Comfort food is everything in winter, so try this warming protein porridge recipe to keep your diet on track and refuel after a chilly winter workout.
Healthy Porridge Recipe
Takes 5-7 mins
- 50g gluten-free rolled oats
- 100ml water
- 100ml rice milk
- A pinch of salt
- 10g cacao butter drops
- 20g 70% dark choc (xylitol sweetened)
- 25g cashew butter (optional)
- 10g Pea Protein Powder
- 5 chopped hazelnuts
- 5 chopped raspberries
Simple porridge recipe:
- Add the gluten-free oats, water and rice milk to a pan.
- Cook over a medium heat, until warm, add the cacao butter drops and the pinch of salt.
- Once the porridge nears your desired consistency, take the pan off the heat and stir in the pea protein. If it is too thick add in an extra splash of rice milk.
- Blend up the berries, transfer the porridge to a bowl and top with the blended berries and flaked almonds!
Thanks to Pulsin for this great recipe!
Myprotein is one of the UK's leading sports nutrition companies and offers a wide range of supplements for fitness lovers and gym goers. We review a selection of flavours of their staple offering – whey protein – of which there are a staggering 60 to choose from.
For a lot of people, a protein shake is something they want to quickly chug down after a big gym session to increase their gains and improve their recovery. As such, it doesn't matter too much how it tastes, just that it has the right nutrition benefits. For these people, unflavoured whey protein will do the trick.
However, it is becoming increasingly common for whey protein supplements to be used for things like baking, smoothies, and just as a healthy drink to boost your protein intake and more and more people are turning to them hoping for delicious flavours to replace the snacks and treats they have left behind. Can't eat your favourite apple crumble and custard dessert because of your diet? Myprotein offer it in protein shake form!
Nutrition companies like Myprotein are offering more flavours than ever before and their Impact Whey Protein really takes the biscuit with just how many unusual and interesting flavours are on offer. Some of the more wild flavours you can buy are 'rainbow' (delightfully ambiguous), 'cherry blossom milk tea', 'black sesame', and 'yuzu' (an Asian citrus fruit). We tried a selection of different samples to see how these flavours actually translated into a protein shake and whether the taste lived up to the name. We did, however, stick to the more 'normal' flavours!
Banoffee is a hard flavour to get right as it's almost impossible to mimic the varying tastes and textures of a banoffee pie. This protein shake tastes exactly how you would imagine a banoffee imitator to taste: like artificial banana candy with a hint of toffee thrown in for good measure. That's not to say it doesn't taste good, quite the contrary! However, calling this flavour simply 'banana' would certainly be more fitting and perhaps less disappointing for banoffee lovers.
Rocky Road Flavour
Myprotein's Rocky Road flavour whey protein shake tastes like very sweet chocolate but you can kind of taste a hint of marshmallow if you really think about it. I found this flavour to be too sweet for my taste and I don't think I could stomach an entire 5kg bag or having one of these shakes every day. My advice would be just to stick to chocolate flavour if that's your thing.
I chose this flavour as I absolutely love speculoos biscuits (such as Lotus biscoff) and I was hoping the flavour would translate well into a protein shake. However, the complex speculoos flavour just wasn't there and this shake instead tasted just like gingerbread. As with the banoffee, this is certainly no bad thing and the taste was very enjoyable. However, calling the flavour simply 'gingerbread' instead of trying to sound more interesting by calling it speculoos would be much more appropriate.
This was by far my favourite flavour of all the ones I chose. I am a real sucker for marzipan and this protein powder smells very strongly of proper marzipan. Almond is quite an easy flavour to get right but this protein shake could accurately be described as marzipan and not just almond. It's delicious!
Cinnamon Danish Flavour
This is another flavour that I think is let down by the marketing department trying to be too clever with their names. The cinnamon flavour is definitely there and is quite tasty, but calling it 'cinnamon danish' is overselling it somewhat. From personal experience I'm aware that a lot of people don't like cinnamon as a flavour so I don't think Myprotein would sell many if they renamed this just 'cinnamon' but that's definitely a more accurate description of this flavour.
Traditional Italian stracciatella is just plain, vanilla ice cream with chocolate flakes in it. The word 'stracciatella' literally means 'little shred' and refers to the little flakes of chocolate in the ice cream. So, this protein flavour is a fancy way of saying vanilla chocolate chip. As such, it doesn't taste of anything distinct at all and just tastes generally sweet, like vanilla. As with the other flavours, it tastes quite nice if not a bit too sweet.
As mentioned at the start of this review, we appreciate that for many people the flavour of a protein shake doesn't really matter and it's the nutrition that is really important.
