Battle Oats Protein Cookies Review

Battle Oats sent me their new cookies to try. I have eagerly been waiting for the cookies to launch after being a fan of the Battle Oats bars.

First things first, I can’t believe how soft these cookies are! They literally crumble into your mouth.

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Double Chocolate Cookie

The cookies is chocolately as expected but does occasionally leave a slight taste of pea protein. This is my favourite out of the two flavours and I think I’ll be purchasing a whole box!

Macros per cookie (60g): 236 cals, 22.8g carbs, 9.6g fat, 10.2g protein

Rating 8/10

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Chocolate Chip Cookie

The pea protein taste was a lot stronger in the chocolate chip cookie and although it was nice, I think the double chocolate flavour is far better!

Macros per cookie (60g): 237 cals, 24g carbs, 9.6g fat, 10.2g protein

Rating 6/10

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Price

£16.99 for a box of 12.

The cookies are available from the Battle Oats website.

 

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Battle Oats Cherry Bakewell Review

Battle Oats sent me one of their new cherry bakewell bars to try. I have to admit that I’m not a massive cherry bakewell fan but agreed to try it with my partner in crime, Con who is allergic to nuts. Despite being cherry bakewell, the bar does not contain almonds!

On opening I was slightly worried that the bar looked a bit dry but to my pleasure, the flapjack softly crumbled when I bit into it. I was surprised when I actually really enjoyed the flavour. The cherry and almond were perfectly balanced and the sickly marzipan-like taste which I hate was absent. The bar has chunks of white chocolate and cherry but these were rare to find in the bar – where dem chunks at?!

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Nutritional Information

300 calories (per 70g bar)

Carbs 25g

Fat 13g

Protein 15g

Price

£16.99 for 12 bars

Summary

I think that the white chocolate coconut Battle Oats is still my favourite but if you like cherry bakewell then give these a try! The macros aren’t the best if you’re focusing purely on protein content but are perfect for a balanced fuel. I just wish that there were more chunks!

Rating 7/10

Novo Nutrition Proteinos Protein Cereal Review

Optigura sent me two boxes of the Novo Nutrition Proteinos to try. I thought I would review them and let you all know if they are worth the hype!

Texture

I was surprised at how crisp and crunchy the proteinos are. When served with milk, I found the cereal didn’t go soggy as quickly as normal cereal which was a bonus for me!

Taste

The proteinos taste almost identical to normal cereal. I think there is a slight taste of protein in the aftertaste but it wouldn’t stop me from purchasing them in the future.

Chocolate Flavour – I personally think they could have had a stronger taste of chocolate but I enjoyed them nevertheless.

Honey and Vanilla Flavour – I think I preferred this flavour over chocolate as the honey flavour made the milk sweet and delicious.

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Nutritional Information

Per 34g serving
Energy 134 kcal
Fat 1.4g
Carbs 13g
Protein 16.2g
Ingredients

Ingredients: Milk protein, pea starch, pea fibre, seasoning (sugar, flavouring, natural flavouring), Oil (Rapeseed oil, natural flavouring), Pea protein isolate, Acidity regulator (citric acid), sugar, salt, flavouring, sweetener (stevoil glycosides)

Price

£5.99 per box

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Conclusion

Overall, I really enjoyed the proteinos and they have definitely satisfied my cereal cravings! The macros are amazing – 16.2g of protein per serving for cereal! I would have given the proteinos a higher rating if they were a more reasonable price as I think that £5.99 is expensive for a box of cereal.

Chocolate – 8/10

Honey and Vanilla – 9/10

Novo Nutrition Proteinos are available from Optigura here.

Oatein Brownie, Flapjack and Cookie Review

After being disappointed with my Salted Caramel Cookie, Oatein contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing a sample of their products.

White Chocolate Brownie

When I opened the brownie, I was greeted with a familiar small. It smelt and tasted like white chocolate protein powder which by no means is a bad thing but I did find it a bit overpowering. The texture of the brownie was quite dense but not at all dry. I think the brownie is more of a blondie and I don’t think I’d buy a whole box of these personally.

Macros 254 calories, C26.5, F8.6, P17

Rating 6/10

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Cookies ‘n’ Cream Brownie

The cookies ‘n’ cream brownie was quite similar to the white chocolate one in texture. I didn’t think it tasted that much like cookies ‘n’ cream but I preferred it to the white chocolate flavour. Both flavours of brownie tasted incredible when heated in the microwave.

Macros 250 calories, C24.5, F8.7, P17

Rating 7/10

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Blueberry and White Chocolate Cookie

So this cookie surprised me. It tastes like a blueberry muffin and has re-ignited the blueberry muffin obsessed I once had. The texture is soft and crumbly like a normal cookie. I would definitely buy a box of these in future – well done Oatein, you got it bang on here!

