Probably the best time to start a new regime is on the first month of the new year. Whether your goals are to lose weight or to put on some muscle you need essential macronutrients to weather and keep track of your caloric intake regardless of the goal you are aiming to achieve.
At Gains2Power we have tried and tested both of Dr Zak’s Protein Bread and Protein Pasta and have given it some thought in how to approach this review, as it is our first actual food (not supplement) review we have published. Let’s kick things off with the bread…
As you can see from the bread itself, you would not think that it is protein bread at all by the look of it.
The Taste – The bread tastes of high quality bread, it has been excellently made to ‘be bread’ but with the boost of 15 grams of protein per slice, which compared to a standard bread slice, which would consist of no more than 6 grams. We were expecting that ‘protein taste’ you get in a protein bar, however we were stunned and our eyes opened widely to how good the texture and taste was. This bread can be the decisive point in hitting your protein needs on a day to day basis.
An ideal choice for those who want to have a restricted carbohydrate intake and a higher protein intake, which is another USP of this bread is that it has restricted carbohydrates at a mere 14.9 grams per slice, which is at least 5 grams fewer than Hovis bread for example. Adding more protein to the mix ultimately leaves room to reduce the carbohydrate intake, which ultimately benefits the ‘low carb dieter’.
The Feel – The bread also was a delight for us in cleaning up, it left almost no crumbs on our board to wipe, even when the bread was toasted, it held together very well indeed.
The Price – The price of the bread is affordable if you have high fitness goals and want to maintain a lifestyle of eating quality foods, however some may feel it is slightly overpriced. At £4.49 per loaf, one can argue that it holds high unique properties which gives it the higher price tag, in fact some would see this as a bargain in comparison to quick snacks such as protein bars and shakes. This gives you the satisfaction of eating high protein foods and making your own sandwiches out of it. Or even just scraping some peanut butter over it to fill you up more than a typical protein bar which range from anything between £1.50-4.90.
Overall we give this protein bread a 9/10 for how accurate the bread tastes and feels and ultimately the additional grams of protein.
Let’s move onto the Protein Pasta…
The amazing thing about pasta is the limitless recipes you can make. What’s also amazing is the how well designed and manufactured the pasta looks and tastes. Here’s our take on the unique Protein Pasta from Dr Zak’s.
The Taste – The taste of the pasta has be highlighted that it doesn’t taste like your ordinary pasta, it has a level of ‘heaviness’ to it which can for some be a turn off, but for the individual who loves their food, will appreciate the efforts make by Dr Zak’s and the team. With an astonishing 50 grams of protein per 100 gram serving, it is bound to have a heavy taste and texture. There’s no denying that this product is individual seeking to put on muscle and who has a higher macronutrient need for protein every day. That said, it also can be a delicious addition to people who are on a controlled diet or regiment.
The Feel – As mentioned above, the feel has a heavy texture to it, but it is also worth pointing out that the pasta does require a considerable amount of chewing.
One thing is certain, if you have a busy lifestyle and need to consume your calories in one or two meals because you are stripped for time, then Dr Zak’s Protein Pasta is the answer with its high protein and moderate carbohydrate level.
The Price – Similar to the protein bread, it does have its own price tag as well. With one pack coming in at £4.70, you can’t complain too much if you have a busy lifestyle and frequently resort to restaurants being stripped for time. Normally, a pasta dish at the typical Italian restaurant will range from £7.00-14.00, and that is with a lesser amount of protein and a small amount of meat on top depending on your preference. Dr Zak’s Protein Pasta provides you with high protein levels and the opportunity to create a very high protein meal.