Wednesday, 8 June 2016

New Protein Shake Flavours – it's a Cake Fest (Dieters Welcome)



There’s a sign on the wall next to the water fountain at my local gym which reads: ‘Please do not empty the remains of your protein shake down the sink’.

The fact the sign exists is a reflection of just how ubiquitous protein shakes have become (within the fitness community that is).

One question I’ve seen asked by protein supplement users in fitness forums is: how many shakes should I have per day/week? There isn't a definitive answer but Livestrong quotes a 2008 study in the journal ‘Nutrition and Metabolism’ which found that those who took two protein shakes per day lost more body fat and maintained more lean muscle mass than those who didn’t take any.

Two shakes per day! That's a lot of protein drinks being guzzled down the plughole (just the human one hopefully!). No wonder food supplement brands have been quick to bring out a whole variety of different flavoured ones – it’s become a huge market and we’d soon get bored of drinking just the standard chocolate or vanilla!

One of the more interesting developments on the flavour front has been the arrival of cake-inspired protein shakes, like these new ones from USN, Cherry Bakewell and Strawberry Cheesecake. I’ve given both a try.

USN Diet Whey Isolean - Strawberry Cheesecake and Cherry Bakewell 

Both are part of USN’s Body Makeover Range. They are ultra-low carb shakes, providing a good amount of protein (25g per serving) to support fat-loss with lean muscle maintenance. Recommendation is for 2-3 servings per day, to be taken at any time high-protein is required (so after a workout is particularly good to help muscle recovery).

Other key ingredients include green tea and calcium to help metabolism, plus a heap of vitamins and minerals.

Nutritional Values Snapshot: 

The Taste Test



As I ripped open the sample packs I could detect a strong pastry smell.  Yes, these really do smell like cake, well pastry anyway! Mix with 150-200ml water.

I’m used to protein shakes being thick in consistency and these were watery by comparison. I would recommend using much less water, perhaps even as little as 100ml (though adjust to personal taste).

As I’ve found with other USN shakes they are very sweet. I have a very sweet tooth and even for me the sweetness is powerful (though interestingly there’s only 1.4g of sugar per serving). On flavour I’m not sure there is much to distinguish between them but they both live up to their billing as fruity and cake-like.  

It you’re currently on a diet and cakes and biscuits are strictly off the menu, then a pudding flavoured protein shake could be one to try, particularly if you’re having a craving.  Myself, I still prefer the taste and consistency of the chocolate Diet Whey Isolean (reviewed here).

USN’s Diet Whey Isolean Strawberry Cheesecake and Cherry Bakewell cost £19.99 for 454g each, and can be bought here.

Post contains press samples.
Pic Credit, Cherry Bakewell Tarts: david_pics

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15 comments

  1. Interesting, especially using pudding flavoured protein shake to tame cravings. I'm not really on a diet, I eat everything in moderation :)

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    1. Eating in moderation is definitely a healthy way to go if you can. If not then, yes, a pudding flavoured shake is worth a try. Tx

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  2. These sound delicious!! I'm not really in to protein shakes, what with me not doing a great deal of exercise (except obligatory running after child and a yoga class) but I am hoping to change that. I don't have much of a sweet tooth though, I suppose I'm lucky in that respect. A single piece of dark chocolate and I'm satisfied!

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    1. Running after small children. Yes, that's exercise! :) Tx

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  3. I only tried protein shakes once and admittedly, I didn't like the texture, but that might be because I had made them too thick ha x

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    1. Yes I've found some of them too thick too. Tx

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  4. I've never tried protein shakes before but I'd tempted if they tasted like cake! Thanks for sharing x

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  5. Oh my! These sounds amazing! the strawberry cheesecake and cherry bake well... Oh my goodness! I am on a diet and puddings are certainly off the menu for me at the moment! I need to get some protein to add to my smoothies, I am going to have to try these I think.

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    1. If you try them do let me know how you get on :). Tx

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  6. Hi, dear Tracey! I have a sweet tooth as well :) I would like to try these products, because I need proteins - I don't eat any meat and dairy is also not so "welcome" :) - so I guess they would really be good for me! I never saw such a thing "please don't empty your shakes here"! And the smell of pastry, this makes me want to have that even more :) I think I would like a more watery one, so I guess 150 ml would be more for me, or even 200! Very good recommendation, believe me, I am changing, ate so many vegetables this week, so now I need proteins!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. It is hard changing eating habits so well done Denise. Tx

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  7. I'm very fond of food. But mostly avoid things as they are unhealthy. As it sounds healthy definitely going to try this. BTW great work! :-)

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  8. A protein shake flavoured like a bakewell would definitely be right out my street.

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  9. Great recipes..Whether you're eating to bulk up, slim down, or just maintain your fantastic body, your nutrition regimen probably includes a protein shake. That's because protein is an essential macronutrient for building and maintaining lean muscle mass!

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