Protein Worth Fighting For: Banana Cream Combat
- 07-02-2009, 05:06 PM
Well, thank God it is a recovery day! My brain is fried, I just finished up listening to 3 hours worth of molecular biology lectures - I'm saturated with words like "cytokine" and "hypoxia."
But I get to chill for the rest of the week with a 3-day rest! I won't be cheating dietarily over the holiday though; I refuse to compromise any possible progress I might otherwise make. So Combat will actually be constituting my "treat." Others get a beer, I get a protein shake.
I've been trying to get the majority of my protein intake from whole foods as opposed to powders, but I consistently like to use a prolonged release formula prior to bed (and post-workout, though bed is higher priority for this particular blend of protein for me) simply because it is so darn perfect for that time period. Combat provides an immediate spike in serum AA levels, but then is capable of maintaining that elevation for an extended time because of it's slower digesting ingredients. That adds up to a perfect late-night snack.
- 07-02-2009, 06:10 PM
I also will be going to all sorts of treats IN the US
On another note, my new flavour reformulationed Lipotropic Protein should be here sometime today...
- 07-04-2009, 01:31 PM
Resolve came up with an AMAZING recipe with the Combat last night. I made it twice yesterday it was sooo good!
2 scoops Combat
1TBS Cocoa Powder
2 tsp Stevia
1/3 cup chopped Walnuts
2 TBS Peanut Butter
Mix with just enough water to have a thin paste and freeze for 30 minutes. It tasted like banana caramel fudge- something that everyone needs to try!
07-04-2009, 06:14 PM
Ok, gotta give some recognition where it is due:
Normally, I use ~25g BCAA plus 1scoop of Purple Wraath in an intra-workout drink. Today, I added another ingredient to that drink, and it ended up making me so nauseous that I poured the whole thing down the sink.
So, no intra-workout goodness for me, and that typically equals drastically reduce recovery capacity and increased soreness.
However, I downed 2.5 scoops of Combat as soon as I was done, hoping to minimize the "damage." When I got home, I downed an extra 5g Leucine, and between the two I cannot tell at all that I missed my intra-workout drink. To me, a guy who values intra-workout nutrition very highly, that is impressive. All The Whey hasn't provided such compensation, nor did True Protein.
Now, my muscular stamina while I lifted was down quite a bit while lifting, so I still know that I need intra-workout "help" (RECON! RECON! RECON! C'MON! ), but knowing that Combat's "got my back" in terms of post-workout recovery is a definite plus.
07-06-2009, 08:31 PM
Assault is designed for intraworkout nutrition, as well as pre-workout. Recon will be best served as a post workout due to the ingredient profile. What I do every morning is take my Combat right when I wake up, then half an hour later I take a battle fuel, then finally right before I start lifting which is about 1.5 hours after the combat I begin drinking my Assault and make sure its done by my second exercise. Since your style of training is different I would suggest using the Assault 15 minutes before lifting and you would be covered.
07-06-2009, 08:43 PM
I'm currently out of Assault, sadly - been hoping for another MP VIP sale so I can stock up!
As for Combat, I had two scoops today in about a liter of water that I sipped on gradually between my first and second meal. It maintains flavor pretty well - despite being diluted in such a volume. Expectedly, it lost some of its creaminess, but retained a banana "tang."
07-07-2009, 02:52 PM
Recon is not going to give you a big carb spike, its only like 25g per serving and that is split between Malto, Inulin, and Honey. I will leave the Recon talk there for now though...
I know what you mean about the aminos during a workout, sometimes I will throw some Pepto Pro in my Assault. I have used lemonade Xtend with the Rasp Lemonade Assault before and that was outstandingly good, but Xtend is out of my price range at the moment.
07-07-2009, 08:14 PM
You're right about the Recon - it's been a while since I looked at the ingredients and I had forgotten that it contained inulin and honey. I can definitely see those more post-workout than intra. Not sure a lump of slow digesting carbs is what I want sitting in my guy while I lift.
You've got me totally wishing for some Assault now - I've got Lemonade Purple Wraath that would go perfectly with it and some extra leucine...
On an entirely off-subject note, I tried self myofascial release last night. That is an excruciatingly good experience. My legs were rife with DOMS before, but after about 20min of thorough rolling, they felt exponentially better. Additionally, that has got to be the best thing I've tried for relaxing my hip flexors.
07-07-2009, 09:10 PM
Dude myofascial release is awesome. What are you using, a Foam roller? Here is my routine for ART/MFR
Foam Roll - Back, lats, IT bands, Calfs, quads, Hip Flexors/groin
Tigger Tail - Hamstrings, Back, Traps, Calfs
Tennis Ball Peanut - Bottom of the feet, calfs, Glutes, Neck/traps, Triceps
Trigger Wheel - Chest, Shoulders, and any acute pains, biceps, forearms
Spiky Ball - Feet, Spinal Erectors
I don't do everyone of those every day, but sometimes those little exercises make a world of difference in how I feel.
07-07-2009, 09:15 PM
Yeah, all I had was a roller - I love that tennis ball idea! At this point, I'm planning on incorporating SMR whenever tightness or soreness is inhibiting other activity, and for working those knots out in my feet that I never even realize I have until someone touches them.
07-07-2009, 10:11 PM
Its pretty cool, if you tell someone to try and touch there toes and then have them roll their feet out on the peanut for a minute each foot they will be able to reach further if they try again in most cases.
07-10-2009, 01:30 PM
I am still thoroughly enjoying Combat. Every night I have been making the banana nut frozen fudge treat. I is quite filling, but so delicious. The peanut butter and walnuts taste delicious combined with the creamy banana taste.
07-10-2009, 01:32 PM
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07-10-2009, 05:24 PM
alright either way I am down.
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07-10-2009, 06:15 PM
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07-10-2009, 07:36 PM
Good! I am thoroughly satisfied with Combat - both PWO and before bed it has been working quite well.
As for your question, your darn close - I'm a grad student studying at UTSW in Dallas.
Also, Combat can be had for a really good price right now. You can PM me for details if interested.
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