I definitely crossed over to gym rat category a while ago; so much that I cannot imagine going a day without guzzling some protein supplement. After trying two flavours of Optimum Nutrition's very popular Gold Standard Whey - Extreme Milk Chocolate and Double Chocolate, I decided to give something else a shot.
As recommended by my trainer at the Powerhouse Gym, I chose the Chocolate Monster flavour of Nutrex Research Muscle Infusion Black Protein Blend. A protein blend may contain many ingredients like whey protein, calcium caseinate, egg albumen, milk protein isolate, maltodextrin, vitamins, minerals and added amino acids. As compared to pure whey, a protein blend is claimed to more beneficial by many, although that is open to debate.
Given the fantastic user reviews all over the Internet, I was pretty confident about the buy. And once I tasted it, I became a fan in an instant!
The powder is fine, although not as much as a Whey Isolate. However, it dissolves very easily in water (and milk), and forms this lovely, frothy, creamy shake. It is best had in water because it is rather heavy; but adding milk to it takes it to an altogether new level (never mind your bursting stomach). But a word of warning to those who do not like thick shakes... this one is.
The product lives up to its name - Chocolate Monster - with a mind blowing rich taste of chocolate. It has absolutely no aftertaste, and you're like... 'Oh, so all things healthy do not taste like crap!'
Nutritionally speaking too, the product is fantastic. Each level scoop offers 25 grams of protein, 2.5g of fat and 1.5g of saturated fat, 143 calories, 1.5g of sugar, 4g of carbs, and 35% vitamins!! Such marginal levels of sugar and carbs allows you to have up to 4 servings a day without guilt, if you are into serious bodybuilding. I'm presently taking just one scoop per day, which makes it very affordable.
A 5 lbs. jar costs around INR 5000, and is cheaper than most Whey Isolate products. I thoroughly recommend, not just in terms of price and taste, but also performance.