Labrada Nutrition 100% Micellar Casein
Labrada Nutrition 100% Micellar Casein is typical Labrada product - high quality at (almost) reasonable price. It is pure casein protein powder and is excellent for bedtime shakes and smoothies and for daily snacks and meals, especially when on low-calorie diet.
Labrada Nutrition 100% Micellar Casein comes in 4 pounds (1.8 kg) packages and 'only' two flavors - Chocolate and Vanilla.
We say 'only' because these are typical flavors that every manufacturer has and, in fact, many of them make more flavors to help people avoid boredom. Personally, I like to keep things simple and to change brands from time to time - to avoid boredom, among other things.
Labrada Nutrition 100% Micellar Casein nutritional content is given in the following table - amounts are per single serving:
|Calcium||60% RDA||60% RDA|
|Iron||10% RDA||2% RDA|
Chocolate Flavor Ingredients: micellar casein, cocoa, natural and artificial flavors, salt, xanthan gum, silicon dioxide, cellulose gum, lecithin (from soy and/or sunflower), acesulfame potassium, sucralose.
Vanilla Flavor Ingredients: micellar casein, natural and artificial flavors, salt, xanthan gum, silicon dioxide, cellulose gum, lecithin (from soy and/or sunflower), acesulfame potassium, sucralose.
Labrada Nutrition 100% Micellar Casein contains very low amounts of carbs and fats, especially Vanilla flavor. It contains 24g of slowly digesting protein, but also 5.5g of BCAA and 4g of glutamine per single serving.
Cholesterol is very low (20mg per serving), just as sodium and potassium - some potassium would actually be good, but ...
Being pure casein protein supplement, Labrada Nutrition 100% Micellar Casein is excellent source of calcium, which is very important for all people, but especially women - to help body absorb more calcium, it is good practice to add some vitamin D to shakes.
Note: taking any supplement and or going on a strict, low-calorie diet should be supervised by your doctor.
For more on vitamin D, please check Vitamin D Deficiency articles (external link, link opens in the new window).
Labrada Nutrition 100% Micellar Casein mixes well in the shaker with plain water, especially when plastic/metal mash is used. It mixes with no clumps, but it should be consumed right away, or it will soon get much thicker. When consumed, it is very easy on stomach and satiates one for long period of time - you simply feel full :)
Taste - well, taste is acceptably good. It is not a delicacy, but for people accustomed to protein and other supplements, Labrada Nutrition 100% Micellar Casein is even good. Newbies, especially regarding casein protein supplements, will need 2-3 shakes to get right amount of water and to get accustomed to taste of this, but also of other casein protein supplements.
When making bedtime shakes, making them with plain water will make excellent high-protein, low-carbs, low-fats meal that will feed the body with constant stream of amino acids for 7-8 hours.
IMHO, it is much better to add some healthy fats and fibers into bedtime protein shakes in the form of peanut butter, milled nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts ...), low-fat cocoa. To make such shakes even more fulfilling, feel free to add some low-fat or cottage cheese - this increases the amount of casein protein and calcium even more.
Note: peanut butter and nuts in general do contains healthy fats and fibers, but they increase calories quickly, so be aware of the amounts you add into such shakes. But when they are added, they turn such shakes into real delicacies :)
For people on low-calorie and low-carbs diets (even Keto diet), Labrada Nutrition 100% Micellar Casein is excellent choice for increasing daily protein and calcium intake.
Labrada Nutrition 100% Micellar Casein can be used for breakfasts and daily snacks and meals, too, especially when other foods are added, like fruits or oats, for example.
Long Story Short - this gluten-free casein supplements is not cheap, it doesn't taste 'the best', it cannot be mixed 'just with the spoon', but it is one of the best, high-quality casein powders on the market. Chocolate flavor is, IMHO, better, but Vanilla is also good, especially when mixed with berries.
When looking for the good casein protein product, consider Labrada Nutrition 100% Micellar Casein, too.
More about casein supplements can be found in Top 5 Best Casein Protein Powders: How to Pick the Right One article.
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