You see, once upon a time, when I started working out, I used to go to the Clarendon Gold's Gym, where they had this fantabulous smoothie bar, in which one could get the most astounding protein shakes.
That was my first encounter of the protein kind with this sort of beverage, and needless to say, I was hooked.
Alas, it was not to last.
First of all, a different Gold's was opened by our place, making our workouts much more accessible. In short, great gym, no smoothie bar.
To top it all, the Clarendon Gold's succumbed to the development frenzy in the area, was demolished and in its place a set of new luxury condos was built.
Clarendon Gold's is reopening soon in its new, improved, reincarnation. I don't know whether or not they will have a smoothie bar. I do hope so, since those things rock.
Now, that is the good news about protein shakes. Sadly, my next encounter was with powdered mixes to make at home which, no matter how good they look, or how enticing their names are (Mint-Chocolate Delight, for example), they all taste like a liquid version of Dwarf Bread.
(Those of you, Discworld fans, will know what I am talking about when I refer to Dwarf Bread.)
(Okay, dwarf bread is the kind of food that, if you are in the middle of the desert and starving to death, you will only need to take a look at it, and the very thought of having to actually eat it will encourage you to continue dragging yourself to the next center of civilization.)
Hence, my quest began.
After much experimenting, and a dogged determination of "I shall make tasty smoothies like those at Gold's, dammit!" I am happy to announce that I have come up with a concoction involving frozen bananas, skim milk and chocolate flavored Designer Whey protein powder.
This thing is definitely promising.
Now, if I could find a decent ready to drink (RTD) shake to take to the office, I would be a happy belfebe.
So far, all the ones I have tried still taste like liquid dwarf bread, and I am not sure that there is anything good out there that will give me the protein intake I need without making me gag. The least yucky, as far as I am concerned, has turned out to be Myoplex Lite. The worst, Met-RX 50.
Of course, Ensure tastes pretty darned good, but it also has 22 grms of sugar.
So here is my plea fellow bodybuilders and gym rats. What is your experience with RTD's? Anything nutritious that doesn't taste like sh*t?