Tested this week: Lewis Moody’s SuperVitality nutrition range

January 7, 2015

The bits and bobs I’m reviewing in today’s fitness kit I’ve reviewed post came to me directly from former England rugby international, Lewis Moody. Well, maybe not actually from his own sizeable hands (although I’d like to think so). But they were developed by him and the company is run by him.

SuperProtein Blueberry

SuperVitality has a range of sports supplements including protein powders, smoothie blends, electrolytes and bars aimed not just at sports people but at anyone wanting to supplement their gym performance, support a healthy lifestyle (or lose weight) with no-nonsense products based around healthy, natural ingredients. That said, the company do support plenty of high level and elite athletes, in sports including tennis, football, polo and arm-wrestling! You can read more about SuperVitality’s ethos and how it came about here.

Lewis has ulcerative colitis (it’s OK, he said I can tell you) and the range is backed by dietician Barbara Cox which might give you an idea about the all-natural basis of the product development and ingredient selection. There are no artificial ingredients or sweeteners – any product which is sweetened contains Stevia (SuperVitality are one of the first UK companies to develop Stevia into supplements).


The range includes performance and protein products including high-energy granola, good quality protein powders, BCAAs, creatine, pre-workouts and energy bars – all designed to be both nutritional and with natural ingredients and sweeteners.

Much as I was tempted by the granola, I opted to test out the Super Protein in Raspberry, and in Blueberry Smoothie, and three of the flapjack-style bars: Cherry & Almond, “Full of Fruit” and Apple & Ginger.

So, what’s the verdict?

The bars are an easy review! Delicious, very tasty, very moreish! Tastes differ but personally I liked the apple/ginger, then the cherry/almond, then the fruity one, although I’d buy any of them. I’m not a mad flapjack lover, by the way, so don’t think that I’d rave about any old flapjack. I usually find flapjacks waaaay too sweet, too big and too stodgy. These come in at 60g (weight), and around 250-260 kcals each, high in carbs as you’d expect and with a fair bit of that from sugar. They are, however, flapjacks, so let’s not be too surprised by the carbs! I liked that they are relatively small, and not too chewy and dense. Fantastic for endurance athletes I reckon, or as a treat snack!

On to the powders. I knew right away that these weren’t just whey protein powders, and they don’t pretend to be. In keeping with the theme of the SuperVitality range, they contain extras (including “superfoods”). As always I’ll encourage you to do your own research and form your own opinion about the ingredients.

What I noticed is that these powders make a thicker, tastier, and much more satisfying shake than plain old whey, even when just mixed with water.

The raspberry diet protein contains calcium caseinate and whey for the proteins, raspberry powder, and acai berry, CLA, l-carnitine and raspberry ketones, along with Stevia for sweetening.

The blueberry contains calcium caseinate and whey for the proteins, blueberry powder, flavourings and Stevia for sweetening.

Both are sold as a post-workout option (which is how I had them) but they’d be great as a shake during the day too as taste great and feel filling. I imagine they’d also be lovely in oats if you’re a proats kinda guy/gal. They really do have that smoothie kind of texture and taste.

Both are low in fats and carbs per 30g serving (around 1.5g of each) and give about 24g protein.

Thanks for the protein, Lewis and the SuperVitality team!

You can find SuperVitality on Twitter at @superprotein.

Tested this week: Lewis Moody’s SuperVitality nutrition range is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

Tested this week: Activate Nutrition Diet whey protein powder

January 4, 2015

Today’s fitness kit I’ve reviewed this week is a diet whey protein which might be a great fit for your New Year’s Resolutions !
I was first contacted by Mark, the guy behind Activate Nutrition, via the naturalmuscle forum – turns out we are both members. So that told me straight away that here was a guy who is involved in the gym, bodybuilding and physique sport world, who really understands what we need, and who cares enough to contribute to online forums (as himself, not as his company). A good start!

Mark offered to send me some of Activate’s Diet Whey Protein Plus, which I’ve been using since coming off my contest diet (I didn’t want to add anything new in at the latter stages of prep).

