Stuff I Tried this Week – Alkaline Extreme Protein

Something new for the blog – stuff I tried! I try a lot of things. Partly because I’m a curious cat, mostly because I have a problem with internet impulse purchasing. So I’ll blog regularly (lol, I’ll try!) about some of these and my thoughts. Mostly these will be things that I have bought for myself however, I have been approached by a few groups to try their products and give them feedback. I will ALWAYS let you know if I have been given a product and even if I have, my thoughts and opinions on the product will ALWAYS BE MY OWN. That’s sorta how I roll. If you are a company or have a product that you want me to try, feel free to have a read of this page here. And yes, I did just blatantly suggest that I will accept free stuff. Don’t judge me. Everyone loves free stuff.

Anyway!! This week I tried….

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ALKALINE EXTREME PROTEIN

(Not a free product or sponsored post!)

What is it?

I’d heard quite a lot about it and whenever I’ve asked my facebook friends for suggestions on protein powders and flavours to try, it’s ALWAYS been suggested. Mostly with wacky but amazing sounding flavours like lemon cream pie and cinnamon roll! What??

Why alkaline? According to their website, the protein has been mixed to buffer lactic acid and push it out of your system and is supposed to therefore do all sorts of magical things. I honestly have NO idea if that is a real thing but it sounds good and as lots of my friends love it and the proteins/carbs/fats breakdown of the shake were great I thought I would give it a go.

As far as ingredients go, they are pretty good. I can read and understand all of the ingredients and I’m no scientist 🙂 To give you an idea of the nutritional breakdown, here is the panel from one of the ones I tried:

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What did I get?

The problem with buying protein is that it tends to come in HUGE packets which is a problem if you’ve never tried it. And you hate it. Been there, done that, still having shakes I despise or trying to hide that powder in cooking. The very cool thing about Alkaline Extreme Protein is that they do have some sample tubs and I found a couple of ‘take n shake’ type singles serves. I was going for a maximum amount of flavours to try for minimal expense. I ended up with:

alkalineextremechocpeanut2 x 114g sample tubs. I got 1 x Chocolate peanut butter and 1 x Mochaccino

2 x single serve ‘shake & take’ bottles. 1 x Lemon Cream Pie and 1 x Cinnamon Roll

I can’t recall exactly, but I think these cost about $35 or so including crazily fast delivery.

So whaddya think?

I really like this stuff! I’ll preface it by saying that I’ve been living a very low sugar/carb diet for a very long time but the only issues I have is that they taste SO SWEET to me. Like crazy dessert-buffet sweet. But it’s awesome.

I tried the Lemon Cream Pie shaker first. It mixed super beautifully in the little bottle (like an OJ bottle). The powder smelled crazy yum. From first sip, I recoiled a bit at how sweet it was. Again, keep in mind that I have so little sugar that I can’t tolerate fresh apple juice anymore as it freaks my tastebuds out. But the flavour was awesome. Surprisingly, I gave the Captain a sip and he wasn’t a fan at all. He was heading out so didn’t elaborate but I think it was also the sweetness that got to him. The issue I have with really boutique flavours is that it’s harder for me to ‘hide’ my protein powder in real foods when I am trying to have them as something other than a shake. I couldn’t really imagine Lemon Cream Pie in a brownie mix or similar, but as a shake it was great.

I mixed up a shake from the Chocolate Peanut Butter sample tub the next day. Texture was great, chocolately-ness was good. Weirdly, I think I don’t personally like the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Love chocolate, love peanut butter – not sure I like them together. But the shake was good.

I tried the Cinnamon Roll shaker at the gym after a workout. HOLY SNAPPING POOP – I loved it. Seriously loved. Yes, it seemed crazy sweet but the flavour was amazing. I was immediately transported to a world where I would make cinnamon roll pancakes, cinnamon roll overnight oats or just have this shake a dozen times a day. That good. Kid#1 said it stank out the car and that he hated it. He wasn’t drinking it, just sniffing me. What can I say, the kid’s a bit weird.

