Gone are the days of being sucked into buying a boiled egg on a tiny bit of spinach for £2 in Pret because it’s called a ‘Protein Pot’. I’ve tried to be more savvy with my purchases and Myprotein have been great for that – there is usually always a discount code you can use too.
Myprotein are never not innovating and launching new products so I’ve got a few updates to make to this post with the addition of a review for the Myprotein Clear Why Isolate, their Clear Collagen and the epic Crispy Layered Bars. One ace thing about Myprotein is that if you wanna try something new, there is usually always a sample size available. So I’ll add the links for samples of each product too.
Protein: How Much Is Too Much?
I started using protein shakes quite a few years mostly as a form of meal replacement and / or as a snack. More recently, I use them to supplement my regular meals and support my training.
They’re super useful to satisfy that post workout hunger in the 30 minute window, and keep me from buying junk food until I get home to where a decent homemade meal is waiting for me.
What’s interesting is that not many people talk about how much protein they should be consuming each day, based on their specific weight, training and goals. We just do what everyone else seems to be doing?!
Excessive protein consumption rarely has any harmful side effects but is known to cause nausea, diarrhoea and weakness.
IDEA Health & Fitness Association posted an article in their journal entitled Protein: How Much Is Too Much? …so I’ve shared some of what they said here.
Protein recommendations vary based on your activity level and health status. An absolute amount of protein, 0.8–1.2 grams per kilogram of body weight, is necessary to promote fullness and weight loss. Higher amounts are beneficial to body composition (Westerterp- Plantegna, Lemmens & Westerterp 2012). (IDEA 2014)
If you’re a healthy, sedentary adult, the recommended dietary allowance of 0.8 g/ kg of body weight is adequate to preserve and repair body tissues (that’s about 54 g for someone who weighs 150 pounds).
However, 1.2–1.7 g/kg is suggested if you’re an endurance athlete (AND 2013a), and 1.4–1.8 g/kg is recommended if you’re a strength athlete (AND 2013b).
For healthy adults, 2 g/kg is the maximum usable amount of protein, and there is no benefit in consuming more (Tipton 2011).
Here are some great sources of protein that can be included in your diet:
Sources of Protein
|Protein Source||Serving Size||Grams of Protein|
|beef, chicken||3 ounces||21|
|dry beans||1 cup||16|
|seeds (e.g., flax, sunflower, pumpkin)||1 ounce||2–9|
|yogurt (regular, Greek)||6–8 ounces||7–11, 14–18|
|protein powders and drinks||variable||10–60|
Source: USDA 2013.
I first wrote this post back in 2014, when I tried some samples of protein shakes from MyProtein probably for the first time.
Myprotein Impact Whey Protein
At that time, I tried their Impact Whey Protein which worked well for me even though I am lactose intolerant. I tried the banana, and strawberry flavours both of which I enjoyed. Initially I mixed the shake with just water but then I used plant based milks sometimes mixed with water.
Myprotein Vegan Protein Blend
I also got to try the Myprotein Vegan Protein Blend. I was a little apprehensive to try it at the time, as vegan proteins were notorious for tasting like dirt. I remember asking at a studio protein shake bar once what the vegan blend tasted like and she responded “erm, earthy?!”.
So I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this chocolate Myprotein vegan blend* and it wasn’t utterly repulsive to my tastebuds. Mixed with just water, it wasn’t too runny. The texture isn’t quite as smooth as whey protein but it very palatable. Here are the key benefits and nutritional information:
- Suitable for Vegans
- Over 22g of protein per serving
- Full amino acid profile
- Pea and bean-based protein
Per 30g serving:
Energy: 459 kJ
Energy: 110 kcal
Carbohydrate: 4.1 g
Fat: 0.6 g
Please note this nutritional information is based on the Strawberry flavour.
Myprotein Clear Whey Isolate
So the Myprotein Clear Whey Isolate is a pretty new product – we tried just a sample before so I’m looking forward to testing it more having the full sized tub.
For Impact Week, Myprotein have launched a limited edition Blue Raspberry flavour.
My OH tried this protein previously and said “…it was actually quite nice. It was easy to make, with good flavour”.
More About Myprotein Impact Week
If you thought the Black Friday Sale was epic, then imagine it could be bigger and you’ve got Impact Week. Myprotein are offering exclusive discounts, from 45%, throughout the period so you don’t wanna miss out.
They have new products – like the limited edition Clear Whey Isolate Protein I featured above as well as discounts on our staple favourites. Sounds like they’re gonna have some discounts on the MP Clothing range too – check out my latest review of the MP Velocity Running Kit.
If you’ve missed out on Impact Week, then check my Shopping Quick Links page for a discount code that’s last till the end of 2021.
Myprotein Crispy Layered Bars
I also sampled some more flavours of the Myprotein Crispy Layered Bars. I tried the Golden Layered Bars at Christmas and loved them so had high hopes for Chocolate Caramel and White Chocolate Peanut. You can get some more inspiration from their Black Friday Box too.
These layered bars are so good – high in protein and low in sugar, with a yummy protein dough and caramel. They make the perfect “treat” or snack; I had one for breakfast with a cuppa while writing this post!
Shop Myprotein Samples
- Myprotein Impact Whey Protein Sample
- Myprotein Vegan Protein Blend Sample
- Myprotein Clear Whey Isolate Sample
- Layered Protein Bar (Sample)
- Crispy Layered Bar (Sample)
So which Myprotein samples are you gonna try?!