Designer Whey Sustained Energy Review

**I was given this product to sample by Designer Whey through Fitfluential. All opinions are my own**

I am one of those people that struggles with food. I eat crap on occasion, I don’t get enough fruits and vegetables on most days and I have a tendency to binge eat. I try and keep my diet simple enough that a trained seal could get it right. Mostly, I try and focus on getting enough protein in my day and I let the rest (hopefully) fall into place. Seeing as I am an occasional healthy eater I like be straight with you and let you know that I just had a small slice of a chocolate mousse pie. Followed up by hummus.  I have not joined the whole ‘let’s make cauliflower into a pizza dough and mashed potatoes substitute’ thing and probably won’t. Ever. To me food should be as it is intended to be. I don’t want to eat one food to pretend it is another. So, focusing on protein is easiest on me. I like protein rich foods and they are easy to come by in a few food groups. Score.

I had the opportunity to try some Designer Whey Protein Powder in February and I fell in love. There is a high protein content per scoop of powder and it is low in calories, which makes it the gold standard of powders. I have purchased a few containers since then, and it has not disappointed. I was given the chance to try Designer Whey’s new Protein Powder: Sustained Energy.
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This new powder is designed to give you balanced, stimulant-free, sustained energy through fast absorbing whey protein and slower absorbing soy and casein proteins, giving you a steady supply of essential amino acids while helping you control hunger with fiber.  Packed with 16 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 19 Essential Vitamins & Minerals and naturally flavored and sweetened – all for only 100-good-for-you calories! Plus, it comes in 2 delicious flavors!
Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Velvet.
IMG_1462I have tried each flavor a few times. I am not the biggest vanilla protein powder fan, but this one was good. Not as creamy as I would like, but like I said, not the biggest vanilla fan. The chocolate velvet was very good, could have been a bit creamier as well…can you tell that I like creamy protein shakes? I loved having a protein shake after my runs with Designer Whey Sustained Energy protein powders. I typically mix the powder with ice, water, 1-2 cups of spinach and a banana. If I’m feeling jazzy I’ll throw in some frozen blueberries.
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And what tastes better after a long and HOT summer run than a cold shake?  Not much. Not much at all. I devoured my shake after my run on Sunday, it could not have tasted any better!
2013-07-19 19.06.20And yes, that is wood on our walls. No, not wood paneling. Actual wood. Our house is straight stylin’ from 1978.
Seriously though, after exercise I have a protein shake within 20 minutes of my workout ending, I shower up and then have a small meal with a good carb in it. I don’t do this after a small 3 mile run, but after substantial mileage or a good amount of time spent doing the activity, I make sure I fuel properly. And since I am occasionally healthy I am counting this 100 calorie per scoop protein powder in the health category! These Designer Whey Sustained Energy protein powders did keep me pretty full for the next few hours. I did eat a small meal after I cleaned up, but it probably wasn’t necessary.

What kind of protein powder do you swear by?
Do you make sure to get protein after a hard workout?



  1. I don’t do much with protein powders. I have a sensitivity to soy and a majority have soy in them. I wish I could, I feel like so many people have such great experiences using protein shakes in their routines…

    • Ugh, luckily I am really not allergic to anything like that. Except some milk products, so I can only get certain types of protein powder. That doesn’t really limit me though, there are a billion different types.

  2. I am always on the lookout for a good protein powder, but since soy is bad for your thyroid, and I am already hypothyroid, I have to stay away from most. I have friends who love Designer Whey though, and I must admit…I’m jealous.

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