This afternoon I’ve tried the Mochaccino. Coffee and cofffe-type flavours are hard to impress me with and the powder smelled a little weird. But.. It’s good, and strangely was more good  better after I left it for a few minutes (not intentional, kid#2 did this with a vegemite sandwich:

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Would I buy it again?

Yep, I think I would. Especially that cinnamon roll. ZOMG I loved it. I’m not 100% sure on the alkaline benefits (only because I haven’t researched it)  but do know that I like the way they taste and I can make them fit my macros and meet my nutritional goals. Which for a protein powder is about all that I ask 🙂

You can find out more about them here – http://www.alkalinesuperfoods.com.au/

Talk soon,

SV

Sailor Vee eats Pudding for Breakfast

I do. It’s true.

It’s getting fricking cold here on the island. Really cold in the mornings especially. I do like porridge but have about reached my boredom level with it and (given it’s likely to make a pretty big place in my competition preparation diet if I compete later this year) am giving it a rest. But where does that leave me for a healthy breakfast?

  • Love oats – but over porridge
  • Love eggs – but chronically too lazy too cook much at breakfast time
  • See above point, must cook in less than 3 minutes, preferably without me touching it
  • I know that I need a good balance of carbs/protein/good fats in my morning meal to keep me awesome all day
  • Must be warm. Maybe even hot. Some mornings it must be liquid magma hot to counteract our freezing island climate

Enter, the latest breakfast invention.

Breakfast pudding

Sailor Vee’s Banana Oat Breakfast Pudding

  • 1 x small banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1tbs chia seeds (black or white is fine)
  • 1/2 cup of quick oats
  • (If the mix is looking super dry I sometimes add a tiny dash of low fat milk)
  • (I find the banana makes it sweet enough, but you could add a little stevia if you wanted)

Method:

Mash banana, mix in egg, throw in oats and chia, mix until combined. Microwave for 2-3 minutes until set.

(Calories 353, Carbohydrates 50g, Protein 16g, Fats 16g)

**As the picture shows, I fairly frequently mix up what I throw in here. Sometimes I use sultanas instead of banana, and really you could use whatever makes you happy. To increase the protein percentage without upping the calories too much you could easily add another egg white or two.

ENJOY!!

Warm regards from the frozen island,

SV

It’s not easy being lean…

People have become wholly obsessed with what I eat.

As Operation Short Term Hard Core starts to show visible results with the reduction in body fat and some tiny baby muscles poking through, it’s suddenly dawned on people that I’m fit.

And the logical thought process is that I must be eating something weird. And perhaps magical.

There is no unicorn horn powder.

There is no tiger’s tail tea.

Eat good food. Move your ass. Repeat.

I say it’s not easy being lean because eating a random assortment of good food and moving your ass will get you a LONG long way, but not ALL of the way.

My diet is simple. The 12wbt philosophy is 1200 cals a day (more if you happen to be a dude, baking a baby in your belly or breast feeding an existing one) and it’s a solid premise. And it’s worked and working for me. It’s balanced, simple and there is no cutting out of this, complete banning of that etc etc. So that’s what I’m doing. Where I choose to fine tune the diet is in meal choices from the menu plans and in my snacks.

I’m working my little muscles a lot. Building new stuff and repairing the existing stuff needs protein. So where I was keeping a good amount of carbs in my diet for energy with all my cardio – now I make sure I’m getting enough protein and spreading it out well throughout the day as well.

So I am eating less of the amazing pasta options and more of the stirfries and salads etc. But it’s all good. Truly. Nom nom good.

I’m not sure why it’s the food that people gravitate towards asking about first. This is a well oiled machine. It’s a multi-faceted process that I guess I’ll continue to evolve and develop.

For now though:

This…

Plus this…

Plus this…

And this…

And this torture device (leg press machine!)…

And this most boring but annoyingly effective fat burner (Elliptical Trainer)…

 

Eventually – all of the above will get you here.

And anywhere past here that you want to go.

I’m really looking forward to seeing where that is for me.

So it’s not EASY being lean. But it’s worth every damn moment.

Cheers,

Sailor Vee