I've been trying out some of Exante's protein-packed products. Protein is ideal after a work out as it helps to aid muscle repair and protein keeps you satisfied for longer and therefore less likely to snack on that colleague's birthday cake at 11am. All of Exante's products are high in protein and contain one-third of your RDA of vitamins and minerals and so are a great addition to your diet for after the gym and on busy days when it's all the more tempting to grab something less healthy. The products I tried all contain around 200 calories making them great for a post-gym breakfast or afternoon snack and a great way to easily incorporate more protein into your diet.
The Crunchy Cereal was the first product I tried - despite being mixed with water the resulting "cereal" tasted really creamy and was more satisfying than a shake due to the crunch factor. The cereal was a lot sweeter than my usual porridge and while not being quite like a regular bowl of cornflakes this kept me full for ages and would be perfect for an on the go breakfast.
The Strawberry Cheesecake smoothie mix (exclusive to the Sam Bailey plan) also just requires water and yet still tasted really creamy. This tasted really sweet but didn't have that "protein" taste that a lot of shakes have. I was worried that mixing with water would result in a really thin shake that wouldn't taste good but that wasn't the case.
The Blueberry Pancakes required a little more effort on my part! The powder mix needs a quick stir up with water before being fried and flipped - my dubious cooking skills managed to make three pancakes and they flipped easily and didn't stick, phew! These tasted really good - perfect for a weekend breakfast and by the time I'd cooked them I forgot that they were high protein.
Finally, dessert - 200 calories and a protein hit definitely means that it can be a "yes" to dessert. I was a little sceptical about the Tiramisu but despite it not looking particularly pretty it tasted really good - not too sweet and the flavour was lovely. This felt like a sugar and caffeine fix in one but without the dessert guilt (or sleepless night) to go with it.
Have you tried Exante? What are your favourite protein products?