As someone who runs… well lack of better of words a lot and lifts none (does my garmin watch count as a weight?), I don’t have a lot of muscles. Intense cardio (tempo runs) tends to be catabolic. The main goal is to break down and burn fat and while the body has no desire to use protein during a run it will try to break down the muscles, not as much for an energy source, but to lighten the load. A way to prevent that is to try to refuel with protein and carbs after a good workout.
So when I was given an opportunity to try out some Designer Whey products, I jumped right in. As I get more serious with my running goals and ambitions, I need to take my refueling more seriously
I have to confess, getting protein into my diet mid-day can sometimes be a struggle, especially after a workout when my stomach can barely handle water. On weekends when I am home, I usually make a smoothie; however, weekdays are a struggle. I am lucky enough that I get to run during lunch and I often re-hydrate with Nuun for electrolytes but I know I need something more substantial for nutrients. Protein 2Go have been a perfect solution. There’s three flavors lemonade, mixed berry and tropical orange. Lemonade has been my favorite, but I like to switch it up between the three.
Each packet, similar to one of those crystal light packets, is mixed into 16oz or so of water and has about 50 calories and a few essential vitamins as you can see in the nutrition facts below.,
Designer Whey sent a vanilla shake and a chocolate shake and unfortunately I wasn’t a fan of either. I thought both were very sweet and my palette prefers more mild flavors. I also felt like I could taste the powderness of the milk or whey or something. However, I also don’t like milk and that is probably why I’m not a shake type of gal. When I make my own smoothies or shakes I use coconut or almond milk. However, they are only 100 calories, 18 grams of protein, and when I was in a hurry and had to drive to meet up for a lunch right after a 20 miler, I refueled with one. Yes I was going for lunch, but that was 30 minutes away and I needed something in my stomach ASAP because 20 miler hunger don’t care to wait for a waitress, table or service. I did find that compared to other on the shelf shakes, it was smoother and tastier but not something I would really use regularly.
Okay, I found my new addiction and it’s these bars. They taste like candy and yet I can slowly munch on one all day at my cube. One bite satisfies my sweet tooth until the next hour. For those that work at a desk, I’m sure you know the munchy cravings that we battle all day. And unlike other bars, they don’t have that “whey aftertaste” if you know what I mean.
Yea, let’s ignore the fact that I am eating literally on my desk. I know I’m gross. There’s three flavors triple chocolate crunch, chocolate caramel crunch, & peanut butter crunch. They all taste great but the chocolate caramel crunch was my favorite. Each one has 170 calories and has 10 grams of protein. In my quest to eat a ton a day, I went through the bars pretty fast and I have a feeling Tony might have stolen one or two so I tried to find some in store but had trouble. Instead, once again Amazon can to my rescue!
It’s been a cold and brutal winter and I haven’t been craving smoothies to the extent I do in the summer. However, every once in a while I still crave a cold, protein filled green smoothie. Designer Whey protein powder comes in seven flavors and I got to try two: white chocolate & french vanilla. I don’t know how they knew that I would be obsessed with white chocolate, but there was no convincing me to like it.
My smoothie? Mangoes, lots and lots of mangoes, unsweetened coconut milk, current green in rotation – arugula, & white chocolate protein powder. Perfect way to tap out a lazy rest day. Each serving of protein powder only has 100 calories but 18 grams of protein.
If you’d like to try out Designer Whey, you should check out the Designer Whey starter kit. They also have a store locator on their website. To find out more information about Designer Whey, find them and like/follow them on Facebook, Twitter,Pinterest, YouTube, Google+.
Do you ever use protein powder, drinks or bars? What’s your favorite flavor?