On arrival at the venue we were taken through to the lounge area where we were greeted with coffee, pre-workout shakes; and the chance to meet some fellow bloggers. It was lovely to see that My Protein had invited a range of bloggers, from fitness & food to beauty & fashion – proving that protein isn’t just important for the super fit bikini bod competitors, but for your every day active woman.
We were then treated to what can only be described as a ‘spicy’ abs session. Now as you guys know, I’m a Crossfitter & Weightlifter and haven’t stepped foot into a ‘normal’ gym for nearly 3 years now, so I was
a little a lot out of my comfort zone. I needn’t have worried though as the trainer was so welcoming and had everyone literally beaming through the class – I honestly haven’t laughed my way through a workout like that for a while (well until we had to do hundreds of bicycle crunches!!) seriously, I wish every Friday could start like that!
Once we had finished the class it was back down to the lounge for more networking and, lets be honest, what we had all been waiting for… the food.
First things first, we were given a delicious post workout shake which had been made by blending Coconut Water, Banana, Pineapple and Coconut Yoghurt with the Active Women Pineapple and Coconut Vegan blend (recipe below) to really bring out the products key flavours. Cheshire based foodie The Raw Artisan was also on hand to help satisfy our post workout needs with some delicious raw goodies, which had also been made using ingredients from the range. I was especially a fan of the chai and chocolate bites which had just the right amount of kick.
The Power of Protein
The kings of protein (or should it be queens now?!) couldn’t let us leave without a presentation on protein and it’s importance for women.
Now I can often get defensive when it comes to ‘women specific’ sports nutrition, especially when a range features products with the word ‘diet’ on them (not EVERY woman wants to be on a diet!!!), but when the question ‘who thinks protein makes you bulky’ was asked and at least one of the girls put her hand up I realised there were still a lot of misconceptions in women’s fitness so it’s a great thing that My protein are highlighting the importance of protein for women (even if I’m not a fan of the ‘diet’ marketing tactic!).
During the presentation we learnt all about the range and how the products were high in protein, low in calories and fat and had reduced sugar content and added dietary fibre – sounds good right?! We were also taught about some of the lesser known ingredients in the products including sea kelp to help improve thyroid function and coconut water powder with electrolytes to help reduce cramps.
At the end of the event we were given some goodie bags full of protein treats to take away and try – I’ve obviously made my way through the bag already and I’m definitely going to try more of the range, in fact, I’ve already ordered some of the vegan blend protein powder and coconut & collagen tablets (I’ll let you know how I get on in round 2!).
The goodie bag also contained some product from Mio Skicare – another of the Hut Groups brands. I’ve heard rave reviews about their products and have always wanted to try them myself so was super excited to be gifted the Mio Workout Wonderball. I’ve been using this the past week and only have good things to say about it! I roll it over my back and shoulders after a workout and it instantly gives an intense cooling sensation to help soothe tired muscles, and the spearmint in it provides a lovely relaxing scent.
My protein were also kind enough to gift us with some new active wear (we were spoilt). The colours of the items are absolutely beautiful especially for Autumn and I can’t wait to wear them, however, I have to say that the quality of the pants isn’t great (sorry MyP) so if you are after something that will stay with you throughout a sweaty Crossfit session or Tough Mudder then I’d think again (especially if you are conscious of a see through bottom). But if it’s a core blimey session or a stylish outfit to wear to brunch with your fitfam, you can’t go wrong.
Post Workout Protein Recipe
I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any products from the range yet and what you think? Let me know in the comments below.