Over the last couple of months I’ve been trying one or two supplements in exchange for my thoughts on them. Here’s a little round up of the products which I’ve been testing and how I got on with them.
***Disclosure: As usual; all opinions are quite clearly my own, and I received no other incentives to write about these products other than the samples themselves for consideration.***
Whey Box – The Most Convenient Whey
Whey Box is a service whereby one sets up a subscription, and a box of protein sachets are delivered to your door each month. I signed up to try this out and received a box of five flavours and a branded shaker in the mail.
What they say:
- Whey Box is primarily about convenience, with an easy to order service. Once you sign up, the protein shows up, and you can take the sachets everywhere with ease.
- Each sachet is 30g and contains around 120kcal, 22g protein, 3g carbs, 2g fat.
- A monthly subscription of 10 sachets costs £14.99 a month, 20 sachets costs £24.99
What I think:
- I tried Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, Chocolate Orange, Cookies and Cream, and Gingerbread. The flavours are perfectly acceptable but nothing different from any other brand out there.
- I tried one with water and it was chalky and unpleasant in texture; I tried the others with Oat milk and I much preferred it.
- For me it feels like a fix to a problem which doesn’t exist; I have a tubs of my preferred protein supplements at home and a tub at work. If I choose to have a protein shake after a workout or for breakfast, then it’s right there to use. I have never found myself in a situation where I’ve not been able to ‘get my protein fix’ (their words) conveniently.
- The pricing is ka-razy. A box of 10 contains 300g of product at £14.99, which works out at £49.96 per kilogram of product, or approximately £1.51 per 30g serving. I can buy a kilo of my preferred protein powder (PhD Nutrition Diet Whey) and have it delivered to my door for £16.95 from Amazon, which is roughly £0.51p per 30g serving. To me, that makes no financial sense whatsoever.
So it’s a no from me on this service; the products were perfectly tasty (gingerbread was my favourite) but I could not justify paying so much more for a service which ultimately, I don’t need.
Kind Bars – A new KIND of snack bar
Kind asked if they could send me a selection of their snack bars, and I said YES PLEASE. I received a box with one of each flavour to try, including some new ones which I haven’t seen in the shops yet.
What they say:
- KIND bars are a delicious, wholesome snack made quite simply from whole nuts and fruits, bound together in honey. Not only do their unique flavour combinations taste great, they’re also gluten-free, high in fibre, and contain no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.
- KIND bars have recently been released in the UK, but have been ‘One of the US most beloved snack bar ranges’ for some time.
- There are two ranges: KIND Nuts & Spices, and KIND Fruit & Nut. Nuts & Spices bars are whole nuts flavoured with delicious spices. With about 1 tsp of sugar per bar, each has on average over 40% less sugar (per 100g) compared to similar snack bars. Fruit & Nut bars are all about simplicity. Just whole nuts and fruit bound together in honey.
- KIND bars can be found in Whole Foods Markets (£1.49), Tesco stores (£1.29), Sainsbury’s (£1.25) and Waitrose (£1.29) nationwide
What I think:
- I absolutely love these snacks and am really pleased you can get them in the UK now. I love how they are comprised of whole nuts, and eating them feels very substantial.
- They are really calorie-dense, so great for taking out on the trail. You need to remember this when you feel like snacking at 3pm on a Thursday though, as they are heavy going in terms of natural fats.
- The flavours are unique, and I love the ones with sea salt flakes in them – dark chocolate nuts and sea salt, caramel almond and sea salt, and maple glazed pecan and sea salt. YUM.
So it’s a resounding HELL YES for me on these, and I hope that I can purchase them by the box soon.
Red Kooga Natural Energy Release Tablets
I received so many emails from different people working on behalf of Red Kooga, that eventually I decided to take up their offer to sample the product just to see what it was all about. They sent me a 60 day supply of tablets, and I’ve taken two a day as instructed for the last two months.
What they say:
- Red Kooga Natural Energy Release Tablets help provide the mind and body with a bit more ‘oomph’ when slowing down isn’t an option. It is formulated with Panax Ginseng and Guarana herbs.
- Panax ginseng is a herb used in the Orient for thousands of years to promote vitality and maintain mental alertness. Guarana herb helps provide a natural source of caffeine, providing a gentle way to help you feel sharp and mentally alert.
- Red Kooga is a natural remedy product, the tablets can be taken as a great energy booster when working out or even just to keep up with the busyness of everyday life, acting as a great alternative to coffee, energy drinks or sugary treats.
- Ginseng supplements are best taken for a 6-8 week period followed by a couple of weeks break to obtain the maximum benefit
What I think:
- I was interested in trying this product because at this time of year I really struggle with energy levels as it gets darker, and remain entirely reliant on too much coffee to make me function as a normal human.
- I took the product for 8 weeks and then took a break as instructed – I have noticed absolutely no difference in my mental alertness, or my general awakeness.
- I took it morning and night for two weeks before I realised that technically it has caffeine in it (derived from guarana). If the pills are supposed to an alternative for coffee or energy drinks, the fact that I took them then happily fell asleep counteracts that claim quite solidly.
- I like a side of science with my supplements. There is little research available to back up the claims which are made about the benefits of ginseng and how effective it might be.
I’ve never been a great fan of homeopathy as a reliable fix for problems, so I will admit to not expecting great things from this supplement, and not being surprised when I saw no results. I was happy to experiment with the product though, as this is not something I would normally purchase. If you want to try it yourself, then you can get it for £7.99 a box from Boots. For the same money though, you can buy a bag of high quality coffee beans and perhaps wake up a little more quickly…