Quality Protein Supplements

Quality Protein is Key!

Forms of Protein

Protein supplements come in many different forms. There are 2 very common types of proteins; whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate. Products can have one or the other, or a combination of the two. If you are lactose intolerant, you may tolerate products with whey protein isolate more so than whey protein concentrate.

Whey is the most popular form because it is a complete protein, which includes all nine of the amino acids, the building blocks of the body. Some patients are vegan and prefer a plant-based protein such as soy, pea, rice, hempseed, or spirulina.

Price

Protein powders also come with varying price tags. Convenient ready-to-drink protein shakes are pricier, but convenience tends to be more important for many. They may set you back between $9 and $15 for a four pack of 8-12 oz servings. Just be aware that you may be required to drink 3-4 each day to reach your recommended daily protein goal depending on what your physician or registered dietitian has recommended to you before and after surgery.

Protein powders can cost anywhere between $30 and $60 depending on the quality and quantity. Be sure to try samples first to determine which you like before purchasing. Most powders come in bulk packaging.

Flavors

Some enjoy sticking with the basic flavors available; chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, latte, peanut butter, or cookies and cream. But it’s important to understand that you are more likely to continue getting your recommended amount of protein via protein shakes if you enjoy what you’re drinking. Get creative with your shakes! Here are some great flavor enhancers you can try:

Cocoa, extracts (vanilla, lemon, caramel, peppermint to name a few), instant powdered coffee, 1 date pureed in, ¼ cup of fruit, peanut butter powder, Torani sugar-free syrups, cinnamon, apple pie spice, nutmeg, or other spices. Mix any of these with one of the basic protein flavors or purchase an unflavored protein powder and experiment yourself.

Choose Quality Protein Supplements 

When selecting quality protein supplements, always study the labels on protein powders and ready to drink protein shakes. The best way to shop for protein shakes is to follow these simple guidelines:

Quality Protein Supplement Choices

Powders

Source

Serving Size (g)

15g~1Tbsp

Protein

(g)

Calories

Where to Purchase

Bariatric Advantage High Protein Supplement Mix

Whey

28

20

100

The Bariatric Experts’ Bariatric Advantage Link

Syntrax Nectar

Whey

28

23

100

Walmart.com

Amazon.com

Vitamin Shoppe

Unjury

Whey

27

21

100

Unjury.com

Amazon.com

Chike

Whey & Soy

48

28

190

Ilikechike.com

HEB.com

Genepro

Unflavored

Whey

15

30

56.7

Musclegen.net

Planetarynutrition.com

Amazon.com

GNC

Jay Robb

Whey

30

24

120

GNC/Vitamin Shoppe

Jayrobb.com

Amazon.com

Isopure Zero Carb

Whey

62

40

160

Amazon.com

OhYeahNutrition.com

Doc Hale Unflavored

Whey

22

20

90

Dochalenutrition.com

Ready-To-Drink

Source

Serving Size (Fluid oz.) 8oz=1 cup

Protein (g)

Calories

Where to Purchase

Isopure

Whey

20

40

160

GNC/Vitamin Shoppe

Amazon.com

Premier Protein

Whey

11

30

160

Sams Club/Costco

Most grocery stores

Pure Protein

Whey

11

23

110

GNC/Vitamin Shoppe

Target

Unjury

Whey

8.5

20

110

Unjury.com

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