shakes, proats and pancakes - trying to up my protein
If you read last week's post, you'll know I'm struggling a little bit with this whole 'fitness blogger' thing, while I want to be one of those girls with abs to die for, perfect shots of matcha latte's and acai bowls, and post 'leg day' doms, it's just not quite me. I'm working on my abs, but they're a long way from enviable, I've never had a matcha latte and I have no idea what an acai bowl is, and I don't really know what 'doms' means, let alone suffered after 'leg day'.
I just play by my own rules, I workout regularly, but at classes rather than gym sessions, I eat a 'balanced' diet (check out my last post if you fancy knowing more about that) and I still don't understand macros.
However, what I do know is, protein is vital to building muscle, and helps you lose weight. So, with a little help from The Body Coach (I swear by his recipes) and a vat of protein powder to keep me going for a year, I'm trying to up my intake.
IdealFit sent me a load of goodies to help with my quest, and their products are specifically designed for women so ensure as well as packing a good protein punch they're also full of other nutrients that women need such as Vitamin D, Folic Acid and Calcium. Now you can't complain about that.
One thing I've always been a bit nervous about when upping my protein intake is the increase in calories, before I ever started working out, I just assumed if I ate a lot of protein and didn't burn enough calories then I'd quickly put on weight. Admittedly, that's not completely untrue, but to be honest I'm not a nutritionist (I know, it's hard to believe with my scientific explanation of these things!) and don't really know the ins and outs of it all, but I think I'm working out enough to not worry about it. But, IdealFit know this is a concern for many women so have ensured they're protein is low calorie as well as all the other benefits, they've thought of it all.
Anyway, I was pretty excited about my new fancy flavours - strawberries n' cream and pina colada, my previous dips into the world of protein have got as exciting as chocolate mint and cookie dough, so I expanded my repertoire and got out my apron to start whipping up some protein-based concoctions.
I started simple with smoothies, both of which were really good, in fact better than my usual banana and nutella (ssh, don't tell anyone) combos. The strawberries n' cream one tasted just like a frothy milkshake, and the pina colada one tasted almost like the real deal, just missing that hit of rum, but maybe I could try that for my Saturday night post workout shakes?
I then moved onto porridge oats, topped with real strawberries and coconut, and have plans to try both flavours in an overnight oats recipe soon.
And finally, I gave the famous protein pancakes a go, now, they weren't instagram worthy (but I instagrammed them anyway), I hid how disastrous they looked with greek yoghurt, and half of one was left burnt to the bottom of the pan BUT they were delicious, and I'm going to give them another go soon.
I'm thinking about trying a protein mug cake, and I've heard you can even make protein mashed potato, but maybe pina colada flavoured potatoes aren't the best idea, so any suggestions on what else I can try?
Idealfit also sell a range of other products, including pre-workouts, BCAAS (although I have no idea what these are!) and even a few accessories if you fancy going the whole hog, so if you're looking for a new protein with a few added benefits then I'd highly recommend you check them out.