WIAW: Designer Whey’s Sustained Energy

Back in May I was given the opportunity to try a handful of Designer Whey’s products, I had a great experience. So when I found out I would be able to try the new product line of products, through my relationship with FitFluential, I jumped at the chance.

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Designer Whey has created a new blend of protein powders, in Chocolate Velvet and Vanilla Bean. This is DW’s Sustained Energy line. This product is a blended powder, it has whey, soy and casein. The whey digest quickly to fill you up and the soy and caseins absorb slowly, which helps you stat energized for hours. Each scoop is 100 calories, has 5 grams of fiber, and 16 grams of protein. So how did these products fare in my kitchen?

I’d say that Designer Whey knocked it out of the park again.

The first smoothie I made was one of my favorites

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1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
1 handful of Spinach
1 scoop of Designer Whey Sustained Energy: Chocolate Velvet
1 Tablespoon of Natural Peanut Butter
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen raspberries

I absolutely loved the chocolate flavor, it gave the smoothie a nice smooth and creamy consistency! So far so good.

Next up was the everyday oatmeal test. I always use some sort of vanilla flavor in my oatmeal and the Vanilla Bean was my choice.

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I am so glad I had this. The flavor was great with the oatmeal and really thickened up my daily oatmeal. The day I tried this I then proceeded to lock myself out of the house with B. I had to wait until Nick could get a break at work to come home and let me back in the house. Of course all of this was during this ridiculous heat wave we have been having.

Normally, I would be ready to eat my arm at this point and feeling really low, but surprisingly I was feeling good. A+ Designer Whey.

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With the powders, I received a copy of the June issue of Shape Magazine. Inside the magazine was a recipe for a Tropical Tone Up Smoothie.

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1/2 cup skim milk (I swapped out for unsweetened Almond)
1 scoop Designer Whey Sustained Energy Vanilla Bean
1/2 banana
1/2 cup pineapple (I used frozen)
pinch of cinnamon
1 cup of ice (I substituted with 1/2 cup frozen peaches)

It was so good even B wanted some (I made his without protein powder though)

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I love the new products from Designer Whey, its official. I have had some really bad protein powders, and Designer Whey keeps me happy with every powder they have.

Now onto the rest of WIAW!


I haven’t been eating just oatmeal, smoothies, and cake!

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This salad has been a staple around here. I love summer mostly because I gorge on tomatoes and watermelon.

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My go-to lunch has also been grilled chicken and roasted veggies!

Have you tried the new Designer Whey products? What are your summer staples?

Get Your Protein On: Designer Whey Review

It’s no secret that I travel a lot. Actually, the first few months after we moved into our new house we stayed put for a few months, but B and I were constantly on the go during the week, and now that the warmer weather is here we are starting to have more plans during the weekends that involve travel.

The hardest part of me sticking to my new normal is traveling. I don’t always have my foods on hand. I needed to find a way to get calories in, and not at the hands of something involving a drive thru.

Enter, Designer Whey, I haven’t always been a fan of protein powder. Mostly because I was getting the wrong kind. Powders that tasted chalky and gross, bars that were rock hard, you get the picture.

My friend, Caitlin introduced me to ARIA, a protein powder that’s 50% whey and 50% soy from Designer Whey and I was hooked. I added it to my oatmeal, smoothies, used it in protein muffins and bites. I wanted to try other flavors, but I was afraid I wouldn’t like the way they tasted. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that awhile back I bought a canister of Designer Whey Vanilla Almond, I was in love with it from the first smoothie I made. I knew that I needed to try the rest of the flavors.

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Luckily, I was provided with the above products by Designer Whey , free of charge, through my Ambassadorship with Fitfluential. I was not compensated and as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Not only did they send me a box packed full of all of their products, but the box itself was awesome. Each sidebar had a QR code, so you could access the recipe for that Mango Madness smoothie, get info on the Savage Race, etc… I like a company that really thinks about its customer, and shows you ways you can use the product.

In the box was a canister of the White Chocolate and French Vanilla Protein Powders. Two bars of each protein bar flavor (Peanut Butter Crunch, Chocolate Crunch, and Caramel Chocolate Crunch), One box of each Protein 2Go flavor (Lemonade, Mixed Berry, and Tropical Orange), and one of each Protein Shake (Gourmet Chocolate and French Vanilla).

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I tweeted Designer Whey and asked if I should put the protein shake in the fridge prior to using it or if wasn’t necessary. They said it was fine either way, I decided to go for it. I put it in the fridge before bed and brought it to the gym with me the following morning. I loved the flavor, it tasted similar to chocolate milk, but wasn’t as sweet, which I prefer. I also loved that there was no chalky after taste, but I can’t drink a lot right after a hard workout, so I only had half and saved the rest for the next day. I kept forgetting to bring the French Vanilla with me to the gym, and one Instagram user suggested using it as a creamer. I definitely tried this the next morning and it was delicious. The Gourmet Chocolate has 100 calories, 18g of protein and 3g of sugar.

I tried the first Protein Bar (Triple Chocolate) when I was out running errands and I was crashing since I forgot to pack a snack for myself. It wasn’t rock hard, a huge plus, and the flavor was spot on, again no chalkiness. The bar has 160 calories and 10 g of protein, my issue is the 13g of sugar, I know other bars have much more than that (some have double), and in a moment of needing to eat, it’s not a terrible option, but it wouldn’t be my first suggestion. That being said, I did try the Chocolate Caramel and Peanut Butter Crunch, both had great flavor, and out of all three the Peanut Butter was my favorite.

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One day a week I go to the gym, come home inhale a bowl of oatmeal (with a scoop of protein powder and peanut butter mixed in), then I grab B and we head to swim lessons. I love swimming with B, but he is still very dependent on me so I end up doing quite a bit of work. That being said I am famished afterwards and I usually get home ASAP, give B lunch and put him to bed, and shower so I end up eating 30-45 minutes after we leave the pool.

This past week I gave the protein 2Go pouches a try. Mix one packet into a bottle of 16-20 oz of water. I tried the lemonade flavor first, and I really struggled at getting the entire packet to mix. I still ended up with chunks of protein which threw me off. I liked the lemonade flavor, but I haven’t tried the others yet since I was afraid of the chunking thing happening again. Hopefully, I can try it after swim tomorrow and will have more success!

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My two favorite ways to enjoy protein powder is in my oatmeal and smoothies. I am always experimenting with new flavors and powders, and yesterday I had my favorite smoothie, ever.

The Mocha Protein Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 scoop White Chocolate Designer Whey Protein Powder
1/2 cup crushed ice
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 packet of Starbucks Via (or any instant coffee)

Blend until smooth

DELICIOUS. This was the afternoon pick-me-up I so desperately needed. I think it would be even better if I replaces the cocoa powder and protein powder with a Chocolate protein powder.

Unfortunately, my blender broke while I was blending this so I ended up with some ice chunks still in my smoothie. I am really upset because in order to have any more these treats I need a new blender!

I now know that if I see any flavors that I haven’t tried (any of the chocolates or vanilla praline) I will be buying them immediately and testing them out for you all.

Have you ever had Designer Whey? What is your favorite creation to make with protein powder?

Make sure you check out Jenn’s blog for more treats and recipes for WIAW!