I feel as though we are bombarded with a whole heap of different supplements, vitamins, powders and potions which claim to make us glow, make us fitter, make us stronger. I always classed protein and protein powder in that camp. Protein is an odd thing, I do associate it with body builders and those who really want to ‘bulk up’. However, since living with my boyfriend Paul he is quite the protein powder lover, often starting the day with a protein shake. So, when MyProtein* contacted me to try some of their protein products – Elle True Diet Protein Powder – which are specially for women and geared towards stopping unhealthy snacking, I thought I would do some investigation!
Now I always like throwing some science into my posts when I can, so lets look at what is actually in protein powder actually is. Protein is what makes up our body, it is made up of amino acids and those amino acids are the building blocks to many of our biological functions. Eating protein gives us fuel, but that fuel is broken down into amino acids which can be used to build our muscles, especially important after working out. Protein powder is usually made up of whey protein, this is the by product of making cheese, essentially all the big protein parts are skimmed off the top and dried to form a substance which is a high proportion of amino acids. These amino acids when consumed then encourage our body to make more cells and grow our muscles.
This protein powder also has fibre along with other vitamins and minerals which are all designed to be eaten as a snack which will keep you full to decrease snacking and help your body build muscle. Now as this was a large bag, I thought it would be best to share it with the boyfriend as he would definitely drink it up! This meant we had to decide on a flavour – eventually we went with strawberry. Now I think this was more a mistake on my part, mainly as I don’t really like strawberry. It is definitely a very ‘fake’ strawberry taste – if you like McDonalds strawberry milkshakes then I swear this tastes pretty much exactly the same! I think next time I would go for something a bit plainer – velvet vanilla. I tried this as a protein powder just with milk and combines well to make quite a thin shake which is easy to drink. I also tried it with soy milk as I am not the biggest milk lover but I would recommend putting less protein powder in as it can clump if there is too much (or I am just a useless mixer!). I think the best way to have this is in a smoothie, with lots of berries and other yummy fruit to make a quick and easy breakfast (I also just bought a new blender and I am in love with it!).
The thing I did like about this, was that it really filled me up! Like actually I was almost too full after drinking a whole one of these. So they definitely meet their objective of stopping the unhealthy snacking! In terms of whether I think it has increased my lean muscle, not so sure, mainly as I haven’t really done much exercise recently…
Overall, I did enjoy this and I do think I will incorporate it more into my healthy eating and fitness routine – especially when I get the exercise up and running again which is my goal for December. It has helped me get through my ‘no sugar November’, though I think next time I will be picking up a different flavour.
Have you used protein powder? What did you think of it?
*Now this product was sent to me, but as always, I will share my true opinion on the product whether positive or negative and I will always disclose whether something has been sent to me for review!