Breakfast seems to be a big topic on this blog (a few previous posts here and here). I often get walloped with responses like, “but I don’t have enough time” and “I’m not a breakfast fan”. My answer to such queries is protein shakes. HOWEVER, there are protein shakes and then there are protein shakes. Some are full of sugar and crud, some are geared at blokes with bulging muscles and odd little gym swaggers. But I’ve come across this one which is neither: 180 nutrition’s protein superfood. Below, Jo has outlined the deal with protein shakes and some great recipes for this sponsored review. Enjoy!
what to look for in a protein shake:
Most of the info out there advises it’s all about whey protein. But know this: the whey needs to be…
- cold pressed
- derived from grass fed cows
- free of hormones, chemicals
- free of sugar
180 nutrition’s protein superfood ticks all these boxes.
Also, less is more. This superfood contains only a handful of (recognisable, no “numbers” involved) ingredients:
- grass fed whey protein isolate
- almond meal
- sunflower kernels
- coconut flour
- cocoa (chocolate flavour only)
- chia seeds
- pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- sesame seeds
- pysillium husks
- inactive brewers yeast
So: no gluten, no artificial flavourings or preservatives, no processed sugars and sweeteners, no bulking agents or thickeners. PLUS the whole lot is 100% raw and organic.
This combo is geared at helping muscle recovery after excercise, and increases your daily energy levels. But is also a no-brainer, fuss-free way to have a breakfast with no sugar or processed crap, to get enough fibre, protein and good fats (without the carb, sugar, insulin overload!!!)…and to trim down, if that’s your caper.
three 180 Nutrition breakfast recipes
You can just add a few scoops to some water or kefir or coconut water and shake. Sarah tried a tablespoon of 180 powder sprinkled into a big splodge of yoghurt in a cup, wtih some cinnamon and vanilla powder sprinkled on top, and a handful of walnuts. Insta-breakfast!
Or you might like to try these:
1. a smooth morning smoothie
- 2-3 big spoonfuls of 180 natural protein superfood
- 100ml water
- 100ml coconut milk
- 1 organic/free range egg (raw)
- dollop of probiotic yoghurt
- handful of berries (blueberry or strawberry)
In a blender, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth.
Tip: pour into a jar with a lid and you can take to work or drink en route!
2. high protein pancakes
- ¾ cup 180 natural protein superfood
- ½ cup besan (chickpea) flour
- ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- ¾ cup coconut milk
- 1 large egg
- 1tsp vanilla extract
Whisk milk, egg and vanilla together in a jug. Sift flour and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Stir in the egg mixture and 180 Natural Protein Superfood. Whisk until just combined.
Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Brush pan with butter. Using a small ladle, scoop approx 1/4 cup of mixture (or less) per pancake and pour into frying pan. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface and pancake is golden brown underneath. Turn pancake and cook for 1 minute or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
Cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining mixture, brushing pan with butter between batches.
For a sweeter option, serve with a sliced banana or strawberries. And yoghurt!
3. hazelnut orange muffins
- 1 cup hazelnut meal
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup 180 natural protein superfood
- 1/3 cup blueberries (optional)
- zest of 1 orange
- 1 mashed banana
- 3 egg yolks
- 3 egg whites
- juice of half an orange and flesh
- 1/4 tsp vanilla essence
Mix together the hazelnut meal, coconut flakes, protein powder, blueberries and orange. In a separate bowl, mix together the mashed banana, egg yolks, juice of an orange and flesh, and the vanilla essence.
Stir the two bowls together.
Whip the 3 egg whites into hard peaks. Gently fold the egg whites into the mixture (a metal spoon is best so you loose less bubbles). Pour the mixture into greased muffin tins, about two-thirds full. Bake at 180° for 20 minutes.
Tried protein powders yourself? Any tips for ways to use them in quick and easy meals?