Barney Butter Review

What’s not to love about Barney Butter? It is a natural nut butter product that tastes amazing!

We tried out the single serve packs of Barney Butter. Each sachet has about 3g of protein, 12% RDA of vitamin E, lots of healthy monounsaturated fats, and only 100 calories. Ideal as an on the go snack on its own or with a range of different foods! They are also great added to your favorite recipes, like curries, cakes or salad dressings!

We got to try out all of the flavors that Barney Butter currently has on offer! So that includes: Raw and Chia, Vanilla Bean and Espresso, Honey and Flax, Crunchy, Smooth, Bare (just almonds), and Cocoa and Coconut. The different flavors are shown here:

Barney Butter is also so versatile! Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the different flavors of Barney Butter….

We used the Bare Barney Butter to make a chili and almond sauce for this Scot Jurek inspired Indonesian cabbage salad. I served it with stir fried tempeh and brown rice. The almond butter made the sauce so creamy and rich whilst adding lots of healthy fats and protein. Perfection!

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Barney Butter single serve packs can easily be taken with you to work or school. I took the Honey andFflax flavor sachet with me to work, and loved adding a dollop to a date, banana, and almond stack. So yummy, chewy and sweet!

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As mentioned in a previous recipe post,  banana oat cookies can be sandwiched together with nut butter to make a high energy, high protein snack which is great before or after a workout to fuel or replenish your muscles. I loved the crunchy Barney Butter in this banana oat cookie sandwich! It was ideal on the go fuel to take with me to my most recent XC race! I am sure any of the other flavors would also work well.

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I was right! The oat cookies also went perfectly with the Vanilla Bean and Espresso Barney Butter! Even though I don’t like coffee I still really enjoyed this flavor. It was slightly bitter from the espresso beans but the vanilla sweetened it perfectly. I smothered one of my oat and banana cookies with the nut butter, then sprinkled on some pomegranate seeds, a few extra whole almonds and some ripped up dates for a sweet, energy boosting snack that will be sure to fuel you through even the longest of days. I am sure you could also enjoy this combo on toast, on a bagel or on some slices of banana.

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The cocoa and coconut almond butter was so decadent and creamy! It went perfectly with banana slices, dates, apple sauce, some extra almonds and oats for a protein rich snack to get through some tough afternoon training. Delish and so easy! Perfect on the go too!

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Barney Butters are a great product that cater to nut butter lovers everywhere! Go out and get some for yourself, and see which flavors you like best!

Because after all….

Barney Butter Trust Marks

*The opinions expressed here are our own.

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How to Prevent GI distress whilst competing

The last thing you want whilst competing is to have to stop to use the toilet- especially if there aren’t any! But, all runners, even elite ones, can suffer with GI problems, and most do at some point in their running career.

Being vegetarian or vegan can put your GI tract under more stress and can increase the risk of GI complications because of the high fiber intake- which is unavoidable due to caloric demands of training. To offset this issue and to make sure that the GI tract is cleaned out before the gun goes off!

This is also true for all athletes- so make sure that breakfast is finished at least 2 1/2 hours before your race start time. This means that even if it means that you have to get up at 4 a.m. for a 7am race! When you have to get up that early for your pre race breakfast you will need to prepare your GI tract for it so, make sure that both the night before and two days before the race, you have a 10 hour transit time between dinner and breakfast. In other words, finish eating by 6 p.m. on both nights if you are getting up to eat at 4 on race day. Even though you may not be getting up in the middle of the night two days prior to the race, this will allow your dinner to properly digest and eliminate early the next morning.

There are a number of foods you should avoid in order to help reduce the risk of GI distress whilst racing. Ensure you cut out, or at least cut back on fatty, fibrous and processed foods because these will come back to haunt you mid-race! Ensure you avoid these items in the 24 hours before the gun goes off:

  • Cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts)
  • High-fat cheese
  • Bran cereals
  • Sugar-free or “diet” snacks and beverages which contain lots of sweeteners that can play havoc with your stomach
  • Deep-fried foods
  • Fatty meats e.g. lamb

GI problem prevention meal plan for a 5-10km race (but the same guidelines apply for longer races- just be sure to up your calorie intake):

Higher intensity short races can increase the risk of GI problems. To avoid GI distress, reach for a breakfast that’s easy on your belly- so your pre-race meal should be low in protein and fat and include low-fiber carbs.

