I had a chance to try a new ice cream recently - a no-brainer, right? Well, yes and no. I'm always up for a treat, but I have to be careful. Wheyhey stood out because it promised a big dose of protein - 20 grams of the highest quality whey protein isolate per serving - and a sugar-free recipe using the natural sweetener Xylitol, making it an ideal indulgence for weight loss plans, sport activity and diabetics. I'm kind of diabetic, so that was important. (I'll explain what 'kind of diabetic' means. In 2012 I had a blood test because I couldn't get rid of a chest cold and thanks to the NHS diabetes screening program my high levels of glucose were picked up. A second test confirmed it and I was told I have Type 2 diabetes. I was in shock, and so were the doctors; I didn't fit the profile of a diabetic. Due to all the factors involved I was told I would manage it with diet and exercise rather than be put on medication. I was really freaked out and scared because the complications of diabetes are absolutely dire and that motivated me to beat it, and I did. I cut out all refined sugar (I'm pretty sure a major contributing factor to my diabetes was drinking something that rhymes with 'Moke' every day) and I exercised regularly which 'unlocks' the cells so the insulin can deal with the glucose. In less than a year my Hba1c results were in the non-diabetic range and they've steadily gone further down since then, so I'm no longer considered diabetic. However, I am still careful because I was young to get Type 2 diabetes and it was not predictable in my case, so I don't want to chance it coming back any time soon. And although I'm firmly in the non-diabetic range, I suspect my system isn't as normal as someone who has never been diabetic. If I learned anything, it's that what they say about sugar being the devil is true. If you're consuming a lot of refined sugar in food or drinks, you're going to be in trouble at some point.)
Back to the ice cream! There are four flavours of Wheyhey: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry and Banoffee, available in 150ml (£2.50) and 500ml sizes (£6.50). I tried the smaller one and it's the perfect 'dose' of a treat. I like all of the flavours and I think my favourite may actually be the vanilla, and there is no artificial sweetener after taste. Wheyhey kind of has its own thing going on with the texture (it reminds me of gelato) and flavour which would be due to the fact that it's not a conventional ice cream recipe, but it holds its own as a treat. I didn't feel as if I was compromising; in fact it made the perfect guilt-free indulgence.
Here's why I like Wheyhey Protein Ice Cream: It tastes really good and in addition to being sugar-free it contains no saturated fat. It fills you up for hours and it only takes 150 calories to do that if you have the 150ml size. I work from home so I tend to graze, and after one of these little pots, the last thing I'm thinking of is food; protein is very filling. I have to admit I don't think I could trust myself with the 500ml tub, I probably wouldn't be able to stop eating it, so the little one is perfect and it comes with a spoon in the lid for eating on the go. You can buy Wheyhey online at Ocado and Musclefood.
And if you're a fan of David Gandy you may be interested to know he was so impressed with Wheyhey ice cream that he invested in the company in 2013: