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  • Bolthouse Farms Protein Drinks

    I have a confession.... I have a drinking problem.

    And no, it's not alcohol. I love drinking stuff. Smoothies, hot chocolate, soda, juices, almost anything. Obviously I have kicked most of these going primal.

    But... but... but...

    I love Bolthouse Farms. A lot. Their protein drinks make me so happy and help with appetite control in a pinch. I decided to post the ingredient list for the two I typically buy and see how much flack I get (kidding.) I am curious what people think though. For someone who is/was a MAJOR soda junkie, these seem far more desirable. Obviously I don't drink them every day and consider them a treat. And yes, for me they are a treat ^.^ And no, I wouldn't rather have a slice of chocolate cake.

    Perfectly Protein Vanilla Chai Tea:
    Soy milk from concentrate (water, soy milk concentrate), cane sugar, soy protein isolate, green tea (water, green tea), natural flavor, calcium (tricalcium phosphate, carrageenan, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), magnesium (magnesium oxide), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), zinc (zinc sulfate), iron (ferrous lactate), vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin).

    For an 8 oz serving:
    Calories: 160, Fat Cal: 27
    Total Fat: 3, Sat Fat: 1
    Sodium: 60 mg
    Carb: 25
    Sugar: 21
    Protein: 10


    Pefectly Protein Mocha Cappuccino:
    Mocha cappuccino (low-fat milk, 100% Arabica coffee, natural flavors, vanilla extract (Madagascar), Cocoa), milk whey protein, potassium diphosphate, apple juice, pectin, carrageenan, calcium (tricalcium phosphate), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), magnesium (magnesium oxide), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), zinc (zinc sulfate), iron (ferrous lactate), vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin).

    For an 8 oz serving:
    Calories: 178, Fat Cal: 23
    Total Fat: 2.5, Sat Fat: 1.5
    Sodium: 106 mg
    Carb: 29
    Sugar: 28
    Protein: 10

    Thanks for your thoughts!
    Lindsay Groks On

    "Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint."
    -- Mark Twain


  • #2
    i dig the green smoothie, here is what i was told;

    it may as well be candy!
    just eat fruit!
    it may as well be soda!

    now, got those 3 covered
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    yeah you are

    Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
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    • #3
      Heh, thanks Bloodorchid. I did read the previous thread on it but it was about the fruit juice stuff which packs a lot of sugar. But I thought with the protein aspect of these drinks maybe they aren't as bad? ... hey, I'm allowed to delude myself if I want to! I'm grown!

      But I always like to verify my delusions ^.^
      Lindsay Groks On

      "Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint."
      -- Mark Twain

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      • #4
        They're pretty well junk. Sorry.

        Unfortunately, Hubby was told the same thing when he reached for their Strawberry Banana smoothie at the store today. He got berries instead, and went home happy.

        It sucks that even a company like this cannot make a decent product.
        5'6" Female, 29 Years Old, 260/195/120

        "Discipline is choosing between what you want NOW, and what you want MOST!"

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        • #5
          Oh, I wanted to add... You may want to stay away from soy, since I believe you're female. Not that it is any better for men, but I will tell you without a doubt that soy affects breast cancer. It may or may not cause it, but in either case it feeds it and accelerates it. I don't care what the studies say or don't say, we have firsthand experience. So I'd avoid soy like the plague if I were you. JMO.
          5'6" Female, 29 Years Old, 260/195/120

          "Discipline is choosing between what you want NOW, and what you want MOST!"

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          • #6
            I'm a beverage whore as well, so I can sympathize

            But those are pretty bad - the coffee one I would drink as an occasional treat. The soy one I would try very very hard to skip.

            I am not religious about PB at all, so if you choose to drink them then so be it. I have crap I don't give up too. But don't let the protein convince you they are better than any other crap. That's how atkins got distorted in to a frankenfood diet.
            Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

            http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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            • #7
              My husband's coffee shop decided against Bolthouse Farms, beacause they were contributing to some anti-gay funds, but they have since then tried to make amends: Carrot firm's olive branch - Los Angeles Times. That doesn't excuse it from being gross, though

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              • #8
                The second one is considerably better for you than the first.

                IMO if you must have a protein shake your likely better off buying a tub of powder & some milk and blending it up yourself, it'll be considerably cheaper, give you more options in quality/flavor/sweeteners and without the 30g of fruit sugar.
                ON Whey's Mocha Cappuchino +milk tastes very much like a commercial Iced cappuccino, only better
                Last edited by Fury; 01-07-2012, 11:58 PM.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for all the feedback guys.

                  GrokOn - Yes, my partner has a high risk for breast cancer so avoids soy like the plague. I don't drink soy anything except this particular drink and it's so occasional I figure "eh." Plus I have no breast cancer in my family at all. I know, delusion to the highest degree I'm sure.

                  jammies - Yay, another drink whore! I can easily drink my weight in delicious liquids. I figure it factors into my 20% and to combat my serious soda addiction I opt for a naturally flavored carbonated water and sweeten it with Stevia. It does help.

