Monday, June 6, 2011

Gotein Protein Review and Giveaway

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:

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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):

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The review:

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.

Drawbacks:

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.

If you want to try a free sample of Gotein, go to their webpage and click “free sample” in the upper right hand corner of the product page.

Good luck!

SUAR

Fine print: Gotein sent me the product for my review and provided the giveaway item. I paid nothing for them.

110 comments:

  1. Clearly your dominant performance at the triathlon can be ascribed to Gotein's efficacy!

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  2. I might have to get some of that for my next Marathon so that I don't hit the freaking wall again! Okay, this is my first entry...I want to win so I can use it in my next race and not bonk. Congrats on your Triathlon this weekend BEth! Impressive!

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  3. I would love to try this because I too have a hard time getting anything in my body right after a workout and I know how important it is.

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  4. WAIT!! 30% of your body weight A DAY in protein? SUrely you weigh more than 99 grams Beth!!
    Nice job on the Sprint Triathlon!

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  5. my normal post workout meal is a simple tigers milk protein bar.

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  6. I am not entering. That stuff sounds gross. 30% of body weight cannot possibly be correct. Even just 3% is way too much.

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  7. "plus no farts"? sold!! I need to try this stuff out.

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  8. I want to try it cause clearly what I use has not made me as fast as you just yet! :)

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  9. Keith, so if you weigh 200 lbs you are only suppose to consume 6 grams of protein? That's ridiculous. Your entire body is made of protein and nothing in it can function without it. On average 10-15% of your calories should come from protein. That means if you are eating a 2000 calorie diet you should be consuming 50 grams of protein. Yes that seems like a lot, but you'd be surprised at what all food has protein and how much protein it has. If you are consuming less that 3% I would be shocked. I'd also recommend you re-evaluate for better performance and just overall health!

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  10. I want to try them because I do not eat enough protein

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  11. I usually go for chocolate milk

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  12. I want to try this stuff because I am still looking for a protein drink that tastes ok and is not too grainy!

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  13. Right now I am trying a protein drink from Power Bar, but it is lower in protein compared to what I want and it doesn't sit too well in my belly if I am active after drinking it. I have also been drinking a Shaklee Breakfast drink with almond milk that is pretty good.

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  14. I commented and liked Gotein on FB!!

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  15. Amy, Beth's quote is "..consume 30% of your body weight a day in protein." Right now I'm about 230 pounds. That comes to 69 pounds of protein. Even I can't eat that much peanut butter. However, after a bit of research, I believe that Beth is trying to say is

    " eat .36 GRAMS of protein for each pound you weigh". HUGE difference. Going by this calculation, Beth weighs a bit over 100 pounds.

    I go for the chocolate milk. Or Nutella on a banana, with milk. mmmm.

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  16. I usually have a Butterfinger candy bar

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  17. I always like to try something new

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  18. i shared the give away on my FB

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  19. Exactly. She is right. She said she needs 33 grams so she must weigh 110 lbs. If you weigh 230 lbs then according to the RDA 69 grams is right. One 6 oz steak has almost 50 grams of protein. 4 oz of chicken has about 25 grams. So unless you eat no meat, you are more than likely easily meeting your intake.

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  20. I usually eat a hard boiled egg (i buy a pack of 12 hardboiled eggs from the grocery store so it's quick and easy)

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  21. I use some whey protein stuff with almond milk.. mmmm.. ... Chunky.

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  22. I would like this option because I have a 10 month old and anything that is quick and easy would make my life easier!

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  23. I would love to try these!! I am the worst refueler after my workouts so these seem to be a easy and convenient option!

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  24. I usually refuel with greek yogurt or peanut butter and banana!!

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  25. I blogged about your giveaway. http://jennifergoodale.blogspot.com/2011/06/check-her-out.html

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  26. just clicked to follow you on twitter

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  27. I would like to try these because I am always looking for a quick source of protein post workout.

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  28. Usually PB and banana are my post workout refuel go to.

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  29. Liked Gotein on FB and let them know you sent me.

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  30. Follower of the blog and twitter

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  31. Just tweeted about the giveaway (themoorefamily)

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  32. I need these because I am trying to loose weight so I should lay off the chocolate milk.

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  33. I only exercise as an excuse to drink chocolate milk.

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  34. Protein shakes are a staple in my day...this would be so convenient, especially in the car.

