Vanilla dreamin with ISOTEAN - log
- 07-17-2013, 09:55 PM
Just got my vanilla dream ISOTEAN from the boys over at iForce nutrition. 27 scoops of whey isolate for me to try and review over the next few weeks. Special thanks to VaughnTrue for hooking me up with this opportunity. The plan for the next few weeks is as follows (with a final review to be posted at the bottom of this First post once I've finished up):
Current goals: cutting until august 3rd when i run in the nj warrior dash (going for the 3 peat against my college buddies, and hopefully improving on my 76th overall finish from last yr) after the cut (if I have some powder left) ill be taking a week off from hardcore dieting and lifting to recover.
Diet: bb style with 6-8 meals spaced every 3 hrs through the day. Ultra low carb (<30g/day) for 6 days with a carb up on the 7th.
Exercise: am cardio upon waking everyday, lifting every other day in the afternoon/evening (after work). Currently following kris gethin's dtp for the last few weeks for the endurance and hit style. On non lifting days I do a second cardio session in the afternoon.
Lift day Shake plan: I usually have a shake upon waking, before my am cardio (about 20min before). A second shake pre workout (about 30-45min before). And finally a post workout shake that I mix with casein 50/50 (roughly 30g protein total)
That'll add up to 2.5 scoops per day, for a total of 75g of protein.
Cardio only days ill have a pre cardio shake am and pm for 2 scoops and 60g of protein.
Looking forward to starting this tomorrow and seeing how things go. Ill comment on taste, mix, recovery, and anything else that stands out.
Mix: 8/10 some clumps/sticking did occur from time to time even with higher water amounts. You can let it sit for a min and shake again and that's usually enough to do the trick but is a bit of a pain. Mixed great in crepes though! I tried out various amounts f water and found that I enjoyed the consistency of 10-12oz the best (think milk) but usually watered it down more just to enjoy it for longer.
Taste: 10/10 this was by far the most impressive part of isotean. I'm a vanilla fanatic and this was an instant favorite of mine. I tried a variety of water amounts and all of them were delicious (even up to 30oz was still incredibly flavorful). I also used this to flavor up some crepes one night and these were fantastic as well.
Recovery: 8/10 I did feel that this was a solid aid during my cut and into my carb depletion stage. Obviously I wouldn't expect this to completely prevent doms or anything but it was definitely a noticeable addition. I did feel that the longer I used this the better it got so that also impacted the rating.
Misc: zero bloat, burps, or gas from this, even with tons of water. This tells me that it was readily absorbed into my system as a good isolate should.
Overall: 9.5/10 the only reason I wouldn't give this a 10/10 is due to the minimal mixing issues and somewhat inconsistent recovery ability. The profile of isotean (carbs/fat/protein) makes it well worth a look for anyone looking for a well rounded isolate. The fact that each scoop has 27g of protein is a huge plus since thats 3-5g higher then most others. I would especially recommend this to those on a cut as the lack of carbs/fat and abundance of protein make it a solid addition without sacrificing unnecessary calories. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed every sip of the vanilla dream isotean and would very highly recommend this to anyone looking for an isolate protein to add to their stack. In short I would absolutely buy this myself in the future and plan to pick up a tub the next time I need protein.
- 07-18-2013, 03:16 AM
07-18-2013, 06:12 AM
First scoop is in the books...
Initial impression: opened the tub and was immediately surprised by the size of the scoop... A bit bigger then most but not massive. The smell of the vanilla dream was AMAZING. I may have licked the bottom of the seal ha.
Just from that little taste I was psyched. I usually mix my morning shakes with about 10oz of water so I'm not too bloated when I run but I decided to try this out with a bit less since it was suggested at 6-10oz. Ended up using about 6 and man was this good.
Taste:10/10- very sweet and wonderfully rich vanilla flavor. Right on par with any vanilla ice cream you've had. I've tried every vanilla protein out there an this ranks right up at the top with the best of them. I'm a big fan of very sweet shakes so this worked well for me. I could see it being a bit strong for those who don't like it too sweet but that could be solved by just adding more liquid... Ill try it out this afternoon.
Mix:8/10- a good 30sec shake and everything was pretty well mixed, even with just a little bit of water. The shake itself was extremely thick and rich with no big clumps and only a slight bit sticking to the shaker cup.
Other thoughts: I usually mix my shakes with far more liquid then suggested (20-30oz/scoop) just to up my water intake (and to stretch out the amount I get to enjoy ha) so that's what I'll do this afternoon with my pre run shake. So far this is an amazing tasting protein that I can't wait to try again.
