My Tummy Doesn’t Like Whey

Back when I was a veg, I also used to work out in the conventional 3×10 manner.  I hadn’t quite figured out what worked for me.

To supplement my 3x10s, I finished most workouts with a whey protein shake. Chocolate whey protein powder, half a banana, ice and regular 0l’ skim milk.

30 minutes after consuming said whey, I would promptly throw it all up, or in competitive eating terms, I would have a “reversal.”

To this day the only reason I can come up with for this is that my system can’t take that much concentrated protein in one shot. My workouts weren’t half as strenuous as they are now…and it never happened with any other food that I ate after a workout.  AND it used to happen WHENEVER I had a whey protein shake regardless of whether I had exercised or not– if I had one for breakfast, I would feel sick all day.

I’m getting to the point in my workout adventures where I want to be feeding myself a post workout meal of protein and fruit. My first choice is always a whole food protein source, but on hot days (like yesterday when my thermometer exploded and/or it was 95 F) I want something cool, crisp and quick– leftover grilled chicken just wasn’t doing it for me.

SO. I decided to experiment with some hemp protein powder. To begin with, I bought one of quiet blenders.

The type I chose was Manitoba Harvest. Mostly because it happened to be on sale, but also because I like Canada.

15g of protein, and some added Omega fatty acids seemed like a good deal to me.

After smelling the powder, I was a little nervous that there would be no way to make it taste good.

I put 4 Tbsp (one serving) in the blender with unsweetened coconut milk, frozen raspberries, half a banana and ice.

It came out pretty darn good!

It was super creamy! Almost like a milk shake. The raspberries and banana definitely helped mask the hempy taste.

I’m really happy with the way this shake turned out! It was a little gritty, but if you’re used to drinking spinach smoothies, you probably won’t notice.

Bananaberry Hemp Protein Shake


4 Tbsp hemp protein powder

1 cup So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk Beverage

1/2 cup frozen raspberries

1/2 banana

ice cubes

Step Only: BLEND

In addition to eating a balanced diet 24/7 (or as close as you can– 23/6?) I think it’s really important to replenish your body after exercise with some protein and carbs.

What’s your favorite post-workout recovery meal? Have you ever had an adverse reaction to a whey protein shake?

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2 Responses to My Tummy Doesn’t Like Whey

  1. Betsy @ BMoore Heathy July 13, 2011 at 3:58 PM #

    I’ve never tried hemp. Need to try it!


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