Protein snacks and are they worth the hype?

I guess it is a grey area. But generally if you are looking to lose weight without the exercise then it’s a no. Because you get enough of it from food. They are usually pricey and some of them don’t offer much in terms of nutrients and protein.

According to the Guardian, people obsess about these protein snacks. Last year they were a huge thing. That year protein ice cream was introduced in the market and people wanted it. When there were free tubs at Fitness first people took them and the fridge was always perpetually empty.

We tried many protein based snacks and loved the ice cream and the yoghurt. But some of them are sugar laden as well. These protein based ice creams don’t have a lot of sugar according to Cassetty (2018, nbc.com). The John west one was priced at $4 but it didn’t have much to give. I can buy that same thing as a meal for just $3.50 and they offer better value. Quest’s protein chips are just chips that are priced at $5.50. I wasn’t full afterwards. Protein is supposed to make us feel fuller afterwards.

A treat is certainly fine.

But if you want real protein its best to get it in the form of a shake or meat/vegetarian sources. We usually don’t need that much protein unless you are a bodybuilder or a marathon runner. These people would need about 1.2g-2g of protein per kg that they weigh.

In short: we usually eat enough protein without the need for those protein snacks. But of course a treat is perfectly fine if you want to have it. But don’t obsess about the protein.


Bondi Protein Powder

We review Bondi Protein powder!

The protein powder I buy are usually whey based and they have no sugar in it. They have 22g of protein in there. They come in a few different flavours and there is even one for men. There is vanilla, coffee, strawberry and chocolate.

They are sold at Chemist Warehouse and nowhere else.

I got a few samples at first and then I bought a big jar for $30 which comes with 25 serves. I wanted to try the different samples before buying. Each serve would cost me $1.20. I really liked the strawberry one. They have 385 mg of potassium per serve. When I buy a protein powder I look for the amount of protein that they have as well as the potassium.

Potassium is an important mineral for recovery and it is more so for women as we lose it when we menstruate.

Here I had mine naked but you can add different things to it such as coffee and beetroot.

Do buy yours if you don’t like a protein drink with too much added sugar and love the potassium.


The TGA crackdown on supplements

The TGA has proposed a crackdown on supplements as they are unlicensed and unsafe. The supplement industry is worth $1.1 billion dollars

If the TGA goes ahead with this then eventually jobs will go and business will be forced to close down. The process of removing and banning supplements would take a long time

There is a petition going online which you can sign and show your support.

Where do we stand?

We believe in real foods and not the fad diets and supplements that are out there to promote weight loss. But at the same time those that do endurance sports of some sort and body building do need them.

We do believe that safety comes first. Hence the real food diet

But at the same time we don’t want to see businesses close because of this


Red Tractor Protein review

I got these Red Tractor Protein from Coles and had wanted to try them. They are $3 a packet.

You open the packet and you pour it into a shaker. You then add water and then stir it. These sachets have 20g of protein and no added sugars. They include oats and flaxseeds which are good for meeting your fiber intake each day.

I really liked the taste of this. There is no sugar to it and they come in chocolate and vanilla.

Do buy it if you are trying to cut down on the added sugars.


What’s in your protein powder?

If you really want to lose weight then knowing what’s in your protein powder is important. After all we need protein for amino acids among other muscle building nutrients.

But knowing which ones to buy is a great idea. So we talk about some of the more common ingredients in protein powders

Whey/Casein

This is the bulk of the protein powders. Most whey and casein are fine for most people but if you are lactose intolerant then you could opt for a plant based one which has pea protein instead of whey and casein.

Soy

Some of the protein powders have soy in them instead of whey. Soy is for those that are lactose intolerant and cannot deal with whey

Some protein powders have added sugar in them which can lead to a range of problems in the long term.

Gluten

Some of the protein powders have gluten in them so if you are gluten intolerant it is best to avoid them altogether.

How to choose the right one

The right one should be

  • No added sugars
  • Natural in flavour
  • GMO free
  • a few ingredients only- have a look at the list of ingredients. If there’s ones that you don’t know, don’t buy it

We recommend

Protein powder is a convenient way to get your proteins in, but for some people it is not the best way to do so. There’s many ways to lose weight and still get your protein in. If you are not competing in races or events you probably don’t need a protein shake. You can usually get it in your meats, but if you are going for vegetarian you could have a protein shake which is plant based (ie: plant protein).

