Ever since I started ALF Health in 2015, I wanted to offer high quality products that had minimal ingredients and that supported your health and fitness lifestyle.
While I don’t think supplements are ESSENTIAL, they can offer you support with your nutritional and health requirements, if you are unable to get it from food sources.
What I currently stock:
- Bare Blends organic WPI protein powders
- Bare Blends Bare Berries & Bare Greens Boosters
- PranaON Primal Protein Powders (paleo)
- PranaON Power Plant Protein Powders (plant based)
- PranaON Phyto Fire Protein Powders
- Fem21 Women’s Hormonal Support Blend
- Gelpro Australia Collagen Hydrolysate
Initially, all I stocked were Bare Blends protein powders and boosters. This was the best WPI (whey protein isolate) protein powder that I could find with minimal ingredients, nothing artificial, and with a delicious flavour! Both vanilla and raw cacao are still a hit amongst my clients and is the first protein I recommend.
I wanted to discuss a bit more in depth about each product so you can make a decision of what is best for you. I personally love all of them!
WPI is quickly and easily absorbed, which makes it perfect for feeding those muscle post workout. You can also combine it with a source of fat (nuts, coconut oil, coconut milk, etc) which will slow the digestion rate for those times where it is a snack, not post workout. It is the purest form of protein supplementation on the market and works well for most people.
WPI is creamy, and delicious, which makes it enjoyable to drink as the same time as being effective for weight maintenance and lean muscle development.
The benefits of WPI include:
- Promotes healthy weight loss in conjunction with an active lifestyle
- An ideal whey protein powder for women and men
- Assists in lean muscle building
- WPI helps to combat hunger cravings
- Assists in lowering blood pressure
- Boosts immune system function with beneficial immunoglobulins found in whey protein isolate
- Rich in Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA)
All Bare Blends WPI proteins are gluten free, sugar-free, low lactose and non-GMO.
The downfall of Bare Blends, however, is they only offer two main popular flavours (Vanilla Bean & Raw Cacao), and I, along with my clients, wanted variety. Bare Blends do have a 500g Matcha Vanilla WPI which is quite different, which the added benefits of green tea, but unless you love green tea, it isn’t an amazing flavour.
PranaON have an extensive list of flavours throughout their 3 types of protein.
I stock 1kg Bare Blends WPI for $62 (RRP $64.99 Cacao RRP Vanilla $67.99) – samples available
All of PranaON proteins are vegan and organic. I first sampled this over a year ago and fell in love with the flavour and the texture of it! Due to my skin problems and hormonal imbalance, I decided to opt for a vegan protein powder. I must say that only a SMALL amount of people have a negative reaction with WPI protein powders and I still wholeheartedly recommend them as a first option.
Commonly, vegan protein powders can be quite grainy and powdery but I found that this was AMAZING and still, to me, seemed like a decadent treat and I no longer missed WPI. Another positive is it had a high protein amount per serve, whereas other vegan proteins can be on the lower end of the nutritional scale. And the flavour options are – WOW!
Power Plant Protein
This plant based source is Vegan and Vegetarian friendly, with added amino acids to optimally fuel the process of muscle growth (hypertrophy), and digestive enzymes to increase the overall bio-availability and assimilation.
It is created from pea and rice proteins.
This natural and clean protein source is free from sugars, artificial sweeteners, GMO’s and fillers. Using only the very best natural, raw, sprouted and fermented proteins, PranaOn have created an optimal, muscle repairing and building ratio of amino acids.
Nothing artificial, vegan friendly, gluten free and over 30 grams of protein per serve!
- Vanilla Creme
- Coconut Milk
- Rich Chocolate
- Himalayan Salted Caramel
- Bananas ‘n Cream
RRP 1kg $69 (also available in 400g and 3kg and sample packs of all flavours)
Primal Protein has what it takes to challenge any existing amino acid profile on the market. Stripped back to Nature’s best, this new formulation utilises the power of plants and ancient super foods to give your diet the upper hand when it comes to nutrient density.
