White Wolf Nutrition Vegan Creamy Vanilla

As well as my actual exploring and adventures down here in Australia continues my exploring of the health foods available here does as well. It’s time to talk protein powder again people because I have tried a new brand! This time it’s the brand White Wolf Nutrition.

In central Melbourne there’s a supplement and health shop on Bourke Street called Evelyn Faye. I stumbled across this place randomly when I was strolling about the streets one afternoon and decided to go in. There was so much to look at. They have an entire vegan protein section with brands like Prana Protein, RAW (I think they were called) and White Wolf. I stood there for a while contemplating which one to get (I was running low on my Tropeaka one and thought might as well when it there right in front of me). I’d heard of both Prana and White Wolf before, but you know how it is. You just don’t want to spend loads on money on something that tastes disgusting. Protein powder is not the cheapest investment.

A really lovely girl who worked there told me she absolutely loved her White Wolf protein powder so I listened to her recommendation and went for it. This time I mixed it up by buying vanilla for the first time in ages! I know what you’re thinking right now, what a crazy life I lead! Yup I could only agree with you… I got the smaller bag as I didn’t really want to commit to a kilo when I had no idea what it would be like.

Do I need to say I was very excited for my smoothie the next day? I couldn’t wait to try my new protein powder. I made my usual with peanut butter, frozen banana, chia seeds and almond milk (if you have any ice it makes the texture ticker and it’s insanely goood, almost like a ice cream). I can’t be too adventurous! Plus, why changed a winning smoothie? It is sooo good! I whipped it up as soon as I got back to the house from the gym, poured it into a bowl and added some crunchy toppings. I really liked it! It has a really nice vanilla flavour and not too sweet. At least not when you add the almond milk ice and everything. I’m yet to try it as a shake but I much prefer protein powder in a smoothie. Yes I would go as far as saying it was delicious. I really enjoyed it and even bought a kilo of it when I ran out of the first bag I had.

I think when I fully run out of my chocolate Tropeaka one I’m going to try a different brand. Mim recommended Happy Way’s vegan protein so it’s on my list to try next. I think they have a chocolate flavour. It’s nice to mix it up but I would very happily get White Wolf again, it is taaasty. No weird after taste (at least in the smoothie) and very nice and creamy. It’s got loads of other goodies added to it such as flax seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds and poppy seeds. I don’t feel bloated after it and it’s just an overall nice experience when bloating is a avoided so thumbs up for that.

Purabon Protein Balls Peanut Butter

My snacking adventures continue here in Australia. When I’m on the go as much as I have been these days having bars and other easy to grab things in my bag saves me from some serious hanger situations! No one wants to hand around me when I’m hangry, it’s not my best look haha.

I was in one of Melbourne’s many health food stores looking for a quick fix to my dipping energy levels and increasing hunger when I came across Purabon. First thing I always do before getting too excited is to check out the ingredients on the back. I know it’s not ideal buying ready-made things so when I do I always do a quick scan of the list to see if the ingredients are okay. Usually protein bars are just full off rubbish and I like to stick to as natural ingredients as possible. In the protein bar world that is not easy to find!

I was pleasantly surprised by Purabon’s super simple list of ingredients (things that you actually know what they are) and no added sugar, just the natural sweetness from the dates, which is more than enough. The only other protein bar I’ve come across with ingredients like these are Primal Pantry’s recently released protein bars, but even they had added coconut nectar in them in addition to the dates, it was good but a bit on the sweet side for my liking.

The reason why I like a protein bar is because I feel like they are a bit more on the filling side rather than the date and nut energy bars but I don’t know if that’s all in my head to be honest! Anyway, what was the verdict? It tasted good, as always with things peanut butter flavoured I feel like it could have had more peanut butter flavour. I feel like companies tend to hold back a bit when they release something peanut butter flavoured, we need more people! I also wish it would’ve been a tad bit saltier, that would’ve lifted it a bit more. Overall, a good bar but not super exciting. It did the job and tasted good. If the emergency hunger kicked in and I came across Purabon I’d buy it again.

