Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Review - Muscle Milk

At the end of December I began seeing many ads from Walmart and a few other places for fitness equipment, workout DVDs, supplements and other "get fit" products. I've gotten into the whole "get fit" too, though I had a few setbacks last year, I'm started this year with a more positive attitude and it seems to be working so far.

Of course with any workout routine, you need to make sure to add extra protein to your diet. There are many protein powders on the market today, but with so many brands, it can difficult on deciding which one is the best (or the tastiest) to buy.

While I was standing in the checkout line at a store, I glanced over at the coolers and I saw a bottle called Muscle Milk. A few days later I saw an advertisement for the Muscle Milk Protein Powder. I became interested (or curious) about the product, so I contacted the company, CytoSport, and they nicely sent me one 2.47oz Muscle Milk - Lean Muscle Protein Powder sample and one 2.9oz. Muscle Milk Gainer - High Protein Gainer Powder Drink Mix sample.

I know it isn't the best picture, but this what the vanilla creme looked liked.
The Muscle Milk protein powder flavor was vanilla creme and contained 32 grams of lean protein in the entire packet, as well as 20 vitamins and minerals. It is free of lactose and any banned substances. There are two serving sizes in the packet which needs to be mixed with 10-15 fl-oz of water. One packet has 310 calories, 19 grams of carbs  and 5 grams of fiber. If you don't want all the calories, just use half a package.

The Muscle Milk Gainer sample sent to me is chocolate and contains 320 calories, 16 grams of protein, 54 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fiber. It needs to be mixed with 10-12 fl-oz of water. If you are looking to gain muscle mass, it is recommended to take 2 packets a day, but if you want fewer calories only take 1 packet a day.

Both of these Muscle Milk samples can be taken as a pre-workout drink or a post recovery drink. The ingredients come from milk and soy. When I first read the instructions to blend the powder with water and not milk, I thought it would taste weak or watery, but surprisingly both drink mixes were thick and tasted like real milk instead of powder. The chocolate Muscle Milk Gainer reminded me of a chocolate malt, while the vanilla creme Muscle Milk tasted like a milkshake, but not as cold. Overall, I'm impressed with the Muscle Milk brand and it tastes great. I've even bought a few of the bottles from the cooler at the store.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary sample in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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