Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Live Well NOW!

Last week I came home to a HUGE box on the porch, and inside it was every protein powder lovers dream:




I tried each powder the same way, mixed in water. I figured it would be the best way to accurately critique them all:

(Disclaimer: These were sent to me to review. All opinions, as always, are 100% honest and my own.)

GNC Pro Performance 100% Whey Protein in chocolate
20g protein, 2g sugar and 130 calories per scoop.


This protein dissolves quickly and easily, which is great because most mornings I am running to the train so I need to make a shake in under 5 minutes. I didn't LOVE the flavor, it tasted a bit chalky to me, it may be better in almond milk (or any milk of your choice)



25g of protein, 2g sugar and 130 calories per scoop


Out of all of the powders, the soy was my second favorite. I loved the flavor as well as the consistency. 
 I think this is a great option for vegetarians or anyone who likes the taste of soy!


25g protein, 1g sugar and 160 calories per scoop


I am not very knowledgeable in the world of casein or amino acids (but I will be soon thanks to IIN!).  I have researched it in the past and know that it is best if you have it at night, to restore/build lean muscle while you sleep.
For me this is not ideal because I am still trying to lose 20-30 pounds before I build any "real" muscle. 


This powder was just okay in my opinion. I wasn't a big fan of the taste or consistency when it was mixed with water, and it didn't keep me full for as long as I would prefer.


25g protein, 1g sugar and 120 calories per scoop

I was really excited to try Vega protein, because I am always seeing rave reviews of it in Twitter land. This protein powder is plant based, so it is ideal for vegans/vegetarians but meat lovers would enjoy it as well! 

There is something about vanilla protein powders that just doesn't taste right to me, so I don't think I can accurately judge the taste of this powder. 
It mixed well in water, and I would love to try this in another flavor because I think I would really like it.



and last but not least....
25g protein, 1g sugar and 120 calories per scoop


I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS PROTEIN POWDER! 
I have used it everyday for the past week. It was featured in my UXF vlog as well as my weekend recap post.
I just cannot get enough of this stuff. The flavor and the consistency were the best out of all five I tried. It can be mixed into anything! 
(I currently have it in my overnight oats to have as breakfast tomorrow)

The best part is I can have this as a post PM workout shake and it won't keep me up, which is a big issue I've had with other powders in the past. 
If I had to choose one powder to purchase for the rest of my days, it would be this.

Seriously.
I love it.




 Thank you to GNC for allowing me to try/review/rave these products. 

Have you tried any of these before?
What is your favorite protein powder?





18 comments:

Jen Small said...

see now I just LOVE the Vega and was not crazy about the egg protein taste!! funny how each palate is so different :) but then again, I make 90% of mine with almond or coconut milk.

happy training!!

Jennifer Goodale said...

I've never used protein powder...mostly because there are just too many options! Thanks for narrowing it down for me. I'll start looking into the Egg Protein based on your reviews. Thanks for sharing!

Christine said...

Great review! I've been looking into and thinking a lot about protein powder. I too been loving egg protein too.Thanks for sharing!

StoriesAndSweetPotatoes said...

I've been hearing people really love the egg protein. By the way, casein at night will totally support your fat loss goals so don't shy away ;)

PavementRunner said...

I've never tried powders/supplements... great review and glad you were able to find out what works for you and what isn't your cup of tea (water?).

Charissa said...

I've been hearing such good stuff about the egg protein (hadn't hear about it before) and now it's all over the place...I think I need to try!

Brad Gouthro said...

I've said this on other blogs...I want to try Egg Protein...I'm looking at you GNC ;)

Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run said...

I've gotta get my hands on the egg protein. I've heard nothing by good things about it! I haven't been a fan of any of the proteins I've tried. I've got my eyes on the GNC egg and VEGA proteins.

Alex Bridgeforth said...

Bummer, cause I love the chocolate flavor Vega protein.

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

I have to give the Vega another shot, and I normally use almond milk as well..depending on the time of day I drink it! Happy Training to you as well!

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

I find it's hard to judge off of others because we all have different tastes/ideas of what we like but I haven't heard much negative reviews when it comes to the egg protein powder! I have only had chocolate but I love it

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

It's so delicious isn't it?

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

oh really!? Thank you! I will be using it then, I am so happy you to me ;)

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

I find that not everyone likes powders or supplements. As a girl on the run (no pun intended) constantly I find shakes easy and fast so they're crucial to my diet!

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

I know it really seems like this stuff is taking the world by storm..but I promise the hype is worth it, I am in love.

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

Seriously you've got to get your hands on it, I think you'd really like it as well! I would be interested to hear your thoughts

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

I say definitely try both! You will love them... or at least I hope you do!

Carlyn Giuriceo said...

I'd have to try the chocolate to get an accurate idea of it! Vanilla powders just aren't my thing so it may not be VEGA's fault, I wouldn't shy away from it from my opinion :)

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