Active Nutrition’s products are all developed, made and tested in Britain and the Diet Whey is part of their weight loss range.

Mark says: “Even though the shake is a ‘diet’ shake, it’s what I use years round. If I’m focusing on gaining more size, then in goes the oats and a spoonful of nut butter! Or sometimes I make flapjacks.”

(I think we might need that recipe, Mark… !)

I haven’t been anything like as creative. I’ve literally been having the protein powder with water as a post-workout protein shake. I’ve noticed that it’s a lot thicker than many other shakes (even just mixed with water). I’m not sure if this is due to the blend of proteins (including whey and casein), but it makes for a great mouthfeel and makes the shake feel more filling, too. It’s very milkshakey!

Here are the nutritionals (per serving of 39g scoop):

kcals: 148
carbs: 3.9g
fat: 1.1g
pro: 30.8g

It has over 79g protein per 100g which – according to the website – is the highest protein content per 100g of any lean/diet protein powder out there.

So what makes this a “diet” shake?

Diet Protein Plus is low in fat and carbs and high in protein, but you’d kind of expect that from anything except an MRP or “mass gainer” type shake. It also contains certain ingredients which claim to assist in the mobilisation and/or “burning” of body fat. These are: CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) at 585mg/serving, Acai Berry 4:1 530mg/serving, Green Tea 156mg/serving, L-Carnitine 195mg/serving and Taurine 1170mg/serving.

Some of these are pretty well researched and are now accepted as helpful to “lean gains” and fat loss efforts (CLA, green tea, l-carnitine). But I know that there are some who are always skeptical about “diet” ingredients in protein powders. As always, best thing is to do your own research about the ingredients and the levels per serving. My best resource for reading up on this kind of thing is examine.com.

I can’t say that I’ve noticed any “diet” effects from this shake but I am not dieting at the moment, and am not using it as any kind of cutting or fat loss nutrition regime.

My personal feeling would be that the CLA and green tea would be helpful to fat loss (in fact, I take both as a supplement in their own right), and the others certainly won’t hurt.

Just one other thing to mention – the protein blend in this product is whey protein concentrate 80, milk protein concentrate 85 (micellar casein) and soy protein isolate 90. I know that some people prefer to avoid soy (whether or not they are correct is another matter and again probably down to personal choice!)

It comes in 6 flavours – I tried the raspberry which I am really enjoying (it’s not a flavour I’d ever choose for myself, so the fact that I like it says a lot!)

Thanks for the protein, Activate Nutrition chaps!

You can find Acvitate Nutrition on Facebook, Google Plus and on Twitter.

Tested this week: Activate Nutrition Diet whey protein powder is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

Fitness kit I’ve tested this week: Sativa Shakes non-dairy protein powder

May 12, 2013

I’m always especially pleased to review products from small, UK companies – so I’m happy to introduce Sativa Shakes: a friendly, growing protein supplement company who, it turns out, are local to me here in Kent. They produce non-dairy, plant protein powders including hemp protein and a plant protein blend.


They specialise in lactose-free (and vegan-friendly) protein powders. There are two main product lines – “Viva Sativa” hemp protein and “Viva High Pro” plant protein blend (hemp, pea, rice and soy). At the moment, there are four flavours across two product ranges: toffee, chocolate caramel, strawberry and banana, and kiwi and lime. They are all non-GM, organic and naturally sweetened with Stevia (a calorie-free sweetener derived from a plant – rather than from chemicals) and use raw plant protein, minimally treated and processed. Take a look at the ingredients lists – teeny!


I tried them all: straight-up as shakes, with my PWO banana (mashed up and frozen, like icecream) and stirred into my porridge oats. All were great! Because they’re plant proteins, the powders are rich and creamy and so they make quite thick shakes and go particularly well with oats. I loved all the flavours except for the kiwi and lime – I hoped to love this one as it’s unusual and not a flavour combo I’ve come across in any other protein powder, but I’m afraid I didn’t like it. This might be because, at the moment, this is the only one in the range which contains artificial flavour (the Sativa Shakes folk tell me they are working to find a natural replacement). I thought all the others were absolutely delicious, though.