Macros 307 calories, C30.4, F12.3, P16

Rating 10/10

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Strawberry Cheesecake Flapjack

I have become a bit wary of strawberry flavoured protein products after previous reviews. The texture of the flapjack was nice, dense and oaty. The flavour was not too overpowering and I was thankful when I didn’t have a lingering artificial, sickly taste of strawberry in my mouth afterwards. I enjoyed this more than I expected and I would be interested to try the other flapjack flavours as I do prefer chocolate flavours to fruit flavours.

Macros 302 calories, C38.1, F7.9, P18.7

Rating 7/10

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Okay, so Oatein have redeemed themselves after the disappointment of the salted caramel cookie. I really want to try the other flavours now and I have a feeling I may end up ordering…

Oatein products are available from their website here as well as from many other major sport nutrition websites (e.g. CSN, Protein Pick and Mix).

Fudgy Protein Brownie Recipe

There is nothing more disappointing than a dry arse brownie… Unfortunately, the addition of whey protein powder can result in this more often than not. I have tried this recipe with both whey protein powder and beef protein powder and I prefer the latter as it provides a fudgy texture to the brownie. While I wouldn’t use beef protein powder for everyday, it is amazing for baking and many sites sell it in sample sachets so you don’t need to fork out for a massive bag! 🙂

 

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Ingredients (for a single serving)

  • 10g ultra fine oats
  • 6g beef protein
  • 6g cacao powder
  • 10g sukrin gold
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of coffee granules
  • 30g fat free greek yogurt
  • 1 egg white

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Grease small loaf tin or cupcake cases
  3. Add all of the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl
  4. Whisk the yogurt and egg white into the bowl
  5. Transfer the mixture into the loaf tin
  6. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes

 

 

Macros

  • Calories 122
  • Carbs 19.9g
  • Fat 1.8g
  • Protein 15.1g

DNAFit Experience

I was contacted and asked if I wanted to try DNAFit. I hadn’t heard of DNAFit previously but they take a sample of your DNA and give you information in relation to fitness and diet based on your genetics. I can imagine some people are thinking ‘why the hell would you do that?’ but your DNA is everywhere – every sip you take from a cup and every hair that falls out of your head.

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Process

I received my DNAFit in the post for my saliva sample. The kit contained a swab for my sample, a consent form and an envelope to return the sample in. I read the instructions several times to ensure that I didn’t do it incorrectly but it was quite simple. You rub the swab on the inside of your mouth for approximately two minutes, put it back in the tub and then post it with the filled in consent form. Unfortunately for me, I received an email after posting informing me that my sample was inadequate which meant that I had to repeat the process. I realise now that the first time I didn’t pressed the swap hard enough when taking the sample.

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Results

DNAFit say that it will taking ten working days for the results to come through once they receive your sample but I think mine were slightly quicker. My results consisted of three reports, a fitness report, a diet report and an infographic of the two combined. This information is based on your DNA results obtained by testing the swab sample ‘for your response to a selection of key genes that are associated with health and fitness’.

 

Fitness Report

Well, well, it was interesting wasn’t it… I actually found the results quite funny as the first part on the fitness report is your power to endurance response – mine was 27.3% power and 72.7% endurance! Am I supposed to be powerlifting or running marathons?!  The fitness report also gave information with regards to my VO2 max response, recovery speed and risk of injury.

 

Diet Report

According to the diet report, a Mediterranean diet would be optimal for me as I apparently have a medium sensitivity to carbs and a low sensitivity to saturated fats. The report also detailed other sensitivities as well as the dosages of certain vitamins which would be optimal for me.

 

Infographic

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Verdict

I found the DNAFit results so interesting to look at and was actually surprised at my power to endurance ratio based on the key genes they compare the sample to. I think that I will take away the vitamin need information and incorporate it into my diet but I do think that some of this information needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. Am I going to give up powerlifting now? No, I enjoy it and I’ve competed at an International level! I think the information could be good for people who are just starting out on their fitness journey as it gives them somewhere to start e.g. perhaps I may have been more likely to try endurance training! Is the DNAFit test accurate? Not a clue as there is still a lot of work being done in genetics.

The tests start at £99 for the diet information , £119 for the fitness information £249 for both. It’s not cheap but it is cutting edge technology and very fascinating. The DNAFit tests can be found on their website here.

