Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Think Outside the Protein Shake: Muscle Gauge Nutrition Review

Muscle Gauge Nutrition Pure Isolate Whey Protein

Protein shakes are a staple of my healthy diet, I usually drink them twice a day.  Once in the morning for a quick breakfast on the run, and then again after weight training for aid in muscle repair and recovery.  When I was offered the chance to review Muscle Gauge Nutrition Protein Powder,  I had to first make sure that it passed my personal protein powder test before I jumped up and down in excitement agreed.

  • Is it low in sugar?
  • Is it low in fat?
  • Does it have minimal artificial ingredients?
  • Does it have Aspartame?

Muscle Gauge Pure Isolate Whey Protein passed with flying colors.  This was the perfect protein for me.  No sugar.  No Aspartame.  Low in calories.  No fat.  25 grams of protein per serving.  I'm sold.  But what does it taste like?  They have many yummy sounding flavors available; cake batter, cinnamon bun, ice cream sandwich, rocky road, and more. Is this protein or ice cream? Since I'm afraid of change a stickler for routine, I stuck with my old stand by chocolate, with no regrets.

When it arrived in the mail, I mixed up my favorite protein shake recipe to give it a whirl.  It was so delicious.  It makes me wonder why anyone would ever purchase an unhealthy chocolate milkshake when such a healthy delicious alternative is available.  This protein shake tastes like a chocolate milkshake, but it is good for you!

Besides the great taste, I loved that it dissolved and mixed easily with the almond milk.  It didn't clump like so many other protein powders.  There is nothing worse than a mouthful of clumpy chalk from undissolved powder.

Protein is an important part of my active healthy lifestyle.  Protein helps rebuild and repair muscles after a hard work out.  While I get most of my daily protein needs from lean meat and fish sources, it is convenient to have protein powder to fill in the nutritional gap.  Eating salmon at 7 am isn't that appealing or convenient for me.  I found that a protein shake is more conducive for a high protein breakfast on the go.

I want to share with you some of my favorite protein recipes that I made using Muscle Gauge Nutrition Chocolate Pure Isolate Whey protein powder.  This one is simple, delicious, and sort of tastes like drinking a chocolate peanut butter cup, but with 25 grams of protein per serving.

Chocolate/Peanut Butter Protein Shake:
1 Cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 Scoop of Muscle Gauge Chocolate Pure Isolate Whey Protein Powder
2 Tbsp PB2 powdered peanut butter
1 Tbsp all natural peanut butter
1/2 banana

Shakes are great, I love them, but I wanted to try an outside-the-box protein recipe. How about some chocolate protein bars? YUM-O!

Try not to notice the square missing in the corner.  I had to taste test before I could recommend!

This might be the easiest recipe ever, with only four ingredients, and no actual baking involved.  Even a kitchen dummy like me could pull this one off.  I found this recipe over on Pinterest.

Peanut Butter/Chocolate Protein Bars:
2 Cups all natural creamy peanut butter
1 Cup honey
2 Cups Chocolate Muscle Gauge Nutrition Pure Isolate Protein Powder
2 Cups old fashion whole grain oats.

In a large mixing bowl, microwave honey and peanut butter for 1 minute, until liquid. Stir until blended, then mix in the protein powder and oats until coated. Spread in a 9-by-9-inch pan and place in the refrigerator; cut into squares and serve chilled.

Next time I am going to add chopped walnuts.

These are amazingly delicious.  I think they taste like Christmas fudge.  I felt like I was cheating as I devoured the pan a single serving. Yeah, right.

Whether in a shake or in healthy peanut butter chocolate protein bars, Muscle Gauge Nutrition Pure Isolate Protein gave me everything I was looking for in a protein supplement; high in protein, great taste, and natural ingredients that easily dissolves in liquid.

What is your favorite protein shake recipe?  What outside of the box protein recipes have you tried?  Chocolate protein pancakes are next on my recipe list.  Stay tuned...

*Disclaimer:  These thoughts and opinions are my own, while I was provided the protein powder free of charge,  I’m under no obligation to give it a positive review.  If I hated it, I’d tell you.

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  1. I like salmon at 7am.. it's called cream cheese and LOX on an everything bagel when I'm totally cheating and happen to be in NYC :)

  2. I like experimenting with protein powders in the nontraditional way. This looks great!

  3. Our protein shake recipes are almost identical. Having one this morning for breakfast :)

    I must try the protein bars.

  4. Love protein shakes and I often use protein powders in my pancakes and also mixed into yogurt and 'sludges'. Nice review.

  5. Looks very tasty. Going to give it a try too.

  6. Your recipes look pretty yummy. I don't use protein powder, but an RD recommended that I try some rice or pea protein. Being vegan I can't use the whey, and soy protein is very over-processed. Do you know if Muscle Gauge makes a vegan protein powder?

    1. Hmm. I dont know. Let me check with them on that.

  7. great variations for the use of protein!

  8. I have yet to venture into making protein shakes — thanks for the recipes.

  9. Love the recipes! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Yum, I love the PB banana combination :)

  11. Wow! Great recipe. I hate clumpy protein powder too :-(. Sounds like you're on to awinner.


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