A few weeks ago I shared that I had entered the world of the protein powder. This was a big deal for me.
You see, I’m a food fan. Humans have existed on food for their basic needs since forever. And having a protein supplement felt like it went against my whole ethos.
Until I discovered that a good protein powder can actually be food too. My lack of understanding (and also serious scepticism because of dodgy claims and chemical cocktail products!) has been lost now that I’ve found a product I totally trust.
The whole family is enjoying it. I shared a video a few weeks ago of me adding the 180 Nutrition Superfood to a super simple smoothie and had a lot of people emailing me with questions.
So I went to 180 and asked them for answers. They gave me everything I needed and also offered to give 4 prize packs away! Woohoo! I also ran a few things past the gorgeous Jules Galloway – Naturopath who I trust.
So let’s hit up some of the questions and then I’ll let you know how you can win some!
Firstly – when people went to order they were confused about whether they should get the Whey or Pea protein. Here’s the thing – they both do the same thing – but as Jules reminded me – “whey protein is created from cows’ milk, while pea protein is 100% plant based.”
So it depends on your personal preference. The lovely Angela, who is 180’s resident Nutritionist confirmed that their whey protein isolate is from grass fed cows. Whey Isolate means that the protein is isolated from the dairy, so some people who can’t tolerate dairy can tolerate whey protein isolate.
Oh and for those that were interested – the happy cows are roaming the hills of New Zealand.
Secondly, some of you were concerned about the quality of the ingredients in the 180 Superfood product. When I asked Jules what you should look for in a good protein powder she said: “There are different processing methods, and of course, the quality of the product can vary greatly depending on where the ingredients are sourced. Look for reputable brands which are transparent in telling you where they source their ingredients”.
Well, that problem was easily solved by heading to 180’s website where they spell out their point of difference from other protein supplements. Check it out here. I LOVE that it’s all food. Really love. But I did have someone contact me to ask directly whether their ingredients were organic. I get it. As we’ve moved further along our wholefoods journey, I am choosing more and more organic products. It just makes sense to me.
So back to Angela, who confirmed:
“50% of our ingredients are organic and we do try to source organic when available. We want to make sure that our superfoods are accessible to as many people as possible and they simply wouldn’t be from a price perspective if our entire range was 100% organic. We do have however 100% organic cacao powder and maca powder”.
Protein is an essential foundation of a healthy diet. If you saw the video post you’ll know I’ve been trying to find something nutritious to add a little protein punch for my son who isn’t so big on meat but loves his eggs, thank goodness!. He plays so much sport (do five year old boys ever stop moving?!) so this just helps out in the “Muuuuuuum, I’m hungry!” department….
The ingredients list actually reads like a shopping list. That’s what I want – real food ingredients! So, while it feels like cheating, having a supplement, it’s bloody handy and such an easy way for us all to get extra nutrition from nuts, seeds, coconut etc. Who doesn’t want their kids eating pepitas and psyllium!??
It keeps me so full! Of course, when I make up a smoothie I just use commonsense when it comes to adding it to the kids portion – they get half the amount we do.
Oh – almost forgot – YES this can be used when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. But of course Jules recommends that if you have “any specific health issues like kidney disease or gastrointestinal inflammation, it’s best to speak to your health practitioner first before taking any new protein supplement”.
So I’m feeling pretty groovy about my 180 Superfood choice and if you would like to try some then to enter the giveaway! Just let me know in the comments whether you prefer Whey or Pea Protein and which flavour takes your fancy, you can check out the two flavours here.
I’ll be choosing four random winners and the peeps at 180 (local Aussie biz – so good) will deliver to your door.
Here’s what’s up for grabs:
4 Prize Packs which include:
750g Choc Superfood
+ 750g Coconut Superfood
+ 180 Recipe eBook so you can experiment away!
If you’re impatient and want to get your hands on this stuff now – then they’ve also offered you guys 10% off their range using the code Lisa180 until 26 August, 2016. Just head here and enter in the code when you View Cart. So easy.
Thank you 180 and good luck for the competition – I’ll be drawing the winner on Tuesday 23 August, 2016