So what are you guys up to today? Today will be a fun day here in Australia, Mich is off work so we’ll be heading to the gym this morning, then out with Moosie for a walk afterwards and this evening we’ve been invited to a lululemon sale! Yup, as if I need more gym gear… Not really but it doesn’t hurt to look and if it’s in the sale you are basically saving money… That’s what I’ll tell myself when I leave with the entire shop. Naa I’ll be good I promise. Please hold me accountable for this!

Have a lovely day, M xxx

Trying out Aussie snacks

 

Good day mates (hehe)! Happy Thursday! I was Skyping my sister Ellie yesterday evening and was absolutely convinced it was Tuesday until she pointed out that it was Wednesday. I feel like I lost a day! Time is ticking by and trying to make the most of every day. I went on a little afternoon trip yesterday after the gym. The class was good and we did a lot of skill practise. I got a chance to work on my strict handstand push ups which was fun. Then for the conditioning part I was in a group with three guys from the gym and trying to keep up with them hehe. It’s great when you get put into a group of people who are better than you because it makes you push yourself to keep up.

Anyway, for my afternoon trip my goal was to try to register for Medicare, which is the Australian health care (from what I’ve gathered). As a Swede I can sign up for this because we have reciprocal health care with Australia, so does the UK. I got there and was handed a form and told it we be an hour long wait to get served so I decided to come back in another day.

I spent the rest of the afternoon strolling down Chapel Street which is a very hipster area. I got off at Windsor on the Sandringham train line. The place if full of cool street art, coffee shops, second hand shops and other shops to look at. It reminds me a bit of Camden and Shoreditch in London. I’m a bit low on clothes and stumbled upon a nice clothing shop called The Bronze Snake Shop where I miraculously found two tops that I liked. It just never happens that I find normal people clothes I like these days so I had to buy them and expand my minuscule wardrobe a little bit.

This was not the point of the post at all. Talk about going off on a tangent! What I was going to write about really was Blue Dinosaur Bar. I don’t know if any of you follow the health and fitness Youtuber Sarah’s Day? She used to talk about these paleo bars all the time and I was curious as to whether they are actually as good as she said. She was singing their praises constantly. Here in Australia they are in every single health food store (and I think almost every normal store) you walk into. As far as I know, they don’t exist in the UK. So I of course had to give them a try.

So far I’ve tried the Lamington, Dark Cacao and Banana Bread flavour. Lamington is an Aussie sponge cake coated in chocolate and rolled in dessicated coconut. So it’s Blue Dinosaur’s healthy take on it. It was the first bar I tried and it was delicious! The ingredients are super simple and it wasn’t too sweet at all. I usually find nut and date bars like that too sweet, this is the first bar I’ve come across where it’s just a subtle sweetness. There’s only 3.5 dates in it according to says the packaging so that probably explains it. I loved it, the only thing I would say as a snack it didn’t really fill me at all as it’s only dessicated coconut in it and no nuts (although that’s great news for anyone with nut allergies!) but you could have something else as well I suppose and it’s a great healthier treat when you’re sweet tooth is coming out to play. Cleo (the oldest child here in the household) tried it with me and loved it too! A little tip for any parent out there. I was told that it had to be our secret and not tell her siblings about it. That’s a pretty good review!

The Dark Cacao (their original bar) one was surprisingly bitter! I didn’t get a chance to take a photo of it before I ate it hehe. I’d never come across that before in a bar like that. Seeing as the only chocolate I ever like is like 70-80% dark chocolate this was a pleasant surprise. I know it’s called dark cacao but I’ve had too many cacao bars that were too sweet to fully believe it until I’ve tried it. This one I found a bit more filling as it has walnuts and pecans in it A little bit crumbly texture but it was nice.

