I have never been a huge protein powder kind of gal so it is quite the admission to say that I've recently been won over. Which I have.
Let me give you a little history: I'm super wary of soy (the main ingredient in many protein powders) and try to avoid it. Also, I believe in getting nutrients from whole foods.
But then, in January, I was put on my sugar-free diet and, well, things changed. Not the soy part -- I'm still not in favor of soy. But the protein powder part. That, I'm down with.
See, if I want to have sugar in my diet, it needs to be from natural sources like fruit. But it also needs to balanced out by plenty of fiber and protein. Since fruit generally is pretty high in fiber, that first part is covered. Protein, though? There isn't all that much of it in fruit.
Welcome to my world, protein powder!
When I was given the opportunity to review Designer Whey protein powder I was excited to try it out. I started out by adding a scoop of the vanilla powder to my regular smoothies (banana, strawberry, a little almond milk), ate a few of their protein bars, tried the pre-mixed shakes after two tough runs, and then I decided to get a little crazy. I decided to branch out a little and experiment. I made some different smoothies with success and before I knew it, I was cooking-up (OK, processing up) new energy bites recipes.
Yes, that's apparently what passes for crazy around here!
Anyway . . . I added the vanilla powder to some of my standard energy bites recipes and felt pleased that my sweet treats were now protein rich as well.
Good for me.
And then things got even better for me. I opened my can of white chocolate protein powder. I took out a bag of pistachios. I went to town.
To Delicious Town.
Friends, these are my favorite:
You want the recipe, don't you?
Of course you do.
And I'm not stingy, so here you go:
Pistachio White Chocolate Energy Bites
- 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup whole (but pitted) medjool dates
- 1 scoop white chocolate Designer Whey protein powder
- about 1/8 cup water
Process the first 4 ingredients in a food processor until well blended and the nuts and coconut are finely chopped. Add the water and pulse. The mixture will begin to clump together in a big ball. This is what you're going for. Once you have this dough, stop processing and form into balls, or squares if you prefer. I like to make mine big enough for two bites but feel free to make yours smaller or larger.
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These are so good. The pistachio/white chocolate combination is perfect and the dates give the energy bites just the right amount of sweetness.
For someone (like me!) who needs to be concerned with balancing carbs with protein, these are a good solution.
I also made a wicked-good green smoothie:
Smooth. Creamy. Satisfying.
And easy to whip up:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen spinach
- 1/2 an avocado
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 scoop vanilla Designer Whey protein powder
- a few ice cubes
Here's what I like about Designer Whey protein powder (aside from the really good taste of the white chocolate):
- Whey is something that I can consume (my options are limited, after all), so that's a win right there
- It has a low glycemic index
- It is grain-free (gluten, corn, etc.) and peanut-free
- All the whey is produced in the USA
- It contains soy lecithin. Granted, not that much but still. Why must there be soy in everything? I really wish this was a completely soy-free option, since there aren't many out there.
Overall, I like the products.
Thanks for stopping by!