A Mouthful of Ashes and Dust
Posted by Lissa on April 21, 2010
Or, Adventures In Supplements!
As regular readers know, Mike and I have been trying to increase our level of fitness here at the Kitty Den. Since I gained weight while Mike was in Charlotte, I’m also trying to eat a bit healthier; “no lard butts in bikinis,” that’s the motto! So far so good on the exercise; Mike’s getting used to his FiveFingers (and thanks to everyone who chimed in with advice!) and we haven’t once had to donate to the as-yet-unspecified charity. (I still think PETA is the best choice — especially since most people who haven’t dug into the nasty side of PETA think it’s a wonderful organization, and EXACTLY the kind of org I would normally support — but I’m just not sure Mike can stomach it.)
I’ve also started tracking my food intake (thank you, free “sparkpeople” app!). Trying to calorie-ize every bite of food that goes into my mouth led me to three results:
1) I bought a food scale
2) I realized I snack more than I thought I did
3) I decided to try and get more protein into my diet.
In line with 3), I went ahead and bought this:
I figured that I could replace my normal afternoon snack of reduced-fat string cheese and fat-free yogurt with a protein-rich snack, which would make it easier to last until dinner without chewing on my fingers. Or the cat. (Though cat-ears are HIGHLY nommable and protein-rich, for the record.)
The package arrived Monday and I optimistically chose the Mocha Cappuccino flavor, poured it into a cup of coffee and mixed it with a mini-mixer I’d bought especially for the occasion. It foamed beautifully, looking exactly like an expensive cappuccino machine had lovingly whipped it into a frothy lather purely for my delectation.
I took a sip.
Ack! Chalk! Gack!
Okay, well, I expected it to be a bit chalky. Powder shakes often are, especially protein-rich ones.
I took a bigger sip.
I chewed and swallowed.
Holy crap! Grits! Muck! Drinking sand!
The whey stuff CONGEALED and after the first three sips I was trying to choke down pea-sized nuggets of powder.
I think I managed to down about six sips before the rest went down the drain.
Folks, any ideas? Shall I mix it with oatmeal or grits and eat it with a spoon???