PhD Woman Natural Protein review

PhD Woman Natural Protein review TheFuss.co.ukWith vegan lifestyles on the rise, it was only natural that PhD Woman would add a Natural Protein option to their collection of Whey protein powders. And we’re certainly happy they did.

The powders, which come in chocolate and vanilla, are made of a blend of plant proteins including brown rice and pea protein isolates with added superfoods like goji berries and spirulina.

And if that isn’t enough, the PhD Woman Natural Protein powder is gluten, dairy and sugar free.

Taste test

We tried out the Vanilla flavour of the PhD Woman Natural Protein powder and despite the fact it doesn’t contain sugar, it’s sweet. Not sickly sweet, but definitely enough to take any bitterness away, give you a little pep after a workout and it’s also perfect to use in sweet recipes. We’ve shared a couple of delicious recipes to try below.

While it may look like a green smoothie when mixed together with water as instructed, it smells and definitely tastes like vanilla – more so than other protein powders we’ve tried.

Texture

The powder mixes well with water, there are no clumps even when mixed together by just shaking the bottle. There’s no separation or no residue. It has a creamy texture, with a slight graininess, that’s likely to be from the brown rice protein. But it definitely doesn’t affect the taste of this stuff.

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Nutrition

The package recommends a 30g serving, mixed with 250ml of water, and this has 110 calories. This has 20g of protein and only 0.35g of sugar.

Why you need protein

Protein is essential for growth and repair. It helps build and maintain muscle, keep our bones healthy as well as our hair and nails too. Some research says that protein keeps us fuller for longer too, and it takes more energy to digest protein than it does to breakdown carbs or fat.

The recommended daily amount of protein is 45g for women and 55g for men, but if you’re exercising a lot, protein requirements may be higher.

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Should you be using a protein shake?

A common misconception when it comes to using protein powders and weight training is that women will bulk up like a man, but that’s not the case. Naturally as women we have a higher fat percentage than men and we don’t have enough testosterone in our bodies.

In fact resistance training has been shown to increase fat free mass (muscle) and reduce fat % in women as well as improve bone density significantly in women.

Muscle tissue burns more energy at rest than fat and so the more muscle we have the less we will have to restrict calorie intake to be at our healthy weight.

Using protein is a great way to get lean and build toned muscles.

Pros

Gluten free, diary free, sugar free, suitable for vegans, delicious, mixes well, great to be mixed into recipes

Cons

The only con we have is the off-putting green colour, but as soon as you taste the mixture you’ll see it has no bearing on it

Bottom Line

The PhD Woman Natural Protein powder is great tasting with excellent nutrition, whether you’re vegan or not this is definitely a protein powder to consider because it mixes well and tastes great too. We can’t wait to try out the chocolate one as well.

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PHD Woman Natural Protein recipes

Vegan browniesVEGAN Decadent But Healthy Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 scoop PhD Woman Natural Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar or stevia
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons date nectar
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee made up with 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple puree
  • 3-4 tablespoons almond milk
  • ¾ cup walnut pieces

Get baking!

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and grease and line a rectangular baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the buckwheat flour, the protein powder, cacao powder, stevia, baking powder and cinnamon.
  3. Gently melt the coconut oil in a small pan then remove from the heat and stir in the tahini, flaxseeds, vanilla extract and date nectar until smooth.
  4. Pour this into the dry ingredients along with the made-up coffee, apple puree and almond milk. Stir well until you have a nice, thick smooth batter, then stir in the walnuts.
  5. Spoon this into your prepared tin and smooth out evenly. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until risen slightly and cooked through.
  6. Leave in the tin for 15 minutes then slice into bars 12. Keep in the tin to cool.
  7. Gently remove from the tin – they will be slightly soft in the middle but that’s what you want – the perfect brownie texture!

VEGAN / DAIRY FREE / SOY FREE / REFINED SUGAR FREE / GLUTEN FREE

Peanut Butter & Jam Protein Muffins

Peanut butter jam protein muffinsIngredients:

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 scoop PhD Woman Natural Vanilla Protein Powder
  • ½ cup peanut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup stevia
  • 2 bananas (overripe is best!)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup natural yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 9 teaspoons no added sugar strawberry jam

For the peanut drizzle:

  • 2 tablespoons peanut flour
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk (any)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon stevia
  • 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil

Get baking!

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and lightly grease 9 muffin tins (silicone if possible).
  2. Mix together the flours, baking powder, cinnamon and stevia in a large bowl.
  3. Place the bananas, eggs, yogurt and vanilla extract in a blender and whizz up until smooth.
  4. Pour this into the dry ingredients and stir to incorporate – you should have a nice thick, smooth batter.
  5. Spoon half of the mixture between the muffin tins (to fill half-way up each). Add 1 teaspoon of the jam in the middle of each one.
  6. Now spoon over the rest of the batter over each one to cover. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until risen, golden and cooked through. Leave to cool for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. For the drizzle, simply whisk together the ingredients until quite thick and smooth, then drizzle over each muffin. Leave for about 10 minutes to set then enjoy!

DAIRY FREE / SOY FREE / REFINED SUGAR FREE / GLUTEN FREE

PhD Woman

The PhD woman range has been designed to slot easily into your daily routine. Their products contain a comprehensive selection of vitamins and minerals that are tailored just for women, so you know you’re getting everything your body needs to get the most from your workouts and to achieve your goals. Their shakes and bars contain protein, which will help you recover after you’ve been for a run, played netball or been to the gym, helping you to become more toned whilst also helping you achieve your health and fitness goals.If you’re already working out, or just getting started, their products can help you to optimise your results and achieve your goals- no matter what they are.

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