I. Love. Protein Powder.
At some point when I have tried enough brands and flavours, I am going to write a comprehensive post, outlining my favourites and their best “uses”. (Hint: I never make plain, boring protein shakes!).
That being said, I am always on the lookout for new protein powders. In general, I have 3 main criteria I follow when assessing a protein powder:
- Ingredients: Basically, if the ingredient list is ridiculously long, and I can’t pronounce the names, I don’t go for it. I know there’s probably going to be some unnatural stuff in there- I just try to make sure there’s not a lot.
- Protein and sugar content: I like to try and find protein powders that have at least 18-20g of protein per serving. (Most vegan protein powders will only have ~15g protein per serving, whereas whey protein powders can have upwards of 20g per serving). Also, when it comes to sugar content, I like powders that have ~8 g or less per serving. Ideally less than 5 is best, but sometimes you gotta take what you can get!
- Taste: I really cannot emphasize just how important taste is when it comes to protein powder. If it’s chalky, acidic, or just plain weird tasting, it’ll sit in my cupboard for ages. I’d might as well enjoy what I’m eating, right?
So when Myprotein contacted me a little while ago, asking if I would try and review one of their products, of course I jumped at the chance. Another protein powder to try? Sign me up!
I picked up the bag on my way down to practice, and didn’t hesitate to open the cardboard box up right away in the locker room. There were quite a few laughs when I opened the box up to find not a sample, but rather a monster-sized 5.5 pound bag of chocolate flavoured impact whey protein powder!
I’ve since been gradually working my way through the ginormous bag, testing it to see what its particular “use” will be. The verdict?
A good old chocolate smoothie!
Although I generally put protein powder in everything (homemade bars, yogurt, oatmeal, even hot chocolate sometimes), I found that this worked best mixed in a smoothie. (If you’re looking for “healthier” ways to incorporate chocolate and/or protein powder into your diet, check out my post Healthy Chocolate for ideas!).
Myprotein Impact Whey Protein: The Verdict
- Ingredients: On the whole, decent! Sure there’s some sucralose and artificial flavouring in there, but all in all, the ingredient list is short.
- Protein content: When comparing calories per serving to protein content, MyProtein gets a very good score. It’s only 90 calories per scoop, and offers 18 g of protein! Plus, only 1 g of sugar per serving- you really can’t beat that one.
- Taste: I’m very picky when it comes to protein powders. While Myprotein wasn’t the most versatile powder I’ve encountered (keep in mind I put protein powder in everything so I’m a harsh critic!), I was really pleased that it blended well in smoothies. Chocolate smoothies is one of my favourite ways to enjoy chocolate protein powder, so I’m totally cool having basically an unlimited supply of smoothie mix 🙂 .
Ironically, I think I managed to snag a ride from a friend after practice so I didn’t have to walk back carrying a 5.5 lb bag of protein powder. Ehhhhh I’d already done my workout for the day! 😉
Do you use protein powder, and if so what do you look for in a protein powder?
Have you ever heard of Myprotein?