When Myprotein got in touch about their range of shakes, bars and snacks I couldn't wait to try some of their products. I opted for a "Diet Whey" shake in cookies and cream which provides a great source of protein without additional calories and the protein pancakes in the hope of satisfying my sweet tooth without resorting to cake! The great thing about both products are that you can use them as they are or use a bit more imagination and make some really yummy meals and snacks.
I mixed the cookies and cream powder with unsweetened almond milk for a quick breakfast. I used my NutriBullet but it also mixes well with just a fork although it's never going to be quite as smooth! The flavour of this is really good - not too sweet for first thing and satisfyingly thick. It can also be mixed with water or dairy milk. I try to avoid dairy in my diet on the whole but yet to find a vegan protein powder that doesn't taste awful! These whey products don't actually taste "milky" though and drinking them hasn't affected my skin (unlike froyo - boo hoo).
For a more frappe-like treat I mixed the cookies and cream powder with two handfuls of frozen raspberries, unsweetened almond milk, a heaped teaspoon of cacao powder and blended before topping with cacao nibs. This was so good! Less than 300 calories - this is definitely replacing my frappuccino addiction this summer (my wallet will thank me too!).
I love the pancakes for weekend brunch or for dinner because cooking and weekday mornings do not mix. For these I made the pancakes with unsweetened almond milk and added a few drops of vanilla stevia as the pancake mix I tried is the unflavoured one. I mashed some fresh raspberries with a fork and a teaspoon of chia seeds to make a "jam" and sandwiched it between the pancakes. I am a terrible cook but have to say, I was impressed with how these turned out!
Finally, chocolate pancakes. I made up the mix in the same way as the raspberry ones above but added a heaped teaspoon of cacao powder to the mix. The sauce is more cacao mixed with vanilla stevia and warm almond milk. These were super chocolatey - I wish I'd had some Coyo or fruit to go with them but definitely will be making these again for when a chocolate fix is in order!
Are you a fan of protein products? What's your favourite?