Wellthos Box Review

Wellthos kindly sent me one of their subscription boxes to review. I find these subscription boxes can be very hit and miss. Sometimes you can be left with loads of things that you don’t like but Wellthos carefully tailor the box to help ‘inspire you to lead an active and healthy lifestyle’. I received the box at work and it really made my day. The box was presented so neatly and looking at all the goodies instantly lifted my mood.

 

Pip and Nut Peanut Butter

I was so excited to see my favourite peanut butter in the box.  I have already demolished half of the jar…

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The Protein Ball Co.

I don’t usually enjoy the taste of cherry and almond together as it’s like cherry bakewell but I really enjoyed the protein balls. I found they were quite addictive…

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Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs

I hadn’t tried these before and didn’t really know what to expect. Oh my goodness, they are amazing! So much flavour and so satisfying to eat!

 

The Organic Protein Company Organic Whey Protein

I find the sachets of protein are so useful if you’re on the go. I had The Organic Protein Company whey protein in my oats and it had a lovely milky flavour. I would buy this in the future!

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T+ Drinks Smarter Tea

As a green tea lover, I was happy to see this in the box and I’ve taken it to work to enjoy.

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POW Energy Water

I hadn’t heard of POW before but the energy water was quite nice. It was overly strong but like a subtle lemonade.

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Kiki Health Nature’s living Superfood

I would have had no idea how to use this if the Wellthos box didn’t include a recipe card with a superfood powder pesto recipe. For the recipe, you need a food processor which I don’t have so realistically I don’t think I will actually use this – being completely honest! I think the recipe cards are a good idea and it would be good if the box had more of them.

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Doisy and Dam

The chocolate was very rich. It’s a flavour I wouldn’t have personally bought but it was interesting to try and I think I will use it in recipes.

 

Zaramama Pop-a-Cob Midnight Blue

I haven’t had my popcorn yet but my sister bought me one of these as a present one Christmas. They’re delicious and it’s actually quite exciting seeing it all pop off the cob!

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Team Soda Fitness Speed Rope

I like how the box isn’t just food and drink items. I think the speed rope is a cool idea! The box could use another item that isn’t food or drink related to balance it out. I think that this would also help it to stand out from similar products on the market.

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Overall Verdict

I really enjoyed my Wellthos box. I love how it was all presented – very aesthetically pleasing. My favourite products were the Pip and Nut, Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs and the Team Soda Fitness Speed Rope. The box has opened my eyes to products I wouldn’t have bought otherwise, a prime example being the Hippeas! I would be keen to see what products future boxes hold.

Rating 8/10

Sci-MX PRO2GO Range Review

Sci-MX sent me their new protein 2 go range in return for a review. All views are my own 🙂

 

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Chocolate Brownie

I was a bit disappointed when I opened the brownie as it didn’t look like a nice fudgy brownie. Nevertheless, I tucked in and well, the taste reflected the brownie’s appearance. It wasn’t awful but it wasn’t the brownie I expected. The texture was slightly firmer than I expected and the taste was sweet but not particularly chocolatey. After eating half, I decide to pop the other half in the microwave and well, the brownie improved significantly. The brownie was so much nicer heated for a few seconds in the microwave! I think that if I bought these in the future, I would save them for an occasion where I have access to a microwave.

Rating 5/10

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Strawberry and White Chocolate Chip Cookie

The cookie has a very strong and overpowering taste of strawberry which wasn’t to my liking. I have heard very different options of this cookie – people either loved it or hated it. The texture of the cookie was perfect and not dry like other protein cookies I have tried. I liked the addition of the white chocolate chips but for me, the artificial taste of strawberry was just too prominent and I feel the cookie would have been perfect if this hadn’t been the case.

Rating 4/10

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Cookies and Cream Oat Bake

Just like the cookie, the oat bake again had a very strong flavour of cookie and cream. The texture was firm and quite dense. I again found the oat bake tasted too sweet and artifical for my liking.

Rating 3/10

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Caramel Crisp Bar

This bar was definitely my favourite. Unlike other protein bars, it wasn’t jaw aching to eat. The crispies in the bar gave a satisfying crunch and the ratio of chocolate to caramel was spot on. I would definitely recommend the caramel crisp bar! When heated in the microwave, the chocolate and caramel is simply incredible.

Rating 9/10

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Strawberry Protein Milkshake

I am always a bit apprehensive about these already protein drinks but I really enjoyed the strawberry protein milkshake. It’s not a thick milkshake like you’d get in a burger joint such as Byron but I wouldn’t want it to be as they make me feel sluggish and bloated. The milkshake reminds me of strawberry Nesquik and it is sweet but not too overpowering.

