Bodybuilding Supplements – What a Professional Takes!

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Buying protein powder, collagen, vitamin supplements and concerned by the cost? Spare a thought for the poor bodybuilder! If you’ve every been curious about the bodybuilding supplements that a seasoned pro takes, read on. SmartPlay spoke to Tom Lawry, a competitive bodybuilder, to get an understanding of what supplements and vitamins he takes on a … Read more

Crunchy Mint Protein Cups

Crunchy Mint Protein Cups

It’s time for a confession. I adore the mint and chocolate flavour combination. Mint slice cookies, after dinner mint chocolates, mint choc chip ice cream – I’m a sucker for them all. So it’s probably no surprise to learn that I simply can’t resist these Crunchy Mint Protein Cups. A perfectly balanced chocolatey, nutty bottom … Read more

Brilliant Buckwheat Protein Pancakes

Buckwheat Protein Pancakes with yoghurt and fruit filling.

Gluten free but high in protein and big on flavour, these buckwheat protein pancakes are delicious plain, or can be jazzed up with the addition of a few extra flavourings to make a pretty dessert if you’re entertaining. And best of all – you can have them on the table in minutes! Feel like to … Read more

Protein Powder – Our Ultimate Guide

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Protein Powder – Not just for Bodybuilders It seems like only a few years ago that protein powder was something only bodybuilders took. Well, not anymore. These days, protein powder is a booming business and it is everywhere, from pharmacy shelves to your local supermarket. What’s more, having a tub of whey isolate powder sitting … Read more

Nutty Carrot and Oat Protein Bread Recipe

Nutty Carrot and Oat Protein Bread

There’s a reason why people bake cakes or bread in their kitchen just before opening their house for a sale inspection. Few things say comfort and home like the scent of freshly baked goods – and our nutty carrot and oat protein bread is the prime example. Falling halfway between a cake and a bread, … Read more

Kids Protein Powder

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With protein powder being so common in both gym lockers and on kitchen shelves, it’s not really surprising that there is increasing interest in kids protein powder and that they are starting to appear on the market. But are kids protein powders safe? Should you look at adding them to your child’s diet? And which … Read more

Collagen Powder – Animal, Marine & Plant-Based

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The collagen supplement business has exploded over the last couple of years. Suddenly it seems as if every major beauty brand and a whole army of social media influencers are either promoting a new collagen powder or attempting to convince you of the magical properties of a collagen cream. In this article, we’re going to … Read more

Protein Powder – Soy, Rice, Pea, Hemp, Collagen, Spirulina & Vegan Protein Powder Blends

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Whether you wish to build muscle mass, supplement your regular diet, pack in nutrients as you train for a sporting event, compensate for skipping meals or are even trying to lose weight, there are many reasons to take protein powder. Why Choose a Vegan Protein Powder? There are just as many reasons why people choose … Read more

High Protein Banana Bread Recipe

High Protein Banana Bread Loaf, wrapped in brown paper and string, on a wooden table

Banana bread is a staple of cafes and bakeries the length and breadth of Australia and for good reason. It’s delicious and filling. And if you follow our high protein banana bread recipe, it can be virtually guilt-free as well! Many of us view banana bread as a healthy snack. After all, it’s got fruit … Read more

Easy Banana Oats Protein Pancakes

Banan oats protein pancakes recipe with fresh strawberries and nuts

In this delicious and simple recipe, bananas and oats are blitzed in the blender to make irresistibly fluffy protein pancakes. Confession time. I’ve been hearing about high protein pancakes made from naturally sweet, ripe bananas and low GI rolled oats, all knocked together in a blender, and it got me thinking. The idea of a … Read more

Struggling to Build Muscle? You may be a Hard Gainer

A slim, but fit young man in boxing gloves. He may be a hard gainer.

You work hard in the gym, lifting heavy, doing the same exercises, the same routine as all the massive guys. But you just don’t get any bigger. Why can’t you put on muscle mass? So you work harder, adding an extra session per week and doing even more reps every time you step inside the … Read more

The Dangers of ‘Dry Scooping’

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‘Dry Scooping’ is emerging as a new social media trend amongst the young. But what is this TikTok craze and is it safe? Here at SmartPlay we know that many of our readers use protein powders and sports supplements, either occasionally or regularly. There are many good reasons to take dietary supplements: whether you are … Read more

Hitting the Wall and What to Do about it

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Ever experienced the rather awful feeling of having your body shut down on you during exercise, a race or sporting endeavour? Ever found yourself in the middle of a particularly intense workout or run, and felt physically unable to push yourself any further? Hitting the wall is real. It happens and you can no longer … Read more

Best Protein Powder Overnight Oats Recipe

Best protein powder overnight oats recipe - layered with chocolate, banana and peanut butter fudge

Oats are a great way to start the day, but why not supercharge them by following our best protein powder overnight oats recipe? Overnight oats are an easy and nutritious breakfast and a delicious way of getting an extra scoop of protein powder into your body. Full of carbohydrates, dietary fibre, protein, vitamins and with … Read more

Eat the Rainbow with 4 Yummy Protein Bowls

Protein Bowls - Green Machine Protein Bowl garnished with kiwi, strawberries and passionfruit

Perfect to get you going in the morning as a quick and healthy breakfast. Ideal as a light lunch or energy boosting post-workout top up. Protein bowls are great any time of day. Is there an ingredient more fabulous than the humble banana? This nutrient-rich fruit contains decent amounts of Vitamins B6 and C, as … Read more