Jay Robb Winners & Dairy Free Eating

by HEAB on April 9, 2009

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Wow, everyone really wants to get in on the Jay Robb action!  I decided to pick three winners and send them each a sample of protein powder.  The Fudge Brownie bar went to a friend. (Thanks again Abbie!)  Drumroll please…and the randomly chosen winners are:

  1. JillyB
  2. Rebecca
  3. Julia

Congrats to the winners!  I will be sending each of you an email soon, and thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway.  I truly wish I could have sent each of you a packet of Sexy Hot Love. :)

Regarding my dairy-free ways and whey protein powder…still on the fence about this one.  Soon, I will do a more in-depth post on I why I want to cut out dairy completely, but for right now, I’m doing some self-experimentation.  Apparently, Jay Robb uses whey protein isolate in his powders, the most pure and concentrated form of whey protein available. It contains 90% or more protein and very little (if any) lactose.  So, until I run out of my economy sized tub of the stuff, I’m going to continue to use it.  However, I did just learn some exciting news…

Jay Robb is coming out with a brown rice protein powder very soon!  You do not know how excited this makes me, and I hope to do a review once the product is available. My office is also starting to stock Sun Warrior (VeggieGirl’s favorite) brown rice protein powder.  I can’t wait to compare the two products!  

Some dairy free eats I have been loving lately:

Humbecue Egg Salad

Humbecue Egg Salad

Inspired by the lovely Jenn, I combined 2 hard-boiled eggs with 1 spoonful of hummus and 1 spoonful of BBQ sauce.  Delish!

Carrot sticks and raw pumpkin seed butter.  Amazing combo!

Carrot sticks and raw pumpkin seed butter. Amazing combo!

My new "yogurt". :)

My new "yogurt" :)

Yesterday, I made Sarah’s flax seed pudding.  I brought 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk to a boil and then stirred in 3 TBSP of ground flax seed, 5 drops of French vanilla Stevia drops, and cinnamon.  I then let it boil for 1 to 2 minutes, poured it in a bowl, and let it cool a while before putting it in the refrigerator.  It needed to chill at least an hour, and when I took it out, it had solidified…somewhat anyway.  It was a bit runny, but topped with PB & Co’s Mighty Maple and some Cocoa Bliss, this was a total treat!   

See, dairy-free isn’t so bad. :)

Don’t forget to visit Zesty Cook for the launch of his online store today.  All proceeds from the sales of his clothing line will go to a local food bank, and he’s also offering 4 lucky readers a chance to win some products.  Go…right now! :)

{ 40 comments }

Erica April 9, 2009 at 8:22 am

Congrats to the winners! I know they will all LOVEEEEEEEEEEE that protein powder (so yummy). I need to get in on this Humbecue action- its all over the place! Jenn has the best ideas! Hope you have a good day chicky!

brandi April 9, 2009 at 8:30 am

congrats to the winners!

that egg salad looks so good. I love egg salad.

VeggieGirl April 9, 2009 at 8:55 am

Congratulations to the winners!!

Thanks for the shout-out!! I’d love to try the Jay Robb rice protein powder for comparison. That’d be fun.

HELL YES FOR PUMPKIN SEED BUTTER!!!!!

Jenn’s humbeque + Sarah’s flax pudding = holy yum.

burpexcuzme April 9, 2009 at 9:22 am

congrats to the winners!
wow…you always have such marvelous, innovative creations that make my head spin.
that humbeque egg salad looks out of the world. you do include the egg yolks, right?

Heather Eats Almond Butter April 9, 2009 at 9:36 am

Burpexcuseme,
2 egg yolks included. :)

runsarah April 9, 2009 at 9:46 am

That egg salad looks lovely – the mayo in psalad makes me sick usually…definitely need to try hummus as a substitute.

Sarah April 9, 2009 at 9:55 am

I think the longer you boil the pudding and the longer you refridgerate it, the thicker it gets. I’d be curious to see what it does overnight.

Have a great Thursday, friend!

ksgoodeats April 9, 2009 at 10:50 am

Congrats to the winners of that sexy packet! Humbecue egg salad – that’s on the to make list!

Ben made me a little teary eyed last night on LOST! How many times has he been beat up now?! Like, 82?!

Have a FANTASTIC Thursday!

Holly April 9, 2009 at 11:05 am

Congrats to the winners for gettin’ all that sexy goodness to themselves!

I’m interested to try the Stevia drops and I thought they were mostly for coffee/beverages. Great idea to put it in pudding. Now THAT I can see myself doing. :-)

Hangry Pants April 9, 2009 at 11:07 am

I am sorry I missed the giveaway. :(

I admire your efforts to give up dairy. I am not sure I could do it because I just love yogurt too much.

