Living a busy lifestyle and trying to balance healthy eating, fitness, socialising and family time can be tricky. Not to mention work and the commute; things can get a little bit hectic.
This is why I sometimes use protein powder as a supplement in my diet, to make sure I am getting the right balance of protein, vegetables, carbs, complex carbs and fish. I’m no nutritionist, but I thought I’d use this post to tell you more about whey and why I sometimes use it in my diet.
What is whey protein?
For those that don’t know, whey protein is a by-product of cheese production, it’s effectively the watery substance that’s removed when milk is coagulated in order to produce cheese. Otherwise wasted, whey, which begins its life in liquid form, is often dried out and turned into powder for use as a protein supplement.
Why use a protein supplement?
When you exercise, your body needs protein in order to build muscle and strength and help your body repair itself. Eating protein-rich foods such as lean meat and fish, nuts, free-range eggs and greens like spinach and kale are the best way to do this, however, I find that after exercise a protein smoothie is a great way to satisfy my hunger and nourish my body post-workout.
If I am ever in a rush in a morning, I find a quick protein oat smoothie is a brilliant on-the-go breakfast which is easy for me to drink on my commute to the office. The carbs from the oats give me the energy to burn throughout the morning and the protein keeps the hunger pangs at bay until lunchtime. Win-win.
The Good Stuff Organic Whey Protein
So when Alexandra from The Good Stuff got in touch to see if I wanted to try their 100% Organic Whey Protein I was more than up for giving it a go.
As their protein is unflavoured, the challenge is to flavour it yourself, which is great because you know exactly what’s in it. I can honestly say this is the nicest, creamiest, cleanest tasting whey protein I’ve ever tried. It’s so light and fluffy and lends itself so well to being whizzed-up alongside other natural ingredients into a silky smooth milkshake-like consistency.
I came up with this recipe using my Nutri-Bullet, but any regular blender will achieve the same results. There are also two variations depending on what you need / fancy…
*SO MAKE SURE YOU SCROLL DOWN FOR THE CHOCOLATE VERSION (it’s still healthy) and the BREAKFAST VERSION* you’re welcome.
Recipe: Nut Butter & Banana Protein Smoothie
What you need:
- 400ml unsweetened almond milk
- 1 small banana (for best results, use a ripe banana that you’ve already chopped up and frozen. This helps make the smoothie nice and cold!)
- 1 tbsp. nut butter (I use Whole Earth CRUNCHY Organic peanut butter)
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1 scoop The Good Stuff Organic Whey Protein powder
What to do:
Add all ingredients into your Nutri-Bullet or blender. Whizz up until light, creamy and frothy. Pour into your favourite shaker and enjoy!
Variation 1: with a Chocolatey hit (great as an extra treat)
Follow the recipe above, but add a tbsp. of cacao or cocoa powder for a choco-hit.
Variation 2: with oats (great breakfast smoothie)
Follow the recipe above, but add 1-2 scoops of oats. If you are using a Nutri-Bullet or similar, you can add regular rolled oats straight from the packet and they will smooth out into a fine consistency.
If using a blender, try instant oats instead which you get by from My Protein.