Unjury Protein Shakes – Review

Steph Wagner

June 20, 2016

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Unjury Protein Powder for Bariatric Patients

 

I often get asked what protein powder I recommend for bariatric patients. There is a period of time when the Gastric Sleeve/Bypass patient diet will consist of LOTS of protein shakes. So what’s the best one that doesn’t cost one months pay??

Disclaimer: I didn’t get paid by Unjury to write this post. I DID seek them out for samples to try and blog about them. They don’t endorse me and I’m giving my honest opinion :)

 

When I’m looking for a protein shake, these are the areas I’m interested in:

  • Protein to Carb Ratio
  • Type and Quality of Protein
  • Cost
  • Flavor
  • How Well it Dissolves

 

Protein to Carb Ratio

A good protein shake will have 15-30 grams of protein. You don’t need more than 30 grams of protein (you won’t absorb any more than that anyway!) but less than 15 grams and it won’t be very filling. That part won’t be hard to find. The next step is finding a protein powder that keeps the total carbohydrates under 6 grams. Sugar goes into the count for total carbohydrates so if it’s under 6 carbs, it’s low in sugar. 

Type and Quality of Protein

Whey protein isolate or soy protein isolate is ideally the first ingredient in the shake. I don’t tend to get overly picky about this one, but if we can find an affordable protein powder with the best ingredients…all the better!

Cost

The weight loss industry (not to mention body building industry) is a 50 Billion dollar a year industry. Which means…everyone is trying to get their buck! There are SO many products on the market for protein shakes that are unnecessarily expensive. Unjury is sold in individual packets to see if you like the flavor, and then you can purchase a tub with 17 servings for $23. That makes one serving $1.35.

Flavor

This one is a given but what’s extra important about a protein powder with good flavor is that you aren’t tempted to add anything to the shake. If a powder has a bad taste, you’ll want to add milk, fruit, peanut butter, etc. The additives increase carbs and calories! A good flavor powder can be mixed with water and still enjoyed. I find Unjury good in water alone. You could use Unsweetened Almond Milk too, or use extracts for extra flavor (vanilla, almond, strawberry, etc) but most patients find it doesn’t need anything. Unjury comes in Chocolate Splendor (sweetened with sucralose), Chocolate Classic, Strawberry, Vanilla, Unflavored and Chicken Soup. My favorite of the pack is Chocolate Splendor.

How Well It Dissolves

Many a patient will complain that protein shakes are gritty or have a “protein-y” taste. And when you don’t have a blender to blend the shake forever until it’s smooth, it’s nice to have a powder you can throw in your shaker cup and enjoy quickly. This may be the best feature of Unjury in my opinion. I’ve had many a gritty/clumpy shake!

You can find Unjury on their website, possibly in your bariatric clinic or even in a grocery store near you. If you live in my region and have a HyVee nearby, I know they carry Unjury! 

That’s my biased opinion that Unjury didn’t pay me for :) If someone asked me what protein powder I would recommend…I would start here. Get several packets of the different flavors and see what you like before you commit to a larger tub! They also have a starter kit!

 

Happy Eating (shaking)!

Steph :)