Will He Swallow? A Protein Powder Taste Test…

There are plenty of fish in the sea.


Or so the saying goes.


THANKFULLY and LUCKILY I can now say that on my last fishing trip… I hooked me a biggie.


Photo by Cary Pennington

And we all know at this point how much I LOVE fish!


Now this same cliche…

That gives all single men and women a twinge of hope, that they won’t wind up yelling at noisy hoodlums and retiring in Florida alone, as they cast their lines into the sea of others (or endlessly swipe LEFT)…

Could also be used as a metaphor to describe the aisles of supplement stores…


Or simply put…

THERE ARE PLENTY OF PROTEIN POWDERS lining the shelves at GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts, Albertson’s, Stop & Shop, FoodTownYou get it.


This quote, when describing protein powders, gives all men and women, who want to increase their protein intake, a twinge of hope that maybe, just maybe, they’ll be able to cram in an extra 30 to 40 grams, without having to drink chicken smoothies or wolf down blocks of gelatinous tofu.

Chicken Smoothie GiGi Eats Celebrities

Although… I happen to like Chicken Smoothies

But without the equivalent of Plenty Of Fish or Tinder for protein powder… How on earth is one to try and reel in a healthy, yet tasty choice?


Well… As I mentioned earlier… I am INSANELY lucky to have hooked my BIG FISH… And for many reasons.

Okay. I won’t be listing those reasons as I know I will start to get inappropriate.

covering mouth gigi

However, I will tell you that this fish (let’s call him the Giraffish) of mine, well, he can also be used as my guinea pig or in this case, OUR guinea pig because I FORCED him to try an array of protein powders so YOU don’t have to buy another expensive and huge canister of something that tastes like tree bark.

Here are the protein powders we (he) tasted/spit up…



  • Have you ever made your significant other do things he/she did not necessarily want to do?
  • Have you ever tried any of these protein powders? Thoughts?
  • What’s your favorite way to get protein into your face?
  • Do you have a fun protein powder recipe you want to share? DO IT!
  • As you may know… I got married last week… And I tried my best to include all of you, but if you miss some of what I have posted do check out…



  1. Bahaha, I laughed out loud at “Tinder for protein powders”. Love your colorful style of writing. :)

  2. OK I can’t even comment on this post because your wedding videos are TOO AMAZING for me to focus on anything else!!!!

  3. Your fiancรฉ soon to be hubby is a wonderful sport. Treat him good

  4. You got married! I wanted to drop by to say congratulations! I remembered it was in November. Did you honeymoon in Europe?

    • November 12th!!!!!! So 10 days ago! WOO WOO! I have been married for 10 days LOL!
      And we went on a last minute honeymoon to Oahu! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But the real honeymoon will be next year = AFRICA!! Mini Honeymoon # 2 is this weekend though = NYC!

  5. That’s a great list to keep on hand, because it’s soo expensive to buy and then hate it! Your hubby is a great sport!! Congrats on finding a sweetie!

    • Well, sure, that’s definitely a list of protein powders – however, NOT ALL of them are good – if you watch the video, you will see, ha ha! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      And thank you! I really did hook a friggin’ winner!

  6. Congratulations on your marriage. No I have never forced my husband to do things he does not want to do… well, I could never force him to try foods he doesn’t want to eat anyway. Visiting family is another matter ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have a great Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids #TastyTuesdays

    • He He He! Now that I think about it, I don’t actually think I forced my husband to do this, he was actually pretty GUNG-HO… That’s another thing I love about him, he’s always eager to try new things (for the most part) – ha ha!

      Happy Thanksgiving week Audrey! Have a wonderful holiday!

  7. lmao he’s maybe way too cute to be a rapper :-)

    BTW, I’ve tried a few of those powders . . .currently working my way through a huge tub of Naked Whey in chocolate, I like it

    • Like it but don’t LOVE it?! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      And … Hmmmmmmmmm I think he could be the first CUTE rapper out there, don’t you think? That is how I shall market my new husband lol!

  8. The wedding surprise was phenomenal!

  9. Haahaha. These sounds mostly awful, but the reactions are priceless. Similar to his reaction of YYYOOOUUU down the aisle. #gottoseeitlive

  10. As usual, “Landon”, I think you are wrong. I happen to like the “Christmas candle” one. Go ahead and add the “if you like coconut water” one to my Christmas list. You can list it underneath the salmon.

