I've been taking protein powder for as long as I've been weight training and I started way back in 86. If there is one thing that I'm after these days, it's taste, something that wasn't available when I started weight lifting.
Back than, there were maybe a couple of brands on the market and the taste of these products were simply horrible.
I vividly remember trying to choke down Weider's muscle builder by the sink trying to hold it down. Any of you old timers out there will probably remember this too!
Plus, these products were made with soy protein because I believe whey protein wasn't a commercially available product (at that time).
So, these days, what I'm really looking for in a protein powder is taste. You see, when I'm in a hard and heavy training phase, I'll consume up to two to three protein drinks per day. If there is one thing I hate, it's having to choke down a protein drink that has the taste of muddy water and the consistency of cement. Really, I want a protein drink that I look forward to drinking, especially first thing in the morning.
Besides that, I'd like to have a protein drink that has at least 30 grams of protein per serving and mixes up easily, as well as being cost effective.
About 4 months ago, I was at my local GNC looking around for a protein powder and I couldn't believe the amount of products lined up on the shelves. The walls were stacked up with shelves upon shelves of protein powders that all claimed to be the best. Way too many choices for me so I simply went to the clerk and struck up a conversation with him.
After a some simple banter, I simply asked him:
So, After some thought, he asked me how I enjoyed the creamy orangesicle flavour. I told him that I liked the flavour but after trying a few protein powders that had the flavour, I didn't really care for it.
In his opinion, he said that there was one formula that was the best tasting protein powder he had in the store. I found it hard to believe because he had all the top brands there like Muscle Tech, EAS, Optimum Nutrition, Ultimate Nutrition, Allmax and a bunch of others. I asked him what the brand was and he said NxCare (Now NxLabs). I never heard of these guys before so I really had my doubts.
He explained that NxCare is a pretty new company but their orange creamsicle flavour is one of the best tasting protein powders he's ever tried. It has approximately 45 grams of protein per scoop with over 25 servings in one bottle. The cost is about 40 bucks. That is pretty damn good. Compared to other top brands such as Muscle Tech's Nitrotech, it's a pretty good deal.
So, I took a look at the label and this is what I found in one serving, which is one scoop:
This looked good. So, after a bit of thought, I decided to go with NxCare Iso Xp. To tell you the truth, I wanted to try the taste out. After purchasing the tub of protein powder, I boogied home to whip up a batch to see if the tastes was as good as the clerk from the GNC said it was.
I added one cup of 2% milk, 5 ice cubes, 2 tablespoons of yogurt, one tablespoon of honey and one cup of orange juice to the blender. After a quick blend, I added one scoop of Nx Care Xp to the mix and blended for another 40 seconds or so. I poured the mixture into my trusty protein shaker bottle and took a nice long swig. What can I say, the clerk at the GNC was right, this was the best tasting protein powder I've ever tried, and I've tried A LOT of protein powders.
I've been using this protein powder for the past 4 months and I still enjoy the taste of it. The taste is incredible and the amount of protein you get per serving beats most of the powders out there. The protein mixes instantly and best of all, I'm not eating this drink. That is, it's easy to drink.
If you're like me and want a great tasting protein drink, I have no problem recommending NxCare Iso XP. It's very cost effective, tastes great, and mixes easily. Now, there are more flavours such as vanilla, chocolate and strawberry but I'm quite happy with the creamy oragesicle flavour.
You can usually get NxCare's Iso Xp at your local GNC or health food store, however, if you don't have access to a healthfood store, try ordering online. You can generally get supplements a lot cheaper online than you would at a health food store.
All the best,
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