Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Casein Protein – What is it? Learn the Skinny:

What is casein protein?

Casein is a type of protein mainly found in mammalian milk. It makes up over 80% of the proteins found in bovine milk and up to 65% of the protein in human breast milk. Casein is useful for many things including making cheese and in protein supplements. It is very popular with bodybuilders who want to maintain an anabolic state for longer periods.

Casein vs. Whey

How is casein protein different from whey? Casein and whey are both byproducts of milk production. The differences come in how the body processes these proteins. Casein is a slow acting protein. When the milk settles into your stomach, it becomes a solid. The body then feeds off that block of protein for hours afterwards. Whey, on the other hand, is a fast acting protein. The body can take this protein in quickly and convert it into energy. Casein is good for overall protein buildup while whey is great for immediate protein needs.

Casein Absorption Rate

What is the absorption rate for casein protein? The easiest way to measure the absorption rate is to look at when the amino acids in the blood stream tend to peak after consuming casein protein vs. whey. Blood amino acids spike 300 minutes after consumption of casein protein. With whey, that spike happens in less than 90 minutes. That is over 300% difference in time.

Casein Tastes Better

What is the flavor profile of casein protein? Casein protein offers a low flavor profile. That means it does not have a strong flavor that will overwhelm the other flavors that you might want to combine with it.

Casein Protein Sources

Where can you get casein protein? Casein protein is available in cheese products as well as in protein substitute products or supplements. Here at Big Train, we are harnessing the power of casein protein with our line of Fit Frappé™ Protein Drinks. These drinks offer over 20 grams of protein in a single serving. In fact the top ingredient is Calcium Caseinate which provides the casein protein. You get three amazingly delicious coffee flavors: Vanilla Latte, Espresso, Mocha, and two non-coffee flavors, Chocolate, or Vanilla which are great on their own or they can be used as bases for your own personal delightful protein creations.

These drinks will give you that shot of protein you want for long lasting protein power. Moreover, you can do it without high counts in calories, fat, or sugars. Too good to be true? The slow acting protein will give you that boost you want over the entire day. You also get a shot of caffeine to get you going. If you want a low calorie, high protein drink option, with no aftertaste, then you need to look at Big Train’s Fit Frappe line for your next high protein high energy drink.

For more information regarding Big Train’s Fit Frappé™ gourmet protein drink mixes, checkout, or call 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724) or follow Big Train on Facebook or Twitter. Cheers!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Gourmet Protein Drink Mixes 50% off Black Friday through Cyber Monday

Black Friday Sale:

Gourmet Protein Drink Mixes 50% off
Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

Big Train® offers consumers half off Fit Frappé™ to kick off the holiday season.

Lake Forest, CA (November 23, 2011)

Big Train, a leading manufacturer and distributor of premium powdered and liquid concentrate beverage mixes serving the specialty coffee, food service and retail industries in the US and abroad, is offering its first ever Black Friday Sale offering 50% off its Fit Frappé™ gourmet drink mix products to consumers.

Black Friday Cyber Monday Protein Drink Mix SaleBig Train launched its Fit Frappé™ beverage line earlier this year creating a huge buzz with consumers looking for a great tasting, healthy protein drink. Fit Frappé™ products come in three coffee flavors: Espresso, Vanilla Latte, Mocha, and two non-coffee flavors, Vanilla and Chocolate. A versatile drink mix, each flavor can be served hot, iced, or blended. Each comes in a 2.26 lb container while offering 20g protein, less than 1g of sugar, 19 vitamins and minerals, 5g fiber and only 130 calories in a 16 oz serving. Each container includes enough mix for 19 16 oz servings (or 38 8 oz servings.) Big Train also sells a 5-Pack Sample kit to let consumers try all 5 flavors.

While many of Big Train’s food service and coffee house customers are starting to carry Fit Frappé™ in their shops, a growing base of consumers are discovering the products through Big Train’s various sampling and marketing efforts.

“We were truly humbled by the overwhelmingly positive response for Fit Frappé™ from specialty coffee drink fans, health and fitness enthusiasts, the weight loss  community, and foodies online”, says Jim Wendt, eCommerce Marketing Manager for Big Train. “They love that Fit Frappé™ is easy to make by just adding water, and because it tastes great unlike most protein mix products. As we prepare for heavy New Year demand for healthier products, we wanted to give back to our consumer customers and online fans while continuing to support Good Sports.”

The Big Train Fit Frappé™ Black Friday Sale starts early Friday Morning November 25th and ends just before midnight on Cyber Monday, November 28th.  Consumers can take advantage of this sale at two places:

Cyber Monday Protein Deals1) Big Train Facebook Store: “Shop Now” link
2) Fit Frappé™ Website:

Big Train is also encouraging consumers eager to purchase Fit Frappé drinks, to ask their favorite barista or café to carry Fit Frappé™ or have them contact Big Train’s customer service department for more information or samples. Food service operators can request information for selling Fit Frappé™ by completing this form or contact Big Train via telephone at 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724) 7:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday, Pacific Time, or via email Big Train at

Big Train announced recently that its Fit Frappé™ Protein Coffee Drink mix line had won one of three Best New Products awards at the 2011 Coffee Fest Show in Seattle, adding to a growing list of acclaimed beverage mix product awards for Big Train.