A Side of Single April 9, 2009 at 11:17 am

I never thought of eggs in hummus. That is next on the list. Check out my latest post. 6 degrees of Blogland… I was inspired by your inspired Blogger Inspiration X 3! Thanks!

gina (fitnessista) April 9, 2009 at 11:23 am

i am WAY excited to hear that mr. sexy hot goatee man is going to make brown rice protein.
eggs and hummus sounds like an awesome combo!
and how cool are the zesty shirts and aprons?!? i totally want one
hope you’re having a great day!

Shelby April 9, 2009 at 11:45 am

OMG that would be so amazing if I could try that brown rice protein powder!!!

Hummus + BBQ = DELISH!

I am making that pudding tomorrow, you beat me to it haha

Jenn (eating bender) April 9, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Man! I can’t believe my accounting homework kept me from reading about your Jay Robb giveaway! I have the worst timing/luck ever! Oh well, congrats to the lucky winners of that sexy, sexy man.

I’m so excited to hear that he is coming out with a rice protein powder! I am actually seriously considering going dairy free, too. I’m reading Alisa (Frugal Foodie)’s book “Go Dairy Free” right now and am starting to make certain connections between my stomach issues, energy levels, etc. when I eat dairy. When you first mentioned dairy to me, I didn’t think it could be possible because I wasn’t considering the fact that CHEESE could be a culprit. Yogurt seems to be ok with my stomach (probably because the only yogurt I really eat is Greek yogurt), but I have noticed that lately when I get a little sensitive, I’ve had cheese in my meal. It was one of those “DOH!” moments where I just didn’t make the cheese/dairy connection. Can you tell I’d be a terrible vegan?

Love your humbecue egg salad – I am totally going to try that sometime soon! And all the other combinations are fabulous as per usual :) Have a great day, Heather!

Heather Eats Almond Butter April 9, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Jenn,
I’ve been reading Alisa’s book as well. Very eye opening. Her own personal battles with dairy really spoke to me. I’ve had many “DOH” moments lately too, and I’ll be posting about them soon. The Humbecue Egg salad was beyond yummy. Definitely try it soon. Hope you’re all caught up in accounting. :)

Mandy A April 9, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Congrats to the winners!

I have lots of tummy troubles and have to be careful with dairy, too… I have only used one chocolate packet (half of it at a time) but Mr sexy’s whey powder doesn’t seem to have any bad effects on me! I have tried one brown rice protein powder… I can’t say I was a huge fan. Need to explore more with that!

Egg salad looks yummy :) I have some hard boiled eggs in the fridge from my daughter’s easter egg dying this week :) Might be trying this out!

Emily April 9, 2009 at 12:37 pm

I like PB and carrots. :-) I would love to try pumpkin seed butter, though.

I think I may try and make some flax seed pudding. It looks pretty easy, and it would give me a good excuse to buy some almond milk. And I just love pudding. :-)

I’m very interested in both the dairy free and raw food movement. Keep us posted on your dairy-free ventures!

Sammie April 9, 2009 at 12:41 pm

I was just wondering if eggs would be good with hummus. I am trying to plan dinner before we venture out for D’s hair cut this afternoon. That is just what I am going to have this evening. I hope your having a great day.

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) April 9, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I have the Sexy Hot Brown Rice protein! It came in my basket of sexy lovin’ and it is very tasty, though I have no basis of comparison.

justine April 9, 2009 at 2:33 pm

That egg salad looks so yummy! I miss eggs :( . I am so stoked about Mr. Jay adding me as a friend. Hahaha!!!!

~Justine

raspberryrunner April 9, 2009 at 2:37 pm

ooooh, egg salad made with hummus?!!! yum!! i love finding new uses for hummus :)

hypki April 9, 2009 at 3:02 pm

I just made some pumpkin seed almond butter!! mmm…
But I was wondering, your’s always looks so incredibly creamy and smooth in the pics? What gives how come mine looks more chunky? It tastes creamy when I eat it…
Also do you refrigerate your raw nut butters when you make them?

Heather Eats Almond Butter April 9, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Hypki,
You just have to be patient and let your food processor continue to run until it gets creamy. My first few batches of homemade nut butters resembled chunky bits of paste. :) After scraping down the sides of the food processor several times, the nut butter starts to form, and I’ll go check email or something for a little while (8-10 minutes). When I get back, it’s nice and creamy. No, I never refrigerate my nut butters as I don’t like them cold and hard. Besides, I go through each jar so fast that I never worry about it spoiling. :)

Clare (Clare's Two Steps Forward April 9, 2009 at 3:37 pm

as soon as I have a real income, I want to buy a Vita-Mix so I can make all these yummy butters!

Emily April 9, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Heather,

I am totally going to try that salad for dinner tonight! Sounds amazing. Hooray for yet another way to use egg whites.