Where poor digestion has seen other fail this blend uses enzymatic force, prebiotic and probiotic power to nourish even the most delicate of digestive systems. Along with nervous system, hydration and hormonal support Primal Protein is more than just a protein powder – it is a tonic for good health, every day.
Paleo friendly, means this is based from a pea protein that is not only vegan, but is also free from grains.
- Wild Berry & Coconut
- Hazelnut Cacao (my personal favourite!)
- Vanilla Bean & Maple
RRP 1kg $79 (also available in 400g and 3kg and sample packs of all flavours)
Phyto Fire Protein
Phyto Fire Protein is the first thermogenic and metabolic boosting Plant Protein to feature such widely recognised ingredients that assist with weight management, appetite control and fat loss. These include Matcha Green Tea, Raspberry Ketones, L-Carnitine and Green Coffee Bean. In fact it contains over 11 key nutrients infused with our smooth, Organic and Alkaline Plant Protein blend.
This is formulated from pea and brown rice proteins.
A great way to get your protein, along with the ingredients that boost fat loss and metabolism. A great – all in one.
- Iced Mocha
- Chai Latte
- White Chocolate
- Super Berry
RRP 1kg $79 (also available in 400g and 3kg and sample packs of all flavours)
Bare Greens and Bare Berries are a delightful addition into your life to improve your wellbeing and support your gut health. Bare Berries is “unique blend of wild and rare and organic berries and fruits synergistically provides the entire body with unsurpassed antioxidant and anti-aging protection.” Whereas Bare Greens is a “synergistic blend of freeze-dried organic green vegetables, grasses, algae, fruits and Japanese matcha green tea will provide the nutrients needed to support an energetic lifestyle. Bursting with potent vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and phytonutrients, this unique blend will energise, revitalise and restore your body.”
I love Bare Blends boosters because they are freeze dried and have no additional fillers, preservatives and ingredients. You really are just getting the best out of it!
What is Fem21?
I think the below image speaks for itself. Check out the list! What an incredible blend of ingredients that effectively support so many areas that us women need and go through for optimal hormone balance and wellbeing. I was first introduced this through a friend and I love that it replaced the need for individual products that I had been previously recommended for thyroid, liver, gut health, skin, stress, hormones!! Unfortunately, you can’t take it whilst using hormonal contraceptives (pill, IUD, etc), and my personal choice is not use them, so I use this daily and can definitely notice a difference when I don’t have it!
I stock this for RRP $54.95
As we get older, our ability to produce collagen decreases. Collagen is fantastic for our joints, our skin, as well as a good source of protein.
Collagen is something that is marketed a lot for skin, and external products, however it is something that you need from inside-out!
- Aids, assists or helps in the maintenance of general well-being
- Improves digestion and has gut healing properties
- May help to reduce activity-related joint pain.
- Supports/maintains skin elasticity in women.
- Helps to promote reduction of eye wrinkle volume and increases components of the dermal matrix.
I stock both beef and marine collagen hydrolysate. Beef is $36.99 and Marine is $79.95. Bone Broth is another great source of collagen where you can make your own or buy dehydrated powders at health food stores.
In summary, I initially stocked Bare Blends as WPI is the most recommended type of protein for building lean muscle and for optimum post workout recovery. WPI is the preferred texture by many due to the creaminess from whey. I have lactose intolerant clients that have no problems using the Bare Blends WPI. However, I am also a big believer in the benefits of vegan proteins, particularly what PranaON offer, and I needed and wanted to stock a vegan protein for those who required vegan for various reasons. The ratio of amino acids and ingredients that PranaOn have created, along with the texture and flavour options, are brilliant!
PranaOn Phyto Fire is also a great way for those who are looking to improve their metabolism and burn more fat! I have many clients that use a WPI, a vegan protein and a phyto fire, simply for variety to achieve different benefits and also for the flavour choices available.
A great starting point is a Bare Blends WPI protein which I can almost guarantee that you will love! This is perfect on its own with water, almond or coconut milk, or enjoyed in smoothies, or even mixed with overnight oats for a protein hit.