Pure Protein Shakes for Pre or Post Workout Energy: Product Review
Pure Protein is a pre bottled shake that contains 35 grams of protein. The bottles size is 12 oz and the drink is available in packs of 12. This company's ready to drink shakes provide the same superior flavour and protein quality that can be found in their range of protein bars, but with the added convenience that it’s ready to drink when you need it. The shake is packaged in an aluminium can and does not need refrigeration, although you may find drinking it at room temperature a bit of a challenge.
Pure Protein is great for those looking for an extra protein boost pre or post workout. Each serving will give you, along with the 35 grams of protein, just 4 grams of carbohydrate, one gram of fat, one gram of sugar and 160 calories. The low carb count of their Ready to Drink (RTD) shakes means that you are able to get the extra protein that you need to supplement your training while still being able to eat your normal daily meals. As an example, you could make a complete meal by consuming a can of Pure Protein, an apple and half an ounce of almonds to provide yourself with 320 calories, 40 grams of protein, in addition to a whole host of healthy, fats, minerals and vitamins.
The shake is also an ideal source of calcium to help build strong bones. Pure Protein shakes are gluten free, and low fat. The non calorie sweetener sucralose is used to flavour and sweeten their rang of products. This is an aspartame free product. It is also free of wheat. The Pure Protein RTD shake also contains no fiber.
What's in the Can and Flavor Options
The protein used in the formulation for Pure Protein consists of a proprietary blend of calcium caseinate and milk protein concentrate. This offers you a blend of whey for fast acting protein to power you through your workout and to get amino acids into the cells directly after training, AND casein protein for a slower release of protein to keep you going throughout the day and night. This means that the product is not lactose free. The high protein , low carb bend of this product will help you to distance yourself from carb cravings. The drink is extremely filling and satisfying. It will also fuel your body, priming it into an anabolic state for your workout. The drink is not designed as a meal replacement, but it will certainly fill you up.
There are five guilt free dessert type flavour options, as follows:
- Banana cream
- Cookies and Cream
- Frosty Chocolate
- Strawberry Cream
- Vanilla Cream
The Frosty chocolate is simply delicious, with the Vanilla Crème and Banana Crème being equally tasty. The taste is not too sweet. After a few cans you may notice a metallic after-taste. However, you should avoid placing Pure Protein in the freezer, as the drink will be too icy when it comes out. If you like your shake nice and slushy, then go for it. The drink will not explode in the freezer.
Many users report that this range in the company's product line is easily digestible. It doesn’t give them the stomach upset that many other products do. Even those who are lactose intolerant seem to be able to handle it without any issues.
Pure Protein is one of the most sought after pre or post workout shakes on the market. It’s a quick and convenient way to get your protein on the go.
The 'Not So Good' Things
Unless you shake the can vigorously, there is a tendency for some protein to settle at the bottom of the can. There is a slightly metallic after taste with the product, especially the Banana Cream flavour. The banana flavouring itself also feels quite artificial. The use of sucralose as a flavour enhancer may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Frosty Chocolate Nutrition Panel
About the Company
Pure Protein have developed a range of high protein products designed to meet the nutritional needs of anyone who needs to increase their protein intake. They provide everything from ready to drink high protein shakes to protein powders and bars. They also offer protein shots. All of their products provide quality whey / casein blended protein, low fat, carbs and overall calories.
Pure Protein’s ready mixed shakes provide 35 grams of protein in comparison to the powder version, which gives 23 grams per serving. Pure Protein also manufacture the Jillian Michaels line of protein powder.