On Tuesday I was invited down to Core Gyms in London, for an exclusive press event and morning workout to celebrate the launch of the new protein brand Strippd! I don't know about you, but trying to find a vegan protein that is not only good quality but actually tastes nice is pretty tough...I mean theres nothing worse than when your holding your nose trying to force down your after workout protein smoothie, as the taste is just awful! (we've all been there haha) so I was pretty excited to meet the brand and hear more about their product range...and of course put it to the taste test!
We started the morning with a sculpt workout session, followed by the breakfast spread of dreams! I'm talking the biggest pic'n'mix of healthy breakfast toppings you've ever seen, along with 3 different blends of protein smoothie bowl bases to choose from. I went for the green smoothie base, which was blended bananas, avocado and the Strippd vegan, vanilla protein powder, topped with baked coconut, cacao granola, raspberries and chia seeds. Literally the breakfast dream! There was also a mountain of pre-made protein balls...which were so damn good that we ate them before we had the chance to photograph them haha! So I think it's safe to say the protein definitely passed the taste test!
Strippd comes in 3 different vegan flavours, chocolate, vanilla and berry, and is a pea and hemp based protein, sweetened with Xylitol. Xylitol is a popular little sweetener in health products, being classed as one of the more 'natural' based options, drived from plants. This little guy is not only 40% lower in fat/calories than normal sugar/sweetner options, it's also has a really low gylcemic index, meaning it won't spike your blood sugar or insulin levels, which is amazing! As theres nothing worse than feeling like your crashing after your session.
Another thing I loved about Strippd was the price! One 490g tube costs just £20! I'm used to shelling out 3 times that for a decent protein powder so I was excited that not only did it taste good, I'd finally found a protein powder more in my budget. They also offer a cool weekly/monthly subscription option too, which is great for someone like me that always run's out of things at the most inconvenient time! There is always the big debate on wether we need extra protein in our diets, but for me living on a mainly plant based diet, I can 100% feel the difference if I haven't had my protein shake after a workout, with the next morning feeling like I've been hit by a bus! Everyone's body is different, but I'd always recommend having a look at your diet, and how much protein your consuming. Your daily recommended intake is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight or 0.36 grams per pound, with the average sedentary women recommended 46 grams per day.
I'm excited to have been introduce to Stippd! Let me know if you guys manage to get your hands on some and what you think of it, and if you can recommend any other tasty vegan protein brands, leave them in the comments below! x