The Dangers of ‘Dry Scooping’

A scoop of chocolate protein powder. SOme oyung people are dry scooping supplements

‘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

A young woman bent over, catching her breath after hitting the wall whilst running

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

Irresistible Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Brownie

Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Brownie

We all deserve a reward and there are few things as rewarding as our irresistible chocolate hazelnut protein brownie. Nourishing, but decadent! Chocolate and hazelnut. There’s a reason why it’s the flavour pairing behind one of the most famous spreads of all time. So what if you could take those divine flavours and turn them … Read more

Bin boring breakfasts – more overnight oats recipes with protein powder

More overnight oats recipes. Spiced banana bread overnight oats boosted with protein powder

Breakfast. The most important meal of the day – or so we are told. So make it something nourishing, delicious AND visually appealing and start your day off with a win. Oats are nutritious and cheap, but they can also be dull. Porridge is fine on a cold winter’s morning, but it’s not necessarily the … Read more

Best Protein Shake Recipe

Best protein shake Recipe - blueberry, acai and chia seeds protein smoothie

Are you tired of the same old protein powder and water protein shake day after day? Why not mix it up by adding a few nutrient-rich extras to your basic shake and trying for more of a protein smoothie vibe? I know. I know. You put 2 scoops of your favourite protein powder into a … Read more

Cleaning Your New Protein Shaker

Whey protein powder in scoop and plastic shaker on wooden background. Cleaning your new protein shaker can be difficult.

Cleaning your new protein shaker to make it hygienic for use is one thing, but getting rid of the ‘plastic’ taste of a shaker bottle so that it doesn’t taint your shakes, can be a real challenge. Cleaning your new protein shaker properly to remove unpleasant synthetic odours can be a harder than you expect. … Read more

Recovery foods – Eat Lean

Athletic man holding healthy food

Look toned and feel strong with the top five post-workout recovery foods to reset your body Protein After intense training, your body naturally enters a catabolic (muscle breakdown) state. Eating protein five to 15 minutes after working out will facilitate protein synthesis – a protein isolate in liquid form will be transported and absorbed by … Read more