After the race, make sure to eat in order to recover- opt for a combination of carbohydrates and protein with a small amount of fat- orange slices, bananas, bagels and chocolate milk are all great options.

  • Lunch (20 hours pre-race): Turkey sandwich with avocado (or vegetarian alternative e.g. cheese or tofu), carrots dipped in hummus, a small apple and water
  • Snack (16 hours pre-race): Trail mix and water
  • Dinner (12 hours pre-race): Grilled white fish (or vegetarian alternative e.g. veggie burger), brown rice or sweet potato wedges, steamed vegetables and water
  • Snack (10 hours pre-race): Air-popped popcorn or a small bowl of cereal
  • Breakfast (90 minutes pre-race): Banana with 1/2 tbsp. nut butter or a smoothie and 16 oz. water or sports drink

Key pre-race points to prevent GI distress: 

  • Reduce high fiber food intake like legumes and bean the day before the race.
  • On race morning, do not eat granola or a large amount of nuts which are high in fat and protein and so are hard to digest.
  • Do not drink more than your normal amount of coffee or other caffeinated drinks.
  • Do not drink extra fluid replacement drink the day before the race- it usually contains sweeteners which can affect your gut. Your body will retain the necessary electrolytes from your normal daily diet and a reduction in your training.

What to Eat Before a Race

What you eat is one of the most controllable factors in your running success, but it is also one of the most commonly ignored. If you ensure that your nutrition is good then it can help you to reach new heights and start setting records.

So, what should you eat before you race? 

The night before: 

So, to start with you should consider your pre-race nutrition the night before you race- especially if your race is the next morning. Opt for a dinner that’s high in carbohydrates and moderate in fat and protein because the fat and protein will slow the digestion of the meal which will allow your glycogen (energy) stores to fill up whilst you sleep night. Go for complex carbohydrates with a low to medium glycemic index, good choices are:

  • Whole-wheat pasta with tomato and turkey mince sauce,
  • Brown rice with vegetables and some fish,
  • Lentil and bean stew with vegetables

Make sure you keep oily, greasy, or very high in fiber foods to a minimum because these can cause GI problems- not ideal if you are trying to run at your best! Also keep your protein intake moderate because of how slowly it is digested- having about 100g or 2-3 ounces is enough for most people.

Before you go to bed: 

Then before you go to bed have a bedtime snack to really boost your energy for the race! Try and have something small that has twice as much carbohydrate as protein- something like toast with a nut butter spread or a bowl of cereal with milk.

You do not need to overload on carbohydrates the night before your race- carboloading is overkill for most athletes and can in some cases leave you feeling heavy and lethargic.

In the morning- if you have 3-4 hours: 

In the morning, if you have at least three to four hours before your morning race, you can have a relatively large meal of up to 700-800 calories! This should be something similar to the previous night’s dinner, so something high in carbohydrate, moderate in protein, low in fat. Great examples of race-morning breakfasts are:

  • 1 cup of cereal with milk or yogurt, 1 slice of toast, and 1 piece of fruit
  • 1 medium bagel with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and 1 to 2 cups of a sports drink
  • Buckwheat pancakes with a banana

Of course there are many possible breakfasts that you can have. My favorite pre race breakfast is rice or oats with almond milk and a banana- just see what works for you- find something that you like and are comfortable with and it will work fine as long as your meal choice falls within the above guidelines.

In the morning- if you only have 1-2 hours: 

If your race is early and you don’t have long before you race, then opt for foods that digest quickly and easily, and keep your snacks below 300-400 calories. Good pre-race choices could be:

  • Granola bar or sports bar (can be homemade or store bought)
  • 1-2 cups of dry cereal
  • Handful of trail mix and/or dried fruit
  • Few whole-grain crackers or rice cakes with a little peanut butter.

A lot of people find it hard to eat solid food that close to a race so instead try and find a full-calorie (non-diet) sports drink that you like and sip on that. You could also have a homemade smoothie or green juice if you prefer.

If your race is in the afternoon: 

Afternoon races can make deciding what to eat difficult, but make sure you stick to the above guidelines as they are appropriate and will help you run at your best. But there are additional challenges that you also need to keep in mind and this means that I always find afternoon races the hardest ones to prep for.