The strawberry and banana, chocolate caramel “Viva High Pro” plant protein blend is a mix of pea protein isolate, soy protein isolate, hemp protein, brown rice protein, flavouring, cocoa powder (in the choc version) Stevia and xantham gum (a thickener) with citric acid.

Per 30g serving you get around 105 kcals, 22.3g protein, 1.3g carbs (0.4g sugar) and 1.2g fats (including a good mix of omegas). The amino breakdown is different to whey, as you’d expect with this being a plant protein – check out the full nutritional stats on the Sativa website. The stats are very slightly different across the flavours.

The “Viva Sativa” toffee flavoured hemp protein is simply raw hemp protein, natural flavouring, xantham gum and Stevia. The kiwi and lime version of the hemp protein does – at the moment – contain artificial flavour. Per 30g serving: 130 kcals, 13.7g protein, 4.5g carbs (1.6g sugars) and 3.7g fats. Again, you get a good dose of omegas and fibre, and of course no lactose – these being dairy-free protein powders.

They’re ideal for vegans but you don’t need to be a vegan to try them! I really did like these, particularly the toffee and chocolate caramel flavours, I think because the taste goes really well with the rich, earthy, nutty flavour of plant proteins.

I’m not indulging in any protein-baking at this stage in my prep diet but I think that I’ll try these in a cake or muffins at some point. I reckon they’d be a great ingredient with the rich flavour and the thick nature of the powders.

If you’ve been looking for a non-dairy, vegan-friendly, lactose-free protein powder, or if you just fancy trying a new protein product, I recommend giving Sativa Shakes a go. If you’re not sure which to try – here’s a handy guide!

Keep an eye on Sativa Shakes on Facebook as they often run offers and discounts. There are some special offers here, too.

Thank you, Sativa Shakes people! Find them online here Sativa Shakes website or on Facebook Sativa Shakes on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Now I’ve made myself hungry so excuse me – time for dinner! 😉

Fitness kit I’ve tested this week: Sativa Shakes non-dairy protein powder is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

Fitness kit I’ve tested this week: Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydrobuilder protein powder

April 6, 2012

This week, I’ve been tasting testing some yummy new protein powder from Optimum Nutrition (ON), and it’s high time I told you about it. So, here’s my latest “fitness kit I’ve tested this week” post.

Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydrobuilder (post-training protein powder)

The folk at ON sent me a very generous sample tub of their new Platinum Hydrobuilder protein powder and invited me to trial it. This protein powder is a complex formula, with the protein coming from several sources (fast and slow release) and with extra goodies like creatine and EAAs – everything you need for your post-workout shake. Here’s the blurb:

Platinum Hydrobuilder is an all in one muscle constructor containing 34.5g of protein from multiple protein sources including Hydrolysed Whey Protein, Micellar Casein and Hydrolysed Egg Albumen. It’s enhanced with CreaPep nutrient delivery peptides and 5g of micronised creatine monohydrate. There’s over 13.5 grams of Essential Amino Acids, but only 180 calories per serving. Ideal as a complete post-exercise shake which will help to improve recovery and construct lean muscle.

I have to say, it is truly delicious (I tried the “vanilla bean” flavour, which tastes like custard and smells good enough to elicit a curious remark from The Husband). It also comes in a chocolate flavour. I can’t honestly say whether it’s helped my recovery or muscle-building efforts in just one week but the theory is sound, and it’s certainly good to have a PWO shake with fast and slow release protein, creatine mono and EAAs. This product makes it very quick, easy and convenient to get everything you need into your system as soon as you’ve finished training.

It’s not cheap, but it’s a quality product and does contain added value in the shape of those EAAs and the creatine. And, at the moment, you get free Amino Energy (which I reviewed here) when you order via the ON site.

Oh and I also tried it made into a sort of pudding, just by mixing it with a little hot water and letting it thicken. One word. MORE-ISH!

