So a while ago I was contacted by MyProtein…. no, really. A name I actually recognized and followed religiously contacted ME. Little, old, Sarah.
I was so excited! They asked if I’d like to pick out a few of their products to try out and I was like… um…. YES!!!
Then the glorious package arrived and I let the blogger in me shine through as I immediately started taking photos. As I tried to take Instagram photos of said products, my sweet little 3 year old says “Mommy, can I hold something?” “Can I take a picture?”
Of course, baby boy!
So, what exactly did I get?
First, this foam roller. I told them I was having some elbow issues and wanted to have a foam roller at home so that I can really test out how well they work.
HINT: They hurt, but they work.
I roll out my elbow before and after every upper body day and roll out my thighs/hips before and after every lower body day. Hurts like hell, but I think it’s helpful!
They also sent me these Instant Oats. No, it’s not oatmeal, dammit 🙂 To be honest, I haven’t yet tried it. I’m not sure about this product! The website says, “Instant oats are an easy form of carbohydrate to add to your shakes to increase calorie count or add a slow digesting carbohydrate to act as a meal replacement or suppress appetite for longer.” I typically don’t need to add carbs or calories to my diet and this is flavorless too, so I’m not too sure about it. Tell me how you would use this!
The protein powder is good and, most importantly, doesn’t stand out too much in recipes. If you have tried other protein powders, you know what I mean by that. Protein powder has a distinct and, typically, unpleasant aftertaste. You can make the best protein cookies in the world and STILL notice the taste of protein powder. This protein powder has proved to taste nice and doesn’t have an aftertaste that is too noticeable. That’s all I ask for from a protein powder haha!
I also really like the Chocolate Nut flavor 🙂
The peanut butter though….where do I start? It has become a staple for me. I need peanut butter for my oatmeal, Asian peanut sauce, smoothies, greek yogurt “ice cream”, and the occasional protein cookie recipe. This nut butter is PERFECT in those situations. Aside from being natural (the ingredient list: 100% peanuts) which is very important to me, I find the liquidy consistency so much easier to work with when cooking which is more of a “plus” than you realize until you try it. Also, I love that natural peanut butter isn’t as sweet. This has obvious health benefits, but it is also a “pro” from a cooking stand point. I can add peanut-y flavor and control the sweetness level by adding my own desired amount of sweetener AND, more importantly, the type of sweetener that fits my (or your) lifestyle.
Basically, this is the best peanut butter I have used for cooking to date.
Which brings me to the breakfast that i have been eating every morning for the past few weeks and have no plan on STOPPING eating…
Let me clarify; Chocolate Banana Oatmeal.
Okay, sometimes I leave out the chocolate (if I’m out of it), but it’s more fun with it, so I am going to give you that recipe but feel free to leave it out 🙂
If you strictly follow “clean eating” this is not for you. I like that too! But this recipe is definitely one of those “if it fits your macros” meals.
CHOCOLATE BANANA OATMEAL
What You’ll Need
1/2 cup Raw Steel Cut Oatmeal
1-1.5 cups water (more if you like it liquid-y)
1/2 scoop MyProtein Chocolate Nut Impact Whey Protein
2 tsp. Organic Light Brown Sugar (or sweetener you like)
1 tbs. Chia Goodness Original – Chia, Buckwheat & Hemp (I load up on this stuff, it adds crunch!)
1 package of Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters Milk Chocolate Flavor
1/2 banana (or a whole if you’re into it, but usually my son has the other half with his breakfast!)
- Cook oatmeal according to instructions on the packaging. I do use the microwave. Steel cut oats are very different than instant. If you want your steel cut oatmeal softer, don’t microwave it. You’ll have to cook it longer or go for overnight oats. I just hate mushy oatmeal and like the crunch!
- Stir in the protein powder. Stir well! Some people like to add protein powder while the oatmeal is dry, I find it makes my oatmeal too mushy and tastes a bit off. I don’t find it difficult to mix it in post-cooking so that it is clump-free.
- Stir in the brown sugar and chia seeds.
- Top with banana and chocolate clusters.
- Eat it up! If you can finish this entire bowl, you are a rockstar. SO filling!
I can’t get enough of this oatmeal, which is odd for me! I never used to crave a sweet breakfast.
If you’re an oatmeal lover too, tell me how you like to eat it!
Have you ever tried MyProtein? What do you think of the products you’ve tried!