So, the biggest challenge is finding foods that you can eat that are not high-fat, high-sugar. On afternoon race days (and also on afternoon workout days) make sure you have a lunch that is made up of familiar foods that follow the guidelines for pre-workout meals.

Good, simple lunch choices include a sandwich with lean meat, a tortilla wrap with hummus and veg or a small plate of pasta with sauce. In addition to lunch, especially if your race is longer than 3 hours after, have a pre-race snack planned out that you can have one to two hours before. Remember to for something simple and easy to digest.

Bottom line: 

No matter when your race is, make sure you eat foods that are familiar and avoid foods that are spicy, greasy, or high in fiber. Do not use race days as experiments for food replacements like energy gels or sports bars. If you want to try out using foods like these then try them out in practice to see what works best for you.

Do not forget to prep your post race nutrition too! 

What you eat post-race is just as important as pre-competition nutrition. Of course it is natural to want to celebrate and pig-out, but you need to make sure you fill up on something other than just junk food because your body has worked hard for you and needs nutrients so it can repair itself.

You should aim to eat post-exercise meals as soon as possible, preferably in the first 20-30 minutes, to refuel the body as quickly as possible. If this is not possible then makes sure to have something on hand after your race as a snack to replenish your glycogen stores and allow your muscles to start repairing. You will also need to replace the fluids and electrolytes that you lost through sweat. Then make sure to get your post race meal in within 2 hours. 

A very easy recovery snack is a chocolate milkshake which is great because it has a 3:1 carbohydrate- to-protein ratio and is a good source of both. It also aids in replacing fluids and some electrolytes. Other great options are a sandwich with some lean meat, or a cereal bar and some nuts.

Sweet Potato Toast

When you are in need of a fast and satisfying meal, look no further than sweet potato toast topped with smashed avocado and white bean hummus! This nutritious mix of healthy fats, protein and carbs is an ideal plant powered meal to see you through your day!

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I love making sandwiches out of these sweet potato creations, making a great to go snack or lunch when I am pressed for time!

Try them out and let us know what you think!!

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Vega Protein Review

A protein powder that has other nutritious ingredients in it is a pretty cool thing! Vega Protein and Greens is just that. Each scoop of the powder has 21g of high quality plant based protein and has 2 servings of greens like broccoli and kale! But the powder still tastes amazing! In fact, I personally prefer the Vega powder to many of the other whey based vanilla powders which are usually very sweet and taste artificial.

Vega powders are also raw which means that the enzymes and nutrients they contain are in their most nutritious state. Pretty awesome! It also means that Vega is suitable for those wanting to eat a raw diet.

Although heating the Vega powder can denature the enzymes, and stop the powder from being raw, we have used the powder to make some delicious foods like pancakes and mug cakes without affecting its flavour.

My favourite recipes using the Vega protein and greens vanilla powder have been:

  • Overnight vanilla and banana oats – simply combine 1/2 banana mashed, 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup non dairy milk, and a scoop of Vega protein powder, then leave overnight and top with your favourite fruits, nuts and seeds. I love topping with ripped up dates, coconut yogurt and some wheat nuggets.

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  • Very green breakfast smoothie bowl- blend 1tbsp chia seeds with 1/2 cup greens, and 1/2 cup non dairy milk, then add in a frozen banana, lots of berries and a scoop of Vega vanilla protein powder. Pour into a bowl and top with crunchy granola, seeds and any of your other fab toppings!

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I also wanted to try out some different ways of of enjoying Vega’s protein powder. Here is an awesome recipe to try for soft, delicious and super healthy cookies using the vanilla protein, although I am sure you could use other flavors of Vega protein and get equally tasty cookies! So, these cookies are gluten free, dairy free and packed full of plant power! This recipe was inspired by Kneadtocook- take a look at her blog: www.kneadtocook.com.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs or 2 flax eggs
  • 1 and 3/4 cups of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of sweetener of your choice- e.g. coconut sugar
  • 1 scoop of Vega vanilla protein powder (you may want to start with 1/2 scoop and adjust to your taste)
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1tsp of vanilla extract

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees/ 180 Celsius
  • Grease and line a baking tray
  • Blend the oats into a flour
  • If using, make your flax egg, and allow to thicken
  • Combine the flour, egg, protein, oil and vanilla extract
  • Gently mix in the chocolate chips
  • Scoop the mixture onto your prepared baking tray (will make around 15 cookies)
  • Bake for about 15 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown on the bottom and crispy on top
  • Enjoy!

