Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Casein Protein Powder
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Casein Protein Powder is one of the best, 100% micelar casein protein supplements on the market. It comes in many flavors and in various packages, providing slow digesting protein which can be taken during the day and right before bed.
ON 100% Casein Protein has only one protein source - micelar casein. It takes up to 7-8 hours to fully digest micelar casein, thus making this (and similar) protein supplement great choice for slow digesting meals, shakes and smoothies.
ON Casein comes in many flavors: Banana Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Supreme, Chocolate Creme, Cookies & Cream, Creamy Vanilla, French Vanilla, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Strawberry Cream.
List of flavors changes over time and they are not always available at online shops.
Flavors have very similar content - one of my favorite flavors is Chocolate Supreme and it contains, per single 34g serving: 24g of protein, 3g of carbs (of which 1g of fibers and 1g of sugars), 1g of fats, only 15mg of cholesterol, 190mg on sodium.
Also, single serving of ON Casein contains ~50% RDA of calcium - very important for people having issues with calcium intake!
ON Casein comes in different packages, too: 2 lbs, 4 lbs, and packets containing 3 servings. Larger packages are more cost effective, while small 3 serving packet is excellent for testing different flavors and when traveling, for example.
One of the best features of ON Casein is its mixability - it can literally be mixed in the glass with the spoon or fork, without making lumps or chunks of undissolved protein powder. In the shaker, it can be mixed with water, milk, yogurt or similar liquid rather quickly, without making much of the foam - some foam is created, but it settles quickly anyway.
Taste is generally very good, but the chocolate flavors are, IMHO, excellent.
Vanilla flavors are soft and gentle and, together with Strawberry Cream flavor can be used for making fruity smoothies and shakes, for example Simple Raspberry, Strawberry Casein Protein Smoothie.
Chocolate flavors, when combined with some peanut butter and milled nuts create very addictive bed time delicacy!
ON Casein and other similar casein based protein supplements are not recommended right after exercises - in order to help with recovery and regeneration, right after exercises, one should consume fast digesting whey protein, for example, Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard.
Price: ON Casein is not the cheapest casein supplement on the market, but what you pay is what you get - an excellent casein supplement, that can help the user replace 'real food meal' from time to time.
Very often, such casein supplements are considered as 'dried' low fat or cottage cheese - rich in slow digesting protein, low on fats and carbs, and can be prepared within seconds! They are excellent for avoiding hunger, cravings for sweets and for eating healthy, even when there is no 'real food' around or there is no time to prepare 'real food'.
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