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  35. I use Isopure protein powder and I love it a lot, but not plain, only in a smoothie...just a lot of work sometimes when you want it quick. I also love Honey Stinger peanut butter honey protein bars! Yummy.

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  36. They kind of look like glow sticks from far away. If you squint.

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  37. I want to try this because it's portable, and I can drink it between the gym and getting home (while driving the carpool)

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  38. Go-to protein ... handful of nuts. PB on bread. Greek yogurt.

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  39. I follow you already ... and I am still laughing that you say twat.

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  40. I am always looking for a new protein source seeing as how I am a vegetarian runner who also doesn't like dairy or eggs. haha.

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  41. Best Post-workout protein?? Gotta be chocolate milk!!

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  42. I want gotein!! So much protein, so little calories!

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  43. I would love to try this because I have never found a protein drink that I've actually liked. Some are tolerable, but that texture always gets me.

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  44. My usual post-workout protein is some fruit and pb.

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  45. And I am most definitely following your blog.

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  46. I'd like to try gotein because I am currently training for my 2nd marathon! My first was on Sunday, I'm taking a week off, and then starting to train for my 2nd in September! Woo-hoo!! I definitely need all the calories/protein/etc. that I can get!

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  47. My go to post workout food is chocolate milk! Post half-marathon/marathon food is anything fried!

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  48. my post work out protein right now is just some almond milk or a soy latte and pb

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  49. I am not hungry after a steller workout... but I force down a turkey sandwich on wheat. Or a protein bar

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  50. I am always up to try something new that would make my life more convienent... I am kind of lazy

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  51. I haven't found a protein drink I like yet (GO CHOCOLATE MILK!) so I'm going to give this a shot. I just ordered the sample pack.

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  52. I would love to try these protien mixes because being lactose intolerant I have a hard time finding a good protien mix.

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  53. The only thing I am currently using for recovery is a mix that is primarily glutamine with a small amount of protien.

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  54. I need more protein in my workout ass kicking life!

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  55. I eat a lot of chicken right now. I need something new!

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  56. Wow.. never thought about twating a giveaway before.. :D

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  57. My post-workout protein source: usually some kind of powder in a smoothie

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  58. Why I want to try this stuff: I'm an ultra runner and I run trails, so I love that it's portable and easy to carry!

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  59. Added them on FB and told them you sent me!

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  60. Posted this on FB.. but could not bring myself to twat it. LOL.

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  61. I am always looking for a better tasting protein source than what I am currently using, EAS Myoplex in chocolate or strawberry.

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  62. Almost forgot, I'm a follower!

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  63. This looks very convenient. Would love to try it.

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  64. Linking this post to my blog giveaway sidebar.

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  65. I often make a soy protein based smoothie after a longer workout.

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  66. I'm trying to lose weight while training for a sprint tri and a 1/2 marathon...and while on a mostly vegetarian diet. I'm in some serious need of finding new ways to get protein in my diet!! I need me some gotein! :)

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  67. I liked on facebook.

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  68. I usually grab a protein bar or drink mix to sample, but haven't found anything that I really like.

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  69. I'd like to try it because I probably don't get enough protein.

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  70. I usually eat a banana with pb after a hard workout.

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  71. What's up with the expense of protein? I grabbed bag of powder at Costco and it was almost $50?

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  72. i want to try this b/c i've never had it!

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  73. i like gotein on fb and said ya sent me

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  74. my post-workout protein source? Peanut butter sandwich usually...and i eat one before...and now that i'm doing some early morning runs, i eat the pb sandwich on the way there and a bowl of Special K cereal when i get back so...now i guess it's usually cereal!

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  75. My cycling coach swears by milk. I go for the chocolate variety; but it is better than anything else I have tried. That said, I am always looking for other things to try. I am on to tri training for the Nation's Tri in Sept (DC). Maybe GOTEIN would be good for on the go....

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  76. I'd like to try it because it seems like a convenient way to get a recovery drink without having to mix it up at home.

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  77. I use Accelerade or Recoverite after long runs.

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  78. I liked them on FB and told them you sent me.

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  79. And I linked to your giveaway on my blog

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  80. I (will) follow you (follow you, follow you).

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  81. I wanna try Gotein because I love that it's so easy to mix in a water bottle to go! I want to see how tasty it is for myself.

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  82. My go to post-workout protein is whatever I have on hand (aka - no go-to): tofu, beans, cheese, milk.

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