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(Photo credit to Knead to cook)

*Although we were given the Vega protein powder free to review, all of the opinions here are our own.

RXBAR- Pumkin Spice!

Pumpkin Spice is a flavour that American’s seem to love! The passion for pumpkin hasn’t quite reached the same level in the UK, but I think the pumpkin spice RXbar could be a game changer! These bars are simply delicious, and would defo be up there with the chocolate coconut bars if they were a permanent addition to the RXBAR range!

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Pumpkin Spice is a very American, autumnal mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, all spice and cloves combined with the interesting flavour of pumpkin. To me it is similar to the spices in and flavour of apple crumbles and other comforting desserts. The  spices are so warming and make you feel good inside. To be honest, after trying the pumpkin spice RXBAR I think I may have been converted to the pumpkin spice way, and am now a lover of this very American flavor combo!

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Like the other RXBAR’s the pumpkin spice bar variety is full of only the cleanest and healthiest ingredients, creating a bar that is satisfying, delicious and oh so comforting! It is perfect as a dessert or snack on the go. I loved the bar warmed and broken up over hot stewed apples with a dollop of almond butter- divine!

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The Pumpkin Spice bar would also be great just as it is, or even warmed and served with a cup of coffee! But don’t just take our work for it- go out and get some for yourself to try.  But be quick! The pumpkin spice bar is only available for the autumn, so be sure to get your hands on some bars before its too late!

”Once the leaves are off the trees, Pumpkin Spice will be off the shelves!”

Sunwarrior Review

Sunwarrior is a health food company that is growing in size. The company aims to make the highest quality plant based products which benefit not only people but also the planet. Sounds pretty good to us!

As a lot of the food we eat today is highly processed, finding products that are plant based, tasty and rich in vitamins is defo a good thing! Sunwarrior products are just that- foods made with clean, plant based ingredients that will benefit our bodies and our health.

I haven’t tried many plant based protein products, but most of them have tasted pretty bad! But, all the Sunwarrior products were different, and tasted awesome. Honestly!

First we tried the vanilla and the chocolate Classic Plus powders. I enjoyed both flavours, and they mixed really well into water and non dairy milk to create an awesome post workout shakes. The classic powder is raw and is a rice protein based protein powder that also has pea protein, chia seeds, quinoa and amaranth protein- providing all amino acids needed by the body for recovery!

My favourite way to enjoy the classic plus powder was in a smoothie. The pic below shows my banana, blackberry and spinach smoothie glass with oats, and Sunwarrior Classic Vanilla Protein powder. I love this post workout as a refreshing, and energizing snack.

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We also tried the vanilla and chocolate flavours of the Sunwarrior ‘Warrior Blend’. This product is pretty awesome in that it combines a number of different raw plant proteins and other really healthy and nutritious plant ingredients to create a product that is easily digestible, promotes muscle recovery and has a complete amino acid profile!

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My favourite way to enjoy the chocolate warrior blend was simply mixed in with 1/2 a mashed avocado, 1/2 a mashed banana, a splash of orange juice and a handful of chocolate chips- this may not sound like an appealing combination, but you will have to trust me on this because it makes the most creamy, delicious and healthy chocolate and orange mouse in existence! Try it for yourself and let us know what you think!

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But, there is more to Sunwarrior than just protein powders! The company makes so many other awesome health food supplements.

Ormus Supergreens are a blend of super healthy, antioxidasnt rich greens such as alfalfa, barley grass, spinach and yucca that have been cold-dried to protect the heat sensitive bioactive components and phytonutrients. As a runner it can be hard to eat enough greens to support my body with the stress that I put it under, so the Sunwarrior supergreen supplements can help me to keep healthy and running my best.

My favourite way to enjoy the Ormus Supergreens was simply mixed in to my pre workout smoothie which I often have about 90 minutes to an hour before tough runs or workouts. For these smoothies I like to keep it simple and so I usually blitz together the supergreens with a handful of spinach, some almond milk, half a frozen banana, half an apple, and a handful of oats.