    • Ah ha ha! Grandon actually REALLY likes that one – The “coconut water” one and uses it in all his protein shakes now! Primal Kitchen is the best… I need to introduce you to some of their products! :)

  11. Your hubby was a good sport to try all of these. I like the peanut butter one Amazing grass the best

    • I’m glad you found one you like! As you may have seen in the video… He was NOT a fan of that one, but I didn’t find it to be the absolute worst!

  12. Haha, employing the significant other to be a guinea pig is a brilliant idea! And congrats on the wedding, babe- what an exciting time!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  13. Congrats again Gigi I enjoyed all of your photos you made a beautiful bride. I love the Vega and Amazing Grass protein powders, they are the only Vegan ones I haven’t wanted to spit up I use it daily in my smoothies. My husband would probably spit them all out lol.

    • Oh there are so many more photos to come!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I cannot wait to get them and share them because YAYYYY for being married. HA HA! Have you ever tried Sun Warrior and/or NuZest?! What are your thoughts on those ones? And why is it that men tend to hate all the protein powders us women like?!

  14. So the middle fish in the first meme has another meme that has says “kill me” and my husband thinks it is literally the funniest thing ever. EVER. Welcome to married life, lol

  15. I was so curious to know what he thought of Nuzest!!! Ahhhhhh!!! Almost grounds for dismissal, no?! LOL. I also love Plant Fusion :) But alas, he’s like my hubbs too, hates those vegan ones. They just don’t have a distinguished (aka healthy) palate like ours ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. This was really good. I want to find a protein powder that I like so bad! I have tried so many and I think it is time to give up on them. I could easily get my husband to try them for me, but he actually likes some of the ones that I have tried and hated! I dont think that would work out well for me! LOL

    • Which protein powders do you specifically hate? Maybe I can help you find one…. I really do not like many, but there are 2 that I am pretty sold on! That being said, the husband… Yeah, he doesn’t REALLY like them… But he doesn’t really like too much – ha ha ha! The worst is when you buy the HUGE TUB of protein powder that was like $50 – with HIGH expectations – and it takes like beetle shit! LOL!

      • I have tried a few from GNC and I have also tried Shakeology. I have come to the conclusion that I am more of a green smoothie girl. It’s something about the powder (no matter what it is blended with) that I just do not like!

        • I understand that for sure. And I won’t lie to you, I totally DID NOT like Shakeology AT ALL!!!! I am all for getting my protein from whole sources! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. This is too funny! Loved seeing the video :)

  18. Haha, this was great! My hubby ends up doing blog-related things he hates all the time – tasting cake made with beets, trying out new sports nutrition products that don’t taste good, and (his least fav) making him take photos of me for the blog about 700 times in an afternoon to make sure I get at least one good one.

    • LOL! OMG OMG OMG this is hysterical and I am glad to hear it honestly because I won’t lie – my husband hates when I take food photos, HAHAHA! Well, I think he’s resigned himself to it, but he HATES when I take pics of his food (for YELP haha)… Because he just wants to eat, so he ignores my photo and digs in. I have to be VERY speedy – hahahahaha!

      How did your husband like the beet cake?

  19. LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! being old, I could not understand anything in the rap video! :)

    I love MetRx Protein Plus & there is a Dymatize Cinnamon Bun that is lactose free that I like. I use protein powder in my protein loaf & bars but I eat chicken, turkey & tuna for my dinner protein. I will add a scoop of protein powder when I have oatmeal.

    • You’re HARDLY old – quit it!! HA HA HA! Basically it was a rap song about our relationship! ๐Ÿ˜‰ My parents – and well EVERYONE at the wedding, ADORED IT. And I mean, I can’t say I HATED IT… THAT IS FOR SURE (i.e. I am only that much more in love with him).

      Oh MetRx!! My mom used to make me MetRx smoothies before school when I was younger – and let me tell you, they were NOT good back then! LOL! HAHAHA! I am sure they’ve updated their formula since. I rarely use protein powder though, whole animal sources for the win… I mean, I know you know I love my salmon. I do however LOVE the protein in oatmeal addition! Putting it in COFFEE too is a pretty legit idea!!

  20. I think the first one is a go, peanut butter and chocolate great survival food next to pemmican. I agree most of those are like eating saw dust. Some will not admit it but we are omnivores, I wonder how humans would have evolved if we were all vegetarian’s? I’m sold on Eat The Bear sounds good.:)

    • Eat the Bear even SMELLED good – and if Landon likes it – then it MUST be good because he is just so so so picky! Ha Ha.

