Vegan Protein Shake – Nudey Tea Review

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Veganism in a nutshell is a way of living which aims to exclude the use of any animal products for food, clothing and any other purpose. So this includes meat, dairy, eggs etc in diet – which so happen to be the main sources of dietary protein. There’s many vegan protein sources but generally much more needs to be consumed in order to match the levels found in meat, eggs and dairy.  

Although not vegan myself, I do try and stay away from dairy where possible to avoid IBS flare ups. One product I’ve found particularly irritable to my stomach (and I’m aware many others do also!) is whey protein. I’ve tried soya alternatives but they’ve literally made me gag due to the thick custard like texture and off-taste. So I’ve always stuck with whey and suffered the potential side affects. 

So what alternatives are there? I was approached by Nudey Tea to try their new vegan protein shakes. In 4 flavours, I knew I was bound to enjoy at least ONE of them. And to my surprise, I enjoyed all 4! Before I go on to my personal opinion, here’s a few facts about the shakes. 

  • It’s a cruelty free plant based vegan shake
  • Nutritious with an added vitamin and mineral blend. 
  • Added Guarana and green tea which have brilliant fat burning abilities. 
  • It’s premium and uniquely blended using 4 types of plant protein to offer a dairy free shake.
  • Great to satisfy hunger, support healthy weightloss and input extra calories when you’re training hard, alongside a healthy balanced diet. 
  • 4 great flavours – strawberry, chocolate, coconut and vanilla. 
  • 24g protein per serving. 

How I found it – 

The first I tried was the vanilla. I had this whipped up for me at the gym with some water and ice in a blender. I always blend my shakes because the very thought of a lump is enough to put me off! The shake was smooth and not too thick and actually tasted very similar to a vanilla milkshake! As I was chatting whilst I sipped, it took me about 20 minutes and by which time it needed a mix as it had started to separate. When mixed it was exactly the same as the start so that’s a very small price to pay for a great tasting vegan shake. 

The other flavours I tried with almond milk to give a slightly richer finish than with water and this was preferred for me! Try blending a few ice cubes, almond milk and a scoop of shake for a thick frozen milkshake consistency. 

I can’t recommend this product enough, whether you’re vegan or wanting to cut back on dairy or just fancy a great tasting, all natural protein shake. Don’t forget you can use code HELEN at the checkout for 20% off site wide – this includes the teas, shakes and accessories! 

Hels x

Ultimate High Protein Porridge Recipe

We’re becoming increasingly concerned with the importance of a high-protein diet, but it can be a struggle for some to incorporate protein into their breakfast. Maybe you can’t face eggs or meat first thing in the morning, maybe you’re vegetarian, or maybe you’re just stumped for ideas. 

The ‘easy’ way is to just simply add a scoop of whey protein into your oats – and that’s great! But it’s not for everyone. I struggle with protein powders – I can drink them after a workout but if I add them to anything I feel like it ruins the food I’ve added it to! 

I’ve come up with my own little recipe that I’ve become obsessed with, and my boyfriend loves it also! 

What You’ll Need: 

  • Oats (your desired amount) 
  • 1tblspn powdered peanut butter 
  • 1-2tblspn chia seeds 
  • Almond milk (desired amount) 
  • 1 egg white 
  • Walden Farms Caramel Syrup 
  • Optional – bananas, blueberries, strawberries, chopped up protein bar or any desired toppings 

Okay, the thought of adding egg white into your oats might sound a bit scary if you’ve never tried it before but TRUST me you can’t taste egg and it just makes it creamy and amps up the protein! 

You can purchase the powdered peanut butter (I use Dr Zak’s) and the caramel syrup from Muscle Food and you can even use code HM498301 to get some extra FREE goodies at the checkout like a loaf of high protein bread, protein pizza, chicken breasts….. 

The chia seeds were picked up from Tesco for just £1 a pouch – a steal when you look at chia seeds in Holland & Barrat for instance which cost around £15 for the same product! 

Method: 

  • Add your oats and almond milk to the saucepan on a medium heat (to your desired consistency – some like theirs thin, I like mine gloopy!) 
  • After 1-2 minutes when it’s all stirred in, add your powdered peanut butter and chia seeds 
  • Continue cooking and stirring for a further 4-5 minutes 
  • Add your egg white and stir well
  • Continue cooking and stirring for around 3 minutes or until fully cooked 
  • Place in a bowl and drizzle Caramel Syrup 

Voila! High protein oats without the whey protein taste! Full of goodness to keep you going for the day! 

