Over the past 8 weeks, I’ve been working to incorporate more protein into my vegetarian diet which can prove to be really boring and tricky since my sources of protein are basically limited to some form of soy, legume or egg. So when a beautiful care package arrived on my doorstep from Designer Whey, I think I peed a little. From excitement. Not incontinence.
As a FitFluential Ambassador, I have been given the amazing opportunity to try and review some Designer Whey protein products. I was excited by the variety of powder, shakes and bars I was sent, and was even introduced to a product I had not heard of – Protein2Go. Protein2Go is a flavored powder meant to be mixed with water for a lighter-than-a-shake post-workout drink. It contains 10 grams of premium whey protein isolate, has 50 calories, is packed with b and c vitamins, and has no artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, caffeine or gluten. And while I would typically NEVER sip on a 50 calorie water, I knew I was doing good for my body after a run or strength sesh.
I started off my day with some plain coconut milk yogurt mixed with a scoop of White Chocolate protein powder and fresh blueberries. I was worried that the yogurt would feel grainy and taste chalky, but neither of those things happened. What happened was guilt. I felt like I was eating a cup of white chocolate pudding for breakfast– it was delicious!
After I got back in from my morning 4-miler, I mixed up a cup of Mixed Berry Protein2Go for my drive to work. Wow, that little puppy is flavorful! The tart, sweet drink was the perfect recovery beverage for my short run and a great no-caffeine pick me up.
I don’t know about you, but 3:00 is the WORST time of day for snacking. I’m tired and always finding myself craving a sugary treat. So today I munched on a protein bar. You know those delicious chocolate bars oozing with caramel that little kids sell outside grocery stores to raise money? This Designer Whey Chocolate Caramel Crunch Protein bar tastes like that. With 10 grams of protein and 160 calories (and naturally flavored and sweetened), it was a smart choice for a mid-day munch.
As you know I was snowed in on Thursday, so my workout was at-home in my basement Fiterature Studios with Jillian Michaels. I took advantage of my at-home day to finish some freelance projects while I tried a Designer Whey high-protein shake in French Vanilla. I’m not huge on pre-packaged goods like this, because you never really know what you are getting. Designer Whey, however, prides themselves on high quality products and taste, and they delivered. The shake was smooth and rich, convenient (I just sipped it straight from the carton), and only 100 calories with 18 grams of protein. Though this shake was good, I still prefer the flavor flexibility when I make my own. But in a pinch, this shake would do the job.
Friday night Husband and I trekked through the snow to our local bar for some drinks. I wasn’t super hungry for dinner, but knew I needed something to hold me over so I grabbed a Designer Whey Triple Chocolate Crunch protein bar. I’m not a huge chocolate on chocolate covered in chocolate fan, but this bar wasn’t as over the top as I anticipated. The bar was chewy (and not in a dog eating peanut butter way), crisp and crunchy – and the chocolate wasn’t overly sugary or “fake” tasting. In other words, I would actually pick this off the shelf and eat it.
Saturday morning I did not run, slept in (re: note above about the bar) and made pancakes! I added one scoop of Designer Whey French Vanilla protein powder to my mix, which made the pancake sweet, rich and added the protein I need. And unlike some protein powders, Designer Whey bakes great because these pancakes were light and fluffy!
Sunday I whipped up a bottle of Lemonade Protein2Go for the drive to church (re: note above about the bar). I had Husband try some because he is a lemonade connoisseur. Seriously, he’s obsessed and very snobby when it comes to his Arnold, hold the Palmer. His reaction was “Mmmm. That’s good. Wait. Is it healthy? It’s healthy, isn’t it? Ugh, you are sneaky. I still like it though.” And there you have it, folks. Husband approved, so you know it’s bomb! What I love about the powders is that they mix so easily. When I drained the bottle, half of it wasn’t gunked up on the bottom. It all went in the belly. High five.
After church I was starving, so this happened.
I hate it when I’m hangry.
I grabbed the can of French Vanilla protein powder and planned to make the Orange Dreamsicle smoothie recipe on the side. Designer Whey’s recipe called for orange juice and fat free milk, but I had Cuties and coconut milk on hand, so I changed it up a bit.
Snowrange Coconut Protein Smoothie
1 scoop Designer Whey French Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 tsp coconut oil
3 Cuties, peeled (obviously)
8 ice cubes (I like mine chunky, not soupy)
Simply blend until smooth!
Overall, I was very pleased with the Designer Whey products. Whey protein is a complete protein with the right balance of amino acids to give your body energy, and is quick absorbing for maximum muscle recovery and nutrition. Though there are several types of protein out there (hemp, soy, rice), in my humble opinion whey is the best for building lean muscle mass.
The grams of protein in each Designer Whey product were high, but not so high I was eating like a bodybuilder. The calories were very low compared to some other brands that I have tried, and the flavors were BY FAR the best I’ve tasted.
If I have anything negative to say about the line, it is that the bars are small. I definitely would need to eat something else like fruit or nuts alongside the bar to hold me over between meals.
Out of everything I tried, my favorite flavors were:
Protein2Go: Tropical Orange
Powder: White Chocolate
Protein Bar: Chocolate Caramel
Protein Shake: French Vanilla
Do you have a favorite protein line?
Do you ever get “hangry”?
Sidebar: Designer Whey provided me with product for review, though all opinions are my own.