BODIE’z & Proti-15 – All About That Protein Water
Protein is the building block of muscles, it is present in every cell, in all our organs and in all the tissues in our bodies. Protein plays an important role in the body’s ability to grow, stay healthy and repair itself. It’s also the most satiating macro-nutrient. Proteins are constantly being broken down and need to be replaced. The average person needs approximately 50 grams of protein per day just for normal health and survival, according to the World Health Organization. After weight loss surgery your daily requirement will be higher than this. If you aren’t eating enough protein daily, then you may not have enough of the nutrient present for your body to be able to rebuild muscle, which is crucial as you are focusing on your health and weight loss.
After weight loss surgery protein becomes even more important.
Following your bariatric procedure, the size of your meals and the amount of calories you can eat per sitting and per day will be greatly limited. This means that when you do eat, you need to make sure that you are making eating choices that will ensure you are getting maximum nutrient value out of every bite.
There are many ways that you can get protein in your diet, including through natural whole foods as well as through supplements.
Once you are healed from weight loss surgery and are following a whole-foods diet you can get protein from lean meats like chicken and turkey, as well as through fish, beans and some vegetables. You can also increase your daily protein intake by using protein supplements such as protein shakes.
Once such supplement that I have come to absolutely love is Protein Water.
Basically, Protein Water is clear protein powder that you mix with water that is not heavy and milky. Instead, it is light and clear and adds a little flavour to your water bottle each day.
Here in New Zealand there are two brands of protein water that are easy to find – and both can be delivered to your door. Score!
BODIE’z Protein Water
The first protein water I tried was BODIE’z Protein Water – and I loved it so much I am almost at the end of my second tub.
The tubs contain 21 servings of 30 grams of Whey Protein Isolate but I find the recommended serving too sweet for my taste. I use 1 scoop in my 1 litre water bottle and find that to be to my liking. The 1.1kg tub looks quite daunting, it’s pretty big and I wondered how on earth I was ever going to get through it all but like I said, I am almost at the end of my second so finishing it is not a worry any more.
There are 3 varieties available – berry, orange and an unflavoured. Berry is my choice – orange tastes like cough medicine and unflavoured, well that’s a bit of a stretch (I think it tastes more like chalk!)
I mix one scoop in a Blender Bottle and give it a really really good shake up. You’ll find it gets very frothy but settles quite quickly. I’ll usually give it another good shake and then pour it into my 1l drink bottle and top it up with some more water. Yes this adds a few steps but I don’t like ‘chunky’ bits floating in any of my drinks and this ensures there are no floaties at all!
I’ll take BODIE’z to the gym with me – it’s light enough that I can consume it during my workouts. The marketing materials also say that in addition to it being a rehydration/protein drink, it can be used as a workout fuel.
Each (recommended) serving contains:
- 30g of the highest quality Whey Protein Isolate.
- < 1g Sugar, Fat and Carbs.
- Zero Preservatives. No Artificial Colours, Flavours or Sweeteners.
- Zero Gluten Ingredients, 99% Lactose Free.
- Electrolytes for rehydration, a high quality Vitamin profile.
- 30 Amino Acids, including the 9 Essential Amino Acids and the 3 Branched-Chain Amino Acids.
BODIE’z is available through AMS Nutrition – one 1.1kg tub retails for $95.00 NZD | $4.52 per recommended serving or $2.26 per Tara serving
Bariatrix Nutrition Proti-15 Cold Drink
This past weekend I was introduced to a new brand of Protein Water – the Bariatrix Nutrition Proti-15 Cold Drink.
I took away a few sample sachets to try and I am very impressed!
Proti-15 comes in a larger taste range including Berry Blast, Lemon, Orange, Peach Mango, Pink Lemonade and my current favourite – Strawberry-Kiwi. The sachet serving tastes about right for my 1l drink bottle however I could see myself adding a little extra water some days.
As well as having more flavours, Proti-15 is easier to mix. A few shakes and it is ready to go – no Blender Bottle needed and no lumpy bits. This means I can throw one in my lunch bag and it’s handy for the afternoon.
- Tasty and nutritious way to quench your thirst
- Only 70 calories and 15g of boosting protein
- Cool and delicious addition to any weight-loss plan
Proti-15 Cold Drink is available through AMS Nutrition – one box contains 7 sachets and retails for $28.00 NZD | $4.00 per serving
So which one would I choose?
Using my smaller serve size, BODIE’z wins on cost at half the price.
The calorie count (approximately 65-70 is the same) as is the protein (15g). I also like that BODIE’z have included information on the amino acids included in their product.
On taste and ease of use, Proti-15 wins hands down.
My final conclusion – I’ll keep a tub of BODIE’z in the cupboard for gym/workout days and I’ll keep a few sachets of Proti-15 to take to work in my lunch bag or to keep in the car for when I am out and about.