Myprotein's Impact Whey Protein is marketed as 'the UK's number 1 whey protein' and packs an impressive 21g of protein per serving. It promises convenient, high quality protein and low carb content (1g per serving). This particular whey protein is a whey protein concentrate meaning it has some fat and some carbs, as opposed to whey protein isolate (like Optimum Nutrition's 100% Gold Standard Whey) which has pretty much zero carbs and zero fat.
This is impressive nutrition for most types of exercisers and anyone who is trying to watch their diet and improve their physqiue would benefit from the nutritional benefits of this whey protein. If you are a bodybuilder or someone trying to really cut the carbs and sugar, you might be better off choosing a whey protein offering with zero carbs and sugar, such as a whey protein isolate. However, it is probably the sugar content that is contributing to the tasty flavours on offer here so you may sacrifice taste in favour of nutrition.
Myprotein's Impact Whey Protein is available in four convenient sizes as well as sample sizes if you wish to try lots of different flavours.
- £3.49 for 250g (currently on offer down from an RRP of £6.99)
- £21.99 for 1kg
- £44.99 for 2.5kg
- £79.99 for 5kg
The 5kg bag is the best value for money and works out at £1.60 per 100g. Optimum Nutrition's Gold Standard Whey has an RRP of £49.99 for a 2.27kg tub which works out at £2.20 per 100g and is therefore markedly more expensive.
Not only is the Myprotein Impact Whey cheaper anyway, it's even more value for money as there are often amazing discounts on offer which makes it a lot cheaper than competitor brands.
Real Handful was founded in 2016 by husband and wife team Joe and Carly Taylor. Ex-Ironman triathlete Joe drew from his experience in senior roles at Kellogg's and Heinz as well as market research to bring a product to market that gave consumers the option of a delicious, healthy grab-and-go snack that was naturally nutritious but more exciting than a sad, bruised banana at the counter of a coffee shop. I was lucky enough to be sent a selection of their products to try and give my verdict.
Espresso So & So
Real Handful's original product idea took its inspiration from trail mix which Joe first discovered on a trek in the Grand Canyon. Classic trail mix is originally American and is a mix of nuts, fruit, and chocolate; the perfect portable snack to take on hikes or other outdoor pursuits. This means it lends itself perfectly to Joe and Carly's intention of producing a healthy grab-and-go snack.
The Espresso So & So snack takes this idea to the next level by introducing coffee crème sultanas, almonds, dark chocolate coated coffee beans and jumbo peanuts into the mix. These luxury ingredients are so different from anything I'd tried before so I wasn't really sure what to expect!
As soon as you open the packet, the strong aroma of coffee hits you square in the face - whether this is good or bad is down to your personal preferences but I loved it. I loved the flavour of the coffee-infused natural ingredients as it puts a really interesting and original twist on a classic and potentially boring snack. If you're a coffee lover, this would be a dream for you and even if you're not, it's still delicious.
The handy 35g bag stops you from over-indulging with only 174 calories per pack and a punchy 5.1g of protein. This is the ideal snack to have when mid-morning hunger strikes at work or during an endurance event when you need a hit of energy. Plus, it's high in fibre and vegan friendly so everyone's a winner!
As with the Espresso So & So, I wasn't sure what to expect from the Strawberry Stomp snack. Before I read the details, I assumed it might contain freeze-dried strawberries which would be great as I love those. The pack does contain dried strawberries but to my surprise the strawberry flavour also comes from juice-infused jumbo raisins which seems like a very original idea and really exciting.
As with the Espresso So & So flavour, this snack is packed with delicious nuts and seeds which pack a punch of protein and really curb any hunger pangs you may be having while still being low in calories. This is a great natural snack that would be perfect for kids and adults alike.
This flavour was one of my favourites as the blackcurrants add a delightful tang while the nuts ground you. I reached for this packet when I was feeling peckish at my desk and it was the perfect solution to mid-morning hunger. You don't want something heavy before lunch but it's satisfying enough to tide you over until it's time for a proper meal.
Mint Choc Chipper
If you've read any of my previous snack reviews, you'll know that I'm a big fan of mint chocolate chip and so I was very excited to try Real Handful's jovially named Mint Choc Chipper snack. As with the Espresso So & So's coffee aroma, the refreshing mint hits you very strongly which is a big tick for me. In line with Joe's original idea, the chocolate adds a real luxury and treat to this snack and makes it truly delicious.
This would be a great snack for kids to take to school in their lunchbox as the chocolate will entice them in while the natural ingredients and handy pack size will help them stay healthy.
I really love the simplicity of these snacks: you can see exactly what you're getting and the ingredients are so natural and whole that you know there are no nasty surprises. I love the design branding on the packets and the bright colours and handy pack sizes mean these would be absolutely perfect for kids. Whether for fuelling before and after exercise or just to satisfy a sweet tooth, these snacks are great. It's a 10 from me!