Hels xxx

Cocoa+ Protein Chocolate

I’m pretty obsessed with adding as much protein to all meals/snacks as possible, but admittedly I do get a little sick of meat, eggs, fish etc. Sometimes you just need that little sweet fix without all the guilt and WITH all the protein. 

You might want to sit down for this because you may not beleive what I’m about to tell you….. Protein chocolate IS a thing. A real thing. 

The amazing people at @cocoa.plus were so kind as to send me some goodies to try. I am officially in love. When you hear ‘proteion’ attached to any of your favourite foods, you automatically assume it’s going to be dry or have a weird after taste or something. NOT the case here. 

Cocoa+ tastes exactly the same as a rich, high quality chocolate. You’d never know it contained over 27g of protein per 100g. This is whey protein isolate that’s infused into the chocolate – pure luxury without the guilt. I’ve been having a square or two each evening and it’s just enough to feel like you’ve had a treat. It’s also amazing for cooking – I whipped up these little banana-coconut-Choc clean icecream using a couple of smashed up squares and also these clean peanut butter cups! (I will post recipes if anyone is interested!) Basically, it’s an all round winner and you’re mad if you don’t stock your cupboards up with it. Everyone needs a treat sometimes and it’s better to reach for the high protein alternative to your usual sugary, non-nutritional fav’s. 



You can order yours here (the ordinary Choc one is my fav but the crunch ones are all unreal) at Cocoa Plus

Enjoy! Hels xxx

Reflex Protein Coffee

Sometimes it’s hard to find the energy to squeeze in a workout after a long day working, when you feel like you’d rather be curling up with a blanket and a hot drink. I know I’m guilty of this!

The kind people at Reflex Nutrition sent me over a little stash of their AMAZING protein coffee. This little can of magic gives you an amazing caffeine boost to aid your workout, alongside having a huge 25g protein per can! Every fitness persons dream. 

Last week, I ended up having 2 personal training sessions with two different trainers. I had my usual session with my trainer Ash at 11am, then worked for a few hours, then went with my mum to see her trainer and experience what her workouts are like. I kind of regretted this when every muscle in my body was BURNING. 

But did I stop there? Nope. I went straight from session number 2 to do an hour and a quarter of yoga! Yoga is my ultimate fav at the moment and there was no way I was going to miss my weekly wind-down! 

So, my competitiveness made the day even harder because I had to beat my mum at everything and I had to master every yoga pose. But back to the coffee….. It was absolutely top notch to keep me fuelled throughout the gruelling day and to top up my protein levels. It’s definitely going to become a staple in my cupboard! 

You can purchase your own protein coffee from the Reflex site – you won’t regret it!

Hels xx 

Clean PB/White Choc ‘Cookie-Dough’ Bites. 

Good afternoon! 

Scrolling through instagram, it’s easy to see that a lot of people on a health kick sacrifice taste in order to get their dream bod. Plain chicken, bland rice and some soggy broccoli is all good and nutritious, but how sustainable is a diet where you don’t have any enjoyment from what you’re eating? 

I find people struggle with snacking healthily. Too much fruit and you’ll be over your sugar levels, rice cakes are bland and not especially nutritious, shop-bought bars can contain all sorts of nasties and calories…. This leads to snackers breaking their diet and reaching for sugary, processed junk. 

In comes my clean PB/White choc cookie dough bites….. The guilt free way to curb sweet cravings and snack without breaking the diet. What’s even better is that you can add all sorts into the recipe to make it your own! 

What you’ll need:

  • Scottish Oats 
  • Agave nectar/honey/alternative
  • No Added Sugar/Palm Oil free peanut butter 
  • White chocolate chips 
  • Almond milk (or alternative) 

You’ll notice I’ve not added amounts onto the ingredients list. The reason behind this is that it’s really personal choice, so just play around and see how you get on. 

  1. Blend oats in a nutribullet or blender until they’re a fine powder/flour. 
  2. Add peanut putter (I used around half a tub) a few squeezes of agave nectar (depending on how sweet you like them!) 
  3. Slowly add small amounts of almond milk and mix until the texture is that of cookie dough. 
  4. Add white chocolate chips or get creative with dried fruits, coconut flakes, dark chocolate etc. You could also add flavour drops or spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. 
  5. You’ll now need to shape your cookie dough. This can be done in balls or flattened out like I did. Lay on grease proof paper. 
  6. Leave at room temperature or chill if preferred. 
  7. Enjoy! 

Clean PB/White Choc ‘Cookie-Dough’ Bites. 

Good afternoon! 

