Thursday, March 1, 2012

Power Packed Protein

Thanks to Jill Hanner, a fellow FitFluential gal, and Jean at Neocell,  I was sent a sample of Neocell's Collagen Sport French Vanilla protein powder to try out.  I enjoy trying out new things, especially tasty ones.  


What's in Collagen Sport?
  • 15 grams of Pure Ion-Exchange Why Protein Isolate
  • 15 grams Super Collagen Bioavailable Peptides
  • Rich in BCAAs
  • Good source of L-Glutamine
  • Enhanced with Exogenous Amino Acids
  • Multi-vitamin Fortification
  • 123 calories per scoop


What's not in Collagen Sport:
  • Gluten
  • Wheat
  • Sugar
  • Lactose
  • Artificial Sweeteners of Flavors
  • Fillers or Synthetic Ingredients


When I first got my delivery, I was not running at all.  Rather, I was spending a lot of quality time on the couch with a horrid fever during my forced rest.   When I emailed Jean to let her know I received my Collagen Sport, I let her know I was laid up.  She directed me to a link regarding the benefits of Collagen.  

The article outlines the benefits of a collagen supplement.  
- boosts lean muscle mass
- improves cardiovascular performance
- decreases recovery time
- helps rebuild damaged joints
- excellent for hair, skin, and nails
- as well as many more benefits


Because I am such a visual person, I was immediately drawn to the Orange Smoothie in the photo.  Immediately I needed to make one.  The downside is that I did not have any oranges in the house at that point.  But I did have frozen orange concentrate.  Better than nothing, right?  



I got busy whipping together my own Orange Smoothie. 
- 1 scoop of French Vanilla Collagen Sport
- 1/2 bottle of Coconut Water
- 1 spoonful of frozen orange juice

I put all the ingredients in the food processor (because I haven't gotten a blender yet) and blended away.  



This smoothie was delicious.  But the next time I make it, I'll probably add in 2 spoonfuls instead of the 1 because I do love orange.  

I've been making protein smoothies as part of my post-run routine and have noticed that I am not as achy after my long runs as I have been in the past.  I am definitely sold on the benefits of Sport Collagen.  The taste is excellent as well.  

In addition to smoothies, I also made some protein bars.  I came across this recipe on Pinterest made by one of my fellow FitFluential gals, Jess at Blonde Ponytail.  These bars are phenomenal.  I actually made them to surprise the girls after their long run that I didn't go on because I was still recovering.  Just because I didn't run with them didn't mean I was going to skip out on girl time entirely.





The bars were a hit!  



I am also going to join Jenn and Carrie (another FitFluential gal) in the March photo challenge put together by @fatmumslim.

http://www.fatmumslim.com.au/


Here's my UP photo - taken just after riding around on the snowmobile with the kids.  




Do you use protein powder in your training/recovery?  
How do you use it?  
Any favorite recipes to share? 




3 comments:

  1. I do use protein powder in my training recovery. I have upped my protein intake considerably over the past week to get rid of sugar cravings and it has worked beautifully.

    I like to mix a scoop of protein powder into oatmeal for breakfast, and I also use it to make smoothies after we run.

    Also making protein pancakes with powder and power balls!

    Enjoy.

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  2. Those bars are some of the most delicious things I've ever had!

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  3. The bars look amazing!

    Love your photo, good luck with the challenge! I shared the March one with my mom since she is doing the photo a day thing this year!

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