This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.
Ah, summer… It’s *this* close – just a few more sleeps before school is out for the year. But with that, as a teacher, comes possibly the busiest four weeks of the school year. Report cards, culminating projects, marking… it feels like it’s never going to end but at the same time like you seriously have to cram in about 2 months’ work into a few weeks. So when a helping hand in the form of some product samples from Bob’s Red Mill appeared, I was more than happy to accept!
I’ve been a fan of Bob’s Red Mill for years (since before I was blogging). They make a huge range of products including a lot of difficult to source flours and other ingredients I’ve needed over the years developing recipes so I was happy to be offered a selection of Nutritional Boosters (in Chocolate, Vanilla and Plain) along with their Soy and Whey Protein powders to take for a spin in my blender. It’s actually been perfect timing as I’ve most definitely upped my smoothie quota over recent weeks (aforementioned school craziness and book edits have kept me busy so smoothies are a great option for on-the-go snacks and quick breakfasts). While I love a good smoothie, I do find that often, they don’t fill me up for long, because they are lacking in protein and fibre and even if I *know* what ingredients I need to add to boost that, an all-in-one booster in powder form is especially appealing for busy people on the go, right?
These powders offer protein, fiber and probiotics in a unique blend of pea protein powder, chicory root fiber, chia seeds and probiotics, sweetened with monk fruit extract. They are a good source of omega-3, an excellent source of iron, and high in protein and fiber. I didn’t try the Chai (not a fan of that flavour in general) but I enjoyed the Plain and Vanilla. The vanilla works well in something like the coffee smoothie below because it doesn’t have any other sweet ingredients while the chocolate works well in a drink where there is already some cocoa and it’s enhancing the flavour as opposed to providing the chocolate flavour on its own. They all have a *slight* “protein powder” taste but nothing too pronounced. These powders are gluten free and vegan.
Bob’s Red Mill Whey Protein Powder
This whey protein powder is unsweetened (which I really like, not a big fan of extra flavours in things like protein powder). It dissolves instantly, so it’s great for making drinks and smoothies and I’m betting it would be a nice addition to things like pancakes and baked goods. It’s also Kosher.
Bob’s Red Mill Soy Protein Powder
This plant-based dietary source of complete protein blends smoothly into liquid and doesn’t have a pronounced flavour (although it is detectable if your other ingredients don’t have strong flavours themselves). This powder is gluten free and kosher.
I’ve tried the powders in a number of different smoothies (you can get more smoothie inspiration here!) but my favourite way to combine breakfast, coffee and a little protein boost has to be this Iced Coffee Protein Smoothie. Cool, caffeinated and packing a protein punch? I can’t think of a better way to start a busy (June) day!
Iced coffee protein smoothie
Cool and caffeinated with a protein boost? You'll want to start every summer morning with one of these iced coffee smoothies!
- 1 scoop Bob's Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder Nutritional Booster
- 1 tablespoon cashew butter
- 175ml (3/4 cup) brewed espresso, cooled
- 175ml (3/4 cup) skim milk
- 2-3 ice cubes
- Blend the all the ingredients except the ice together until smooth.
- Add the ice and blend until frosty.
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