07-18-2013, 08:51 AM
it definitely holds it's own in ~10oz of water. I like to use less liquid as well because I like my shakes THICK as can be, but I'll take a 10/10 any day!
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07-18-2013, 04:17 PM
In 10-12 its fairly thin I'm guessing? Im the odd guy out, I like my shakes super thin and without too strong of flavor like isoflex (cant afford that stuff anymore though), so I will prob get a few tubs of Isotean on my next order.
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07-18-2013, 04:23 PM
Just finished up shake #2 and I have to day this is gonna be a great few weeks.
Mix: 9/10- mixed this time 1scoop with my standard 25oz of water to really give it go. A quick 30sec shake and about 90% of everything was gone. A tad of sticking to the shaker as before, and a bit of settling when I set it down to defoam. Foam wasn't too bad which can be a pain with others when I use a lot of water. Since it doesn't allow me to shake.
Taste: 10/10- even at 4+ times the water this stuff is spectacular. Still sweet as can be, powerful flavor that didn't even seem to get watered down. I'm really gonna enjoy these shakes and might even try to stretch the water even higher to make it last!
Overall: 9.5/10- nothing to complain about except a little stuck on residue at the end and a little settling. Nothing that I haven't seen in any other protein, and on par or better then most isolates... Really I'm just bummed I didn't get to enjoy that last bit ha. Might need to get a spoon.
The weekend will be slightly different schedule wise since I go to bed and get up different as well as lift first thing Sunday morning. I plan to continue to use 20-30oz of water for most of my shakes since I enjoyed it so much. Tomorrow post workout ill get my first crack at the 50/50 isotean/casein mix and log that up. Prob Sunday or mon ill start commenting on recovery and such since ill have a few more shakes and some lift days into the books by then. Might even try some cooking with it this weekend.
07-18-2013, 07:08 PM
07-18-2013, 08:50 PM
07-19-2013, 02:01 AM
I'm in bro!! Awesome reviews so far, ill be following from now on!
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07-19-2013, 11:43 PM
So today I started my day with my pre cardio shake (1sc in 12oz water)- shake was nice and thick, not overly rich but about the consistency of whole milk. Flavor just get better with every sip.
Next up was pre workout (1sc in 30oz water)- I can't stress enough how well this stuff tastes even with a ton of water. Obviously this was very thin, think skim milk or thinner, however there is more then enough flavor to stretch it out. Plus I got to enjoy it for longer, over the course of a half hr meeting...
Finally tried this post workout today. Mix was 1/2sc each: ISOTEAN (vanilla dream) + American pro casein (cake batter) + 25oz water.
Mix: 10/10- with only half a scoop of the isotean as well as the casein (which practically dissolves) this shake was totally mixed and dissolved in just a quick 15-20secs in a shaker cup. Pretty much zero stuck to the sides or bottom this time which is better then when isotean only.
Taste:10/10- TRY THIS YOURSELF. Seriously. If you're into sweet and vanilla, this is all you.
Workout was biceps and triceps; very high rep supersets down to low reps then back up. Was really feeling good today so I added a few extra exercises at the end just because. Arms were pretty pumped but that faded fast with the low carbs I've been having. Plan is to comment on recovery tomorrow and then again a day after my next workout (legs/shoulders on Sunday). Tomorrow is cardio only so prob only gonna have a shake before my am session, maybe a second later in the day at some point depending how the day falls out.
07-19-2013, 11:47 PM
07-20-2013, 02:03 AM
07-20-2013, 05:00 AM
07-21-2013, 12:25 AM
Had 2 shakes today... 1 am pre cardio and 1 right before my hockey game this evening. First was the standard 10oz of water, second was about 25oz. As has been the case, both were fantastic tasting and mixed pretty well. I used a different shaker for the second shake and it had far less stuck to the sides/bottom so maybe that had been part of the issue with the others.
So today was my first day after a workout since adding isotean to my days... Yesterday's workout was arms which normally don't get too sore but sometimes triceps can be pretty nasty. With the additional, strict formed sets I added I duly expected to be pretty sore today but not really the case. I do have some soreness in my triceps but nothing to the point of "sore to the touch". Just more of an if I flex soreness. Seems the isotean is if nothing else not hurting my recovery. Tomorrow is legs and shoulders so that'll be the true judge of how well it may or may not help with recovery. Legs are always sore for at least 2 days after so we will see.
07-21-2013, 06:35 PM
07-22-2013, 11:59 PM
Quick update from yesterday and today...
