Protein powders are extremely popular supplements in the world of health and fitness. From professional athletes and top bodybuilders to normal gym-goers who want to increase their protein intake to help them build more lean muscle, a high quality protein powder is a staple nutritional supplement that provides a convenient and cost-effective way to achieve your daily protein needs. Today we will be reviewing BodyBuilding.com’s Signature 100% Whey Protein powder. This is one of their new flavors they’ve come out with and we are excited to see how the strawberry tastes. BodyBuilding.com is the world’s largest fitness website and sells thousands of different nutritional supplements. If you’re into fitness and have ever searched online for supplements or looked up diet and exercise information then you are probably well aware of them. They offer competitive pricing, fast shipping and excellent customer service.
Ingredients & Nutrition Breakdown
Let’s take a look at the overall breakdown of the ingredients and nutritional information per serving. One of the key items you want to focus on when choosing a protein powder is the overall grams per serving (or scoop). There are some protein supplements on the market that only have around 10-15 grams of protein per scoop. If you’re a larger guy who weighs over 200 pounds and regularly consume 40-50 grams of protein per meal, you will go through it pretty quickly since you will need to use multiple scoops just to hit your target and that can get expensive.
A good range of protein per serving that you want to focus on is around 20-25 grams per scoop, so it’s great to see BodyBuilding.com’s Signature 100% Whey Protein coming in at the higher end with 25 grams per serving! Here is a breakdown of the nutrition label on the back:
- Serving Size: 1 scoop (33g)
- Calories: 130
- Total Fat: 2g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Cholesterol: 50mg
- Sodium: 150mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 2g
- Dietary Fiber: 0g
- Sugars: 2g
- Protein: 25g
Along with protein grams, the other two important factors to consider are the grams of carbs and fat in each serving. You want these numbers to be low when choosing a quality whey protein powder supplement. Anything higher than 5 grams for each of these is pretty high. The difficult thing with whey protein powders is the overall balance of taste with the amount of carbs and fat that’s in it. The higher the carbs and fat are, the better it tastes. So, there is a balancing act between these factors when it comes to providing a protein powder that is pleasing to the palette yet still provides quality ingredients that are effective. It’s great to see this whey protein powder come in at only 2 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fat which is respectable, yet they also nailed the taste which we will cover shortly.
Benefits and Effectiveness
Why does anyone need to use a protein powder supplement? Well, you actually don’t have to if you’re able to prepare all of your meals during the day and have a large budget for high protein foods like steak, chicken and fish. Eating all that food gets costly and very time-consuming to cook. That’s where a protein powder comes into play. It’s super easy to mix a few scoops into a blender and within seconds you have a protein packed smoothie that’s very inexpensive. The protein “bang for the buck” is phenomenal when compared to eating out at a restaurant or making a meal at home with different high quality meats which can easily surpass $10/pound when choosing organic, grass-fed options.
Why is protein so important? Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues, especially lean muscle tissue. You need to keep your body in a positive amino acid balance to build muscle. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. The rule of thumb when it comes to protein is about 1 gram per pound of body weight. So, if you weigh 200 pounds then you want to focus on consuming a total of 200 grams of protein per day. You will divide this total up into multiple meals per day. If you usually eat 5 times per day, then you will consume around 40 grams of protein per meal (40 grams x 5 meals = 200 grams of protein).
Why should you choose whey versus all the other types of protein powders? The greatest benefit of choosing a whey protein powder is how fast it’s processed by your body. It’s rapidly digested in about an hour. Compare that to casein protein which takes several hours for your body to digest it. Whey gets to your muscles fast and this is crucial during those key “windows of opportunity” before and after your workout. Later in the day, and especially at night before going to bed, is when a slow releasing casein protein would be ideal.
Taste and Flavor
BodyBuilding.com Signature 100% Whey Protein powder currently comes in four different flavors which include:
- Mocha Cappuccino
- Oatmeal Cookie
- Strawberry (reviewed)
We chose the newly released strawberry flavor and we’re happy we did! For being so low in carbs and fat, it tastes delicious. It has a rich and sumptuous strawberry flavor and when blended up with a frozen banana, the taste is out of this world! They hit a home run with the overall flavor and it will be very easy to quickly use up the 2 pound jug of powder making delicious muscle building smoothies and other snacks which we will discuss below.
One of the most important things when choosing a protein powder is how easily it mixes in a shaker bottle. A lot of people don’t have access to a blender during the day so they take a shaker bottle with them to work or the gym. The worst thing that happens with some products is when the powder clumps up and you get these big chunks of protein when chugging down a shake and end up chewing your protein drink! Not so with the Signature 100% Whey Protein powder. Our defacto mixability test when trying out any new protein powder is the ice-cold water test. Just add a bottle of cold water into a shaker along with a scoop or two of protein powder and start shaking away. It should only take about 10-15 seconds of shaking the bottle before popping the cap and chugging away. Well, the great news is that the Signature 100% Whey easily passed the test! It was very evenly mixed and allowed for an enjoyable guzzle for a high protein infusion before and after a workout.
Nobody wants to break the bank when buying supplements and that’s why it’s so important to get a high quality whey protein that has a high amount of muscle building protein per serving. Here is the price breakdown for BodyBuilding.com’s Signature 100% Whey Protein:
2 Pound Jug:
- Price: $26.99
- Servings: 27
- Price Per Serving: $1.00
5 Pound Jug:
- Price: $49.99
- Servings: 67
- Price Per Serving: $0.75
That’s a very competitive price when comparing it to the other popular whey protein powders on the market. Better yet, as of this writing, BodyBuilding.com is running a special “BUY 1 GET 1 50% OFF” promotion which slashes the price per serving down to a minuscule $0.56 for the 5 pound jug! Now that’s true “bank for the buck” protein.
High Protein Meals & Snacks
There are many different options when it comes to using a whey protein powder. You don’t have to limit yourself to a shaker bottle and some water. Here are some great snack ideas for high protein goodies before and after a workout along with anytime during the day:
- Pre-Workout Meal: Add 1 scoop of Signature 100% Whey, 1 cup of oatmeal and 1 cup of water into a bowl and stir it up. Pop it into the microwave for 30-60 seconds and enjoy.
- Post-Workout Meal: Add 2 scoops of Signature 100% Whey, 1 frozen banana, 1 cup of blueberries, 1 cup of milk and ice into a blender (NutriBullet is awesome!) and enjoy.
- Breakfast: Enjoy some protein packed pancakes! Add 2 scoops of Signature 100% Whey, 3 eggs, 1 cup of almond milk, 4 packets of Stevia and some baking powder. Mix all of the ingredients together with a whisk (or a NutriBullet) to form the batter. Warm up a skillet and add a little non-stick spray to it and then pour the batter on. Cook for a few minutes and then flip over. Cook a little longer and dig in!
- Snack Idea #1: 1 scoop of Signature 100% Whey, 1 cup of cottage cheese, small handful of blueberries and walnuts. Absolutely delectable!
- Snack Idea #2: Everybody loves Jello-O! How about high protein Jell-O? Oh ya! Add a packet of sugar-free Jell-O (choose your favorite flavor), 1 scoop of Signature 100% Whey, 2 cups of non-fat milk. Whisk everything up and put it in the fridge for a few hours and enjoy!
Our overall rating for BodyBuilding.com’s Signature 100% Whey Protein powder is a strong 5 stars and we definitely recommend it! It has everything you need when it comes to choosing a high quality whey protein supplement. It hits it out of the park with taste, mixability, versatility and price. It’s a tough one to beat when you’re looking for a great whey protein powder that tastes delicious and is packed with muscle building nutrients!