Ok, so, I expect most of you reading this have heard of protein powder, and may even use it.
This finely milled powder comes in all sorts of flavours and is mixed, usually, with water to make a high protein drink.
Thing is, it can get messy. One cough or sneeze while measuring it out and there’s a mushroom cloud of it hanging over your kitchen. Plus, with so many of us complaining about how time-poor we are, some people can’t even face the fuss of weighing it out in the first place… and what about how long it takes to wash you’re shaker up afterwards!!
However, protein is great for fuelling your workouts, aiding muscle repair, steadying blood sugar levels and boosting your metabolism so WOW Protein have come up with a way of making it easy and fuss-free.
When you’re training hard, if you can trick yourself into thinking you’re getting something ‘naughty’, while in fact giving your body a boost of the good stuff, then all the better.
That’s why I love protein shakes, because I’m getting a great hit of nutrients but I can also enjoy some delicious flavours – cookies and cream, peanut butter, raspberry, strawberry – the list is endless.
But flavour, texture and nutritional content can vary massively between protein brands, and with so many to choose from, I want to hunt out the best and worst.
So, when I was sent info on the launch of Innermost*, who offer no fewer than four superfood protein blends, I thought I’d give them a try for you guys…
Now, a glass full of green gunk might not sound or look appetising, but if you want a hit of winter-blues-eradicating, immune-boosting, digestion-loving vitamins, nutrients protein, fiber and propbiotics, well you can’t really go wrong with a green juice.
So, I got my hands on some Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens, as well as their Ultimate Oil Blend, which packs a punch of essential fatty acids, to try and give my body a helping hand over the harsh winter months.
Here’s what I thought of them…
Training five to six times a week is, no doubt, going to put a strain on your joints and flexibility. So how do you look after them?
Well, a simple spritz of MagnesiumOil Joint Spray* could be what you need to stay supple and ache-free.
We’ve all heard the buzz word ‘superfoods’ being thrown about, but I had no idea just how super cherries were until I discovered CherryActive.
There are so many sports nutrition brands out there that it’s hard to tell one protein powder from the next.
In fact, in the UK alone, the sports nutrition market is worth £300 million and it’s estimated that by 2019 it will be worth $37 billion globally.
Still, that doesn’t necessarily mean that everything you buy is going to be made of top-grade ingredients and taste delicious!
So, when I heard about Norwich-based Hench Nutrition I was interested to try them out and see how they rated.
Well, I have just one word….WOW!
Powdered supplements can be a real pain when you’re on the go.
Firstly, where do you keep yours?
Zip-lock freezer bag… plastic food container… or have you been lugging round a 5kg tub of protein powder to each of your workouts?!
Secondly, there’s the Krypton Factor-style challenge of getting said finely-milled protein powder, BCAAs, pre workout, creatine or amino acids into that water bottle or shaker.
Nine times out of 10 we watch helplessly as it goes everywhere but the container or, if you’re like me at work, you try fashioning a ‘funnel’ out of a nearby sticky note!
And what about that ill-timed sneeze, cough or trip that sees your scoop of powder explode into a mushroom cloud and settle over everything in sight!
Well, now bodybuilding.com have the answer…the fabulous Fill-N-Go Funnel!