Rating 8/10

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Protein Coffee

I’ve never tried protein coffee before so I was quite interested to try this. It sort of reminded me of the cold double shot Starbucks coffees you can buy from the supermarket which I love. I thought it was slightly too sweet but the macros are amazing and I don’t think the sweetness would put me off trying it again in the future.

Rating 8/10

 

 

Sudio Vasa Bla Bluetooth Earphones Review

Sudio sent me their Vasa Bla Bluetooth earphones in return for an honest review. I chose to receive the white and rose gold model which cost £69. The earphones are available on their website here.

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What’s in the Box?

  • Earphones
  • User manual
  • Clip
  • Leather case
  • Charging cable
  • Spare buds/sleeves

Specification

  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Weight: 14g
  • Range: 10m
  • Battery life: 8hrs (active), 10 days (standby)
  • Charging time: 10mins (quick), 120mins (full)

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Design

The earphones are light. The rose gold against the white makes them look smart and slick. Sometimes rose gold has a tendency to look tacky and cheap but this was not the case here. The earphones have controls to adjust the volume, start/pause songs and skip songs.

 

Bluetooth Setup

I have to admit, I didn’t manage to pair the earphones with my phone straight away but once you’ve done it, it’s easy. I was impressed at how clear the instructions were.

 

Sound Performance

I usually wear my Beats headphones so I was unsure as to how the earphones would compare. To my surprise, they stood up to the battle well and I think the bass may actually be better! I have been wearing my earphones at work as when trying to code as I find it helps me to get into my bubble and removes distractions from people chatting around me. I’m not sure if these earphones are marketed as being noise-cancelling but when my manager ask if I wanted a coffee, he had to come and tap my shoulder!

 

Verdict

I really enjoyed trying the Sudio earphones and I’m going to continue using them. I love the design and the rose gold colour. The only improvement that I think could be made would be to make the earphones adjustable to make them tighter as this would be useful when in the gym.

Overall rating 9/10

Health and Fitness Events You Must Attend This Year

One thing I’ve tried to do since moving to London is go to more events and meet new people. I now regularly go to events which are tailored forwards my interest in health and fitness. Sometimes these events can be hard to find out about but sites such as Eventbrite are perfect sources for finding things to go to. I’ve done a list of events which I think sound good and I hope to attend this year…

  1. Fit and Fresh Fest – 28th January at The Hoxton, London, EC2A 3HU
    The Fit and Fresh is a one day fitness festival. Without a ticket you can browse the activewear sample sales, beauty and wellness treatments and the health food market. There are exercise classes, kitchen takeovers and talks which you can attend for £5 each. These include Barry’s Bootcamp, Tally Rye’s HIIT, Girl Gains, The Food Medic and Lululemon.
    https://hoxtown.com/events/fresh-plus-fit-fest-2017
  2. Fare Healthy – 4th and 5th February at The Old Trueman Brewery, London, E1 6QL
    Fare Healthy is marketed as a ‘feel good festival of food, exercise and well-being’. The festival is divide into three main sections – eat, move and think. It has the likes of Pip and Nut, Deliciously Ella, Livia’s Kitchen and Clean Eating Alice within their line-up.
    http://www.farehealthy.com/
  3. HBC Summit – 15th April at The Hoxton, London, EC2A 3HU
    The HBC (Health Bloggers Community) Summit is an event which aims to bring together health anf fitness bloggers. The day contains workshops and Q&As with guest speakers Pixie Turner (Plantbased Pixie) , Alice Liveing (Cleaning Eating Alice) and Amy Hopkinson (online editor at Women’s Health).
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hbc-summit-tickets-30491130793?ref=ebtn
  4. Be:FIT – 28th-30th April at the Business Design Centre, London, N1 0QH
    Be:FIT is a health and fitness festival which is due to return to London for its fourth year. This year, the highlights include the Another_Space cycle studio, the Protein World Functional Studio, the Reebok Fitness Studio and well as an exhibition full of shopping opportunities.
    http://www.befitlondon.com/
  5. BodyPower – 12th-14th May at the NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT
    BodyPower is probably the biggest event of everything bodybuilding, gym and fitness. It is the place to go to sample that protein bar that you could never justify buying due to the price, as well as getting to see the British Weighting athletes in action. You can watch the bodybuilding shows or just take advantage to try the samples on offer!
    https://www.bodypower.com/expo/uk
  6. Balance Festival – 12th-14th May at The Old Trueman Brewery, London, E1 6QL
    The Balance Festival is packed full of fitness classes, live cooking and big brands. The fitness studios include F45, Barry’s and Equinox. The live cooking theatre boasts Clean Eating Alice, Healthy Chef Steph and Zanna Van Dijk.
    http://www.balance-festival.com/