Protein Worth Fighting For: Banana Cream Combat
- 06-27-2009, 04:41 PM
Protein Worth Fighting For: Banana Cream Combat
There was much rejoicing in the Resolve/BW household on June 24th, because it was exactly 6 months to the day that our stint of waiting for our new, long-anticipated protein ended.
We had finally received our:
Banana Cream Combat
With 25g of Blended Protein per scoop for both rapid and elongated absorption , 10g extra free-form BCAAs and Glutamine, a digestive enzyme blend, 5g fiber and only 2g net CHO, this is the product with the formula to beat.
At least, so it would appear on paper - and that's where BabyWifer and I come in. We will be evaluating Combat over the next month and you can bet we'll really give it a thorough going-over.
We are real MP fans in this house - BW went into mourning the last time we ran out of Assault, and I am yet to find another pre-bed formula as comprehensive and effective as Bullet Proof. We're confident that Combat will prove to be as high of quality as MP other products, but that doesn't mean we won't do our best to remain objective and constructively critical (if necessary) in this log.
I will be using Combat post-workout and/or before bed, as I see fit. I'll comment on solubility, viscosity, taste, efficacy and whatever the hell strikes my fancy. BW will be using it like she uses all protein powders: as a lure to get me away from my graduate studies.
Nah, I'll just let her tell you how she plans to use it.
Thank you very much to TrueAthlete, Pmiller and MusclePharm for following through and presenting us with this opportunity. You guys have great timing - we are just about out of protein powder.
And thanks to all you who join in for the fun!
- 06-27-2009, 04:57 PM
06-27-2009, 05:16 PM
06-27-2009, 10:59 PM
I will be using Combat through out the day when I have a sweet craving or I need some easily accessible protein to fill in my meal.
I've used a couple of scoops already, mixed into about 8 oz of whole milk. Banana cream is absolutely delicious! It doesn't have an overpowering artificial banana flavor. Someone has mentioned that it tastes exactly like Laffy Taffy, but I would have to say that it isn't quite as strong a flavor as the candy. This is definitely good with me. The subtle taste will make it an enjoyable treat any time and a flavor that my senses won't grow tired of.
So far the solubility is quite impressive. I mixed the Combat in a mug with a spoon, and the powder dissolved almost immediately. I think this protein powder mixes better than any other I have tried. A+ in this area!
06-27-2009, 11:46 PM
So far Combat Powder is among the top 3 protein powders [formulations] that I've seen (I refuse to use any but the other 2) and I've been wanting to try it for some time now. Will definitely be getting some when I am in the US to use.
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06-29-2009, 01:20 PM
06-29-2009, 01:37 PM
I just mixed a scoop of Combat with 8 oz of water. The banana flavor is much stronger in water than in milk. It still tastes quite good, and it is creamier than I had expected it to be by itself. Some protein powders are not good at all with only water, but this banana tastes fine. I imagine it would be very yummy in oatmeal with berries.
06-29-2009, 01:56 PM
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06-29-2009, 02:04 PM
Last year, on June 28th, I weighed 217lb and was a staff scientist at a local manufacturer.
This year, I weighed 253 after yesterday's workout (a few BF% higher, but still a large gain of LBM), we're in TX and I'm in grad school.
...Not to mention BW's gotten exponentially sexier...
06-29-2009, 02:09 PM
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06-29-2009, 05:13 PM
subbed, Rosie is gonna be going back with all sorts of treats lol
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06-29-2009, 08:11 PM
Awwwwright - time for my first official update!
Today, I did not lift; it was a recovery day. Or, what that really means for me is a longer day at the lab, studying. So, rather than enjoying Combat post-workout, I had it a short while ago, as a snack before my last meal of the day.
My Initial Impression: Smooth and creamy are the first adjectives that struck me. It is certainly sweet enough to cater to my sweet-tooth, but not so saccharine that it becomes synthetic in flavor. Rather, as I said, it was nicely smooth, and creamy enough despite dissolving it in water. The banana was satisfactory - I hate Banana Laffy Taffy but enjoyed this, so the flavor is authentic enough in that regard.
It immediately struck me upon drinking Combat that this flavor would be awesome blended with ice. I just may have to pick up a blender and do that. The flavor is light, and would lend itself well to an smoothie or other blended drink. Maybe throw some coconut oil in there and have a Combat Colada?
06-30-2009, 12:03 AM
06-30-2009, 12:04 AM
Also do you two use milk at all with your protein? I will, only in post w/o though...would like to know what you guys have to say about it
06-30-2009, 10:37 AM
BW, however, I believe will still be mixing hers with milk now and then.
06-30-2009, 10:40 AM
06-30-2009, 12:36 PM
I just mixed a scoop of protein into 1 cup of yogurt. It sweetened the plain yogurt well and still had a subtle banana flavor, but I definitely prefer it in milk.
07-01-2009, 10:11 AM
Oh, man, lifting for high volume on a keto diet is KILLER! However, today (the morning after) I must admit that I am feeling fairly well recovered. I am taking other supplements that I'm sure help in this regard, but I also think Combat has begun to show it's capacity.
I used two scoops post workout with an additional 10g Glutamine. Geez, did that ever taste better than the TP Gemma I've been using PWO lately! I don't look forward to using the remainder of that stuff!
However, the Combat shake was tasty, had a much more pleasant milk-like consistency and entirely masked the odd flavor that glutamine can sometimes add to a shake.
Additionally, later last night I mixed a scoop of Combat, a cup of cottage cheese, 2T PB and 1T EVCO and threw it in the freezer for about an hour. Man was that awesome! Closest thing to ice cream that I'll be getting on this diet!
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