The ON people also sent me a frankly enormous Platinum Hydrobuilder t-shirt (XXL) – tee hee – along with a very sweet note apologising for the shirt’s voluminous proportions. You know what, it’s actually come in very handy. The Husband is still in a (massive) sling after his shoulder surgery, and has an ongoing need for over-sized t-shirts which can stretch over him, his sling and his bent arm. The Platinum Hydrobuilder tee is being put to great use, so – thank you!

Thanks for the sample, Optimum Nutrition people! You rock.

Fitness kit I’ve tested this week: Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydrobuilder protein powder is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

Quick and easy hemp protein mini loaves

December 18, 2011

Hello! Well, isn’t this lovely? The weekend before Christmas and it’s all about decorating the tree, wrapping presents and baking. There’s even one of those marathon “best of” TV shows on. This one’s about musicals. So, I’m baking and bellowing. (My husband is out and the dog is feigning deafness).

At this time of year, people tend to bang on about the fact that it’s so difficult to eat healthily. Poor old Christmas. It’s not Christmas dinner which is the problem. It’s everything else around it! Christmas dinner, at its basic level, is great. Plenty of veg (probably more than most people usually eat), and turkey. What’s not to love? However, when we add in bread sauce (WTF?), sausage rolls and all the desserts and cakes, we can see where the potential problem lies.

So I was wondering if a lower-carb, lower-fat, higher-protein alternative could be made for any of those little extras, particularly the ones we don’t really like in the first place. I thought I’d start from the beginning, with Christmas Day breakfast or canapes (if you get up too late for breakfast), by inventing a replacement for bread, blini or crackers.

Today, I baked up some high-protein “bread” made with my GOOD Hemp (plain) hemp protein powder. It was so quick and easy. I think I only missed out on “Cats” and “Fiddler on the Roof” in the TV musical countdown.

Quick and easy hemp protein mini loaves

Gather your ingredients:
– one egg
– 200g egg whites
– 4g coconut flour (sounds like hardly any but a little goes a very long way with this stuff. Buy it from your local health food shop or Holland and Barrett)
– 20g quinoa flakes (I got them from our local health food shop, I suspect you can get them in the “weirdy’ section of the supermarket, too. You could probably leave them out, maybe add a little more coconut flour, or substitute for oats/oat flour)
– 30g GOOD Hemp natural hemp protein powder
– pepper
– baking soda

– Put everything in a blender. Blend it.
– Pour it into mini loaf pan (I have a silicone one, it’s great). Top tip: half fill, then go round again and top them all up, because the heavier ingredients will sink to the bottom of your blender whilst you’re pouring.
– Bake at about gas 6 for about 20 mins or until a knife comes out of the middle of a loaf clean
– Allow to cool on a rack
– Pop out of the silicone mould, slice, top with whatever you like: a sliver of organic butter, cream cheese, smoked salmon, scrambled egg or sliced hardboiled egg, tahini…. ?

I’m going to suggest to the husband that we have these as our Christmas breakfast with our eggs and salmon. They have a savoury, nutty taste and a light, spongey texture. You could, of course, bake the mixture in one large loaf tin and then slice the loaf up. I got 8 mini loaves out of this mixture.

Using hemp protein powder doesn’t just give these a lovely savoury taste. It packs the loaves full of omega 3 and all essential 10 amino acids, and (particularly alongside the coconut flour) lots of fibre, too. Oh, and they’re not too green! More of a brown colour, like brown bread. (Sorry for the rubbishy iPhone photos.)

Per loaf (if you get 8 from the mixture above) without toppings:

Enjoy! 🙂

For more protein powder-based bread recipes (including more using hemp), check out Anna’s blog Protein Pow(d)er – her recipes were my inspiration today.

Now, can anyone suggest a lower-carb alternative for devils on horseback? No? Me neither! 😉

Quick and easy hemp protein mini loaves is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

thefitwriter gets a sponsor! GOOD Hemp nutrition

September 3, 2011

How exciting! I’ve got a sponsor!