Banana bread I was really intrigued by as I had never had a bar with banana flavour before and was wondering how the dried banana would go down. It was incredibly cinnamony (perhaps almost borderline a bit too much, I couldn’t quite make my mind up and I love cinnamon) and definitely reminded me of banana bread. I’d buy it again but I think the overall winner of the three was the Lamington bar. It is just so delicious. However, all of them are the best raw bars or whatever you should call them, I’ve tried so far and I’ve tried a lot in my days. I’ve been keeping some in my handbag for when I’m out on the move and they’re perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up when the hunger kicks in and the energy is running low and keeps me going until I can get a bite to eat.

Right I’m just back now from another class at Red Bluff! We did a lot of squat cleans to start off and I got coached on how I was picking up the bar. I’ve been struggling for a while on going heavier in my squat cleans. Always kind of stuck at the same weights so I was all ears when Pete gave me some very useful coaching tips. We brought the weight down and he got me to change how I move the bar at the beginning of the lift. I did a couple of questionable cleans but he said they got better towards the end. I’m hoping with more practise on my technique I’ll more easily clean heavier. Then we did three rounds of 30 dumbbell snatches at 15 kg for the girls and 30 wall balls with 14 pound wall ball. My arms were on fire at the end!

Now it’s time to shower, I’m a sweaty mess after all of that! Then time to do some more job hunting. This evening Stevie is away so Nicola and I are planning on watching La La Land with some tasty food! Can’t wait. You all know that it’s my favourite film of all time hehe. Nicola’s never seen it before, she’s in for a real treat. It’s been a while since I last saw it so gaaah it’ll be good.

Missfits Nutrition review

Good morning lovelies! Protein powder has become sort of a staple ingredient in my diet, because I eat plant-based at home I find it an easy way to make sure I get a filling snack in between lunch and dinner in a smoothie. I’ve gone from not understanding the point of smoothies to absolutely loving them! Especially smoothie bowls, eating them with a small spoon and with toppings on makes me chew them slowly. This in turn starts up the digestion and makes sure you feel full rather than when you drink it. It feels like it just runs through me then. Plus I get a sore stomach from drinking smoothies, so give it a try if get bloated after drinking smoothies.

It’s been a while since I said in this blog post I was going to let you know what I thought on Missfits Nutrition so I thought better late than never! At least I’ve had a chance to properly try it before letting you guys know what I think…

When I started my venture out into the world of protein I was using Neat Nutrition’s vegan vanilla protein. Since I really didn’t have much experience with how any other brands tasted I thought it was alright. It didn’t taste great but then I had also heard that protein powder doesn’t really taste great anyway.

Then at the SFN Expo I came across Missfits Nutrition. I don’t why but something about it caught my eye when we were browsing about that made me stop and what to try their protein samples. I really liked the taste of the powder even though it was only mixed with an water or almond milk I think. That was a game changer for me because I disliked Neat Nutrition’s protein on it’s own with just water or a plant-based milk.

They had a very generous deal on during the Expo so I ended up leaving with two packets of their vegan vanilla protein. I was convinced at that point that chocolate was just not for me, however the guy at the stall handed me some samples of their vegan chocolate so I thought it would be rude not to try! I did eventually dare to try it in one of my smoothies and I can say that I’m now a chocolate protein kind of girl as well. LOVE it! My most recent order was actually just the chocolate, didn’t think that would ever happen.

My favourite way of eating my smoothie bowls is when they’re blended with frozen banana and loads of ice to make it like an ice cream. It’s DELICIOUS. Since I’ve started using Missfits I have a couple of times had to go back to my old bag of Neat Nutrition lying in the back of my drawer because I’ve run out and was waiting for a new delivery. Going back and having Neat again after trying something else you can really taste the difference. I much prefer Missfits I have to say.

I know now I’m being very much a creature of habit and just continuing to use Missfits when I perhaps should try other brands too. I’m quite tempted to try Form Nutrition and Sun Warrior. If you guys have tried them let me know what you think, or if you have any other recommendations send them my way.