A few years ago, I had my first introduction to the power of protein powder. I was starting a weight-lifting class and all I heard were stories about their protein shakes and I figured I had to get in on this revolutionary product. Unfortunately, I went through about 4 different brands of powder before I finally gave up and decided I could by chalk a lot cheaper and throw some strawberry Kool-Aid if I needed that extra zing.
Of course, I’m kidding, but I did give up the search for an edible protein powder until I tried a sample of my current favorite at Whole Foods. I have used a stevia based, no sugar and no gluten powder for the past 4 years and I was getting bored with it. I drink a protein shake each morning that I go to Crossfit class because I just can’t eat whole food at 4:30 am. I’ve used the same recipe for the past 4 years as well. So, when I was selected to receive Designer Whey for review, I was ecstatic! I have heard many great things about this powder and I strongly believe in a nutritionally sound product. I do eat a mostly paleo diet, but I will not give up my pre-workout nutrition in an easy-to-digest drinkable form.
Not only did I receive the FULL SIZED canisters of 2 flavors of protein powder, they also sent some bars, one serving pre-mixed shakes, and boxes of Protein-2-Go water mix ins.
As a Fitfluential Ambassador, I received this product from Designer Whey for review. All opinions are my own.
So, have I found a new favorite protein powder? Let me start with the bars.
I LOVED these for a quick snack. They are 170 calories per bar and just enough protein (10g) to keep me going without filling me up. I’m not looking for a meal replacement bar. These were easy to digest and didn’t weigh me down and they did NOT taste like a chemical stew. My favorite flavor was the Peanut Butter Crunch. It tasted like real peanut butter.
These saved me on a couple of mornings when I overslept and did not go workout. I grabbed them and drank them on the way to school. This is the most hectic time of year and most years, my nutrition suffers. These are 100 calories and 18g of protein which was great for breakfast, again, without weighing me down and looking for a nap by 10:00am. I would definitely keep these on hand to keep me from just skipping breakfast. My favorite was the chocolate.
These are energy packed! As far as ease of use, it doesn’t get easier. Open, pour, shake…and keep shaking. The one issue I had with these is they did not fully dissolve. I just shook my bottle every now and then and it was fine. It certainly isn’t a deal breaker. These are NOT your average water flavors. I used these after school before and during these end-of-year faculty meetings when I REALLY wanted to grab a soda from the vending. These absolutely kept my hands off the soda and for that reason, these packets are staying at school. My weakest moments with soda are 3:00pm. One packet provides protein and a jolt of flavor.
I made 2 recipes using the White Chocolate protein powder. I made my usual Mocha Shake that I drink each morning. I loved the flavor and the smoothness of this powder. It was not chalky and did not have a chemical aftertaste, which is a common problem in most protein powders.
1 cup of strong brewed coffee
1 scoop of Designer Whey White Chocolate protein powder
2 Tablespoons of almond butter
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
3-4 ice cubes
Blend until smooth
And now, my absolute FAVORITE recipe using Designer Whey.