Wednesday, 19 August 2015

MyProtein Vegan Blend Protein

Myprotein is a company that prides itself on providing high quality products at low prices. They were one of the first protein brands I tried and the only one I still continue to use regularly. I keep a constant stock of their peanut butter, almond butter and impact whey protein in natural chocolate and natural vanilla. I'm a creature of habit so I rarely order anything other than these, so when MyProtein got in touch and asked if I'd like to sample some products, I took the chance to try something a bit different.

For a while now I've thought I have some sort of dairy/lactose intolerence and am curious about how swapping whey for another protein type might affect my body. I was sent the Vegan Blend protein in chocolate flavour, along with the salted caramel impact whey (one of my favourite shakes now!), toffee flavour liquid Flavdrops and a handy slimline Smart Shaker.

The Vegan Blend has over 22g of protein per serving and is made of pea, brown rice and hemp proteins. It has an earthy, slightly gritty texture and needs a little more liquid than I would use with whey but I was advised of this in advance! I mixed 1 scoop with 300ml almond milk in my shaker and found that a few drops of the toffee flavdrops made it more palatable. For breakfast I tried the protein mixed through porridge. Again it needed a little more liquid, and adding almond butter and raw cacao powder made it tastier too. To be honest, I still prefer the taste and texture of myprotein's impact whey but it's a good alternative for anyone who is vegan or trying to cut dairy out of their diet.

Trying these products made me a little more adventurous with my next order - I'd recommend the double choc chip protein cookies for a handy, quick fix snack! I've also been using the toffee flavdrops mixed with Greek yoghurt when I fancy ice cream... pop it in the freezer for a couple of hours and then smother it in raspberry flavour (zero sugar) syrup!

What would you recommend from Myprotein?

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Chicken Satay Skewers & Spicy Peanut Sauce

I feel sorry for people who are allergic to peanuts. Imagine a life without peanut butter...

My sister gave me this Power Snacks book for my birthday. This is the only recipe I've tried yet but I've used it a good few times already! Like all my favourite meals it's quick and easy - the marinading is the only part that takes time, but it's worth it as the chicken ends up so full of flavour! If you're organised you can do that part in the morning and then you'll have dinner ready within half an hour after work.

For the skewers                                           For the peanut sauce
4 chicken breasts                                          1 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp soy sauce                                            1 small onion
1 tbsp cornflour                                            1 garlic clove
2 garlic cloves                                               4 tbsp crunchy natural peanut butter
1 small piece of fresh ginger                      1 pinch crushed chillies
1 pepper                                                          5 tbsp water
1 red onion

Mix the soy sauce, cornflour, crushed garlic & finely chopped ginger together and then pour over the chopped chicken. Leave it to marinade in the fridge for as long as possible. Soak your skewers in cold water for at least half an hour as well. 

Preheat the grill and thread the chicken onto the skewers, spaced between the pepper and onion, or any other vegetable of your choice. The chicken only needs 5 minutes on each side under the grill. You can make the sauce while it's cooking...

Fry the onion and garlic in the oil before adding the peanut butter, water and chillies. Keep stirring the sauce and adding water until you get the right consistency. And that's it! We had ours with salad but it also goes well with rice, or even a sweet chilli sauce if you run out of peanut butter!

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