Right now, I’m not a huge expert on protein, the different types, and when to take those different types. I know the basics, and when I finish the Sports Nutrition module of my nutrition course I’ll be a guru, but for protein queries, The Blonde Ethos is the girl to ask! I experiment with various different protein powders on my never-ending quest to find one that doesn’t taste chalky in a shake, and most recently tried Myprotein Micellar Casein powder.
Now, when I received my delivery from Myprotein, I had all these wild ideas of making amazing protein mug cakes, fudge, treats etc, and while I am working on these recipes (I’ve had a few disasters), I realised that there’s nothing wrong with just going simple for once. The best thing is, I was pleasantly surprised!
Protein is a macronutrient, an essential dietary requirement like carbohydrates and fat, as it contains amino acids required for muscle repair and growth. Protein supplements are popular among those wishing to increase their protein intake, particularly those wishing to increase muscle mass. In the market today, whey protein (a by-product of milk and cheese production) is probably the most prevalent, but there are plenty of options for vegans. Micellar Casein is a, slow release protein also from cow’s milk. It’s differs from whey in that it’s absorbed slowly by the stomach prolonging the delivery of amino acids to the muscle. This makes Micellar Casein the ideal protein supplement for between meals and before bed, whereas whey protein is best taken before or after exercise.
Myprotein Micellar Casein – Vanilla
Having a little internal fear of chalky, powdery drinks, I always begin by mixing protein powder into a fruit smoothie, as casein is a slow release protein, incorporating it into my post-workout afternoon smoothie is perfect!
My favourite smoothie:
- Handful raspberries
- 1/2 mango
- 1 banana
- 1 scoop MyProtein Vanilla Casein Powder
- Coconut milk depending on your preferred consistency
- Blitz in your blender and enjoy!
Making a lovely fruit smoothie isn’t always convenient after a workout however, nor is it everyone’s idea of a bedtime drink! Being out and about one day, I came prepared with a portion of protein powder in my SmartShake ready to brave a water only shake after a TRX session at the gym. As I mentioned earlier…I was pleasantly surprised! With a good shake, the powder blended into a smooth drink, with NO powdery residue! It’s literally the best drink powder, protein, green or otherwise, I’ve tried!
Myprotein Oats & Whey Bars
I’ve also been trying the rather tasty Chocolate Peanut Oats & Whey Flapjack Bars. With 22g whey protein per bar, they’re fab if you prefer to eat your protein as opposed to drink it! Although whey is best for post-workout, I’ve been grabbing these bars as an alternative to breakfast before teaching early morning classes. One bar, or sometimes even half (they can be a little heavy) will keep me going for three hours of classes no problem. They’re tasty, chocolatey, not too peanutty with well blended oats. Not the type of bar that disintegrates and gets stuck in your teeth! My next to try of these is the chocolate chip flavour.
So I might have found my protein brand of choice! I am working on some recipes, including a protein ice-cream treat, so look out for those coming up soon! I’ve also got a cheeky discount code for you all, simply enter DANCEFLOW at the checkout for 10% off your order (until 30th June 2015).