MyProtein has helped with mine and many others fitness journeys every day. And now, just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean they’re about to stop.
As it’s starting to get colder and darker outside, I’m reluctant to blend up a nice protein smoothie or an ice cold protein shake. Instead, I’ve been craving hot chocolate, hot mochas and cosy, warm drinks *cough* Mulled wine *cough*.
Initially, I thought I could solve my dilemma by mixing my chocolate whey protein powder with warm milk. Then I tried warm water. But I soon realised that mixing my protein shake with hot water or hot milk, just wasn’t going to cut it, it didn’t live up to the hot chocolate protein concoction I’d been dreaming of.
High Protein Hot Chocolate
Creating a protein shake with normal whey and warm water does not equal Protein Hot Chocolate, believe me. To be honest, it’s more likely to equal scolded hands and arms when the protein shaker decides to abruptly explode – been there, done it.
However, MyProtein has solved every single Hot choccy craving you have with their Protein Hot Chocolate Mix. At first, I was pretty sceptical and decided it was probably just going to be normal protein powder marketed to look like something better. I was wrong.
Protein Hot Chocolate Mix:
With 15g of protein per serving this Hot Chocolate really kicks the standard carb laden cocoa into last week. Using not only Whey Protein for this, MyProtein have combined a mix of PeptoPro®, Milk Protein Concentrate and casein protein. Casein is a great protein to drink before bed as it works overnight due to it being a slow digesting protein. It keeps both you and your muscles satisfied longer.
Not just good before bed – although that is prime hot choccy time, It’s great to have any time of the day to increase your daily protein intake. Ensuring you’re getting the required amount of protein daily is vital as it helps contribute to the growth and maintenance of lean muscle and assists with muscle recovery.
All it takes is one scoop of the Protein Hot Chocolate Mix and 200ml of water and you have an instant creamy chocolate delight. Surprisingly thick considering there’s no milk or cream involved.
When I made my first hot chocolate I made the mistake of mixing it in the mug and this did leave a few little clumps so I’d advise mixing it up in a shaker first, then pouring it into a mug ready to put it in the microwave.
Always make this with cold water and heat in the microwave. Don’t attempt to use boiling water, especially in your protein shaker.
Nutrition and macros:
Not only does this protein hot chocolate have 15g of protein per serving but it has less than 5g of carbs and less than half a gramme of fat. That’s a pretty epic macro ratio of:
- Protein: 70%
- Carbohydrates: 24%
- Fat: 6%
|Per 100g||Per Serving||*RI|
|Energy||1419 kJ/335 kcal||355 kJ/84 kcal||4%|
|Fat||2.3 g||0.6 g||1%|
|of which saturates||1.6 g||0.4 g||2%|
|Carbohydrates||19 g||4.8 g||2%|
|of which sugars||17 g||4.3 g||5%|
|Protein||57 g||14 g||28%|
|Salt||1.3 g||0.33 g||6%|
Why Choose High Protein Over Normal Hot Chocolate
This High Protein Hot Chocolate taste and smells just like Cadburys Hot Chocolate, In my honest opinion, although It is possibly slightly sweeter. However, when you compare the nutritionals of this to Cadburys hot chocolate you can clearly see why picking the high protein version over the normal is better.
With less than 2g of Protein per serving, Over 17g of carbohydrates (which almost 15g are from sugar) and over 2g of fat, Cadburys is clearly unaware of balance. It’s obvious why people are flocking to the MyProtein website to get hold of this chocolatey treat over winter as opposed to Cadburys and other popular brands.
As I said earlier, my first opinion was that this was a marketing ploy. But after many failed attempts of making my own, I decided to cave and give it a try. I didn’t regret it. It makes these cold, dull winter evenings slightly more pleasant. Even more so when I can fit marshmallows and cream alongside my macros to spice this hot chocolate up even more!
However, whatever you do, do not add any sweetener or sugar to this, it really doesn’t need it.
Price and deals:
A 1kg bag of High Protein Hot Chocolate is going to cost you around £13.99 – that kg bag gives you up to 40 servings.
For a 2kg tin of Cadbury’s from Ebuyer.com, it costs £20.49. So, on average the MyProtein Protein Hot Chocolate IS more expensive – but it’s evident that the high protein powder’s health and nutritional benefits far outweigh the high sugared Cadburys.
Plus by using Protein Promo’s MyProtein offer page you can get loads of money off. In fact, thanks to our discounts it only cost us: £9.62 for the kg bag.
How to make a protein hot chocolate:
If you’re a real scrooge around Christmas and really can’t warrant spending less than 50p for a warm cup of happiness then I guess you can try and make your own homemade protein hot chocolate with this recipe. After all my experimenting, this was the best I managed to come up with – but I would still recommend buying the Protein hot chocolate mix.
- 2 cups of milk (full fat, skimmed, or semi – whatever you prefer/fits your goals)
- Half a cup of MyProtein Chocolate Smooth Whey Protein
- 2 Tablespoons of cacao powder
- Xanthan gum
- Warm all the ingredients in a pan, without boiling and stirring continuously. Add the xanthan gum as you go along ensuring you’re not overdoing it, as too much could make this more of a chocolate stodge than a hot chocolate.
- Add marshmallows – because everybody loves melted mallows…
While choosing my protein hot chocolate I decided to grab a sample sized pack of Protein Hot Mocha too. As an alternative to drinking choccy every day and night, this protein mocha is great. Maybe not so great in the evenings, though, as it does contain real coffee – meaning you’re getting up to 80mg of caffeine from it. Beneficial if you’re drinking it during the 3pm slump, but not so much if you want to sleep within the following couple of hours.
Nutrition and Macros:
With less fat and slightly less sugar than the hot chocolate, the protein mocha could be the perfect afternoon treat. Just check out these macros:
- Protein = 74% – 15g
- Carbohydrates = 22% – 4.4g
- Fat = 4% – 0.4
|Per 100g||Per Serving|
|Energy||1343 kJ/316 kcal||336 kJ/79 kcal|
|Fat||1.4 g||0.4 g|
|of which saturates||1.1 g||0.3 g|
|Carbohydrates||18 g||4.4 g|
|of which sugars||16 g||4 g|
|Protein||58 g||15 g|
|Salt||1.3 g||0.33 g|
Taste and Thoughts:
Very similar to the taste of the High Protein Hot Chocolate – it’s evident that MyProtein has used some of the same ingredients in these two products. However, the Mocha was slightly less sweet, which is great for people “who are sweet enough as it is”.
Another bonus is, that this actually has real coffee, not just flavourings. It’s especially good for a mid-week post-workout drink to re-boost the energy and help repair and maintain those muscles.
Just like the Protein Hot Chocolate makes sure you pre-mix the Hot Mocha in cold water first and then pour into a microwaveable mug to heat. It usually takes around 60-100 seconds, depending on how good your microwave is.
You can always add some milk, to cream it up a little more and make it seem more coffee like or you can sweeten it up with MyProtein’s sugar-free Syrups and some cream like I did.
I want to buy it now:
Of course, you want to buy it now. You’re probably sat at your desk reading this, procrastinating and lacking the energy to actually do your work. We could all use some Protein Hot Mocha for moments like this. A 1kg pack is £13.99 just like the hot chocolate. But, don’t forget you can use our exclusive offers to get it for a lot less – check out the MyProtein offers we have here.