GNC PurEdge & Acai Protein Bowls

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

Ingredients

  • 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

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Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. After your acai is thick, frosty and blended, spoon it out into a bowl.
  3. 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.

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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. 

Where to purchase GNC PUREDGE
Products are available nationwide in GNC stores and at www.GNC.com. You can visit the store locator online at the GNC website.

Core Power Fitness Kit Giveaway

And within a blink of an eye it’s Sunday night! I haven’t gotten my cell phone back, nor a replacement yet but to be honest, I’ve enjoyed my disconnected weekend a little bit. I went on two long runs this weekend. One in complete silence and one with an old ipod. It was old school, but I survived back then and I’ll survived the next few weeks.

I also got some fun mail this weekend! A fitness kit from Core Power just in time to start making those 2014 fitness goals. I’ve been asked to be an ambassador for Core Power and of course accepted it.  Core Power has been named the “Official Protein drink of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic .” If it’s good enough for Olympic elite athletes, it’s good enough for me!

Core Power

What exactly is Core Power? A Chicago based protein drink that launched nationally in Jul 2013. Core Power is a real milk protein drink made from fresh, lowfat, lactose-free milk and real honey. It’s optimum protein to carb ratio and nutrient-rich profile make for the perfect last stage of every workout. From endurance sports and bodybuilding to running, yoga and cross-fit, Core Power helps you recover faster, build lean muscle and stay at the top of your game. No matter which game you happen to play whether you’re an Olympian or just trail the back of the pack.

Core Power® is available in two varieties: the CORE version has 26 grams of protein and 240 calories, and the LIGHT version has 20 grams of protein and 150 calories. Core Power® CORE is available in vanilla, chocolate and banana while Core Power® LIGHT is available in chocolate and strawberry banana.

5 Olympic Bottles

Our household favorite flavor is Vanilla. It tastes just like melted down vanilla ice cream. In fact, at first we couldn’t figure out how they got all that protein in there! It tasted so creamy and delicious that I forgot I was drinking protein! We couldn’t believe how it turned out to be so delicious, so I asked!

NO powdered protein added – Yup it all comes from fresh milk!

80% Casein 20% Whey – The same combo that’s naturally found in milk

Lactose Free – Most lactose is reduced through a filtration system and the rest converted to sugar through enzyme process

Real Cane Sugar – As far as I could tell, no HFC, or corn sugar or whatever they call it nowadays

Combined, it makes for a lovely treat after 3 hours of running! So while I may never compete in the Olympics, I can sure train like one with my new kit!

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Included in the kit is a Camelbak insulated water bottle, workout towel, stability ball, really awesome duffle bag with enough compartments for even a triathlete, and yoga mat.

Also, for the entire month of January you can get $5 off a case of Core Power on Amazon

And be sure to check out their blog for some great recipes and a New Year workout.

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