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Live Real Farms Energy Drink

I recently had the chance to try out a new energy drink from Live Real Farms. The drinks are made with real dairy and fruit juice, and nothing artificial. It comes in three flavors: berry berry, peach mango, and strawberry banana. From their website: Live Real Farm’s energy comes from simple things, including Vitamin B12, fruit juice and green tea extract and is a good source of Vitamin A, C and D. It’s lactose free, gluten free and fat free, packed with 12 grams of dairy protein, with only 180 calories per 11oz serving. 

I first decided to try the drink as recovery nutrition after a long run. It’s important to take in some nutrition right away after a hard effort, but I usually can’t stomach anything solid right away. I often turn to a smoothie, so the energy drink was perfect and convenient. I sampled the peach mango flavor, and it was quite tasty.

With 33g of carbohydrate and 12g of protein, it was just about spot on for what I aim to take in after running. A 3:1 carb/protein ratio is ideal for me, and this was close enough. Now for the “energy” part of the drink. It contains green tea extract and vitamin B12 to give a natural boost. I love to drink coffee after running, but my stomach hates me every time I do it. With the energy drink, I got a nice dose of pep without the side effects of coffee. I have even tried drinking one of these as an afternoon snack even though I normally try not to have caffeine in the afternoon because I am 80 and it affects my sleep. I didn’t have any problems sleeping with this though, which was a plus.

My favorite flavor is the peach mango, followed by the berry berry and then the strawberry banana, but I liked them all. Though I will probably stick to using the drinks mostly for a post-workout snack, I love that it is something that is easy to grab when I need an energizing boost.

Want to try it? Click here for a coupon good for $.50 off of Live Real Farms Energy Drink.

Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

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Gotein Review & Giveaway

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By now most all of blog land has heard of Gotein, the protein supplement that you simply add to a water bottle, shake, and enjoy. I tried to win some multiple times on various blogs with no luck, so I was psyched when I was contacted by Gotein to do a review.

I was a little disappointed when I opened the package and saw that all three flavors of Gotein that were sent to me contained “natural and artificial flavors.” I am not big on anything artificial in my food, but I looked past that for the sake of trying it out. The nutritionals are great. Each packet has 100-110 calories, 16-17 grams of protein, and 5-6 grams of carbs.

I decided to try my first packet after Steve and I came home from a long run in the heat. I was in a time crunch to get to an appointment, and this is where Gotein is very convenient. The directions say to drink 1/3 of a 16.9 oz bottle of water, add the Gotein, and shake it up. I am not a fan of disposable water bottles, so I used a bike bottle.

The flavor I tried first was chocolate (obviously), and it was actually really tasty. It reminded me of the little Swiss Miss hot chocolate packets. I think it would have been better with a little less water than I used, but it was still good.

For another unbiased opinion, I has Steve try the strawberry flavor. He will never think I am normal for photo-documenting every moment.

His verdict? He really liked the flavor. I didn’t care for the strawberry as much, it was just ok.

I also used some of the Gotein packets in smoothies, which I think was my favorite way to enjoy them.

Both the vanilla and strawberry flavors were delicious this way.

Pros: Convenient way to add some protein to your diet, could keep it in the car, your purse, or gym bag in case of snacking emergency, tasty, not chalky, great in smoothies

Cons: Artificial flavors, whey protein (I normally prefer plant-based proteins if I am adding them in powder form, but not a big deal if you don’t care about that)

Want to win some Gotein?

Here’s how to enter, do one of them or all of them:

1. Leave me a comment telling me your favorite protein smoothie, or your favorite way to get protein.

2. Like Gotein on Facebook and leave a separate comment telling me you did

3. Spread the word! Link back to this giveaway and tell me in a separate comment

That’s it! I will pick a winner at random on Wednesday 7/20

Disclaimer: I was provided with Gotein in exchange for an honest review and was not compensated in any other way.

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