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This drink is super tasty and easily digestible, helping me to have the energy I need to run hard. The added supergreens help to provide my body with some extra nutrients so that I feel good throughout, and can fight off colds.

Activated barley is something that I had never heard of before seeing it on the Sunwarrior website, but I did know that barley was good for endurance. Sunwarrior activated barley is even better than natural barley as it has been taken to the brink of germination which means that it has the highest amount of bio-energy and contains the best mix of naturally occurring fiber enzymes and slow burning polysaccharide- perfect fuel of long races, training and intense competition!

I simply mixed the activated barley powder into my banana, chia and vanilla overnight oats and I really think it boosted my strength, and endurance- helping me to perform at my best! I am for sure going to have to try out activated barley for more training and races!

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*Although we received the Sunwarrior products free for review, the opinions expressed here are our own.

Banana and Oat Cookies

These uber healthy, super easy, gluten free, vegan and amazingly tasty cookies are such a great way to use up left over bananas! They are also the perfect fuel for training, racing or just to help you get over that inevitable afternoon slump at work or school!

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This recipe will make around 6 pretty big cookies, or 8 smaller ones. If you want to make more, simply double the ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 cups of oat flour (I ground old fashioned oats in my nutribullet)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup raisins (you could use any other dried fruit or even choc chips)

Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 375 F/ 190 C
  • Grease and line a baking tray or use a non stick baking sheet
  • Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices)
  • In a food processor or blender blitz the bananas and apple juice until smooth and creamy
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the blender and blitz util combined
  • Pour the mixture back into your mixing bowl and mix in the raisins
  • Dollop spoonfuls of the mixture onto your baking tray
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden on the base (they may look underdone, but they will harden as they cool)

I love these cookies sandwiched together with a thick dollop of Barney butter (or any other nut butter of your choice) and a scoop of mashed banana. Just divine! I bet they would also be great as sandwiches for banana ice cream, or even smores.

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If you want to change things up a bit why not try adding some chopped nuts, or different spices? See where your imagination takes you!

Banana Bread: Ultimate in Deliciousness

Because banana bread is amazing we just had to make some, and post the recipe up here on T&C!

This banana bread is a perfect way to use up left over ripe banana’s. It is so easy to make and it is the best banana bread that I have ever tried. So what’s stopping you? Make it this weekend- you know you want to!

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This recipe will make one large loaf, which should serve about 6-8 and it gives perfect results every time! – Just make sure to use the right sized tin (20cmx12.5cm/ 8inx 5in loaf tin).

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Ingredients:

  • 285g /10oZ plain (multipurpose) flour
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 110g/ 4oZ butter (plus a little extra for greasing the tin)
  • 225g/ 8oZ light brown soft sugar
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, mashed (the browner the better!)
  • 85ml/ 3fl oZ butter milk (or normal milk mixed with 1tsp lemon juice)
  • 1tsp natural vanilla extract

For a Vegan friendly banana bread use the following ingredients:

  • 285g /10oZ plain (multipurpose) flour or gluten free alternative
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 130g apple sauce
  • 225g/ 8oZ light brown soft sugar or coconut sugar
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed (the browner the better!)
  • 1/2 cup of non dairy milk- almond milk works well
  • 1tsp natural vanilla extract

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Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
  • Combine the flour, bicarb and salt in a big mixing bowl
  • In another bowl cream together the butter and sugar until they become light and fluffy
  • Fold the wet and dry mixtures together until well combined

(For the vegan alternative, simply combine all the ingredients!)

  • Grease your loaf tin and then pour the cake mixture in
  • Put the cake into the preheated oven and bake until well risen and golden (takes between 45mins and 1hour- just keep checking)
  • Remove from the oven when cooked, and leave to cool slightly before turning out onto a wire rack for complete cooling (if you can wait that long before eating it!)

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MRM Review

Getting a quick source of calories and protein in after a tough workout is really important for recovery, and preventing sore muscles. Especially if you are training everyday, and in my case, twice a day!

Of course eating a balanced meal after training is the ideal, but when you need a quick and easy snack to replenish tired muscles straight after training, protein powders are ideal, and can be used to bridge the gap to your next meal.

I have been cutting back on animal products and trying out a higher plant based diet, so I looked into alternative non whey protein recovery powders. MRM has some awesome vegan protein powders that offer 24g of protein per serving, with no artificial flavors or coloring’s, and they come in interesting and tasty flavors. Perfect for me to have as a quick post workout recovery drink!

