Whey-hey! Upon my quest to get lean for my holiday to Australia, I stumbled across my favourite discovery of 2015 – chocolate nut whey protein.
I’ll admit, I always thought protein shakes and supplements were for body builders and gym lovers who wanted to bulk and get hench. But that is not the case, silly me!
After a workout your body needs to repair your muscles and rebuild that energy you just burned – or ‘summit’ like that. To ensure your body can repair as best as it can, you need to ensure you take in the right nutrients after your workout – a mix of carbs and protein. I’m not going to preach here, because let’s face it, I’m not fitness or nutritional expert. But here are some good articles I read when doing my research:
Anyway, as I’m using My Fitness Pal to help keep me on track, I had access to my daily intake of protein, carbs and fat. Surprise, surprise, carbs were having no problem making themselves at home in my diet, but protein was scarce. This could be something to do with the fact I’m pescetarian, and really only eat fish 3/4 times a week, or the fact I’m a sucker for carb based meals. I’m Beth and I’m a carb addict!
So, I did some research into how I could get more protein into my body, and discovered protein shakes/supplements can be used by us regular gym goers too. Yey!
There are plenty of brands available, but I opted for Myprotein after seeing a post from my lovely little friend Katie over on Frankie’s Weekend which just happened to go live the same day I was researching all of this. A sign, clearly.
And yes, I was immediately daunted when it turned up; how the bloody hell am I meant to prepare this stuff? So I thought I’d share some of my favourite ways to prepare it, just in case your a whey protein virgin too!
I’m usually at the gym for 5.50am, so typically I use whey protein in my breakfasts…
Straightforward and really quick!
You can make it with water, milk, almond milk, or add it to your smoothie mix.
The one above is just 300ml unsweetened almond milk mixed with 25g whey protein and topped with a sprinkling of ground flax, goji berry, linseed and pumpkin seeds – 120 calories, 1g carbs, 4g fat and 19g protein. #gains
Don’t be afraid about adding it to your veggie smoothies though too – I’ve had this in my banana, spinach and avocado smoothie and it’s like a really naughty tasting, but guilt free banana chocolate shake!
Porridge is my favourite way to start the day. It’s just so filling and keeps me going for ages, and proats are even better!
Obviously, porridge is quite carb heavy – especially if you’re topping it with banana which I quite often do, so adding whey protein is a great way to level out your macros post workout.
To prepare, make your porridge as standard, but add a little bit more liquid (milk/water) than usual. When cooked, pour your whey protein into the centre and use the back of your spoon to push it into the porridge. (This reminds me of the buttering technique when making a cake!) Once most of the whey has been mixed, you can give it a good old stir to get rid of any extra bits of the powder.
The extra liquid should ensure your porridge doesn’t get too dry!
Then top with your favourite toppings.
The image above is 37g porridge oats made with water, with 25g chocolate nut whey protein stirred in, topped with raspberries, blueberries, a generous dollop of Fage Greek yogurt and a sprinkling of trial seed mix. 444 calories, 41g carbs, 16g fat, 34g protein.
Whisk needed – avoid on arm day!
There is no making this pretty I’m afraid – but it sure tastes bloody delicious.
As well as being great for breakfast, I absolutely love having this as a dessert after dinner. It tastes so naughty, like an indulgent chocolatey and creamy M&S pudding worthy treat. Yeah.
You can make this ‘mousse’ by simply mixing the protein with Greek or natural yogurt.
Pictured above is 100g Fage 0% Greek Yogurt, with 25g whey protein, topped with banana, grapes, blueberries and trial seed mix. 352 calories, 43g carbs, 7g fat, 33g protein.
Last, but certainly not least, my favourite little fluffy pockets of joy.
I was surprised they weren’t more chocolatey looking, but you could sure taste it!
You will all know that I love my pancakes, and these are up there with my favourite recipes.
To make, simply whisk 2 eggs until airy and then stir in one mashed banana and 25g whey protein. You could also add a handful or two of oats / almond flour if you think the mixture is too runny – the ones pictured above have a handful of oats in and some blueberries too. Then simply ladle into your pan on a medium – high heat and flip after around 2 minutes cooking.
I layered mine with natural yogurt, slice grapes, more blueberries and trial seed mix. 479 calories, 50g carbs, 16g fat, 37g protein.
So, there you have it – my four favourite ways to prepare whey protein, perfect for post workout breakfasts. I’ll be playing with some protein treats, like bars, brownies and balls in the next couple of months so will definitely share these with you.
What’s your favourite way to have your protein?