2012 in review

Just thought all you awesome readers would like a glimpse at how you enjoyed my blog this last year. If it weren’t for you all, I wouldn’t keep writing up new recipes and testing out other people’s creations, so THANK YOU!

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Protein Powder Review: About Time Whey

Welcome to my first Protein Powder review!  First off, I have to give a big shout out to my good friend, Jenna from the CorgiPants blog.  She started doing protein powder reviews on her blog this year and it led me in the right direction when I first decided to shop for some protein powder.  Her reviews are VERY helpful, so check them out!  I can honestly say that I never thought I’d be doing the protein powder thing.  I was convinced it was just a fad that all men and crazy women went through to pump up the muscle gain and fat burn despite whether it actually worked or not.

Imagine my surprise when my mom called me one day and said she tried a Weight Watchers protein smoothie mix with some frozen berries and milk and that it had the texture of ice cream and tasted amazing.  I was shocked.  My MOTHER is doing the protein powder thing?  Okay, I had to try it.  So, when she came to visit, she bought a pack of the chocolate ones and we made chocoberry ice cream to eat while watching a movie.  It was so yummy!  I got almost 2 cups of protein “ice cream” for only 2 PP!  I was in heaven.  I went out and bought about 8 lbs of frozen berries and 2 tubs of protein powder the next day.

Photo Courtesy of: Jenna from the CorgiPants blog! Click it to go directly to her review of About Time Whey.

Today’s review is for About Time Whey.  

About Time Whey got great reviews from Jenna; a 9 out of 10!  And you know what?  I think I’d have to give it that too.  It’s all natural and uses stevia as it’s sweetener.  There’s no sugar or HFCS anywhere in site!  The ingredient list isn’t ridiculously long and complicated too, which is nice.  The texture is smoother, partly due to the fact that it’s actually in “powdered” form, rather than having the texture of white whole wheat flour.  In order to figure out which flavor I would order a 2 lb tub of, I decided to order a few trial packs from them first.  You can get 2 one scoop samples for 3.99 and they’ll pay for shipping!  Here are the first four flavors I tried:

Chocolate: This is the third chocolate flavored protein powder I’ve had and I would place it 2nd… after the Weight Watchers Protein Powder! That stuff is gooood. This is less chalky than the WW stuff, but it’s not as chocolatey-sweet. When using 1% milk, I put in about a 1/2 tsp truvia, but when I used my vanilla almond milk, no sweetener was necessary.

Vanilla: I liked this one better than Designer Whey French Vanilla (but DW is cheaper at Meijer!). This flavor is a really nice vanilla without any chalky flavor at all.  It’s just a nice, pure vanilla flavor that serves as a fantastic base for protein smoothies and ice cream.

Banana: Do you remember eating Runts candy when you were a kid? Yeah, this flavor tastes exactly like the bananas. If you haven’t had Runts, I can describe it as “fake” banana. Jess didn’t really like the flavor, but I didn’t mind it that much. It would probably be really good with frozen strawberries or some unsweetened cocoa and frozen bananas.

Strawberry: This one was actually tasty! I, of course, blended some tropical frozen fruit into it, but it had a delicious flavor. Still slightly “fake”, but with the fruit mixed in, it started tasting more like a daquiri than fake strawberry candy, so that was good.

I have two more sample flavors on their way to me right now – cinnamon swirl and chocolate peanut butter.  I’m excited to see how these ones will taste.  I also ordered a 2 lb tub of the vanilla because I liked it so much!  Okay, so time for the breakdown.

About Time Whey
Calories per Scoop: ~103
PointsPlus per Scoop: 2
Texture: 5/5
Flavor: 4/5
Ingredients: 5/5