This post is sponsored by GNC PurEdge, as always for better or worse all opinions are my own.
The indulgent holiday season gives way to many New Years resolutions for health and fitness. Yup, it’s that time of year when I reevaluate my fitness and decide I don’t nearly get enough strength workouts in my life. Works well enough for a bit but slowly realizing that decreasing muscle mass is probably not that best for long term effects or avoiding injury and being healthy and strong.
However, unlike the prior years, I’ve decided not to wait until the “new year” to start and have even joined a gym with classes! So when GNC offered to let me try some of their GNC PUREDGE products into my wellness routine, I decided this is the perfect time. The line has set the new standard for quality whole-food-based nutrition without sacrificing the delicious taste or performance benefits you need for active lifestyle and a hectic holiday season.
The GNC PUREDGE line of whole-food-based supplements is formulated to help active, on-the-go adults perform at their personal best. The nature-based product line includes:
– GNC PUREDGE Complete Protein powdered formula
– GNC PUREDGE Complete Protein bars
– GNC PUREDGE Energy powdered formula
– GNC PUREDGE Complete Amino powdered formula
These products contain:
- No Gluten
- No GMO-Added ingredients
- No Preservatives
- No Wheat, Soy, Fish or Egg
- No Sugar Alcohols
- No Banned Substances
- No Artificial Flavors colors or sweeteners
I tried all four and here’s my verdict….
The protein is great. Although I mostly used it after workouts, it works well as a smoothie snack. It mixed well with water or milk depending on how lazy I am being.
The Daily Energy is pretty much a preworkout powder that I mixed with water. Helps on those days when I don’t have my coffee because the line was too long at Flour.
The amino acids however are my favorite. I have this paranoia that all my running pretty much eats away at any strength I built. And since running is what makes me happy, I’m not cutting back. These amino acids provide essential aminos and muscle-support nutrients to deliver cellular energy and muscle recovery. Based on my complete non expert analysis, combined with the protein powder, it works great.
Eating just plain powders can be a bit dull so I am always trying to find more palatable ways of enjoying them. So my latest addiction have been Acai bowls and I decided to see if I could add the protein powder to them so make them a little more filling as a meal versus a dessert.
Acai Protein Bowls
Prep/Make time about 5 minutes
- 1 frozen acai smoothie packs (The only place around me that sells these is wholefoods)
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1/3 cup coconut water
- 1 Banana cut in half
- 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries or berry mix
- 2 scoops of GNC PUREDGE Complete Protein powdered formula – Chocolate
- Homemade or prepackage garnola of your choice – I used Renola from Larabar
- First blend together the acai smoothie packs, GNC PUREDGE Powder, almond milk, coconut water, half banana and frozen fruit. I add almond milk first and add coconut water as I need more liquid to keep it as thick as possible. The goal is to make something I can eat in a bowl with a spoon and not a straw.
- After your acai is thick, frosty and blended, spoon it out into a bowl.
- Top it! Add the toppings in the recipe or add whatever you’d like! I used the other half of the banana and granola. I so put a few frozen blueberries in the mix. Unfortunately getting fresh (affordable) berries is a little hard in December in Boston so I kept this one simple.
P.S. not that it matters, but the berries I used were from when Tony and family picked enough blueberries to equal our weight in Maine. We froze them and every time I use them I get extra happy.