As part of my partnership with Fitfluential I got the opportunity to try some products from Designer Whey . I am super picky when it comes to my protein powders and won’t use anything with fake chemicals etc and had been hesitant to use their powders because they were sweetened with sucralose. Gross. No thanks. But I was surprised to learn that Designer Whey went through a serious re-design and now nearly all of their powders are sweetened with stevia! So once I learned that I of course signed up to give them a shot.
Here’s what came in the mail to me. Love.
PS somehow I lost my good camera photo so all you get is this iphone one:
Two flavors of protein powder – french vanilla and white chocolate
Two pre-mixed protein shakes in french vanilla and chocolate
6 protein bars. 2 flavors each of peanut butter crunch, chocolate caramel crunch and triple chocolate crunch
3 boxes of Protein 2Go – in lemonade, mixed berry and tropical orange
I have tried everything except the Protein 2Go (still haven’t gotten around to it) and I have to say, I’m super impressed! Everything has been delicious and for the most part, I don’t get the typical “fakey” taste that you find with a lot of protein powders. My favorite by far out of the entire package were the protein bars.
I am really, really picky about my bars. I swear I can take one bite and taste fake sugar – stevia, splenda, sucralose – whatever it is, my taste buds can spot it immediately. But not with these bars. So good and they all had 10g of protein and were less than 170 calories. I will even admit to you that I ate two a day. Back to back. Because they were so good I just couldn’t stop.
So I bet you’re wondering what my favorite flavor was? Drum roll please…chocolate caramel crunch! I was completely surprised by this since I am a major peanut butter lover. I even saved those to the end because I thought they would be my favorite but there was just something about the caramel – it tasted so real. So “true to taste” if you will. The chocolate was my least fave. I think in general I’m just not a big fan of super chocolate things but it’s definitely worth trying.
Unfortunately I didn’t really like the pre-made shakes but I kind of have pre-conceived opinions about pre-made shakes so I probably didn’t give them a fair shot. See, back during the summer before my wedding, in the depths of Hood to Coast training and crazy times at work, I lived off Muscle Milk pre-made protein shakes. Until I was sick of them. And read that they were made with arsenic. So even though these from Designer Whey taste way better, I just couldn’t get the thought of the Muscle Milk/crazy protein drink summer out of my head. And to be honest, I want to make my own shakes. And the fact that they are shakes that can come shipped un-refrigerated. I mean. Kind of strange.
Between the two however, the vanilla was better than the chocolate. And if I was in a bind and needed a quick shot of 18g of protein I would toss one of these back but I probably would never pay for one of them.
And now for what I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for – the actual protein powders. Between the two, the white chocolate is by far my fave! I will admit that with the vanilla I get a slight fake taste. Not sure if it’s because it’s french vanilla or what, or maybe because I’m comparing it to the white chocolate but either way – if I’m buying one of these, it’s the white chocolate.
I mixed up a variety of protein shakes with these using a variety of berries, bananas, almond milk, coconut milk, spinach and even shredded carrots. But my favorite recipe was this one below:
Coffee Banana White Chocolate Protein Shake
1 frozen banana
1 scoop Designer Whey white chocolate protein powder
1 tablespoon 5 sparrows sugar free white chocolate
1/2 cup black coffee
1/2 cup almond milk
Blend it all up and server in a big glass that makes you happy. Like a Starbucks tumbler that reminds you of Maui :)
So there you have it. My Designer Whey review. I would feel super comfortable buying their products – especially the protein bars and the white chocolate powder. I plan on trying the Protein 2Go’s after a run when it’s a little hotter out. Right now I’m calling the lemonade as my fave but you never know – with the protein bars it wasn’t what I expected. Watch – I’ll end up picking mixed berry which is the flavor I never like.
But enough of this. I’m shutting down the computer and off to the airport to pick up my husband who has been in Costa Rica for the past 15 days (PS I just wrote years instead of days, someone is tired). Anyway, I can’t wait for him to be back. Chance and I have definitely missed him.
Hope you’re all having good Friday nights.
Note – I received these products for free from Designer Whey as part of my partnership with Fitfluential. As with everything on this blog – all opinions are completely my own.