      And I completely agree with you – WE ARE OMNIVORES!!! But hey, each to their own!

  21. Jacqui Odell says:

    I love his reaction on some of these! This will help my husband on picking a protein powder.

  22. Wow! He’s a great performer! But then I don’t need to tell you that :-)

    I’ve convinced my reluctant better half to do things. She has always been glad she did. The few times she wouldn’t were probably a wise choice on her part. She trusts me, but she also has a mind of her own, fortunately.

    Never had protein powder.

    • I agree – I am always happy when my husband “makes” me do things. I mean, I need to expand my horizons at times and he is always here to help me with that ๐Ÿ˜‰ That’s what sig. others are for, right?! :)

      And I am very happy that you’ve never had protein powder- don’t waste your appetite on them!

  23. Congratulations on getting married. There are so many protein powders out there hard to know what to choose. I just use the protein water from when I made cheese. Put it in ice cube trays and use it. Thanks for linking up with Blogging Grandmother Link Party.

  24. Man, those are some ugly fish! You totally hooked you a Biggie! Congratulations GiGi Iโ€™m so happy for you. That chicken smoothie recipe sounded scary but looks pretty tasty. Heโ€™s such a cutie!! Thanks for sharing your Giraffish with us. He is one brave soul to try all that protein. I love the honesty; Iโ€™m going try the Eat the Bear Protein :) ummmmmmm That rap made me cry!!! Love Love Love it

    • Mary, I have to say – the chicken smoothie totally kicked ass, so I totally recommend you try it ๐Ÿ˜‰ hahaha! And then of course, wash it all down with some Eat the Bear? Or mix them together? LOL! THAT would be an interesting combo FOR SURE. But hey, don’t knock it til you’ve tried it ??

      And ugh, I can’t watch the rap without crying. Seriously. I have the whole ceremony on film and his vows. Oh man, his vows. SOB FEST!

  25. Your husband is such a gem. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing your photos and videos here. I feel like I was a part of the celebration. Re: protein…I add chickpeas to my smoothies. xoxo Enjoy being a newlywed. Happy Holidays.

    • Chickpeas to smoothies! OMG I love that idea – I need to try it! Just like I need to try chickpea flour for baking!!! Thank you for reminding me :)

      And I am thrilled you felt a part of the celebrations! I tried my best to include you :)

  26. hahah LOVE THIS. That roots company just sent me their preworkout and protein…haven’t tried it yet, and now I don’t want to!
    But I LOVE sunwarrior and the devotion company also has sent me those packets! Love em’!
    Everyone seems to be obsessed with Vega, and Muscle Milk is what we have to use with the collegiate athletes here, which I HATE. haha so much crap in MM.
    And one last note lol, guess I need to try nuzest if you like it that much!

    • OMG THROW AWAY ROOTZ RIGHT NOW! JUST DO IT. LOL! I am sorry to admit it – because I wanted to like it – but OH HELL NO! LMFAO!!!!!!!!

      Go for NuZest instead ๐Ÿ˜‰ Tell them GiGi sent you!

  27. I get my other half to do lots of things he has no idea that he would do. It helps that he makes me do stuff that I never expected either. We’ve grown together that way, laughing and sometimes crying over “stuff” that we’ve done.

    • Ah ha ha! Exactly!! My husband has opened my eyes to SOOOO MANY THINGS I never even knew about before meeting him… So I mean, I have to do the same for him, right?

  28. Elizabeth O. says:

    I have to say, your big fish is a good sport for trying all these protein shakes out. Kudos! Lol. His effort is appreciated. I’d like to congratulate you both! You look so cute together and I’m sure you’ll keep each other happy for the rest of your lives. You looked gorgeous in your wedding dress!

    • THANK YOU Elizabeth!!! I really appreciate that and I know for a fact that this big fishy of mine will ALWAYS make me laugh regardless of my mood ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. What a great post!!! Super brave of you haha hats off!

  30. oh my gosh !!! his rap !!!!! incredible

  31. I didn’t miss one special moment you shared on social because I am your #1 stalker. hahaha! Seriously, thanks for posting some of your pics and videos for us because you two are the damn cutest couple! And I’m super happy for you both. Obviously your giraffish loves you mucho or he wouldn’t stick half of the things in his mouth that you ask him to.

