Protein With A Kick

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Full disclosure: I’m a coffee snob. One of those people whose order at the coffeehouse is long and complicated-like the directions for putting together Ikea furniture. So when I came across Click, the powdered espresso protein drink, I was a bit skeptical as to whether my prissy coffee palate would put up with it.

But then again, I’m perpetually trying to lose weight and get more quality protein in my diet. So I gave Click a shot. First, I blended the mocha flavor up with water and ice one morning. It whipped up into a nice smoothie devoid of that strange protein-shake aftertaste that some powders have. More impressive was the strong coffee flavor of the equivalent of two shots of espresso. The mocha was not too sweet (a pet peeve of mine) and the powder is gluten-free, and sans artificial flavors and colors. The protein is derived from cow’s milk and soy.

But the real test came when I followed the package suggestion and made a hot drink with Click’s vanilla latte flavor. The mix came with a handy container and metal sphere to help mix the powder and water. It worked great, and I popped the drink into the microwave to heat it up. I was rewarded with a frothy coffee drink that tasted darned good and gave me my afternoon boost of caffeinated energy. Then I had to compare Click to my favorite coffeehouse drink. Here’s how they measured up:

Coffeehouse vanilla latte, 12 oz:
Calories: 190
Fat: 5 g
Sugar: 26 g
Protein: 9 g

Click vanilla latte, 12 oz:
Calories: 120
Fat: 1.5
Sugar: 6 g (ingredients include a Splenda-like sweetener)
Protein: 15 g

I’ll admit: I’ll probably never give up my coffeehouse latte, but Click’s benefits could certainly find it’s way into my persnickety routine.

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