While my approach to food and to nourishing my body leaves little room for synthetic shakes and supplements, since starting crossfit I have found a real need for an easily digestible and not overly filling form of protein. After a major illness and dangerous weight loss in 2015, I had managed to recover some weight over the past year — but had yet to reach optimal health. After adding crossfit into the mix, eating an excess of calories in order to put on weight quickly took on a whoooole new meaning. If you think you eat a lot of food? THINK AGAIN. Picture: stuffed. Ill. Bloated…and with a crazy-ass grocery bill.
And that’s when I came across Rootz Nutrition. Not only is the ingredients list clean, short and simple, but the company is small and transparent — I love supporting smaller companies who are just trying to make a living out of a passion to help others. What is more, Rootz places a super cool emphasis on micronutrients. Sure, focussing on macronutrients around a work-out (particularly carbs and protein in that post-workout window) is important, but oftentimes when we replace real, whole food with a supplement we miss out on key vitamins and minerals. Enter Rootz. In addition to egg white and hemp protein (yes it is vegetarian friendly, as well as paleo) their Paleo Protein Blend includes highly nutrient-dense sea veggies (spirulina)!, dark leafy greens, broccoli, bee pollen, maca and the classically antioxidant-rich blueberries. Weird as it all might sound, the overall flavour is marketed as “Chocolate Banana Nut” and hoooo boy…does it taste delicious.
Anyway, I have teamed up with Rootz to offer you a 10% discount on any of their current products! If you’re interested, take a peek via the following link (rootznutrition.com) and use the code havenamy at checkout.
If you don’t have any need for a protein powder however, no worries! While adding in that protein shake (pro-tip — it tastes amazing mixed with coconut water and you’ll get some mineral-rich simple sugars to replenish muscle glycogen) has done wonders for my recovery and my ability to put on muscle in the past couple of months, we all have different goals, needs and bodies. In all honesty, while I adore this company and their protein blend, and intend to continue to use it in the future, I’ve currently had to take a break to explore other clean protein options after testing positive for a severe egg white intolerance test. C’est la vie! For those of you who have the same misfortune, hopefully I’ll have some great recommendations of you soon.