The Protein Pick & Mix. The very name of this online store fills me with the joy of being a kid in a candy shop, with the added benefit of potential GAINZ on top. Everything is available is single servings so if you’re wanting to try out new shakes, supplements or snacks, this is the place for you. Seriously, I love this store – upon clapping eyes on their site, I knew I had to make a cheeky order!
You can get a 10% discount off your first Protein Pick & Mix order by clicking this link (let the page load fully!)
Their branding is spot on, with everything from the candy striped background to how my order arrived – in sweetie bags with Protein Pick & Mix stickers to match. My delivery arrived within two days and I am now a member of the Brownie Points scheme, meaning my loyalty will be rewarded with store credit. A fantastic offer for such a relatively small company. I decided to try out the much-hyped Quest bars and also a nut butter that the sound of tickled my taste buds…
Quest bars are the toast of the fitness world, and I’m not one to miss out on a hype. They contain 20g of protein with around 170 calories per bar, so in theory a great treat if you’re trying to lean out. There’s one small catch for me, though: they’re horrible! To me it’s like eating a piece of dried-out old chewing gum. They taste really overly sweetened – despite having no added sugar – and my teeth felt funny afterwards. I also feel the picture on the front of the pack is misleading – I, perhaps naively, expected the bars to vaguely resemble the snacks they’re named after, like cookies & cream or peanut butter cups. Actually, they just look like reformed cake batter.
Although I’m glad I finally tried them this is not an experience I will be repeating!
Good news, though: I LOVED the other product I ordered from the Protein Pick & Mix, which was Nuts ‘N More‘s Almond Cinnamon & Raisin butter. They seem to have trouble keeping these guys in stock so it seems I’m not alone in being a fan. Although it was a little strange at first, especially the texture, the more I eat it, the more addicted I am! I’ve found it’s best alone on rice cakes as the flavours really complement each other, and with smoothies, yoghurt, or pancakes, adds a real flavoursome kick. There are 7 grams of protein per tablespoon and also 8.5 grams of good fats from the almonds and added flax, for only 96 calories.
I will definitely be ordering from the Protein Pick & Mix again – partly to get my Nuts ‘N More fix and to try out some new things, but also because of the beautiful package you receive. It’s like that Friday after-school treat trip to the sweet shop all over again – but a lot healthier!