putting food or products into your body.
I am more than 100% satisfied with my Isopure purchase, not only the quality of the product but the results it has helped me achieve as well!