Grenade Carb Killa bars are a low carb, high protein bar perfect for post-workout or just as a healthy snack. Sundried review whether they're worth the money.
Grenade Carb Killa Nutritional Information
Nutrition 100g 60g bar Energy (kj) 1493 896 Energy (kcal) 357 214 Fat 13.2g 7.9g Of which saturates 6.9g 4.2g Carbohydrate 22.5g 13.5g Of which sugars 2.4g 1.4g Of which polyols 17.7g 10.6g Fibre 11.1g 6.7g Protein 38.7g 23.2g Salt 0.75g 0.45g
Grenade Carb Killa bars are the protein bar that seem too good to be true. There are a lot of protein bars out there and any gym-goer will tell you that the market is saturated with bad-tasting, sugar-filled bars which people will eat thinking they're healthy. A lot of protein bars are overly dense or difficult to chew and taste awful, either that or they taste great but are full of sugar and don't actually have a decent protein content.
The main factor that sets Grenade's iconic protein bars aside from the rest is their low carb content compared to their high protein content. Compare the Carb Killa bars to their competitor USN's Protein Delite bar which contains 9g of sugar, much higher than Grenade's 1.4g
While the sugar content of the Grenade Carb Killa bar is indeed surprisingly low, that's not to say it's not still full of chemicals and sweeteners. These bars contain polydextrose, xylitol, and maltitol among others. If you follow the rule that you only eat foods with ingredients you can pronounce, these aren't the bars for you!
In my opinion, Grenade Carb Killa bars are the best tasting protein bars on the market. They come in 11 different flavours, including cookies and cream, white chocolate mocha, fudge brownie, and chocolate chip cookie dough. The bars all contain tasty little soy crispies which add a great texture to the bar and they have the same density and texture as a normal chocolate bar, rather than being so chewy you hurt your jaw. The addition of a caramel layer increases the indulgence of these bars and they really do taste delicious. If you didn't know it was a 'healthy' protein bar, you would think it was any other snack bar. They're devilishly moreish but the 60g bars are plenty big enough to leave you feeling satisfied once you've finished.
The only thing that lets these bars down is the astronomical price. At £2.49 each or £29.98 for 12, these bars are definitely not cheap and you would need to ration them out throughout the month! This high price stops them from being a 'grab-and-go' snack and makes them more of a treat or special snack. That said, the price is not that much higher than their competitors, with USN's protein delite bars coming in at £2.27 each. These bars are larger, however, at 75g compared to the Carb Killa's 60g. All protein bars are quite high in price, following the trend that you seem to have to pay for healthiness these days. If you can afford to splash out, these bars are definitely worth the price, but I'd rather just eat a healthy meal.
Whey Box is a brand that Sundried has had the pleasure of partnering with a lot over the past year, so we were stoked when they sent us some of their new vegan 'no whey' protein to try! Here's what we thought.
If you've read many of my previous articles, you'll know I'm a bit of a salted caramel fiend and can be very critical of this flavour as it is difficult to master! However, the guys at Wheybox have done themselves proud with this protein powder as it mixes very well and tastes heavenly.
Each 25g portion contains 105 calories and 18g of protein which is very good for a vegan protein source. I found that the powder blends really well, especially with almond milk, and it tastes so good! This would be great mixed into a dessert, such as protein mousse, as it is so decadent.
Chocolate will always be the classic, safe flavour to go for when choosing a protein powder, whether it's vegan or not. I'm happy to report that the No Whey Box chocolate protein is no different! It mixes really well and the chocolate flavour is divine. This flavour of protein also contains fewer calories than the others, albeit by only 2!
I had a bad experience with a vanilla protein powder once so I was keen to try this one and change my mind on the flavour! The bad experience I had was because the protein powder did not mix well and tasted absolutely vile. Thankfully, the No Whey Box vanilla vegan protein powder mixes very well and tastes great! The vanilla flavour is very authentic and doesn't taste artificial or overly-processed.
I used my blueberry flavour sachets to make the delicious recipe that was sent on a recipe card with the protein packets. The recipe was for vegan blueberry muffins and utilised the blueberry protein sachet which smelled exactly like real blueberries! As soon as I opened the packet, I was met with the most delicious aroma and I was pleasantly surprised to see that there appeared to be real blueberries included within the ingredients, not just colourants and flavourings.
The recipe turned out very well and the muffins tasted great! The vegan protein powder was the perfect addition to the recipe and meant that this already healthy snack had an added protein boost, too.
Gingerbread was one of my favourite flavours of the original Wheybox protein powders. To my delight, the vegan version is no different and still has the cheeky ginger tinge and deep, rich flavour that I love. It gives the protein shake a very full flavour and it's actually quite moreish! This flavour would be perfect for making some tasty vegan gingerbread treats, and I will certainly be trying that next!