USN recently contacted me to ask if I’d like to try their plant-based protein powder, ‘Raw-Pro’. Now, I am in no way into fitness, nor do I worry too much about eating tons of protein on a vegan diet but I do realise how beneficial a boost of protein can be for providing more energy throughout the day, especially in the morning. So for this reason, I was interested to try it out. Plus, I knew my fitness-focused readers would be interested in hearing about it!
They’ve also provided a tub to giveaway to one lucky reader! Scroll down to find out more…
Raw-Pro Vegetarian Protein
This raw, plant-based protein powder from USN was created for those wanting an alternative to whey and egg-based proteins but still wanted something that would help build an maintain a lean muscle mass. For me, I just wanted to get a protein boost in the mornings so I used it in breakfast smoothies, mainly.
A recommended serving size is two scoops (50g) which provides a whopping 25g protein and is just 180 calories. It also provides an excellent amino acid profile, lysine, arginine, methionine and cysteine. Read more of the nutritional benefits here.
I’m not sure if I’ve felt much effects on my energy levels (I happen to suffer with chronic fatigue anyway, so I can’t expect miracles) but it’s definitely had an effect on my appetite and has kept me fuller for longer during the day. Meaning less snacking!
This protein powder does have a lovely chocolate flavour but due to being sugar-free and sweetened with stevia, you do get that stevia after-taste. I don’t personally mind it but it is a matter of personal taste. For adding a chocolate taste to a recipe, I think it works quite well. See my brownies below!
Protein powders are notorious for their grainy textures but I think this one is quite smooth in comparison, although still a little gritty – as most are. When used in a shake or smoothie, you can add thick ingredients such as a nut butter or dairy-free yoghurt to improve the texture further. See my Peanut Butter Smoothie below for a good example!
Where to buy
Prices start from £20.99 at UK.USN-Sport.com
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
To make this delicious smoothie, I simply blended 2 scoops of the chocolate protein powder, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, a pinch of salt and some almond milk together until smooth. So simple, so so delicious.
Flourless Protein Brownies
I wanted to see how the protein powder faired in baking recipes but didn’t want to waste any of it on untested recipe experiments so I looked for a tried and tested recipe online. I used this one and replaced the eggs with some apple puree and apple cider vinegar, used coconut sugar in place of the regular sugar and almond butter instead of peanut butter. (OK, so quite a bit of experimenting was involved in the end…) But it was a delicious outcome! A lovely texture and flavour.
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