Isopure Smoothie – Berry Pomegranate

On February 11, 2011, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Berry Pomegranate

I’ve had a number of reviews that I’ve been waiting to write up, and just not enough.. well, time.  Between the book writing, the email answering, the kid rearing, the spouse-everything, and the attempts to get back into a gym habit?  Life is busy.  But sometimes it’s just easier to make excuses rather than just doing things.

The Isopure Smoothies aren’t new per se, but their reformulation is.  And it’s great.

Nature’s Best says:

Isopure Smoothie is made with 100% Pure Whey Protein Isolate. It comes in delicious yogurt like flavors and is lactose and aspartame free. Isopure Smoothie is a rich source of ALA Omega 3 (260mg)and contains more than 7400mg of BCAAs.

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Isopure Smoothie: Orange Berry

On January 17, 2011, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

They are so proud..

Mama is always on the computer “working” and the kids hardly understand why.  I know — they are four and almost three, so how could they, especially since I don’t “go” anywhere to work like their Papa does.  My work is done at home, or a few errands here and there (mailing books off to people, picking up copies at Staples, etc.) so I know this is confusing to them.

Last night, I decided to let the kids help with some taste testing.  And as part of that, I let them pick the menu of items to be tested.  I should feel grateful that there were only eight (that will be spread out over eight days.. gotta love scheduled posts..) and that they didn’t choose collagen.  Those are coming, though, as a dual post with Other Kaitlin over at The Bypassed Life.  In any case, these are my current selections.

First up: the Isopure Smoothie in Orange Berry.

Nature’s Best says:

Isopure Smoothie is made with 100% Pure Whey Protein Isolate. It comes in delicious yogurt like flavors and is lactose and aspartame free. Isopure Smoothie is a rich source of ALA Omega 3 (260mg)and contains more than 7400mg of BCAAs.

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Xapp – Pomegranate Acai

On June 10, 2010, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Carbonated! Protein!

Old school protein drinks were like swallowing stale lemon juice.  To get them down you had to drink them fast. Or hold your nose. The FIZZ in XAPP keeps the flavor bouncing on your tongue, so bad taste gets banished. Using the breakthrough XAPP FIZZOLOGY technology, the protein in XAPP is kept fresher longer- up to 2 years- for a better-tasting, longer lasting way to refuel.
Milky protein drinks can have up to 16g of fat. That’s 144 fat calories! Not very healthy or refreshing. Worse, fat slows down digestion and protein delivery to muscles. XAPP is naturally fat free with 170 calories of protein refreshment express delivered to hard-working muscles. XAPP has all of what you need, and none of what you don’t.
Floaties in not-so-pure whey protein drinks are caused by de-naturating [fracturing/partially destroying] the all important natural protein structure. This is usually caused by using excessive heat during processing. XAPP uses only liquid whey protein isolate. It is never over-heated or exposed to extreme temperatures. So you’ll never see floaties or have to gulp down chunks of slimy protein again. Guaranteed!  — Xapp Website

I have to tell you — when I learned about a carbonated protein drink?  The Bad Girl inside of me jumped for joy and could not WAIT to try it.

I tried to get a corporate sample — and it looked like I would.  But something happened and it was not meant to be.  So I was left for wanting.

Until!!! I stopped off at the Greenville, NC Vitamin Shoppe in search of my Mix1 drinks that I drink before I go running.  I was totally impressed with the single serve drink selection that the Vitamin Shoppe had and lo, and behold?  2 Xapp flavors just begging to be tried.  So yeah, you know what happened, don’t you?

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Questionable Protein Drinks?

On May 30, 2010, in Protein, by Andrea

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Well.  This is a fun way to wake up.

Consumer Reports did a study on 15 protein drinks and found questionable “additives” in some of them.  Included is the full text of the article, along with a few bullet points.

I find this a bit curious because I DO drink 3-4 protein drinks a day.  While I don’t drink the ones that tested high, it does scare me a bit.  WHY do I drink so much?  Well, to put things in perspective, I still have problems with food somewhat and do better with liquid protein.  We went out yesterday and I ate food mostly.  And my pouch was all “stuck feeling” for most of the day.  So it clearly was not happy with food.  Go figure.

Keep in mind, though, that these additives are tested in extremely high doses in rats and even doses in humans may not matter.

So while it does make me curious?  I’m not about to go out and toss all of my protein, either.  I’ll wait.  It’s too soon, with too little research at this point.

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Mix1 – mango

On May 28, 2010, in General Nutrition, Protein, Reviews, Vitamins, by Andrea

(Don't mind the kids' toys in the background... Proof I'm a mom!)

philosophy:

It seems our days have become increasingly packed with events as we juggle family, work, and fitness leaving less time to focus on eating right throughout the day.

There are many nutritional products claiming to deliver amazing benefits but in reality fall short on balanced nutrition. With this in mind, we started mix1 with the following mission: to create the highest quality all-natural products that promote health, wellness and performance through truly functional nutrition.

mix1 products deliver all-natural balanced nutrition with multiple benefits in a convenient way. We use the right balance of ingredients, at efficacious levels, to provide the maximum benefit to your body.

Dr. James, ND, co-founder

Someone was talking about how great this stuff was, so I looked up the company.  I decided to drop them a line about their product and they sent me a few samples to try.  In no way did they pay me for the review (other than giving me some yummy stuff!) and they did not ask for anything in return.  Well, other than my honest opinion.  I suppose that counts?  And if you’ve been reading me for awhile — honesty is something that I come by fairly easily.

So I have to say, I really like the Mix1 RTD’s I’ve tried so far.  Well, at least the “protein” ones.  The fiber ones, without additional protein powder in them at least?  Not so much.  But I really have liked the others so far, and have incorporated them into my jogging routine.

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