Recently, I was sent some samples of Gotein Protein to review. Basically, this protein powder comes in a convenient stick pack so you can take it on the go to the gym, your first marathon, or even grandma’s house. Here I am taking it on the go to God knows where:
So, why the heck do you need protein anyway? Good question!
- Protein might make you feel full longer
- Runners - well, all endurance athletes - need post-workout protein to to repair micro tears in muscle tissue.
- Protein helps to build lean muscle.
- Sometimes our everyday meals can be lacking in protein. RDA says consume 30% of your body weight a day in protein. So, if you’re me, you need 33 g of protein per day. You do the math. Just remember, don’t get too much. Excess protein can be stored as fat. There are other health concerns linked to excess protein you can read about HERE.
Here are the Gotein stats (the strawberry is gluten free if you are into that sort of thing):
I tried Gotein Vanilla and Chocolate after workouts of at least 1.5 hours. I admit that I am usually not hungry after workouts, so I have to force myself to get enough protein within the 30 minute window when it is most beneficial. Getting down a quick protein drink is easier for me than trying to eat a bowl of beans or an egg. Plus no farts.
Convenience: Simple, easy, quick. Fill water bottle (they say 16.9 oz with 1/3 of it gone since it is assumed you are using a disposable bottle. I use 20 oz reusables, so I fill it most of the way, then add the powder), shake and chug.
Taste: Flavorful, very sweet, not chalky. Decided that it would be better with ice added, so I did that the second time around.
Texture: Smooth, not grainy
Effects on Body: No clue. I felt good. That’s all I can say. I’m not sure I felt my muscles and bones repairing themselves, but maybe they were.
Cost: 12 packets for $24.99 (plus shipping) or $2.08 per serving. A half gallon of chocolate milk (64 oz) costs about $3.50 and would give you almost four-16.9 oz servings for a cost of $.88 per serving. Cheaper, but much higher in calories, carbs and fat than Gotein, and is arguably not as convenient.
If indeed protein is all you want and you don’t care about cutting calories/fat/carbs, chocolate milk is cheaper and more bang for your buck. If you are trying to lose weight and don’t want the calories/fat/carbs and need the extra vitamins and minerals, Gotein is a good choice and probably worth the cost.
Ingredients: The ingredient list is long and contains all kinds of stuff I cannot pronounce. It’s just a personal preference, but I like to get my protein from more natural sources like cheese, beans, eggs, tofu, peanut butter. I will, however, use Gotein as a time saver and for convenience when I need to.
Want to try some? I have a sample pack of all three flavors to send to one reader. To enter:
- Tell me why you want to try this stuff +1 entry
- Tell me your go-to post-workout protein source +1 entry
- “Like” Gotein on FB and let them know I sent ya +1 entry
- Blog, FB, twat about this giveaway +1 entry
- Follow me if you don’t already +1 entry
Winner will be chosen by random.org on Thursday, June 9.
Fine print: Gotein sent me the product for my review and provided the giveaway item. I paid nothing for them.