As anyone who’s trained for bodybuilding knows only too well, this can be an expensive sport. Well, quite honestly, any sport can be as expensive as you want to make it, but this one can be particularly hard on the wallet: protein isn’t cheap, whether you’re buying eggs, meat, fish or protein powders. Then there’s all the fresh veg and, if you choose to take them, the supplements. It all adds up.

Every little helps. I’m lucky to have been sent a lot of products to test.

But getting a sponsor is where it’s at. And I’m delighted to say that, this week, I was contacted by a sports nutrition company who want me to come on board as a sponsored athlete/ambassador. In return, they will keep me in as much product as I need for the duration of our relationship.

Thank you, GOOD Hemp Nutrition!

I urge you to go and check out their website. GOOD Hemp produce health and wellbeing as well as sport-specific nutrition products, all – funnily enough – made with hemp. Hemp is a fantastic source of protein, suitable for vegans and vegetarians, famously gentle on the digestive system and rarely causing any gastric problems like other protein powders can. Being hemp, there’s no lactose, no soy, none of the things which can often cause bloating and other nasties.

In addition, hemp is a bit of a wonder-food, and hemp protein powders pack a nutritional punch: not just protein but all the Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) as well as good old omega 3 and dietary fibre.

What I really like about the GOOD Hemp products is that they’re really suitable for anyone who needs a convenient source of quality protein and omega 3 (and that’s most of us). The powders aren’t niche, sporty, muscle-monster products. They’re great for vegans, endurance athletes, gym-bunnies. I imagine they’d be a great “gateway” protein powder for anyone who’s never ventured down that route before.

I’ve been sent the GOOD Gym Shake with Hemp Protein (Chocolate), the GOOD Gym Shake with Hemp Protein (Strawberry), the GOOD Fit Shake with Hemp Protein (Strawberry) and the natural Hemp Protein Powder. I’m looking forward to trying them all! I’ve tried the Gym Shake in Chocolate flavour in the past and it’s fabulous for shakes, puddings, for baking and all sorts of kitchen adventures. It’s truly delicious and I love the fact that the nutritional stats and benefits are so great.

I can’t review the products until after my comp now as I’m too close to the shows and have cut protein powders out of my diet in favour of real foods.

But just as soon as I can, I’ll test all the products out and let you know what I think. In fact, I think I’m going to do a weekly blog post featuring a recipe incorporating one of my GOOD Hemp products. Can’t wait! If you have any requests for things you’d like me to try and make, or for types of recipes (shakes, smoothies, cakes, sweet breads, cookies, muffins…?), do let me know.

Until then, thank you GOOD Hemp for contacting me, I’m delighted to be one of your sponsored athletes.

GOOD Hemp’s products are all made from ingredients grown and produced in the UK. You can follow them on Twitter here and Facebook here (you’ll hear about lots of special offers!)

thefitwriter gets a sponsor! GOOD Hemp nutrition is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

myprotein.com savoury protein powder reviews, guest blogger recipes

August 7, 2011

In my “what do you want to know” post, one of the options was to ask about recipes, and one (!) person did click that option. So, whoever you were, this is your lucky day. 😉 The rest of you – of which there are thousands I’m sure – can either look away now or read on if you’re interested in some high-protein, highly-creative, super-tasty eats.

This post is sort of a review of the savoury protein powders you can get from myprotein.com. A long time ago, they sent me some of their goat’s whey to sample (the review is here) and, since then, they’ve kindly sent me some pea protein too. Thank you, myprotein.com, I do appreciate your support.

I love to experiment in the kitchen as part of my contest prep. Yes, I eat a lot of grilled chicken, steamed, raw or roasted veg, omelettes and stir fries when I’m in a time-pinch. However, I also love little more than pottering in the kitchen to come up with prep-worthy versions of “normal” foods (and typically I’ll honestly rather have my versions than the real thing). It’s so satisfying to experiment with ingredients and come up with something delicious and healthy.