A question about the pudding-what makes the pudding solidify? I normally use agar agar (a la Chocolate Covered Vegan) to make my almond milk pudding. Is it the flax?

I’m quite intrigued. I’ve been on a bit of a pudding kick lately (just posted my own version of Katie’s tofu pudding today) and this looks yum!

With Love,

Emily

Heather Eats Almond Butter April 9, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Emily my fellow lover of pudding,
It’s the flax seeds that thicken things up…have you ever tried chia seeds? They work even better – Abbie’s been posting about the over at http://www.foodsthatfit.com. I can’t wait to try some for myself! Enjoy your Humbecue egg salad tonight. It’s delish!

loveoatmeal April 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm

I just wanted to say that I only recently started reading your blog, but I LOVE all your oatmeal combos! I too eat a lot of oatmeal (though I’m more of a rolled oats kinda girl), and you’ve inspired me to try some new combos besides just cinnamon and fruit. The protein powder pancakes you made awhile back looked yummy too – do you think you could post the recipe?

Also, if you like nutbutters, have you tried Trader Joe’s cashew butter? My parents like it so much they don’t even buy peanut butter anymore, and while I’ll always love the original… I’ve gotta admit, cashew butter is yummy.

Heather Eats Almond Butter April 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm

loveoatmeal,
First off, thank you so much for reading my blog, and I’m glad you’re loving all the oatmeal combos.
You can read the recipe for the protein pancakes here. I’ve found that brown rice protein powder works the best, but I often use whey. They turn out a bit rubbery, but top them with some peanut cashew butter and a little maple syrup…delish!

I have not tried the Trader Joe’s cashew butter, but I do love making my own as cashews are one of my favorite nuts! I’ll give the TJ’s a try soon…I’m there at least twice a week. Love that place! :)

FoodsThatFit April 9, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Heather!

I have been wanting to try those Jay Robb bars! I am super excited to try the Brownie Bar, it sounds so good.

Your flax yogurt looks delicious, especially with the nut butter on top. Throw a few chia seeds in there and it would be perfect pudding :)

I just bought some raw pumpkin seeds the other day and want really want to make it into nut butter like you have done! I love the greenish color to it and I have heard pumpkin seeds are super nutritious as well.

Gina April 9, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Oooh that flax seed pudding sounds awesome!! I’ll have to try.

I was actually wondering what you were doing about the whey earlier today. That’s very cool that he is coming out with rice protein. I have to try VeggieGirl’s fav, but the ones I’ve tried in the past are kind of gross. I use a mix of gemma and rice. Seriously though, after having hemp protein almost anything tastes good.

zestycook April 9, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Congrats to the winners!! Lucky ducks :) Thanks for the shout out heather

Ashley April 9, 2009 at 7:18 pm

I’m a big fan of flax – will definately be trying the pudding. Thanks for the idea!

ttfn300 April 9, 2009 at 10:34 pm

so bummed i missed that giveaway! stupid job. oh well. i may have found a new favorite almond butter… have you tried the naturally nutty almond butter???

Heather Eats Almond Butter April 10, 2009 at 6:01 am

ttfn300,
Check out this post: http://heathereatsalmondbutter.com/2008/12/26/muffins-gifts-nut-butters-galore/
I’m embarrassed proud to say it was all gone in 8 weeks. :)

broccolihut April 9, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Hmm I think I just got some inspiration–I don’t eat eggs, so I will try the humbecue with TOFU.

Jessica (jesslikesithot) April 9, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Aww man, I didn’t win….I was so excited to potentially get a taste of your beloved jay robb!!! hahaha!!

Heather Eats Almond Butter April 10, 2009 at 5:59 am

Jessica,
Next time I get samples, expect one in your mailbox. Hoping to get more soon. Please email me with your address and flavor of choice. :)

Lara April 10, 2009 at 3:49 am

Hi Heather! The brown rice protein powder sounds like magic stuff. Definitely don’t waste the precious stash you have now though!! Thanks for linking to Sarah’s pudding…for some reason I read that post of hers but didn’t actually SEE the pudding, know what I mean? Now that you’ve pointed out it looks like something I want to try! Hmm..I wonder if we could incorporate Jay into the mix…?

Heather Eats Almond Butter April 10, 2009 at 5:57 am

Lara,
Yes, let me know if you try Sexy Hot pudding. I’m thinking that it should be stirred in after cooling. Jay Robb + heat don’t always mingle well. How’s it going on the other side of the pond? How long are y’all going to be in England?

Lara April 10, 2009 at 8:37 am

If I give it a try with Jay I’ll let you know how it turns out ;)
We’re still in the middle of the Nightmare Green Card Process, so it’s a huge question mark about when well be going back. Sometime this year is my HOPE, but we’ll see. In the meantime, it’s Cadbury eggs and baked beans for me!

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