  32. That’s awesome! I really enjoyed reading this post of yours! Congratulations, here’s to your forever! I think you guys are made for each other. You should totally think about starting his rapping career. LOL.

    • Oh man, he has definitely thought about that and after that surprise… I am totally researching how he can get into it even more! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  33. Your Giraffish is such a sport and wow you got yourself a rapper fish, so amazing. And Huge Congrats to you GiGi. May you have twins as well ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. Wow. I had no idea that Protein Powders were this popular!

  35. Welcome back! And several great videos to look at this week — thanks for that. :-) I don’t often use protein powder, but sometimes you just have to, right? So glad you tested them all so I won’t have to! Fun stuff — thanks. And Happy Thanksgiving!

    • What’s your favorite type of protein powder? Do you have a favorite brand? And you’re so right – once in a while I actually CRAVE protein powder – SO very weird, but true!

  36. You always make me laugh, Gigi! I eat a lot of fish, and was happy to see the ads for Vital Choice here! That’s where I get my salmon, and it’s so yummy. I eat it at least once a week!

    • Vital Choice is SO SO SO good! I adore that place. When I lived at home (WY) I would eat it exclusively because there really isn’t good seafood there otherwise, unless you want to empty your wallet!!!

  37. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    Haha! Great post…And YES, I have definitely made my husband try things that he has not wanted too…ex-Brussels Sprouts, which he now loves :-) Great Rap at your wedding reception, LOVE it!!! Congratulations x

  38. I don’t personally use protein powders but I know lots of people enjoy them!

    • Oh yes, LOTS of people enjoy them… Or they just do it because they think they need protein and need powders to bulk up (IE: are misinformed – haha)

  39. Thanks for the protein powder test!!
    Huge Congrats on Your Wedding again! You looked amazing!

  40. I always my the Mr try new supplements, especially if I’m on the fence and need a second opinion. But I also LOVE taste testing new supplements myself!

    • I like taste testing too, however, with a lot of food allergies, I cannot try the whey varieties – so I needed my man’s opinion. And opinion HE HAS!

  41. Loved seeing all of your wedding photos last week-you make a gorgeous bride! No my hubs would not have tasted all of those for me

  42. Protein powders are such a hit and a miss lol! Can you get married again so we call relive it?

    • OMG I WANT TO EVERY WEEKEND!!!!!!! But since that’s not exactly WALLET FRIENDLY – I did talk to L about doing an annual get together every November with some of the awesomes who attended the wedding (cough *Gina* cough)

  43. Congrats, girl. You guys look like two peas in a pod!

  44. I’ve never done the protein powder thing but well you two make it look….interesting. Perhaps someday.

    Best Wishes to your and your man! (Emily Gilmore tells me you congratulate the groom but with the Bride Best Wishes). I learned a thing or two from Gilmore Girls that I apply to real life.

    • Ah ha ha ha ha ah ah ah! So you’re a Gilmore “Girl” are you?
      What if I told you that I have never ever seen the show in my entire life?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
      HAPPY Thanksgiving!

      • I guess I am. Lisa watched it while I sat next to her and I got pulled in. Mostly I just wanted to keep watching Alexis Bledel but they have good stories to tell. Though for the record nobody is that quick witted and pop-culture knowledgeable in real life and on the show…everybody is.

        Beyond that it is a good show.

        Best wishes again!

  45. I have a crap shit ton of protein powder that I need to use up! I have 3.5 months of inpatient medicine coming up though so cooking is not gonna be a thing. I need more protein powder recipes though!

    I love Amazing Grass’ Chocolate PB protein powder! :]!

    • Protein Powder for the win for your busy busy life!!! NuZest and Sun Warrior are def my favorite and I have loads of protein powder recipes for you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  46. Elisabeth Wallace - The Abstract Life says:

    I can’t stand protein powder but this is great! hahaha.

    PS: Love the blue in your wedding photo! So pretty.

  47. I’ve never tried those protein powders! There are seriously A MILLION to choose from – I have no idea how to choose what’s best for me and my body.

    So, I just rely on food instead. Hahahhaa :)

    • I never really use protein powder either… I only use it when I bake to be honest – and that’s RARE because I can’t REALLY control myself around the baked foods LOL!