                  Fury - Okay maybe I'll skip the soy one completely and just opt for the coffee one as a "special" treat. I have tried a lot of powdered drinks and honestly most of them are disgusting. I guess I need to shop around and find one I actually like. I just hate the thought of dishing out for a huge tub of something gross. But I'll look at ON Whey and see what the scoop is.
                  Lindsay Groks On

                  "Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint."
                  -- Mark Twain

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                  • #10
                    It's just sugar water, ditch it. I'm a drinker, too. Green tea and water are all I get. I even dropped the coffee. If I can do it, so can you. I'm a person who will accidentally drink a half-pint of fluid. My parents tried to teach me what a sip was, I never caught on. I just can't stop chugging once I start. To this day I drink 8 oz of water in about five swallows. Half-gallon of V8? Gone it three or four encounters with my face. So I know the craving desire for drinkies. And it's psychological, not physical. Beat it with your mind, not your body.
                    Crohn's, doing SCD

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lindsay Grok View Post
                      jammies - Yay, another drink whore! I can easily drink my weight in delicious liquids. I figure it factors into my 20% and to combat my serious soda addiction I opt for a naturally flavored carbonated water and sweeten it with Stevia. It does help.
                      I too was once quite the soda addict. Got sick of going through so much canned artificial crap so decided to make my own. Built a carbonation rig myself out of a 20LB CO2 tank & beer regulator and now I carbonate my own water & flavored beverages for pennies a bottle.
                      Originally posted by Lindsay Grok View Post
                      Fury - Okay maybe I'll skip the soy one completely and just opt for the coffee one as a "special" treat. I have tried a lot of powdered drinks and honestly most of them are disgusting. I guess I need to shop around and find one I actually like. I just hate the thought of dishing out for a huge tub of something gross. But I'll look at ON Whey and see what the scoop is.
                      Many of the cheaper brands found in typical grocery stores do taste quite disgusting (and typically use low grade ingredients) but there certainly are delicious and quality options out there. Local supplement stores often will have samples of various flavors available, although the best prices will definitely be found online.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lindsay Grok View Post
                        Fury - Okay maybe I'll skip the soy one completely and just opt for the coffee one as a "special" treat. I have tried a lot of powdered drinks and honestly most of them are disgusting. I guess I need to shop around and find one I actually like. I just hate the thought of dishing out for a huge tub of something gross. But I'll look at ON Whey and see what the scoop is.
                        I'd recommend going this route. One thing that I like is a scoop of whey, plus some frozen fruit(add some milk or water to desired consistency when blending - cinnamon and other things optional). Instead of frozen fruit, you could certainly go with coffee or any other flavor of your choice. If you get whey, the purists here will recommend unflavored - if you want something that's already flavored I would tend to favor vanilla, as it's more "neutral" and can be blended with a lot of things without tasting awful. Plain chocolate tastes okay in some blends too - but a lot of the "fancier" flavors from cheaper brands tend to taste, not suprisingly, like a bunch of chemicals.
                        Last edited by jsa23; 01-10-2012, 04:19 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Wow, thanks for all the suggestions guys!

                          The last few days I've started keeping a food diary so I can actually see the break down of what I'm eating. It's been really helpful. I also have concocted a drink I like almost as much as soda. It's simple but gets the job done...

                          Tea -- usually a berry flavored one
                          Water
                          Stevia
                          Lemons
                          Splash of POM (breakdown is 1TB a glass)

                          Nothing fancy but it's refreshing, tastes GREAT, and is waaaay less sugar than I was dealing with before. I also limit myself to two glasses a day. So far so good. I'm trying to kick caffeine as I'm taking a DCI supplement that can be countered by caffeine intake.
                          Lindsay Groks On

                          "Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint."
                          -- Mark Twain

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                          • #14
                            I used to love Bolthouse drinks, especially the vanilla one (this was way back when I was still eating soy).

                            The green one, I remember being tasty.

                            But I wouldn't touch 'em now! Eat some fruit. Get a good quality protein powder. Make your own green smoothie:

                            Coconut milk
                            1 - 2 handfuls of spinach or kale
                            Couple raspberries, blueberries
                            Coconut oil
                            Maybe cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla

                            Blend. Drink. YUM!
                            A Post-Primal PrimalPat

                            Do not allow yourself to become wrapped up in a food 'lifestyle'. That is ego, and you are not that.

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                            • #15
                              The Bolthouse Farms stuff is certainly less fake than Twinkies, but if you these things, you'll definitely benefit from making your own smoothies. Here's my oft-repeated recipe:

                              2 cups berries
                              1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
                              1/2 cup coconut milk
                              3 scoops whey powder
                              1 tablespoon honey OPTIONAL
                              14 oz hot green tea.

                              Makes three smoothies. ~20g protein, 25 g carb, ~300 calories each. Not bad if this is your entire meal.
                              5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.

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