Protein Powder Review and a Fierce Workout

A BIG hello and hugs to all of my wonderful readers! Smile How was your Sunday? Mine was superb. I hit up the gym early this morning, did some major studying the rest of the day, ate some tasty food, chatted with my Mommy over the phone, painted my nails, and attended a student council meeting this eve.

I am so excited to do this protein powder review! Especially because I have been waiting for months to get my hands on this protein Winking smile I literally have been waiting for months to try About Time protein powder. I first heard of this type of protein powder when Naomi posted about it on her blog way back in June! I went to their website to make an order, but was disappointed to find out that they do not deliver to Canada Sad smile I was crushed. Of course, I searched every store that offered protein powders near me, but I had no luck coming across any About Time products.

Everything changed when I moved back to London in September, though! Smile As I mentioned yesterday, my favourite store, Homeopathy London, carries About Time protein powders! You can only imagine how thrilled I was when I found this out Open-mouthed smile (Picture me bouncing up and down). I had a lot of protein powder at the time, so I decided to wait until I made ‘the purchase’ Winking smile And I guess ‘the purchase’ was made yesterday Winking smile YAY!

Unfortunately, Homeopathy London only carries About Time’s chocolate and vanilla flavour and are not able to order in any other flavour other than cinnamon (due to the supplier they are dealing with). I had my heart set on trying their peanut butter flavour, but I wasn’t going to let myself get upset seeing as how any About Time protein powder is better than no About Time protein powder at all Winking smile Am I right or am I right? Read my review to find out! Smile

About Time 100% Whey Protein Isolate

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About Time protein powder uses 100% whey protein isolate and only natural ingredients such as Stevia.

Nutritional Profile

The nutritional profile is amazing since About Time only uses all natural ingredients! I always look at the label before buying my supplements and was really happy with what About Time protein offers!

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Taste

Even though it is made with Stevia, there was definitely no apparent “Stevia” taste that may turn some individuals off.

Personally, I do not like extremely sweet flavours of protein powder, but I do not want the flavour to be bland either. I think this protein had a perfect level of sweetness. I tried the chocolate flavour and was very happy with it; it actually tasted like chocolate.

There was no “chalkiness”

Mixability

I have only tried to mix it into my yogurt so far; it mixed well and it didn’t clump.

Smell

This was the first thing I checked out after tearing off the plastic! YUM! Very chocolatey!

Overall Review

I am really happy that I purchased this yesterday Smile I actually made an order after I purchased the chocolate… they are bringing in the cinnamon for me to try Winking smile I give this protein powder 5/5! Three cheers for About Time protein! Open-mouthed smile

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With all of this protein powder talk, I thought that this would be a perfect time to share a new PWO recipe with you all Open-mouthed smile 
Ever since I created my sweet potato pudding, I have been enjoying it ever since to fuel my workouts! Smile Seeing as how I ran out of bananas yesterday, I had to change things up and create something new! Yay for new creations! This is what I came up with Smile

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Extra Thick Sweet Potato Cranberry Pudding

5 oz. sweet potato

1 – 2 Tbsp dried cranberries (or fresh; I had dried!)

1/3 cup greek yogurt

1 – 1.5 scoop protein powder (I used vanilla)

Cook potato
Blend all ingredients together once the potato is cooked! Smile Add cinnamon if you want Winking smile 
This turned out extra thick Smile I was lovin’ it Smile

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So, this morning I rocked an amazing leg workout Smile But it seemed as though everyone in the gym was getting a good workout in today! There was a lady doing triceps pushdowns and her face was mean! I LOVED it! I totally knew the burn she was feeling Winking smile I felt like saying “you go girl!”, but contained myself…
Things might have got a little awkward… haha

So I went into this workout determined to get a sweat on Winking smile I used to dread leg days. Last year I actually never even incorporated leg training into my weekly routine, but that was way back when I was a total newbie to lifting Winking smile (now I am just somewhat of a newbie haha)

This year is much different Open-mouthed smile I have been noticing changes like none other, but still have some things to work on that’s for sure!

Currently, I am doing two leg days per week. For one of my leg days I focus on quads (Wednesday) and for the other leg day I focus on hamstrings and glutes (Sunday). Since I am a perfectionist (something else I need to work on), I have been constantly switching up and changing my leg workouts to make them ‘perfect’! The constant switching of routines has gotten me really frustrated because there is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ routine. Another reason I am frustrated is because I want to stick to one routine for at least a month until I switch it up a bit.

Today I created the routine I will be sticking with for at least a month Smile I am sure I have said this before, but this routine seriously made me feel like I accomplished something Smile 

Exercise Sets Reps
Straight leg deadlift 5 5
     
Walking lunges w/ barbell 4 20 (10 each leg)
     
Superset    
Side lunge* 3 12
Jump squat 3 12
     
Triset    
Reverse lunge off step w/ barbell** 3 10
Bench straddle hops 3 24 (12 each side)
Plié squat w/ DB 3 12
     
Hip thrusters 3 10 – 12
     
Kneeling cable kickback 3 10 – 12
     
Ab Circuit    
V sit ups 3 15
Reverse crunch on bench 3 10

* Perform right side lunge, left side lunge and then immediately go into squat jump (demonstrated in video below)

** Perform all 10 reverse lunges on right/left leg before switching to other leg

After doing this workout I was on a workout high all day Smile It’s been a great Sunday Winking smile

Some of the exercises performed throughout the workout I just shared were inspired by one of my favourites, Aubrie Richeson Smile Love her. We tweet daily Winking smile She said goodnight to me last night Smile 

How did you spend your Sunday?
How often do you switch up your workout routine?
Do you get bored with workouts easily?