Most protein powders are sweet – wheys and caseins. But you can get savoury protein powders – hemp, pea, brown rice and goat’s whey amongst them. This post is a collection of recipes giving you some idea of how to use them. I’ve asked a couple of notable health and fitness bloggers to join me. (Hint: theirs are the recipes with the really great-looking photos 😉 )

First of all, here are the powders we’ll be using:

Goat’s whey
I love goat’s whey. It’s unflavoured but does taste mildly cheesy, like goat’s cheese really. Funny, that! So if you like goat’s cheese – which I do – try it! I use it for savoury dishes like pancakes and breads (see below) but also make it into a thin sauce with water to drizzle over poached eggs and grilled asparagus. Delish! It’s quite sticky but doesn’t seem to weigh baked goods down, in fact they puff up quite spectacularly. I’ve tried my recipe (below) with pea and hemp and it doesn’t turn out remotely the same. Goat’s whey is the only savoury powder I’ve tried which creates a bun puffy enough to slice.

Pea protein
Great for sweet or savoury baking, smoothies, or mashing into veg. I love pea protein! It’s lighter than hemp (in weight) and tastes quite sweet although it is definitely a savoury whey. It doesn’t taste like peas. Like hemp, it’s a great choice for vegans or anyone avoiding lactose. It’s particularly high in BCAAs and arginine.

Hemp protein
None of the recipes here actually use this but it’s well worth a try – great taste (nutty and earthy), quite heavy so useful for baking (I often make a pancake-type thing with hemp and top it with sauteed veggies for a kind of pizza, or make it into a wrap). Great nutritional stats too because of the hemp – high in good-for-you fats (omega 3 & 6), essential amino acids (all 10 of them) and other goodies like GLA. A really great choice of protein powder.

On to the recipes!

First up is Anna from Protein Pow(d)er, a fun blog and Facebook page. Anna is incredible inventive with her protein powder recipes. I have many, many, many of them bookmarked to make some time. Do check out her blog and Facebook page. Here’s the recipe she sent me. Let me know if you try it.

High Protein Caraway Tahini Bread

160g liquid egg whites (also available from myprotein.com)
37g pea protein
17g brown rice protein
10g coconut flour (another awesome ingredient which I’ll probably blog about soon!)
30g tahini paste
sea salt
baking powder
caraway seeds
coconut milk (enough to bind)

– Blend the ingredients together
– Bake at 160 degrees for around 25-35 minutes

Nutritional info
Entire loaf (9 slices)=
70g protein
11g carbs (5.4g are fiber)
21g fat

Anna says:

“I love making breads out of pea protein and brown rice protein. I find they make fantastic flour replacements and have the added advantage of giving you a super protein kick. Protein breads made with vegetable protein powders are a lot thicker, denser and heavier than regular bread. This is why I find that soaking them in olive oil or topping them with almond butter works wonders. This particular recipe is one of my favorites because it involves caraway seeds: caraway seed bread + extra virgin olive oil + eggs = mmmmm!”

Thanks Anna! Loving your work! 😉

Next up is my coach Kat who has lots of great recipes on her site (ideal for anyone in contest prep or wanting to eat more healthily) and on her nutrition Facebook page. Check both out and follow her on Facebook!

Healthy carrot cake

This makes 16 slices.


1 cup fine rolled oats or sifted oat or buckwheat flour 

1 scoop (about 30g) vanilla whey protein powder
1 scoop (about 30g) pea flour protein powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp stevia powder (non-bitter) or ½ tsp vanilla liquiflav

50g walnut pieces
1 medium/large carrot (approx. 230g)

8 large/250ml egg whites

100g quark

Olive oil spray

– Preheat oven to 180 degrees / gas mark 4.
– Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
– Peel carrot, chop/grate and blend with egg whites and quark in a jug blender.
– Fold this mixture into the dry ingredients, stirring gently until well combined.
– Spray olive oil around the edges of a shallow non-stick cake pan and pour batter in evenly.
– Top with extra walnut pieces if you like.
– Bake in the centre of the oven for approximately 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

– Let it sit for 15 minutes or so then turn onto a wire rack.
– Allow to cool before cutting into 16 slices.

