Summer is in full swing around here. The heat is overwhelming and that means I want two things: smoothies and salads. When the heat is this bad, the last thing I want to eat is a heavy meal. I usually have a protein shake on mornings before a CrossFit workout throughout the year. During the summer, I enjoy more shakes throughout the day to help beat the heat!
Designer Whey has a new line of protein powder called Sustained Energy. That certainly fits into my eating schedule this summer. I don’t want heavy meals, but I need my protein shakes to keep me going for a few hours, especially on running days. When they offered to send me the 2 flavors, Chocolate Velvet and Vanilla Bean, to try, I gladly accepted. Just how effective is this Sustained Energy?
- 16 grams of protein
- 5 grams of fiber
- 100 calories
- Fast absorbing Whey protein
- Slow absorbing Soy protein
I decided to put this to the test. I used this Sustained Energy in my usual morning shake.
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of strong brewed coffee
- 1 scoop of Designer Whey White Chocolate protein powder
- 2 Tablespoons of almond butter
- 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3-4 ice cubes
- Blend until smooth
I used this each morning I ran or worked out. This fueled me for speed training, heavy CrossFit workouts, and lasted approximately 4-5 hours. I didn’t need my usual post-workout fruit until a few hours later.
My late afternoon shake this week is a copycat Orange Julius! I have searched for a long time for the best recipe that comes close to my childhood favorite. Orange Julius was making smoothies long before they were cool I finally found the best recipe from a lady who lives in Texas. This recipe is a great treat.
However, I needed a shake that would last longer and not create a sugar crash. I played around with the recipe and it couldn’t be any more simple.
Copycat Orange Julius
- 1 cup of orange juice* (fresh squeezed really is best)
- 1 scoop of Designer Whey Vanilla Bean protein powder
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1 cup of crushed ice
*note: I like using the actual fruit in most smoothies. But I do NOT like using oranges. It makes the shake way too pulpy.
Both of these recipes have been a huge success. Thank you Designer Whey!
As a Fitfluential Ambassador, I received this product from Designer Whey for review. All opinions are my own