In August, Big Train announced a new partnership with Good Sports, whereby Big Train will donate a portion of profits from sales of Fit Frappé™ products to Good Sports, whose mission is to increase youth participation in sports, fitness, and recreational programs by targeting one of the major obstacles limiting participation-access to sports equipment. Black Friday sales will also count toward this mission.

About Big Train, Inc.:

Founded in 1991, Big Train is a leading manufacturer and distributor of premium powdered and liquid concentrate beverage mixes serving the specialty coffee, food service and retail industries in the US and abroad. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California with a manufacturing facility in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Big Train is known for high quality beverage solutions that are great tasting and easy to prepare. Big Train offers a wide array of products including blended ice coffees, coffee-free blended crème frappes, chai teas, iced teas, protein drink mixes, fruit smoothies, kids’ beverages, hot cocoas (hot chocolates), low carb beverages and baked goods, powdered soft serve and flavored syrups to more than 20,000 customers including independent and small chain coffeehouses, bakeries, food service and cafe operators and its extensive international distributor network. For more information, visit or call 800-BIG-TRAIN (that’s 800-244-8724).

Big Train’s Black Friday Cyber Monday 50% Off Gourmet Protein Drink Sale:

This promotion is limited to Big Train’s Fit Frappé™ consumer products for retail. To take advantage of the Fit Frappé™ Gourmet Protein Drink deals, see the two links above. The promotion begins early Black Friday 2011 (November 25) and ends at midnight on Cyber Monday, November 28. For more information about Fit Frappé™ Gourmet Protein Drink Mix products, go to


Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Holiday Drinks! Spreading Seasonal Cheer with Big Train Thanksgiving and Christmas Beverage Recipes.

Holiday Drink Recipes.

Ahh, here it is again. The holidays. Thanksgiving is around the corner. Then hanging up the lights, finding that perfect gift, listening to that favorite Christmas CD, and decorating cookies are all little ways we get into the holiday spirit. Another great holiday tradition is sipping on your favorite holiday drink. There is nothing better than sitting in front of the fire, admiring the Christmas tree while drinking a big cup of decadent hot cocoa complete with marshmallows and a peppermint candy cane. There are so many holiday flavors that remind us of the holiday season. Here are a few of those delicious flavors from the Big Train kitchen made into yummy drink recipes for you to enjoy during the holidays and winter months ahead. So grab your favorite Christmas mug and spread some holiday cheer with these delightfully delicious gourmet beverages!

Gingerbread Chai
Drink Size: 8 fl oz Hot Drink

  • 5 fl oz hot water
  • 1 scoop (4 tbsp) Gingerbread Chai Mix

Heat 5 fl oz of water and add 1 scoop (4 tbsp) of Gingerbread Chai mix. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Gingerbread Chai Holiday Drink Recipe

Gingerbread Chai

Southern Velvet™ Cocoa
Drink Size: 8 fl oz Hot Drink

  • 5 fl oz hot water
  • 1 scoop (4 tbsp) Southern Velvet Blended Creme Mix

Heat 5 fl oz of water and add 1 scoop (4 tbsp) of Southern Velvet™ Blended Creme mix. Top with whipped cream and green sprinkles. It’s like decadent red velvet cake in a cup.

Southern Velvet Christmas Drink Recipe Red

Hot Southern Velvet Beverage

White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha
Drink Size: 8 fl oz Hot Drink

  • 5 fl oz hot water
  • 1 scoop (4 tbsp) White Chocolate Latte Blended Ice Coffee Mix
  • 1 ½ oz Peppermint Syrup

Heat 5 fl oz of water and add 1 scoop (4 tbsp) of White Chocolate Latte Blended Ice Coffee Mix. Top with whipped cream and peppermint sprinkles.

White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha drink mix

White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha

Dulce De Leche Latte
Drink Size: 8 fl oz Hot Drink

  • 5 fl oz hot water
  • 1 scoop (4 tbsp) Dulce De Leche Blended Ice Coffee Mix
  • 1 ½ oz Cinnamon Syrup

Heat 5 fl oz of water and add 1 scoop (4 tbsp) of White Chocolate Latte Blended Ice Coffee Mix. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon.

Dulce de Leche Latte Recipe for Holidays

Dulce de Leche Latte

Christmas Cookie Latte
Drink Size: 8 fl oz Hot Drink

  • 5 fl oz water or milk
  • 1 scoop (4 tbsp) Cake Batter Blended Crème Mix
  • 1 shot of Espresso

Heat 5 fl oz of water or milk and add 1 scoop (4 tbsp) of Cake Batter Blended Crème Mix, espresso and stir until well blended. Top with whipped cream and sugar cookie crumbles.

Christmas Holiday drink recipe

Christmas Cookie Latte

Do you have a favorite holiday drink recipe? Send it to us at and we will post it in our next Holiday Recipe blog! In the meantime, make these delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas season beverages in your own kitchen and enjoy the holiday season.

For more information regarding Big Train products like Fit Frappe gourmet protein drink mixes, call 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724) or go to or follow Big Train on Facebook or twitter. Cheers!