Good nutrition is a vital part of any fitness plan. The redesigned Nutri1st sports nutrition range from Tesco makes it easy to get your nutrition right.
Disclosure: I received a selection of Tesco’s Nutri1st sports nutrition products for review. The opinions below are my own and unbiased.
I’ve had a bit of a nightmare with injuries over the last couple of years. In August 2015, I somehow injured my back and was in immense pain for months. A course of sports acupuncture reduced the pain down to a tolerable level by the start of 2016, but it was the summer before I was able to do anything more strenuous than walking Charlie. Then in October last year, I developed severe pain in my heel and in the sole of my foot. I suspect that I had taken things too quickly in the gym and wasn’t stretching my calves enough afterwards.
Being out of action for so long has been incredibly frustrating, but I’m finally back in the gym. I’ve treated myself to some new trainers to celebrate the occasion, and Tesco have very kindly sent me some of their Nutri1st sports nutrition to try out as well.
I’ve been interested in sports nutrition for years, particularly while Lyle was training intensively as a junior tennis player. Working out in the gym or going out for a run is fantastic, but it’s important to help your body recover afterwards if you want to get the best results. I wrote more about this subject in this blog post about Recovery Snacks.
Products like the Nutri1st range take the guesswork out of Sports Nutrition, meaning you can easily get the right levels of protein and carbs in your diet. It’s important to make sure that you don’t overdo the calories if you are not training intensively, but this range is designed to be suitable for everyone from beginners to elite athletes.
The Nutri1st Rebuild range is great to use either before or after exercise. I received the Whey protein powder in both the chocolate and strawberry flavours, as well as the protein bars. When I’m choosing protein powder, I want something that delivers a decent amount of protein, tastes good, and blends easily. The Nutri1st powders definitely tick all of those boxes.
Usually I prefer chocolate protein powder, and this one has a nice smooth, chocolate flavour. It blends really easily, so there are no horrible lumps of powder to spoil my post-gym recovery drink. Each scoop of powder contains 20g of protein, which isn’t as high as my usual powder but it’s pretty good.
The strawberry powder is equally smooth and pleasant to drink. I’m not a big fan of strawberry flavour drinks in general but this one tastes good. Both of these protein powders are also ideal to add to overnight oats, or to whizz up a batch of protein pancakes. They’re priced at £23.00 for a 1kg resealable pouch, which is comparable to my usual powder.
I also tried the protein bars – they’re available in Cookies and Cream, and Crunchy Caramel Vanilla varieties and cost £1.50 each. Protein bars are a really convenient way to add protein into your diet when you’re on the go. Mark often eats one at work mid-afternoon before an evening workout. The problem is that they can often be a bit tasteless and very very chewy. Eating one can sometimes feel like a workout in itself.
But the Nutri1st bars are so delicious that they just taste like an everyday chocolate bar. In fact, I think the only problem could be that they taste too good. You might find yourself wanting to eat them at other times as well!
The range also includes Nutri1st Gain, which is aimed at gym goers who want to add muscle mass quickly. It’s high in both carbs and protein so it’s perfect if you want to gain quickly. This costs £37.00 for a 2kg resealable pouch. There’s also Nutri1st Perform, which costs £33.00 for a 2kg resealable pouch. Each serving contains 30g of protein as well as Creatine, which makes it ideal before High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts. Mark is just starting to do Insanity workouts again, and I know this is going to be perfect for him.
The Tesco Nutri1st range also includes a creatine powder that you can add to any protein powder drink. That is priced at £10 for 225g.
Obviously, because the protein powders and protein bars are whey based, these are not suitable for vegans. All of the Nutri1st range is registered with Informed-Sport, so you can be sure that every product is quality and safety assured.