We tried out their vanilla and chocolate mocha flavors.

Although the MRM Veggie Elite powders are tasty and mix well into water and milk (or non dairy alternatives), you don’t just have your protein powders in drink form, you can also use protein powders in cakes, cookies, protein balls, homemade quest bars and smoothies! The possibilities are pretty endless.

We love using the MRM chocolate mocha powder to make homemade quest bars- (which I am now pretty addicted to) and the vanilla powder to make delicious pancakes, and fruit smoothies!

Here are a couple of awesome recipes which use MRM protein powders:

Vanilla, Chocolate and Banana Protein Pancakes with PB Frosting 

Makes three pancakes –> one serving!

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop vanilla bean veggie elite performance protein (MRM all natural vanilla whey would also work)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 egg

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp natural smooth peanut butter

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients for the pancakes in a blender and blitz until smooth.
  • Cook pancakes in a pan on medium heat- just like regular pancakes, flipping when you start to see bubbles form.
  • Combine the ingredients for the topping with a fork or whisk.
  • Layer the pancakes with the topping mixture and as a little bit of added decadence why not top your pancakes with choc chips, banana slices and some broken pretzels?

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No Bake Chocolate Mocha Protein Balls 

No-bake recipes using wholesome, plant based ingredients are awesome- they are super quick to make, delicious and nutrient dense! These protein balls are so delicious, and feel so decadent- chocolatey, fudgy and divine. But, because they are made with MRM’s Chocolate Mocha Veggie Elite Protein they are actually good for you! Incredible.

These delicious snack balls are just the right level of sweetness, and are packed with  plant protein and healthy fats- so not only will they satisfy your sweet tooth, but they will also keep you going until your next meal. I love taking them to work and dipping them in some nut butter, or taking with me to training to eat as a quick post-workout refuel.

Makes 8 truffles –> 3/4 per serving

Ingredients:

  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1.5 scoops Chocolate Mocha Veggie Elite
  • ¼ cup pureed silken tofu
  • 5 drops liquid stevia (optional, could use maple syrup or honey as an alternative)
  • 1-2 tbsp non dairy milk e.g. almond/ rice (if needed)

Directions:

  • Place all ingredients (except the milk) into a food processor.
  • Blend until a ball of ‘dough’ forms.
  • You may need to add a little milk, 1 tbsp at a time until it forms into a dough.
  • Make sure all ingredients are combined.
  • Divide the mixture into 8 truffles (a small cookie or ice cream scoop is ideal for this) and place them on a small baking tray.
  • Refrigerate the balls for a few hours to set, or store in your freezer if you made a larger batch/ want to keep them for longer.
  • These protein balls can be rolled in some shredded coconut, chia or sesame before refrigerating if you want some extra crunch!

Check out our Instagram and Twitter for more protein packed recipe ideas!

In addition to protein powders, pre workout powders and BCAA products can really help to improve performance and recovery.

We tried out MRM’s Driven- Natural Pre workout supplement which is supposed to increase energy, stamina and endurance. After trying it for the first time the other day, I can say that I think I felt a difference as I felt less tired during my workout and felt more focused.

As a massive bonus MRM’s Driven actually tasted good, even though it had no artificial flavors or sweeteners! MRM’s Driven is one of, if not the first pre-workout formula developed with pure ingredients that include natural extracts, amino acids, vitamins and minerals to support the body’s complex metabolic function. Pretty awesome stuff! I will definitely continue to supplement my diet with it to continue to get the benefits.

Driven™ - Natural Pre-Workout Formula

The final MRM product that we tried was the Post workout BCAA+G Reload mix. BCAA’s or branched-chain amino acids are broken down during exercise and so a recovery mix containing BCAA’s is a great way of replenishing our stores- helping to support muscle recovery, reduce fatigue and muscle soreness.

In terms of flavor, I thought that the Island Fusion flavor was good, but my boyfriend really didn’t like it as he thought there was a bitter after taste. But as this mix is so beneficial in terms of recovery I think I can get over a slight aftertaste! I enjoyed having the BCAA+G Reload straight after my workout with ice cold water and a banana on the side for a quick carb boost.
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*Although we received MRM products free for review, all the opinions expressed here are our own.