  48. Congrats!! Your wedding videos are amazing! Specially the one where he tears up when he sees you walking down the aisle!
    A really fun video of the 2 of you trying those protein powders!
    Happy Thanksgiving

    • I cannot even watch that video without crying myself!!! I would love to re-live that day every day of my life… Although, I mean… Every day kicks ass with him :)

      Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  49. Aww your wedding videos are so great! Bravo for getting your husband to try all those protein powders. I really can’t stomach to stuff. Unless I add tons of peanut butter haha

  50. Congrats GiGi WOHOOO You’re married!!! ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿค˜ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ You’re husband shuld defo persue rep career. He’s really good!! hahah
    Protein powders?! I tried it once …. and I likeeeed <— great!! Now I have Katy in my head ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ No, really. I tried it, I liked it BUT I don't really need it to be honest! I'm more into natural proteins and stuff ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • What kind of protein powder did you try?! Perhaps it’s one I have no tried….. And I might LIKE IT TOO! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • It was some perversely-amazing flavour … like white chocolate and strawberry I think.. or something like that. All I know it was so freaking DELICIOUS… and it filled me up quite nicely. Actually SO nice I wasn’t hungry for next 8 hours ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ I mean… that’s not natural!!!?? I love eating like REAL food every few hours.

        • That is totally natural! After I eat a high protein meal, I don’t have to eat for at least 10 hours – it kicks BUTT!!!!! And uh white chocolate protein powder = SIGN ME UP!

  51. Congratulations on the marriage and reeling in that major fish! Not a big fan of protein shakes but you do offer an impressive list of options.

  52. This is the best review EVER! I am SO glad I’m not the only one who finds most protein powders gosh darn awful!

    • Ah ha ha ha ha! I am glad you approve of this video and the protein powder reviews! ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can ALWAYS turn to my husband for straight up honesty, that’s for sure!!!!! Which do you find to be the most REPULSIVE protein powder you’ve ever tried?

  53. Congrats on getting married! The rap video is funny. And hurrah for a husband who will test different protein powders! :)

  54. He tasted the protein powders and spent 4 months memorizing your wedding rap? That’s love, Gigi! I’m sure I don’t have to tell you he’s a keeper.

  55. The “bowels of a cancerous whale?!?!” OMG holy crap that is the worst mental picture I could have right now. I mean, I gotta appreciate the honesty but geez louise I would steer so damn clear from that if I saw it on an aisle. LOL I love how descriptive he is with this, “the only edible thing a homeless person would avoid”. GOT DAMN!!!! I’m glad there was at least one solid one and you had it early in the video!!!


    • Ba ha ha ha ha! He is most certainly the most HONEST man I have ever met, that’s for sure – ha ha ha ha ha!
      I cannot imagine YOU ever eating protein powder. Please tell me this is true – PLEASE?!

  56. Big congratulations! Your husband is so brave to try all of these powders! I just throw the envelopes at my son whenever I get a new one to try. This video will now perhaps spare him from the worst ones! Big Congratulations on your special day!

  57. Ah, loved the wedding videos! Congratulations! And the protein powders – too funny!

  58. Haha love the honest opinions…someone has to say it like it is!! Also love the wedding video at the end :) !

    • Right?! I hate how people try and conceal how they REALLY feel simply because a brand gave them product – everyone needs to speak the honest truth! My husband is refreshing!

  59. My favoruite way to get protein is eat a lot of meat and those soft tendons you get in Chinese restaurants

  60. Can’t I just stick with animal cookies and root beer? I thought I was doing this right.

    • Bah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Uh Oh. If you thought right then….. You need to email… Oh wait, you did!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ HA! I will set you straight- LOL

  61. Being a Reese’s lover, I get my daily fix in a healthier way by mixing milk, banana, chocolate Nutrabio powder and a scoop of powered peanut butter! Peanut Butter cup in a glass YUMMO!

  62. There are way too many protein powders out there, so I agree with a tasting meter, because I have tried some that oh my F***, so awful, and others that aren’t actually bad.

    • AH HA HA AH HA AHA HA HA AH OF yes, a majority of the protein powders out there TOTALLY suck and are sooooo rank! I don’t understand how they even make it on the shelves!

  63. I am late CONGRATS AGAIN! Wow turturing him already? Only one I know is Vega One, you get used to the taste.

  64. The Garden of Life is my favorite. I mix the coco version with coffee, ice and coconut beverage; awesome breakfast smoothie!

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