Sponsored Post: GNC PurEdge

Thank you, GNC for sending me the newest products: GNC PurEdge to try.

GNC created a new product called PurEdge.  What is GNC PurEdge? It is a high protein supplement.  GNC PurEdge comes in the form of protein powder, amino acid powder, daily energy performance enhancer, and protein bars.

As you can see, GNC PurEdge is very protein orientated.  As a distance runner, I am using the protein after I run.  I waited until I tried everything from GNC PurEdge a few times before actually posting about it.

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GNC PurEdge Protein Powder: 

They sent me natural chocolate protein powder.  The GNC Puredge protein powder has 190 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 20 grams of protein.  I have been looking for a protein powder for a while (I never found one that I fell in love with.  This one is pretty good.  It doesn’t taste chalky and it mixes well.  I added GNC PurEdge protein to yogurt, made a smoothie with milk (on the one day in the last 2 weeks it’s been warm) and also made a recipe with it.

Apart from the most known protein powder they sent me they sent:

GNC PurEdge Bars: 2 

GNC PurEdge Peanut butter cookie and banana nut muffin. 

GNC PurEdge

I enjoyed both of the GNC PurEdge products at work.  As I’ve mentioned, I’m working in retail in the Holiday season…this means we are on the go for work the entire time.  We don’t have time to stand around and eat.  The bar kept me from not being starving for a few hours and took minimum effort to eat.  The flavor of the GNC PurEdge bars are also good and it didn’t taste like I was eating cardboard or flavored crap.  Plus the nutrition profile of the GNC PurEdge bars is good with 200 calories and 15-20 grams of protein.

I plan to buy more of these GNC PurEdge bars for work.  I was really impressed with the actual chunks of chocolate in the peanut butter cookie bar.  I would recommend GNC PurEdge (right now) over any other bar  I’ve tried.

GNC PurEdge Complete Amino Acids: 

I’ve started taking GNC PurEdge amino acids regularly, but in all honesty, I think I’ll have to go through the entire container to see results.  I have never taken amino acids before so I’m just going to go through the entire container and I’ll check back in a month.

Finally, they sent GNC PurEdge Daily Energy Performance Enhancer.

It is recommended to replace coffee and drink one of GNC PurEdge daily energy performance enhancers instead.  I don’t drink coffee before I run (only after).  I tried the cherry limeade on last week on my rest day to see how I would feel.  I replaced my coffee and had one scoop.  Throughout the day I didn’t notice a difference (energy-wise) between the coffee and the daily energy enhancer.  For someone who doesn’t care for coffee, this is something I would recommend.

Last but not least, 

I was asked to make a recipe using one of the products from GNC PurEdge.  As most people know I’m not that great at cooking.  As a blogger who likes to eat relatively healthy, you assume I can cook…this is false.  A long time ago, my blog was more known for making pancake recipes so I was hoping the protein powder they sent me would translate into that.  Pancakes are easy to make so I went that route.

If the recipe hadn’t worked I was going to add it to yogurt and ice and make a smoothie.

GNC PurEdge Protein Pancakes

Protein pancake cooking on the griddle
GNC PurEdge Protein pancake cooking on the griddle

1 scoop GNC PurEdge protein powder

½ cup flour

¼ cup cocoa powder

½ cup milk

1 egg

1 tsp baking powder

Mix and add to the griddle.  I cook my pancakes at 350 degrees.  I hadn’t had protein pancakes in a while and I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed them again.  GNC PurEdge protein powder mixes well into the pancakes and them dense.  There have been powders I’ve tried that have simply fallen apart or created thin “crepelike” pancakes.  These were good and I would recommend it.

Protein Pancake with Syrup
Protein Pancake with Syrup

So that’s a wrap.  I am happy to have been able to try the GNC PurEdge.  The GNC PurEdge protein bars and protein powder were my favorite and I’ll check back in after going through the rest of the amino acids and let you know how I feel.  If you are interested in any of the GNC PurEdge products, it’s all online here.

Questions for you:

Have you ever tried amino acids? Have you tried GNC PurEdge? 

What is your favorite bar right now? Have you tried GNC PurEdge bars?