Review: Vegan Protein Powder Created by A&E Doctor

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.

After trying all three flavours and becoming a firm fan of all of them, I’m now super happy to bring you a special discount-affiliate code for £10 off your first order (over £40). Spreading the Dare protein love!

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Review: Naturya Vegan Protein Superfood Blends

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.

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How I lost weight for a weightlifting competition (by eating more carbs)

When I signed up for Southern Masters WL competition (at Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club) I had six weeks to lose 3kg. Olympic lifting is a weight-class sport and in my first competition in May, I competed in the 55kg category and I intended to do the same this time. 

On the one hand 3kg doesn’t sound like very much but on the other, I didn’t want to crash diet or do any potentially dangerous dehydration methods that would my jeopardise my lifting performance, both on the day and in the run up in training.

In the months after May’s comp (Essex Weightlifting Club Open Series) my weight had crept up, mainly through a habit of unlimited portions of peanut butter and nuts (seemed so healthy and innocent at the time!) so by August I was a clear 58kg, and now that meant a 3kg cut.  

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