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.

Running in 95 degree weather

Well for one I can’t say it’s the most fun I ever had but I didn’t give up.

11 miles 1:40 average pace of 9:05 which includes a 5 minute break of stopping by the house to refill on water and splash my face like crazy.

I kept a good 8:30 pace for the first 7 miles and after that… well it was the run 9 minutes walk 1 minute of getting myself to hit 11. B The heat just drained me. B Every time I stopped, sweat poured. B I guess that was some motivation to run. B If I ran, I didn’t feel the sweat.

I started the run at 6:15PM when I thought the weather would drop and wind would pick up. B No such luck. B Luckily I skipped my huge snack I have at 5Pm and only had fruit. B Had I had my yogurt andB granolaB before the run… well it might have been less pretty and sweat would not be the only thing I was dripping.

I knew water was essential. I also knew that I could notB finishB my run on just one bottle so I planned my route with a stop by home. B Sadly unlike the winter times, Flynn ice skating ring is closed and so is my usual water/bathroom stop. I used one Nuun tab (lemonade flavour) to keep someB electrolytesB and I think it worked great. B I got hot and tired but never dehydrated. B No horrible cramps like the ones I got from Gatorade during the Boston Marathon.

After the run it was finally time to refuel! B Best part about hot weather, I’m finally not cold. B Being cold is a common theme in my life and I’m usually too cold to have smoothie. However, not today!

Russian Green Smoothie – Plain Kefir, Baby Spinach, Frozen Mangos and cold water (I would have used ice but I had none). B I added some protein because I’m pretty sure I ate almost none today aside from my breakfast. B We’re a little behind on food shopping in the Run To Munch household.

Jack Agreed that it was way too hot for anything

The rest of the running week is going good so far.

Monday – 6.1 miles 54 minutes 8:51 pace at incline 3. B I could have pushed it faster but I felt I should take it easy after running 10 mile son Sat & Sun. B It was nice for a run to finally feel easy again, or maybe the treadmill incline is broken which happens often.

Tuesday- Cross training on the elliptical for 6.25 miles – 34 minutes. B I wanted a quick sprint afterwards so I did 2.32 in 19:23. B I did the class at the Y except it was like a 200 degrees in there so even the instructor didn’t really want to do anything other than sit in child pose. B I have a whole rant about how much the Malden Y sucks but I’ll save that for another time. B I have to confess though, I still haven’t swam once yet this summer since joining. B Even though I brought a swim cap and a speedo… B one day… one day.

I finally used my stove this week after living in the house for 2 weeks. There’s only so much leftovers and take out I could live off.

Masala arugula & veggies with rice and beans for meatless Monday. B It might not be Julia Child, but I love my arugula.