The other day I was sent some protein powder from Pure Nutrition to try out and here is what I thought of it!
- Introduction to Protein Powders
To give you a bit of a background to whey protein, it’s a supplement, and so should only be used to supplement your diet if needed i.e. if you are failing to reach your protein needs from food alone.
Protein is needed for growth and repair and if you’re someone who exercises then your protein needs will be greater than someone who is more sedentary. You may also need more protein if you’re trying to lose weight in order to preserve your lean muscle mass (i.e. 1-2g of protein per Kg of body weight a day).
You should try to consume at least 20g of protein after a workout, which is contained in 75g of chicken, half a tin of tuna or a pint of milk. Consuming these foods on the go may be difficult, which is why some people turn to protein shakes as a convenient way of topping up their protein intake and meeting their daily protein needs.
- Pure Nutrition
So onto Pure Nutrition; The 909 gram bags of natural whey protein concentrate contain 30 servings and come in 3 different flavours (vanilla, chocolate and strawberry); the natural whey isolate comes in 2 different flavours (chocolate and vanilla). Whey protein isolate contains a naturally higher percentage of protein (over 90% in comparison to 80%) and is fast absorbed by the body. Pure Nutrition also produce a vegan protein in summer berries flavour (and cookies and cream flavour which I am yet to try!) which is a mixture of pea isolate and hemp protein.
I was impressed to find that the protein powders are sweetened with natural sweeteners; xylitol (which is great for teeth health) and stevia, and they are naturally rich in all essential and nonessential amino acids, including Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) which are vital for muscle growth and repair. The Pure Nutrition brand pride themselves in using ‘nothing artificial’ in their powders (hence the name!).
Calories wise the protein powders provide (per 35g serving) 114-125 calories as well as 23-27g protein, 0.9-1.7g carbs and 0.6-2.6g fat (depending on the type of protein powder).
- How to take protein powders
There are several ways of taking protein powders.. you can have them as a simple shake (just mix with 200ml of water or milk – I love unsweetened almond milk!), in a smoothie (I love protein powders mixed with frozen banana, ice, milk and a handful of spinach – I promise you cannot taste the spinach!) or you can use them in baking (as I’m sure you’ll know by now if you’re a regular reader of my blog!); simply swap 1/3 of the flour in a recipe (I recommend choosing a sweet recipe such as muffins) for whey protein and slightly lower the temperature on your oven. Protein powders are also great in no-bake recipes.
- My thoughts on Pure Nutrition
I was really impressed with the Pure Nutrition range, and so was my boyfriend. He preferred enjoyed (whey protein concentrate) flavour the most and I think I preferred the vanilla (whey protein isolate).
The protein powders look quite ‘pale’ in the bag but as soon as they are mixed they develop into a lovely colour that resembles their flavour. The xanthan gum used in the whey protein isolates (and the vegan blends) makes the shakes really smooth and gives a lovely thickness; I think the strawberry flavour tastes like Nesquik (in a good way!) and the chocolate flavour reminds me of a chocolate ice-cream milkshake!
I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted the vegan blend (I’m always nervous about trying pea or hemp protein!) but it’s really nice; great work Pure Nutrition and I cannot wait to try the cookies and cream next (I tried the summer berries this time around).
All in all I give them a thumbs up for taste, ingredients and nutritional profile.
- Where can you get the shakes from?
You can buy Pure Nutrition from their website and they have given me a discount code to share too.. you can get 25% off their products with the code NIC25. Do let me know if you try it too!!
*This blog post was written in collaboration with Pure Nutrition who provided me the samples photographed for this review. All words written are my own and views are 100% honest and are my own. Please read my disclaimer page for more information.