Sunday, March 17, 2013

Review: Designer Whey Protein

One of my 2013 goals was to continue increasing my protein consumption to >90 grams per day.  Last year, I found that focusing on protein intake made my meals infinitely more satisfying, so I vowed to keep it up and take it to the next level.  Plus, there's the added benefits of consuming protein post-workout to help repair and build your muscles.  Because I've also been focusing on strength training and conditioning, protein has become that much more important.  I've been amping up my protein in the form of nutritious, real foods: wild fish, high-quality meat, and nature's perfect gift--eggs.

Many people use protein powders to bulk up meals or shakes after exercise.  I have never been one of them.  First, there was the period of time I wasn't really eating meat, so integrating whey or casein just didn't appeal.  This year, whey wasn't so scary anymore, but I simply wasn't in the habit and didn't really know why or where to start.

When Designer Whey sent over some of their products to sample, I figured it was as good a time as any to give whey a try!

Designer Whey creates protein products for fitness-minded consumers.  They aim for superior taste and quality in their convenient products, which are all made to suit an active lifestyle.  

Why use whey?  Their website lists the benefits, most notably and well-known being that it's a complete protein that is quickly absorbed by the body.  This quick absorption is what maximizes post-workout recovery, which is why it's a popular post-gym supplement.  It also boasts a "perfect amino acid profile for muscle building," is absorbed into the bloodstream faster than other proteins, and "works as an antioxidant to boost your body's immune system." 

So that's whey, but what's Designer Whey all about?  Read on to find out...

Designer Whey's mission is clear, and their products reflect their values.  They've got everything you could need to help you get the proteins, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids you need, whether you're at home or on the go.  After testing a few of them out, I can vouch that convenience and flavor are definitely evident in Designer Whey protein products.

First, the powder:

The most basic way I consumed this whey was as a simple shake.  The whole point, after all, is a fast, convenient way to get in protein, particularly after a workout.  Mix a scoop of powder with cold water, and you've got a delicious, protein-packed drink in seconds.  

Instant white chocolate milkshake. Amazing. 
Or vanilla!  Or chocolate! .. Or stawberry!

Smoothies also worked well, although my usual flavor combinations weren't always winners with the sweet but strong powder flavors. 

Once I get ahold of some pumpkin, I want to try the vanilla powder in my Fall Pumpkin Smoothie.   Will keep you posted when that happens.

Beyond shakes and smoothies, I have been doing a bit of experimenting with the powders.  Although I haven't quite hit the jackpot yet, I'll share some of what I've been trying:

White Chocolate Designer Whey Protein Powder + Plain Chobani Greek Yogurt 
= Vanilla frosting. I swear.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse is really the greatest invention ever.  
I tried swapping the usual cocoa powder for Designer Whey white chocolate whey powder, but it wasn't as potent as the cocoa, so the avocado flavor took over and blended somewhat strangely.

Tried turning my old paleo muffin recipe into protein powerhouses.  
The texture was perfect, although they were a bit bland because I was hoping the vanilla and cinnamon would bring enough flavor. They didn't.  I'll keep tweaking this and share the final product with you.

Lesson learned: the flavor is fantastic alone in a shake, but doesn't hold up strongly when combined and cooked.  I'd be interested to try these same experiments with their "Plain and Simple" powder.  The lack of flavor could work well with some of the recipes into which I'd like to incorporate the powder.

But that was all my silly kitchen playtime.  Designer Whey sent over recipes, and they've also got all kinds of recipes on their website.  Those look delicious, so check those out, or, of course, you could stick with the basic shake!

The key to Designer Whey's products is that they make protein quick, convenient, and even portable.  You can make a shake at home, or take one on the road!

These ready-to-drink high-protein shakes pack 18 grams of protein into a portable container that you can toss in your gym, work, or travel bag.  Easy peasy!

You can also bring along the Protein Bar, which tastes like candy but comes with way more nutritional benefit. 

Although the bars tasted delicious and are definitely a better on-the-go option than many other comparable bars, I found the ingredient list a bit too long and complex for my preferences. 

But, if that doesn't turn you off, then by all means, these were tasty, and help you increase your protein consumption effortlessly.  The bars come in three flavors: Chocolate Caramel Crunch, Triple Chocolate Crunch, and Peanut Butter Crunch.

