When you use Protein Shakes as part of your diet planning, you’ll probably sometimes blend some protein powder with liquid in your blender or shaker cup, and other times use what we call Ready-to-Drink Shakes (RTD).
Ready-to-Drink Shakes (RTD)
RTDs are a convenient option to take to work or whenever circumstances make it impractical or inconvenient to mix/blend/shake up your liquid and protein powder. How do I choose a good alternative RTD while following the protocol of the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Plan?
First, I consider the nutritional values of the Ideal Protein RTDs. You can check the Nutritional Fact Sheet for this information. Ideal Protein offers chocolate and vanilla RTD, and their nutritional values are practically identical. Ideal Protein’s Chocolate RTD nutritional values are:
110 calories; 15 g protein; 4g fat; 4 carbs; 1g sugar; 2 g fiber; and 240mg sodium.
At my local clinic the Ideal Protein RTDs are CA$5.00 each + taxes or in a case of 6 for CA$18.50 + taxes.
There are some good alternative choices:
One popular choice for alternate-product Ideal Protein dieters is thePure Protein Shake Pure Protein RTD protein shake, which is available through many Walmart and Costco locations. They are sold in my local Walmart in 4-packs, at a cost of CA$9.99 + taxes. I’ve only had the vanilla creme variety, but found it tasty and quite thick. I’ll definitely purchase again.
It’s nutritional values are: 110 cals; 1g fat; 4g carbs; 2g fiber; 1g sugar; 23g protein; 170mg sodium; 270mg potassium; 15mg cholesterol.
Dr. Bernstein’s Diet & Health Clinic carries Dr.Bernstein’s chocolate, mocha, and vanilla protein shake RTDs that are good alternatives for this diet protocol, at a cost of CA$12.00 for a pack of 6.
The nutritional values of their chocolate RTD are: 100 cals; 4g fat; 4g carb; 1g fiber; 1g sugar; 15g protein; 230mg sodium; 440mg potassium; 10mg cholesterol.
AdvantEdge-Carb Control Protein Shake is widely used by alternate-product Ideal Protein dieters. The only Canadian source I’ve found in Canada is through thelowcarbgrocery.com, where it’s sold as a 4-pack at a cost of CA$9.52 + taxes.
The nutritional values of their Chocolate Fudge RTD are: 110 cals; 3g fat; 4g carb; 1g fiber; 0g sugar; 17g protein; 340mg sodium; 470mg potassium; 25mg cholesterol.
Muscle Milk Light RTDsare another quite suitable alternate product.
They frequently sell them at my local Walmart in 4-packs for around CA$9.99 + taxes, and they’re also sold by the case of 24 at my local Costco for under CA$30.00 + taxes.
The nutritional values of their Chocolate RTD are: 100 cals; 2.5g fat; 5g carb; 1g fiber; 0g sugar; 15g protein; 270mg sodium; 520mg potassium; 10mg cholesterol.
There are hundreds of protein powders on the market. In looking for one that’s suitable for use here, I advise you to keep the overall nutritional values in mind and judge accordingly. They vary tremendously in nutritional values, as well as taste and texture.
I try to keep whatever product I choose comparable with the nutritional profiles of the Ideal Protein RTD. Another valid comparison would be any of the other drinks listed on the Nutritional Fact Sheet. For example, Ideal Protein’s Chocolate Drink which has nutritional values of:
120 cals; 1g fat; 7g carb; 3g fiber; 0g sugar; 18g protein; 230mg sodium
I’ve been using Natural Factors Whey Factors protein powder for the past few months and found it suitable. It’s nutritional values per serving are: 90 cals; 1.5g fat; 2g carb; 0g fiber; 2g sugar; 17g protein; 35mg sodium; 130mg potassium; 45mg cholesterol.
I’ve most recently been using Interactive Low Carb Chocolate Truffle Protein Powder, which has nutritional values of: 110 cals; 1.5g fat; 2g carb; 0g fiber; 2g sugar; 23g protein; 40mg sodium; 230mg potassium; 60mg cholesterol. I purchased it with my last online food order from thelowcarbgrocery.com, a 600g tub for CD$26.99 + taxes.
In addition to having good nutritional values and (thankfully) being quite tasty, both of the protein powders mentioned above are sweetened with stevia which is my sweetener of choice.
I also use Healthsmart’s ChocoRite Cappucino Protein Powder frequently.
When I want a light breakfast, I frequently blend this up, then add black decaffeinated coffee to it. It makes enough for 2 servings, so I can sip on it for a while. Add 1 tsp of decaf instant coffee granules for an extra coffee flavor boost. It’s available through thelowcarbgrocery.com, in a bag which has 11 2-scoop portion sizes for CA$17.49. Their portions allow for 24g protein/serving, which is higher than needed on this diet… I just use 1.25 scoops/portion, which also gives a few more servings from the bag. It has nutritional values of: 110 cals; 2g fat; 5.8g carb; 3.6g fiber; 0g sugar; 18g protein; 9mg sodium; 256mg potassium; 0mg cholesterol. Available at thelowcarbgrocery.com in Canada; and in the USA through Netrition.com. Use the Netrition.com search icon to the top right of this post in order to locate the product. Search for HealthSmart ChocoRite Protein Shake.
Additional Tips: If you don’t find your protein powder shake quite thick enough, I’ve found that adding just a scant 1/4 tsp of xanthan gum powder to them creates a more ’milk-shake’ consistency and gives it a better ‘mouth feel’. I’ve found it works best when you add the 1/4 tsp of xanthan gum powder to the protein powder mix, then add that powder mixture to your water. I also recommend adding an organic fibre to your shakes. I’ve been using a product called ‘Organic Clear Fiber’ by Renew Life.