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Tips for Buying New Supplements

Your plastic scooper scrapes against the bottom of the container reminding you that you need to place an order for more whey protein, pre workout, BCAAs, fish oil or whatever your weapon of choice is. You’ve been stretching out your supplements to last as long as possible so you don’t have to empty your wallet on the stuff again. Here are some tips on how to soften the blow and spend as little as $25-30/month on your favorite supplements.

1. Understand the ingredient list.

If you’re looking for a whey protein supplement, all you need to do is look for a reputable brand (preferably one you’ve tried before) with a great flavor whey protein. A $20 tub of whey protein will produce the same effect as a $50 tub of whey protein if the primary ingredients are the same. I generally buy whatever is on sale at bodybuilding.com or amazon and I try to keep it around $40 for 50+ servings. I base my main decision off of point #2.

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2. Servings/Price.

If I can get a 70 serving tub of whey protein for $50 vs. a 50 serving tub for $40, I’ll choose the former because that’s the better value. The same thing goes for pre-workout (which generally comes in 30 serving containers). I generally don’t spend more than $20 on a pre-workout because that market is also pretty saturated and competitive.

Budgeting Your Supplement Plan

3. How long will the product last if you take it consistently?

If you have a 30 serving container of product that you use every day then you can expect it to last you 30 days (obviously). Are you going to take pre-workout every day? Probably not. You’ll probably only take it 4-5 days per week so it should last you roughly 6 weeks. Keep that in mind when you’re budgeting. If you only want to spend $30/month on supplements then look into the servings/price and how long the container will last you so you know exactly how much you’re spending on your supplements each month.

4. Do you need the supplement or is it hype?

The guy at GNC that sold you the 90 servings container of rare African mango skin extract that will “TARGET AND TORCH BODY FAT!” is just pumping up his commission. I’ve been ripped off and millions of other people have been ripped off like this. Look into only seriously researched supplements like whey protein, BCAAs, caffeine, and of course only consider reputable brands.

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My Current Stack

Xtend Perform BCAAs Black Cherry

Scivation Vanilla Whey Protein (30 g of protein/serving)

Neon Sport Volt

I do the majority of my supplement shopping on Bodybuilding.com and Amazon, hunting for the best deal. With Bodybuilding.com you generally get impressively fast shipping and some free goodies but at $8+ for shipping it’s really your best bet only if you plan on buying in bulk. With Amazon you can typically pay a little less and get free shipping but you don’t get samples, magazines or become a part of the Bodybuilding.com community.

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Are Protein Baked Goods the Future of Snacking?

Shout out to my friends over at myProtein for sending me a package of their Protein Cookies. All over instagram you’ll see different companies with high protein snacks, baked goods, bars, shakes, etc. It leaves me wondering, “are high protein snacks the future of snacking?”. First it was low fat, now it’s low carb. But what if we finally balance our snacks by making them low fat, low carb and high protein? Here’s my review of MyProtein’s Double Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie:

Nutrition Info Per Serving (1 Cookie)

Calories: 320
Protein: 37.5 g
Carbohydrates: 20 g
Fat: 10 g

Awesome Chocolate Fix with No Guilt

I love that this is an extremely filling chocolate chip cookie, loaded with chocolate flavor and it’s a big cookie. It only has 20 grams of carbs and truth be told you only need to eat half of the cookie to feel satisfied. Half of this cookie is providing you with nearly 20 grams of protein, only 10 grams of carbs and 10 grams of fat. Smear 1 tbsp. of peanut butter on it and you have 20 grams of protein, 11 grams of carbs, and 16 grams of fat for an even more satisfying and guilt free snack.

Almost Too Much Whey

My only problem with this snack is the same problem you’ll find with most high protein snacks with this level of protein, it almost has too much protein for its own good. You’re left with a chalky sensation when you’re chewing because of the high concentration of whey protein. The high concentration of whey also makes the cookie very chewy but again, you’re not eating Grandma’s fresh baked cookies, high in fat and sugar. You’re eating a cookie with a purpose. This is something I’m used to and can easily get over. If you’re a bodybuilder, powerlifter, or an athlete training at a high intensity this snack is perfect. If you’re an average gym goer you could probably split these in half or opt for a lower protein treat on their website.

Overall I love this snack as a quick and easy breakfast with a cup of coffee or as a satisfying treat in between meals. Throw them in a 6 Pack Bag as an emergency snack in case you get stuck in traffic. If you like Quest bars, Pure Protein bars or basically any other kind of Whey Protein Meal Replacement treat, you’ll like these cookies. Plus, they’re cookies. You get to eat cookies with no consequences.

I’ll be reviewing MyProtein’s Preworkout and Stevia Sweetened Strawberry Whey Protein so stay tuned!

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