A few posts ago I mentioned that I’d ordered a pouch of MyProtein’s Total Breakfast, along with my usual whey protein. I was curious to try this out, as I usually have either Oatibix or Mornflake Toasted Oatbran with greek yogurt for breakfast but wanted to get more protein – without ditching my beloved oats. Seriously, I love oats. I know we’re all meant to eat eggs for breakfast but dammit I love oats. Ahem. Anyhow.
Total Breakfast is a shake mix containing whey, egg white, caffeine and oats (yay!) among other things. I ordered the vanilla flavour, with the idea that if it tasted truly horrible, I could add other things to it to mask the flavour. It’s a bit harder to do that with strawberry or chocolate shakes.
I admit, I was cynical. I am not generally a fan of protein products – I eat them because I have to, not because I choose to. I must have a spoiled palate, because I find products which other people declare as “delicious” (you know, like protein pancakes or raw paleo carb-free primal whatever protein balls) to be decidedly not delicious. So I was expecting Total Breakfast to be – at best – something I had to choke down rather than enjoy (you know, like Oatibix…OK, I’ll stop going on about how much I love oats. For now.)
I got my pouch in the usual super-speedy way I get all my MyProtein products. Top marks. Total Breakfast only comes in 2.1kg pouches, which is a lot (especially if it turned out I didn’t like it!) and you need 2 scoops (70g) to make up your shake, along with 400-500ml of liquid. To that end, it’s a good job I already owned a large protein shaker, as my standard SmartShake would not have been big enough.
I’ve been having my breakfast shakes with milk, so I can’t comment on the taste with water. However, the shake made up with milk is….surprisingly not awful! In fact, it’s pretty damn palatable. This is high praise indeed from me, hater of vegetables & lover of Krispy Kremes. The shake tastes, to me, like a melted Mr Whippy ice-cream, although the texture is obviously quite different thanks to the non-dissolving milled oats. But the texture is not unpleasant – if nothing else it’s a bit like very runny Ready-Brek.
As for mixability – it’s OK. Having a blender bottle like this one definitely helps, as does adding the powder to the liquid. Adding the liquid to the powder resulted in a rather concrete-like shake on the first day.
I’ve found that the shake takes me quite a lot longer to drink than the time I need to throw a bowl of Oatibix down my gullet (read: not very long at all) so I’ve been carrying it on my journey to the station (one mile, twice a day!) and drinking it on the train. Maybe this is just me, though – YMMV on how quickly you can gulp an extra-thick shake.
As for satiety – I have my Total Breakfast at 8.40am (on the train!) and am still feeling satisfied by the time lunchtime rolls around, so that’s a win.
Overall, I was really pleasantly surprised. OK, I may change my tune after 4 months of drinking the same damn breakfast every damn day, but for the moment I’m happy with it. I may actually try making my utter “oh god these taste awful” nemesis – protein pancakes – with it & shall report back if I do.
Note: this review was not endorsed by MyProtein. But hey, if you guys want to send me some free stuff…!