One product I think is a useful addition is the Protein 2Go Drink Mix, which is a pocket-sized packet of powder that transforms ordinary water into a protein- and vitamin-filled lemonade, mixed berry drink, or tropical orange juice.  You can leave some packets in your purse or gym bag, so those 10 grams of protein (from only 50 calories) per serving are always there for you when you need them.

Source: Designer Whey

After tasting and testing these products, I can confirm that Designer Whey delivers on its promise of taste and quality!  Flavor and convenience are the most evident draws of these various products.  If you're a already a fan of whey powders and products, Designer Whey's products can help you bring your protein from your kitchen to your car, to your gym, to your desk.  Convenience and flavor do not disappoint.  

For me, using whey protein at all is a brand new experience, so I'm just getting my feet wet.  I have a bit of powder left, so I'll continue experimenting and see how my body responds. Personally, I don't love the lengthy and scientific ingredient list, but they are all gluten-free and naturally flavored and sweetened, so there's little to no price to pay for the fast-absorbing lean protein.    Will I continue using whey protein?  That's a firm maybe.  In general, I try to get my nutrients from real food rather than supplements and powders, but the convenience factor is certainly appealing!

If you're looking to help build lean muscle and support your fitness goals, Designer Whey could be for you!  Check out the website to learn more and explore the many product offerings to see which fit into your lifestyle.  

Do you use protein supplements?  Which ones?  In what forms?  This is all new to me, so I'm curious to learn more. Please share below!

Dislaimer: I received Designer Whey products as a FitFluential Ambassador in exchange for a review, but the opinions expressed above are entirely my own.


  1. What a fantastic review! I love your honest opinion of all the products! I've heard so many great things about that white chocolate protein flavor, but haven't been able to try it for myself just yet. I use protein supplements fairly often. I've realized recently that when I have a good amount of protein in my meals and snacks, it tends to keep me fuller longer. While I could just rely on whole foods like chicken and eggs and such, sometimes it's just more fun to play around with protein powders. I mostly go with whey proteins, but lately I've been experimenting with brown rice, egg white, and my new favorite, HEMP powder! I mix them up in just about anything...yogurt, oatmeal, shakes, but my favorite thing to do is make protein pancakes! And I'm not talking those dry, rubbery things you see plastered all over high-protein diet forums and stuff...I still don't understand how people can managed to choke those things down! Lol

  2. OH LALA! It all looks super yummy!

  3. IVE BEEN A HUGE FAN SINCE...back in the day.

    For me so much of the respect I have for DW is its LONGEVITY and staying power in such a flighty industry.

  4. I've heard a lot about them! Your muffins looks tasty!

  5. love love LOVE designer whey protein!!

  6. Great review, Meredith! I started using Aria which is made by Designer Whey, but not as harsh as other protein powders. I am definitely ready to expand my horizons. I add mine to hot oats after a workout and they help make the oatmeal creamy! I do love a good smoothie, weirdly, I just can't drink it plan.

  7. Very good & honest review! I love their products & am an affiliate so always love to hear things. I bake with their powders & have no probs but it all depends on the recipe & looking forward to your muffin one!

    The plain & simple is that - no taste so you will get the taste of whatever you add in there.

    I have mixed the Protein 2Go in Greek yogurt & the protein drinks - added a bit to coffee - delish!

  8. There are so many better tasting/flavored powders out there with similar or better macros. Protizyme, Syntrax, Giant to name a few..

  9. Thanks for the info, I just wanted to say that it is also important to know the different types of whey protein listed on the ingredient labels. Whey protein concentrate is the lowest and cheapest form of whey with high fat and carb contents that slow down the absorption rate of the protein, great to have before bed so you're getting nutrients through-out the night. Next comes Isolate, which has less fat and carbs, and a higher rate of absorption. And finally hydrolysate, which gets absorbed the fastest, great for a post workout supplement. Each form of whey has is benefits and drawbacks, but its important to make sure you always buy all natural whey protein because some companies add fillers and preservatives that can lead to consuming more carbs and fat than you need.

  10. An amazing post. I have really enjoyed the supplement course that I have been following as it has shown some great results thanks to evox whey protein.

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  14. Gaining weight is more about overall calorie intake. Whey will not help you gain weight if you are not eating enough calories.

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  18. I feel healthier, less run down, more alert and awake at school, and I feel that my recovery is better after a work out because I'm giving my body a ton of good things to rebuild with.

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