• Grenade Carb Killa Review

    Grenade Carb Killa Protein Bars Review Sundried

    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

     

    Nutrition

    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!

    Grenade Carb Killa Bars Protein Review

    Taste

    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.

    Grenade Carb Killa Bars Review Sundried

    Price

    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. 

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Nibble Brownie Bites Healthy Snack Review

    Nibble Protein Brownie Bites Review Sundried

    Nibble Brownie Bites are the second product to be launched by Nibble Protein, founded by Erin Moroney. They have been designed to appeal to those who want that super healthy, low sugar, protein-packed snack but with the taste of a naughty treat. Here at Sundried we were lucky enough to get to taste test and give our verdict.

    Choc Orange Brownie with 72% dark chocolate chips

    The choc orange brownie bites contain only 3.8g of sugar per bag which is great for people trying to lose weight while still enjoying delicious snacks.The secret ingredient is dried plum purée, which gives a beautiful sweet taste without all the sugar. 

    I absolutely love the small and convenient size of the pieces and I think the serving size is just right. The bites are super soft and gooey, just what you want in a brownie! The orange taste comes through beautifully without being overpowering and there's a real tang in the background.

    The overall taste is dark and decadent and the texture is perfect. This classic flavour pairing is a real winner!

    Nibble Protein Choc Orange Brownie Review

    Choc Walnut Brownie with walnut pieces

    The real walnut pieces in the choc walnut brownie add a wonderful depth of flavour and give them such an authentic taste. As with all the brownies in this range, these bites are dairy free, gluten free, and vegan which means they're perfect for anyone on a free-from diet due to a food intolerance or people following a vegan  lifestyle. 

    As with the choc orange brownie bites, these healthy treats are devilishly dark and moreish and are the perfect solution to a chocolate craving.

    Nibble Protein choc walnut brownie review

    Mint Choc Brownie with cacao nibs

     The mint choc brownie with cacao nibs was definitely my favourite of the three flavours on offer. I've always been a big fan of mint chocolate chip ice cream and as soon as I popped the delicious bite into my mouth, that's the feeling I got. The mint flavour is strong without being overpowering and is very refreshing. It really lightens the dark, chocolate brownie flavour and sticks around for some time after you finish the bite making it more satisfying.

    Again, the texture of the bite is absolutely perfect - brownies can be tough to master! This is the perfect treat if you're after something naughty but nice without ruining your diet. 

    Nibble Choc Orange Protein

    Verdict

    These bites really are the full package. They're vegan, dairy free, and gluten free meaning they can be enjoyed by just about anyone, and they are satisfying and nutritious too. They contain a generous helping of protein and have significantly less sugar than their competitors. At under 100 calories per bag, they're perfect for lunch boxes, gym bags, or to take to work and could be the answer to your healthy snack prayers!

    Nibble Brownie Bites are available from Ocado, Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Fenwick, Amazon, other health food outlets, or direct from nibbleprotein.com. They retail at £1.49 per bag. 

    Nibble Choc Brownie Protein healthy snack

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • No Whey Box Vegan Protein Review

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    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.

    Salted Caramel 

    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. 

    salted caramel vegan protein powder

    Chocolate

    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!

    chocolate vegan protein powder

    Vanilla

    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. 

    vanilla protein powder organic natural fresh tasty 

    Blueberry

    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. 

    Blueberry vegan protein

    Gingerbread

    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!

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    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Myprotein Impact Whey Protein Review

    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.

    Myprotein Impact Whey Protein review Sundried

    Flavours

    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 Flavour

    banoffee pie

    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

    rocky road

    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. 

    Speculoos Flavour

    ginger biscuits

    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.

    Marzipan Flavour

    marzipan

    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

    cinnamon danish

    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. 

    Stracciatella 

    stracciatella chocolate chip ice cream

    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.  

    Nutrition

    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.

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    Price

    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.

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Winter Warmer: Fruity Protein Porridge Recipe

    Pulsin Fruity Protein Porridge

    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

    Serves 1

    Ingredients:

    • 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

    Porridge toppings:

    • 5 chopped hazelnuts
    • 5 chopped raspberries

    Simple porridge recipe:

    1. Add the gluten-free oats, water and rice milk to a pan.
    2. Cook over a medium heat, until warm, add the cacao butter drops and the pinch of salt.
    3. 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.
    4. 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!

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
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