Nutritional info (per slice)
6.1g protein
5.7g fat

Kat says:

“If you love carrot cake but are avoiding because you’re watching your weight or you just want a healthier cake, this is a great alternative to the high fat, high sugar versions. I love cooking with protein powders and using pea flour protein is a great change from whey. I use a variety of powders to give the taste buds and the body a change and help prevent intolerances. With the huge range of powders available, I can keep my gluten intake almost zero, which makes me feel better – and I still get to do two of my favourite things – cook healthy food and eat it!”

Thanks Kat! Let me know if you try Kat’s cake.

OK, here’s my offering. Rubbish photos, tasty breakfast! I had this just this morning. It doesn’t have a fancy name, but it’s what I like to call (much to Kat’s amusement)…

Big Bun

For the bun:
150g egg whites
30g goat’s whey
pinch baking powder

For the filling:
5g (?) coconut oil
Veggies of your choice, chopped finely (I used shallots, courgette/zucchini, cherry tomatoes, chestnut mushrooms. I would have used spinach too if I had any)

Poached egg (my choice this morning)
Cheese or cheese substitute (nutritional yeast)

– Heat the oil in a small non-stick pan
– Sautee your veggies
– Remove from the pan and set aside
– Blend egg whites and goat’s whey in blender
– Add baking powder
– Add the mixture to the pan you did the veggies in
– Cook on a high heat until the edges are cooked, then put under the grill – but leave lots of room as it will puff up and you don’t want to have to remove the batter from the top of the grill (…I’d imagine…)
– Poach your egg
– Once the Big Bun is brown on the top, remove it from the pan and slice in half just like you would a bread roll
– Put your veggies, egg, cheese or whatever else you’re using inside
– Feast!

I’m hungry again now! What’s for lunch?

Do you cook or bake with savoury protein powders? Are you going to try any of these recipes? Do the words “Big” and “Bun” (when said together) make you laugh?

myprotein.com savoury protein powder reviews, guest blogger recipes is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

A bodybuilder’s birthday

July 10, 2011

Well, I made it to 34! And what a lovely day it was yesterday.

I started the day with breakfast in bed brought to me by my lovely husband. And present-opening, of course!

Then I went to the gym (someone said yesterday “oh, well, happy birthday for tomorrow: I guess you’ll have a day off training then?” – erm, no, training is my time, my treat, my passion. A day off on my birthday is the last thing I’d do!) It was chest/shoulder day, and this is what I did after a warm up:

Press ups and dips
Flat barbell presses (Olympic bar+ 22.5kgs, 22.5kgs, 20kgs)
Incline dumbbell presses (with 18kgs)
Incline flys (with 16kgs)
Clean and presses (Olympic bar +10kgs) superset with dumbbell shoulder presses (with 12kgs)
Weighted abs work

Wish I had a spotter for chest day!

(At least I think that’s all I did, I can’t find my notebook. I think I might have left it at the gym so I’ll edit this post if that list is incomplete).

Then I came home and ate some birthday cake: bodybuilder-birthday cake that is. I would give you the recipe but quite honestly it didn’t turn out at all well. 😦 However, most of my adapted baking recipes do, and I’m going to do a baking post very soon (with a discount code for MyProtein.com which is where I get my savoury/unflavoured protein powders from).

Then my best mate came to see me – the one whose hen-party I went to just a couple of weeks out from my comp. She’s not sporty but she’s amazingly supportive. In fact, two nights before my comp, she Skyped me so I could practice posing via video link and try out my routine on her. 😀 She’d brought me a loaf/cake too, made from one of my coach’s recipes (you can see it here – date and walnut cake). Love you, Wendy!

Today marks exactly 10 weeks out (including peak week… so some people might say nine weeks out) from the BNBF Finals. In 70 days time I’ll be awake and applying that final coat of tan… I’m looking forward to each one of those days and I’m going to squeeze every minute from them as I continue my prep.

And with that, I’m off to the gym – leg day! 😀

Do I share a birthday with any of my readers? Do you bake yourself birthday cakes? Aaaaand… where’s my card?!

A bodybuilder’s birthday is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

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