Yesterday I got a late start (aka I was lazy and slept in ha) so I had my am shake (with 30oz of water since i didnt have time to dink more before the gym) and hit the gym for cardio legs and shoulders 1,2,3. One thing I haven't commented on yet is that I haven't had any burps or bloat with any mix (6-30oz). This is a sign of a good protein as some of the cheaper wheys will give you some serious gas, especially of chugged with a lot of water.
Post workout I had my 50/50 casein isotean mix and then nice meal with some solid carbs.
Today I was back to my normal weekday schedule with my 12oz am shake and 30oz pre cardio shake. I got stuck helping a friend move this evening so I didn't have time to cook so I had to have a third shake late this evening just to get some calories in.
Since I've now had 2 workout days in I can comment on recovery.
Recovery- 5/10: so far I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary as far as extra help. I had a brutal leg workout yesterday and as always I woke up really sore and became stiffer throughout the day. Unfortunately this is not an area that I've seen any marked improvement or even difference from other isolate compared to isotean. Ill keep tabs on this going into tomorrow though as I'm usually a 2nd day after doms kind of guy and day 2 is the worst.
07-23-2013, 06:51 PM
So unfortunately I'm still having some serious doms from leg day Sunday... Recovery aspect is def not looking like one of the stronger points of isotean for me. Other then that I love the rest, taste mix etc are all still on point.
Had my normal pre cardio, pre workout, and 50/50 post workout shakes today. Back and chest today were feeling great so I added some extra exercises at the end and wouldn't you know it a PR on rack pulls. Maybe the soreness isn't gone but I'm def feeling rejuvenated everywhere else so ill keep and eye on the doms for chest since that usually gets pretty sore as well as seeing how my legs actually act when I get to run outside again (it's been raining every morning so I've been stuck on the treadmill/airdyne )
07-23-2013, 08:32 PM
awesome review so far OP, glad you're enjoying the isotean!
after reading this, vanilla might have to be the first isotean flavor i try out
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07-23-2013, 08:57 PM
07-24-2013, 06:17 PM
07-24-2013, 07:15 PM
Finally had a chance to really test out my legs today and it looks like I may have been a bit hasty on my judgement of the recovery aspect of the isotean. I was able to shave another minute off my 2.5mi run this morning and actually ended up adding some extra at the end to meet my time quota.
The funny thing is my hamstrings are still a bit sore but as anyone with experience knows, soreness is not the only aspect of recovery.
After my chest/back day yesterday I feel quite good and my back (which I made a pr on rack pulls AFTER my regular workout) was barely tight and def no pain.
Ill bump my rating for the recovery to 6/10 with the potential to go higher depending on how I feel tomorrow. Today was a standard 2x cardio day so shakes am and pre cardio. Looks like I'm about 1/2 way (14.5scoops in) through my tub so ill prob make it well into next week when ill be in my last week of my cut and really watching my diet and dialing everything in.
07-25-2013, 02:36 AM
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07-25-2013, 02:08 PM
07-25-2013, 06:57 PM
07-25-2013, 08:25 PM
Am shake (10oz), pre workout (30oz), 50/50 pwo casein/isotean today.
After over half the tub I can honestly say this is one of the best tasting vanilla proteins I've ever had. The colder the water I use the better too. It's like an ice cream shake.
Recovery seems to be getting better as my chest and back aren't sore at all and I really felt good doing arms today. This is going to be a perfect addition to my ultra low carb deplete that will start on Sunday and help me get through the last few days before my race.
On a side note I plan to save at least 1 scoop for after next weekend to make a true smoothie with some fruit or pb and such once I'm done with my cut. Can. Not. Wait!
07-25-2013, 09:56 PM
07-25-2013, 10:35 PM
07-26-2013, 10:55 PM
Odd eating schedule today with the half day of work... Had my am pre cardio shake (10oz) then worked, went for a bike ride downtown and then home for a quick nap. Had my second shake before my hockey game at 9 tonight.
This second shake was a total life (and muscle) saver as I napped right up until the last minute but needed to get some food in me before my game since I was already behind on my cals for the day due to the long bike trip.
30oz shake 20 min before my game and I felt like a machine. No bloat, no burps, just a nice fullness and enough energy to get me through a right game (which we won 2-1- playoff quarters).
Tomorrow will be the last day of my veggies for carbs followed by a sun-wed carb free deplete, then a thurs-fri carb load. Def gonna rely on the shakes pre and post workout during my deplete to give me a little boost, hopefully help me recover, and just give me a break from the massive meat party I'm about to have ha.
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