Protein powder. Yep. Now I know a lot of people are familiar with protein powders, but there are also a lot of people who seem to think they have super powers. Even before cutting out meat, I struggled with getting my protein in. Meat protein is expensive, and back then I wasn’t really looking for plant based alternatives. I gave up on protein powder because I couldn’t stomach the one I had with milk or water, and it made my smoothies taste weird. I actually think that now I don’t eat meat, I have a massively healthier diet, and probably get better amounts (and quality!) of protein in than I did before. Protein powder for me is just that little extra to add in the calories and protein after a workout, because that’s something I struggle with. Anyway, people often hear protein powder and think body builder… I can assure you that protein powder doesn’t immediately give huge muscles (we all wish, eh?). It’s just simply another way to get protein in your body.
Move on a year or so, and now I often drink soya chocolate milk (mostly after workouts!), and decided that a chocolate protein powder added to almond milk may be a great addition to my diet instead. Knowing that I could use a referral code to get free protein, I used The Protein Works website for my first order. I want to add in a disclaimer now that I bought these with my own money (besides the freebie from the referral code) and I am posting this review off my own bat. All opinions are my own, and I have not been paid.
Now that’s over with, lets see what I got!
I got the Whey Protein 80 in Chocolate Silk flavour, and this came free thanks to a referral code that I used. At 250g it was £9.99 and has 10 servings in it. I don’t think that’s too bad of a price to be honest! A 25g serving has 100 calories, 1.7g fat, 2.2g carbs and 19.8g protein. I mixed one scoop of the chocolate powder with 150ml of almond milk. The powder mixed in really well, and I didn’t end up with and lumpy bits – something I always worry about hahah! Taste wise, it was good. I didn’t think the chocolate was very strong, but I’m not sure if I used a full scoop looking back. It was definitely a winner for me though! Pretty much just like having a chocolate milkshake. I also tried putting this in some yoghurt – because I’ve seen it done on youtube – and it was disgusting hahah. Sticking to my milkshakes!
I also wanted to try the Apple Cinnamon Swirl powder, because I’ve only ever had chocolate or vanilla, and this sounded delicious! This is the Whey Protein 80 too, and this flavour has 99 calories, 1.7g fat, 2.4g carbs and 19.6g of protein. Just marginally different to the chocolate – though I’m not sure if this is due to the bottle serving compared to the bigger bags. I wasn’t sure whether to mix this one with water or milk, because I’ve never actually used a ‘weird’ flavour protein powder before – I’ve always had chocolate! Deciding to stick with the almond milk, I mixed it in the bottle it came with. This mixed really easily (even without that metal ball thingy) and didn’t take much effort to get all the powder mixed. Taste-wise, I thought it was really strange and sweet. I couldn’t really taste the cinnamon, and the apple was a little odd. This could be because I mixed with milk, but who knows?! Saying that, it was drinkable. I managed to finish it, though I probably wouldn’t buy this flavour again. If you like sweet, go for it!
Now, the pre-workout. I bought the Thermopro because it was the most popular one in the reviews, and was said to give a good amount of energy before a workout. I only realised that it said fat burners on the box when it arrived in the post! I’ve only tried these a few times now, so I can’t say whether the ‘fat burning’ really works, but it would actually be great to lose some fat. My fitness goal is not to lose weight – in fact, I could probably do with a little more – but I do want to lose body fat so I look leaner. I’m not big by all means, I know that, but I’m not lean either and that would be the ultimate goal. Problem is, my eating sucks – that needs a whole new blog post though! (Sweets, chocolate, pop, bagels… My downfalls.)
The first time I used these, I didn’t feel like it did anything for me. Nothing. The second time I used them I was dizzy and felt so weak by the end of the Circuits class. This was 3 days before I realised I had tonsillitis though, so I’m guessing that had something to do with it. For me, the pre-workout just doesn’t really seem to be having an effect. I’ll keep taking them, and I’ll do an update post if I do notice a difference! I remember taking Pro-Plus quite a few years ago though, and that did nothing for me as well. Maybe my body just doesn’t react to caffeine? Who knows, eh?
I’m really happy with the products I tried from The Protein Works though – I would definitely repurchase the chocolate flavour!