In my quest to live a healthier lifestyle, I’ve found supplements and protein smoothies help me stay trim and give me a helping hand consuming the right nutrients. I am partial to the odd protein smoothie, but I try not to over-use them. I prefer, where possible, to get the nutrients I need from actual food… but, I do believe there’s a time and a place for supplements, as sometimes there’s just not enough time in the day, like after exercise when your body needs to refuel quickly and effectively.
Personally, I think it’s great My Protein have finally released a range specifically for women. I’m no expert, but women are vastly different from men, so I think a range tailored specifically towards the female body is a great shout. No offence to the boys, but in the past the MyP stuff has been pretty macho, so, overall, it does make their brand more appealing to me… Even if they have just switched from blue to pink in the branding!
They were kind enough to send me a large selection of the range to review, but if you would like to try it without buying it in larger quantities, they are doing a sample box which you can get here: www.myprotein.com/womens-fitness/active-women-box for just £19.99. A good way to see what you think before committing.
I’m going to focus on just a few items as I’ve been sent so much I’ve not made it through it all yet. I hope you find this useful and insightful, I’d love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to leave a comment on the post below!
Some key products in the range
Protein Dessert: A light and fluffy, sweet dessert that contains 15g protein per portion and comes in velvet vanilla, chocolate truffle and strawberry flavours. Pictured bottom right, below:
My verdict: I tried the vanilla and strawberry flavours and enjoyed both. They reminded me so much of Angel Delight, which I would sometimes eat for pudding as a kid at my Nan’s house. I had one as a snack and it filled me up for a good few hours, which is more that you can say for a yogurt. I also had one as a pudding after a light dinner, which helped me stay full, stopping me from snacking later on (which I often do if I have a lighter dinner, naughty, I know) so, overall, I would recommend.
Protein Shakes: I am loving some of the fresh new flavour combinations in the women’s range, and for the purposes of this review I tried Chocolate Fudge Brownie (diet) and Pineapple and Coconut (vegan). I mixed the chocolate one with 200ml ice cold water, and the vegan blend with 300ml to compare the consistency too, as My Protein recommend mixing one scoop with 200-300ml.
My verdict: If you just mix these with water, as advised, you’re likely to be disappointed. The chocolate fudge brownie was pretty good as it does make a nice change from regular chocolate, but it, along with the pineapple and coconut vegan blend tasted pretty synthetic. In both mixes, there’s a lot of ingredients I don’t recognise, and I think this is what makes them tend to taste a little over-manufactured. To really enjoy them, you need to make a smoothie at least as a shake just doesn’t cut it. I’ve made some usage suggestions below, but at the launch event they mixed the pineapple and coconut one with real pineapple, coconut water and banana and they were served ice cold. This really brought the flavours to life and make a really tasty, refreshing post-workout smoothie.
Overall I would say pick a few samples and give them a go for yourself, but be prepared to mix them with real ingredients to get the most out of the flavour combinations, and serve ice cold. Also helps if you have a Nutribullet/smoothie machine, which I guess for some people could be a downfall.
Other suggested uses for the protein powder
Make a breakfast smoothie… As mentioned above, I don’t tend to consume protein shakes unless I need too. But, if I’m in a rush in the morning and need something a more substantial than toast, I mix one scoop of protein, one scoop of instant oats and 350ml water or almond milk. The combination of protein and carbohydrates keeps me full until lunch time, and is something I can literally grab on the go and drink on my commute. Give it a go this week if you get chance!
Or, top your overnight oats. Another great use for protein powders is to mix them with your overnight oats. Just one small scoop (25g) will give your oats a protein boost that will definitely keep you fuller for longer, try it and see!
Protein Bites: As you know, I am a self-confessed crisp addict and consider myself a connoisseur. These high protein bites in jalapeno and cheese flavour are right up my street. They’re like normal cheesy-puff crisps but with a protein boost.
My verdict: Overall I enjoyed these, even if they did have a slightly bitter aftertaste. They were a good balance between cheese and spice and kept me fuller for longer than a bag of Quavers does, so overall I would recommend! At the launch, I also tried to smoked bbq chicken flavour and they were AMAZING – so much flavour and these ones really were spot on, no weird after taste. Recommended.
Protein Cookies: High protein cookies that come in two flavours; white chocolate and cranberry, and lemon and chia seed. High protein (25g per serving) and low fat with less than 200 calories per serving.
My verdict: In all honestly, I am not a fan of these. The flavour combinations, in theory, sound wonderful. However, protein cookies in general are too synthetic for me. There’s many ingredients on the list I simply don’t understand, and they taste so far from the real thing I think I will just stick to having a real cookie as a treat every now and again.
High Protein Chocolate: It’s chocolate, with less guilt. Which means I am therefore a fan. I think MyP get chocolate specialists cocoa+ to produce this for them. It’s got extra protein in the form of whey isolate, aka by-product of milk, so nothing that wouldn’t usually be there, really.
My verdict: I am a massive fan of this, as I love dark chocolate anyway. It’s texture it a little firmer than normal dark choc but overall it does melt in the mouth and tastes great. I’d highly recommend.
Overall I think the range is a positive thing, it’s tailored towards the female body and does contain some really beneficial ingredients. At the launch part for the event, we got to try out a #CoreBlimey workout from 8am at Hale Country Club and Spa, followed by a talk through of the key products in the range. If you’ve tried anything yet, please use the comments below to let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you.