Gotein – Strawberry

On May 17, 2010, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Protein.. in a stick?

Gotein™ Protein to Go!
Perfect for individuals with a hectic schedule looking for a nutritious high protein shake to go. Whether you’re a WLS patient with a strict diet, an active executive or a sports minded person that needs to perform at their peak. Gotein™ helps refuel the body and improves lean muscle mass while burning fat with our premium protein matrix.*

After the brouhaha that happened last week with the Newbies vs. Oldies crap, I was contacted by the makers of Gotein.  They were reading on Beth’s blog about all of the drama that happened, found the link to my blog, and decided to ask if I’d like to review their product.  Being all up for freebies, I quickly said yes (do I look stupid?) and thus I was given some samples to try.  Not paid to review, of course (unless you count free protein?) and nothing but my honest (heh, as if I could be anything but..) opinion was asked for.  Got it?  Good.  Moving on..

So it’s Monday.  I leave on a jet plane for Cali on Thursday to go to the OH So Cal event.  I’m not counting down the days, hours, minutes or anything to Thursday, 7:22 PM or anything.  Nope.  Nada.  I’m not looking forward to this adult-time (get your minds OUT OF THE GUTTER!  Remember, I’m with an almost 4-yo and 2 yo 24/7.. it grates..) at all.  Nope.  Not at all.

The kicker to my trip is the flight from ATL to LAX – 5hrs with NO food.  Um?  Hi?  I have a smaller than normal stomach, hypoglycemia?  I get hungry often, I feed often?  And that bag o peanuts?  Ain’t gonna cut it.  So what’s a freak to do?  Well, one could try a mad science experiment, making a protein shake in the confines of a tiny airplane seat, scaring (or impressing?) your seatmates.  Or could nosh on bad food and have a hypoglycemic crash.  Or starve and eat when you get in at 2:30AM body time.

Here comes Gotein, a stick of protein powder, making it convenient to bring with you anywhere.  All you need is a bottle of water.  If you’ve ever had the sticks of Crystal Light?  You’ve got this made.  But just in case?  I’ve done a step-by-step.  Because, you know, snarkiness is next to something else.

Step 1: Gather your materials.

Now, this was a 16oz bottle rather than the suggested 16.9oz bottle.  So sue me.  This is what I had.  I guessed as to a 1/3rd or so of liquid gone (trust me, this was NOT a water bottle at first… it’s contents continually earn me my place in the BBGC).

Step 2: Open and pour into your bottle.

(Hey, I should get bonus points for being able to do this AND take the photo at the same time..)

This is how much room the powder needs.

Then cap (duh?) and shake it.

All shook up

So surprisingly, this mixes up really smoothly.  In testing it, I’ve only found one small clump.  It’s very smooth with no protein aftertaste.  However, next time?  I’d make it with less water.  It’s very watery to me.  And I’ve admitted it before, but I like my flavors pretty strong.  So this could simply be my taste buds saying “not enough” whereas a normal person would say “Mmm!”  When I try the other flavors, I will make them with less water to try and intensify the flavor.  But this is an easy fix.. just drink more out of a bottle!

I like the ease of portability.  There really is no excuse now not to bring SOME protein along with you now.  There’s no muss, no fuss.  Bottled water is available everywhere these days.  And the stats are really good for the protein, as well:

INGREDIENTS: Protein Matrix (Whey Protein Concentrate, Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate, Sodium Caseinate), Inulin (Chicory Root), Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup Solids, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Drum Dried Strawberries, Sodium Citrate, Vitamin & Mineral Blend (Tri Calcium Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E Acetate, Sodium Chloride, Dipotassium Phosphate, Ferrous Fumarate, Sodium Selenate, Biotin, Niacinamide, Vitamin A Palmitate, Zinc Oxide, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Gluconate, Vitamin D3, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Molybdate, Chromium Chloride Hexahydrate, Cyanocobalamin (B12) ) Dipotassium Phosphate, Mono & Di Glycerides, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Potassium Citrate, Lecithin, Sodium Chloride, Sucralose, Carmine (For Color).

Amino Acid Profile
Strawberry Gotein: 28,000 mg
Whey Protein Concentrate: 11,414.200 mg
Whey Protein Isolate: 4,060.00 mg
Milk Protein Isolate: 4,060.00 mg
Chocolate Gotein
Aspartic Acid
Glutamic Acid

I wouldn’t use this as my everyday protein — don’t get me wrong.  But for those times in which carrying a canister isn’t the best choice?  Or this plane ride or even worse — visiting my inlaws in Sweden (which is a 12 hour trans-Atlantic hop)?  Or to have one in the car for that emergency snack to keep me from buying a Butterfinger at the store?  (Not that I’d ever do that.. more than once, or twice.. or.. )  This is a great product for those occasions.

So yeah, some of these will be going on the plane with me.  The company will be at the OH Costa Mesa event so if you’re there, you should stop by and talk to them.  If you aren’t, you can get a sample of each flavor (chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry) for $3.00 to cover shipping here.  Anyone who reads my blog knows I am a HUGE proponent of samples.. even if there is a nominal fee for them.  GET SAMPLES!  I cannot stress the importance of samples enough!

Gotein can be purchased here.  It costs $24.95 for a carton of 12 sticks ($2.08 each) or you can get a special of 3 cartons of all three flavors for $65.00 ($1.81 each).

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2 Responses to “Gotein – Strawberry”

  1. Wendey Hutchinson says:

    Thanks for the review and the link to order samples. I just ordered mine.

  2. Nikki Massie says:

    Ooooh…good stuff…I’m not much for strawberry but I will have to check out the other flavors. Cuz the stats ain’t bad at ALL. Thanks for the review!

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