Scrolling through instagram, it’s easy to see that a lot of people on a health kick sacrifice taste in order to get their dream bod. Plain chicken, bland rice and some soggy broccoli is all good and nutritious, but how sustainable is a diet where you don’t have any enjoyment from what you’re eating? 

I find people struggle with snacking healthily. Too much fruit and you’ll be over your sugar levels, rice cakes are bland and not especially nutritious, shop-bought bars can contain all sorts of nasties and calories…. This leads to snackers breaking their diet and reaching for sugary, processed junk. 

In comes my clean PB/White choc cookie dough bites….. The guilt free way to curb sweet cravings and snack without breaking the diet. What’s even better is that you can add all sorts into the recipe to make it your own! 

What you’ll need:

  • Scottish Oats 
  • Agave nectar/honey/alternative
  • No Added Sugar/Palm Oil free peanut butter 
  • White chocolate chips 
  • Almond milk (or alternative) 

You’ll notice I’ve not added amounts onto the ingredients list. The reason behind this is that it’s really personal choice, so just play around and see how you get on. 

  1. Blend oats in a nutribullet or blender until they’re a fine powder/flour. 
  2. Add peanut putter (I used around half a tub) a few squeezes of agave nectar (depending on how sweet you like them!) 
  3. Slowly add small amounts of almond milk and mix until the texture is that of cookie dough. 
  4. Add white chocolate chips or get creative with dried fruits, coconut flakes, dark chocolate etc. You could also add flavour drops or spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. 
  5. You’ll now need to shape your cookie dough. This can be done in balls or flattened out like I did. Lay on grease proof paper. 
  6. Leave at room temperature or chill if preferred. 
  7. Enjoy! 

Winter Warmer: Beetroot and Apple Soup. 

I don’t know about you, but it’s rather chilly, frosty and currently a little snowey where I am. This sort of weather makes you want hot, warming meals but that doesn’t mean you have to fall away from your diet! 

My beetroot and apple soup recipe will warm you right up, whilst giving you all of the goodness you need to achieve your health and fitness goals. 

  
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that beetroot is incredibly good for you. Known as a ‘superfood’ beets contain copious amounts of vitamins and antioxidants, whilst being really low in fat. The deep red vegetable is packed full of iron, vitamins A & C, fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium, making it a great addition to your diet. 

  
It can be an ‘acquired’ taste, but I’m sure you’ll love this sweet and savoury take on a superfood soup to keep you warm and healthy in this cool weather. Give it a go. 

What you’ll need.                                     1kg beetroot (cooked or raw but not pickled/in vinegar)                       2 apples peeled and finely chopped   1 whole chopped onion                       800ml vegetable stock (2 cubes)       2 tsp dried thyme                                     1tsp dried cumin                                       1.5tsp unsalted butter (or alternative)                                             Natural yoghurt to serve 

Method.                                                     Chop up your beetroot and lay in a baking tray. Coat with the thyme and cumin and place in the oven for 15 minutes (if pre-cooked) or 45 minutes if raw. 

  
Meanwhile, add the butter and chopped onion to a large pan and sauté for 10 minutes. Next, add the chopped apple and sauté for a further 5 minutes until soft. By now your beetroot should be ready to stir in, along with your stock. Once all of the ingredients are added together, simmer for 10-15 minutes. 

  
Blitz your soup in your choice of blender (I use my nutribullet) and serve with a dollop of natural yoghurt and enjoy. 

Hels xxx

Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Good morning! 

I’ve recently celebrated my 21st birthday and one of the most useful gifts I received (from my sisters) is a NutriBullet! I’ve been dying for one of these for ages and I’ve actually used it every single day since I’ve had it! I’m preparing hard for Miss Scuba UK now so a smoothie makes a great breakfast to help get my body in the best shape, and also the vitamin rich ingredients can encourage glowing skin and healthy hair and nails. 

I like to start my day with a good wholesome breakfast to keep me going through busy days so this smoothie recipe is perfect for keeping me full and giving me energy, whilst tasting amazing! 

Ingredients           

  • 1 whole medium banana           
  • 1 generous handful of frozen berries
  • 1 sachet of porridge oats (27g)
  • Unsweetened almond milk                                

I just threw the ingredients into the cup and blended well for about 30-40 seconds. The amount of almond milk you use is dependent on the consistency you like. I like mine thick so I didn’t go all the way up to the Max Line. 

I have put together a rough guideline for the nutritional values:

  • Calories – 250 
  • Protein – 5.1g
  • Total fat – 4.7g
  • Saturated fat – 0.6g
  • Carbohydrates – 43g
  • Fibre – 6g

Enjoy…. 🙂 

Hels xxx