Talk to you lovely people tomorrow!

Love,

Meg
xoxoxoxoxo

The Question that is Currently Stumping Me:

Why is my kitchen always a disaster?

Advice of the Day:

Acknowledge and appreciate all of the amazing things that your body is able to do!

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About Meg (A Dash of Meg)

Hello, my name is Meg. I am a 20-year-old passionate Foods & Nutrition student on my way to becoming a Registered Dietitian who loves food, cooking, fitness, seafood, and a nice cup of tea.

Posted on October 16, 2011, in Eat, Post Workout, Review, Snack, Sweat, Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. I’ve always been curious about protein powder, but never tried it! I think I would need to get a sample or something, because a big tub is so expensive. I just use my peanut flour as a makeshift protein powder, haha!!

  2. Wow I really need to try this about time protein powder! It’s gotten rave reviews, but I’m afraid to order a whole thing of it. I wish I could find it near me! I’d like to try that sweet potato pudding with it!

  3. Great review! I totally agree, about time rocks 😀
    And sweet potato cranberry pudding?! Girl you never cease to astound me with your kitchen creations!!
    Have a great Sunday night my friend!!

  4. I read all these blogs which mention About Time protein powder and it makes me sad because I know I’m never going to get it here in Australia!! And my trainer probably wouldn’t let me have it anyway – he’s very particular with my protein powders haha

  5. Yay I’m glad you’re liking the protein powder! It’s too bad they can’t get the other flavours though… birthday cake would taste amazing! 😀

    That’s such an intense leg workout. You put my workout to shame haha. I’m a wimp when it comes to legs because it always makes me feel so sore the next day!

  6. those bench jump she does are my favourite.. and whenever i try explain them when i write up a workout i’m not sure if it makes any sense…!! BEST plyo exercise!!!!
    i switch my workout up..pretty much each session! not often I do the same workout twice.
    and about your kitchen… i’m guessing coz its a happy one? who has a tidy clean kitchen???? only people who don’t love food i think 🙂

  7. YESS! so glad that protein powder was an epic win for you! I think I’m going to order some for myself – I’ve never tried whey protein before, soy and brown rice haven’t been fun for my stomach lol 🙂

    That leg workout is a beast. I never really work my legs – yeah I’m one of those “eh, I’m a runner, running works my legs” people hahah.

    Being a runner I don’t tend to get tired of my workouts…speed on medium effort monday, speed tuesday, easy/long wednesday, speed thursday, easy/short friday, long saturday, NFL-watching-ultramarathon sunday….2x yoga, 4x core, 3x full body strength….and soon I’ll have a coach so I won’t really get (have to?) make up my own workouts. BUT if I do get a little bored, I switch up the routes I run, whether I do my strength and yoga at home or at the gym/at night or in the morning, and on my easy days I’ll go with a friend or with my iPod!

    I love reading about your lifting cuz it’s such a foreign thing to me!! but it sounds so BEAST!

  8. GREAT job on your workout!! Sounds tough!

  9. Oo I want to try some of that protein powder! I have found a few I sort of like, but I want to LOVE the one I buy as it can be quite expensive!
    Great workout too Meg 🙂

  10. I’m usually more of a rice protein girl than whey protein, but About Time’s flavors sound really unique. Peanut butter? Yum! I think I’m the opposite of you with workouts–I stick with the same moves too often!
    “Why is my kitchen always a disaster?” Because you make lots of delicious food!

  11. Hey thanks for the congrats and stopping by. I love your blog and love that you’re a nutrition student. I could use the help. I didn’t know much about protein powders, I never use them, but I’m beginning to think I should after my workouts.

  12. I tried About TIme in water which resulted in a major turn off, not sure if I’m just used to whey in oatmeal/almond milk or what’s up. I’ll have to try it again, different flavor too because you and so many others seem to love it!

    AWESOME workout 🙂 Haha love Aubrie Richeson

  13. i’ve never tried About Time but i’d love to try the Birthday Cake flavour! I think they sell it on iHerb, along with peanut flour 🙂

  14. Me again 🙂 You could also benefit from varying your reps a bit more. At the moment your rep range is 10-15 for everything except deadlifts. You’ll see your best gains if you drop the reps to 4-6 for squats, leg extensions, etc and really push it out and see how heavy you can go! I’m on more of a high rep plan at the moment, but I still incorporate a few low rep sets in every workout. Hope this helps!

  15. That About Time supplement is intriguing. I am into reviewing supplements, I am going to try it so I can say what’g good or not about it. Thanks for the idea!

  16. hey, great blog! love it 🙂

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