Thursday, June 12, 2014

Protein Powder Review plus Recipes and a GIVEAWAY!

Last week was officially the 1 year blogiversary for No Way That's Healthy! So to thank all my amazing readers I knew a giveaway was in order. I will get to that soon, but first let's talk protein shall we?

Since this week is dedicated to getting in more protein I figured I would share my new favorite protein powder with you.
I have tried many protein powders. Some good and some bad.
There are many different kinds like whey, soy, pea, and brown rice.
Since I usually try to limit my dairy I decided to look into a non-dairy alternative. I found out about Growing Naturals and they were kind enough to send me some of their products to try.
I tried their chocolate brown rice protein as well as their chocolate rice powder drink.
This was the first brown rice protein that I enjoyed! So many others I tried were overly chalky tasting and no matter what I added to my smoothie, they just tasted odd.
Growing Naturals brown rice protein blends amazingly and tastes great.
I will give you a heads up though, most brown rice proteins do have a slight chalky taste. But with this brand, it is very very little. It is amazing in smoothies and the nutrition stats are so great! With 24 grams of protein, 0 grams fat and hardly any sugar per scoop, this is the perfect protein in my mind.
I enjoyed this brand so much that I ended up ordering the vanilla brown rice protein as well. Delicious!

I have not had a chance yet to try the pea protein, but I doubt Growing Naturals can go wrong.

I am also a HUGE fan of their rice milk powders. Instead of having to buy a heavy container of rice milk which you need to use before it goes bad, they have this powder that all you need to do is add water to it and voila- rice milk!
You can make one portion at a time so no worries about wasting your precious rice milk.

Here are two recipes I have made using this protein powder. I plan to make more recipes using it and will of course post them so you can try them too.

I spy someones chubby fingers on my smoothie- eh hem, didn't she know I'm on vacation!
Vacation Smoothie
This smoothie reminds me of a nice Hawaiian vacation. So sit back and pretend you're on some great beach far away from your hectic usual schedule (only you definitely are not and your daughter ends up drinking most of it).

1/4 cup pineapple chunks
Half of a frozen banana
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2-1 full scoop of vanilla brown rice protein powder
about 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk. Use less for a thicker smoothie. You can use any milk you'd like.
Blend and enjoy!
After I took the smoothie away...

and when I gave it back...


Chocolate Protein Smoothie Bowl
I love putting thick smoothies in a bowl with toppings. It is like a big bowl of ice cream. So good!
1/2 frozen banana
1/2-1 scoop of chocolate rice protein powder
1 Tb cocoa powder
Almond milk
a large handful of ice
toppings such as shredded coconut, sliced almonds, mini chocolate chips, berries etc.

Blend till smooth. Taste and add some stevia or honey if you need it sweeter. I did not need anything added as the protein powder adds enough sweetness for me.
You can pour into the bowl right away or place the smoothie in the freezer for about 10 minutes to get it even more ice cream like.
Place in a bowl and top with your favorite toppings. I used unsweetened coconut and sliced almonds.
Take a spoon and dig in!

 *****GIVEAWAY TIME*****
Now you are thinking- great, recipes with protein powder, but I don't have any! Well, the super nice people at Growing Naturals offered to give one "No Way That's Healthy!" reader a great package that includes:
One brown rice protein
One pea protein
and a Growing Naturals bag

Woohoo!
For a chance to win, all you need to do is:
Comment below- please be sure you use your name.
This will give you one chance to win.
For one more entry be sure to like the No Way That's Healthy! Facebook page and comment about that as well.

So 2 comments = 2 entry's into the giveaway.
This Giveaway will end Wednesday June 18th at 12 Midnight EST.

Sorry but this giveaway can only be sent to the US. But if you would like to order Growing Naturals Protein you can do so at iherb.com. They ship internationally! Use this code at checkout for a discount on your purchaseSHW911

Thanks again to my amazing readers and supporters. I am so thankful that you read my blog and would love to hear suggestions for future posts. Feel free to comment below or contact me via the contact tab above.

*Growing Naturals sent me these products to review, but as always all opinions are my own.
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19 comments:

  1. Love your blog and hoping to try out the protein powder! I got hooked on green smoothies thanks to you ;)

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  2. These definitely look delicious and sound better than the others I've tried! Thanks!

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  3. my husband has so many allergies and this would be ok for him. He uses a egg protein powder and it tastes vile. I hope I win and give my dh a gift

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  4. I love your blog! I always wanted to try a protein powder but never knew which on to try. I would love to win this and get a chance to try it. Thank you!

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  5. ive been researching protein powders recently. thanks!

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  6. the protein powder would be perfect for oatmeal and banana smoothies!! i would love to try it.

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  7. I like your facebook page as well!

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I hope I win, I'd love to try this protein powder!

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  9. Love ur blog! My fave recipe is the cookies you can make in the mocrowave! Soo good and easy. I jist realized how to comment. With a name, ive been commenting with anonomys until now

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  10. I'm trying to limit my dairy intake too and this sounds like an awesome alternative to get protein in my diet! Your blog is amazing and thanks for having this giveaway :D

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  11. I also like the No Way That's Healthy! Facebook page! :)

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  12. Love your blog. Look forward to reading it weekly. Great ideas on how to creatively feed your family.

    Marcia

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  13. I'd love to try this in a smoothie!

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  14. I Like you on Facebook. Deborah neal

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  15. Is there any place I can buy this in Israel?

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    1. Not that I know of, but iherb.com will mail to Israel with only a $4 shipping rate. Here is what I wrote above:
      if you would like to order Growing Naturals Protein you can do so at iherb.com. They ship internationally! Use this code at checkout for a discount on your purchase: SHW911

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