For protein powders we love Bondi protein and others with the essential nutrients as well as potassium to keep us going.


Optifast diet

This diet is recommended by Diabetes Australia as one of the best diets. Why?

OPTIFAST is a weight loss program which is a very low energy diet. It is recommended for patients with a BMI of more than 27. This is a no-gimmick, no-nonsense program.

In their meal plans, they say that you should eat about 1300-1500 calories each day.

It allows you to cut calories and not nutritional needs. It says that you can have one dairy item and one of their meals. They also recommend you to drink 2 liters of water.

They also recommend that you see a healthcare professional whilst you are on the treatment.

We tried this program for a little while. The shakes are really yummy and they have a quarter of your daily potassium needs. They have about 900mg of potassium. A runner needs about 4700mg of potassium and we lose some of it in our periods (that’s for the ladies) as well as sweat and everyday activities. They come in a few different flavours and we bought some to sample. The actual program itself costs $45 for the box of twelve shakes at Chemist Warehouse.

They also recommend that you eat well and do exercise each day. I do that every day and I enjoy what I do.

The program is good for diabetics as there is little sugar in their products. Here it is recommended that you eat fruits, vegetables, meats, grains, and dairy.

Do try the program, but you may need to see your GP first as it is a pharmacy-based weight loss program.


Muscle Milk

Muscle Milk is a protein drink which has about 25g of protein and 300mg of potassium. In sport we need a lot of protein to recover.

I got the protein powder at Cheaper Buy miles but if you want the drink on the go you can buy them at Coles and Woolworths. The lid was hard to open at first because it was so tight but in the end it was a lot easier to open.

Each tub has about eight serves.

The drink itself was awesome. I was able to recover much faster and was back on my feet in a day or two.

Do buy the drink at Cheaper buy Miles.


Yopro range

Yopro are the sponsors of this year’s Fitness show. Hence I got these products free along with everyone else.

This range of goodies are awesome. Here I tried all their yoghurts and their protein drinks and they filled me up quite well. Each product has about 15-30g of protein in there. Something a bodybuilder or a endurance athlete needs. I have also bought them at Woolworths and they are my favourite products

You can add fruits and chia seeds to your yoghurt as well as chocolate.

I have tried the protein drink and enjoy it immensely. They have about 30g of protein in there and you can have it for breakfast or as a snack.

They have all your calcium requirements and no added sugar in there. You need about 3 serves of dairy each day for strong bones. There is no artificial flavouring in there.

I did some sampling of their products at Fitness first and they were pretty popular. I can see why they are popular with the gym goers as they are real food and not those protein/diet shakes.

And it fills you up pretty quickly. The yoghurt is only 99 calories. The Yopro drink is about 157 calories.

Do buy yours at Woolworths and Coles. Woolworths often have specials on these yoghurts. Not sure about Coles as I don’t buy them from there.


Mayver’s peanut butter

We talk about Mayver’s peanut butter and the benefits of eating it

I enjoy peanut butter as it has good fats as well as a good source of potassium which we all need, especially runners. Runners need potassium to run great races and training runs. Without it we crash and burn.

Potassium is great for getting rid of those muscle spasms as well as balancing fluid and electrolyte on those hot and really cold days.

The peanut butter has no added sugar to it which is great. And they have the good fats of nuts in there.

Ways to eat Mayver’s peanut butter

  • As peanut butter satay sauce for skewers
  • As dips for vegetables
  • In a sandwich with cheese for added calcium
  • In a smoothie

Do buy Mayver’s peanut butter at Coles and Woolworths.


Be natural’s Protein bars

Are they a gimmick? We find out here!

We bought a pack of these on special at Woolworths! Here they were $3 for just 5 bars. Normally it is $6.

It has 8g of protein in there which is not bad for a snack bar to tide you over to the next meal. I can easily bring them to work or uni. Or eat them on the tram.

For us to lose weight we need our proteins and eating a lot to help build muscle. Which will mean that we can burn a lot more calories and get rid of body fat. We need somewhere between 1g-2g of protein depending on how active we are

We loved the nuts in there. There’s a lot of nuts in there. So good. This bar is not too sweet and some of the Be natural bars can be quite sweet. We enjoyed the chocolate coating on the bottom of the bar. They only have 4g of sugar.

Do buy them at Coles or Woolworths for a healthier snack alternative to chips and chocolate.