I have a keen eye for new vegan protein products so when news of Dare Motivational Shake landed in my inbox, I was intrigued. Co-launched by A&E doctor, Dr Ben Hamida and his wife, it’s hands down one of the tastiest [and chocolatiest] vegan protein powder I’ve had – and I’ve tried many!
The ingredients are interesting too. It contains 100% of the daily recommended dosage of all essential micronutrients: vitamins A, Thiamin B1, Riboflavin B2, Niacin B3, Pantothenic Acid B4, Biotin B5, Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), folic acid and vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin E.
The protein content is 20g of plant-based protein – mainly from soybean – as well as flaxseed, oats and peanut butter. On top of that there’s a long list of interesting health-supporting ingredients such as turmeric root, alfalfa powder, kale leaf powder and more.
One of my favourite supermarket food brands Bol Foods has launched a new and exciting product: breakfast and lunch shakes. 😋
Back in office life, if I didn’t prepare my lunch, Bol Foods was my go-to lunchtime buy (usually Sri Lankan Cauli-Coconut Sambar Veg Pot, with my own tofu on the side), so I was excited to receive a sneak peek at the new Power Shakes: six varieties of nutrient-rich, protein shakes that are full of fruits, veg and protein.
As someone who trains daily, vegan protein shakes are like my daily bread. So any mention of a new plant-based protein powder, and I’m there. And if superfoods and interesting health ingredients are in the mix then you have me on board, before I’ve even put the barbell down.
I was excited to hear of Naturya’s new collection of superfoods and protein blends: Functional Blends and Plant Proteins, which were kindly sent to me to try.
I’ve been a fan of the brand for many years (I used to be obsessed with the Breakfast Boosts) so it’s great to see bold, revamped packaging (high fives to the designers) and the brand branching out into protein products not just superfoods, because getting enough protein is important. This comes relatively easy for meat and fish eaters but needs a bit more effort if you eat vegetarians or vegan diet.
Quick nutrition recap: why do you need to keep on top of protein in your diet? Protein helps to fight fatigue, helps maintain normal muscle function and supports the immune system.
38 million wheelie bins (based on a standard 240l)
3,600 Olympic sized swimming pools
490,000 bin lorries
I consider myself to be fairly mindful with food – I always try to use up what’s on its way out, save leftovers to eat or make something new from, and not to buy more than I need, especially fresh food – but still might end up throwing out the occasional unused half bag of salad leaves.
Foga Instant Wholeplant Smoothies were created partly to help people get more natural fruit and veg nutrients into their diet and partly in response to this issue of food waste.
I’m on a mission to get stronger and if you read my column on Healthista.comyou’ll see I’ve taken up Crossfit. To build more lean muscle only protein will help. As I don’t eat dairy I need an alternative to whey powder so I’ve been trying a variety of non-dairy shakes and powders suitable for vegans. These are my favourite, ie. the tastiest and best I’ve tried so far.