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Howdy guys, I’ve got some new protein to talk about! Weee! Ok, so you know I’m a little protein obsessed and I always love to try out new kinds and flavors. Awhile back I was sent this nice little package of protein goodies from All Pro Science to review. I had actually never heard of APS:
As the creator of the first, and one of the only, completely natural lines of sports supplements, All-Pro Science has paved the way for 100% all natural products in the supplement market. Founded in 2009, our mission is to provide the consumer with a full range of products to support your optimum performance. From the professional athlete to the weekend warrior, APS is designed to support your quest for an all-natural, healthy, lifestyle.
My first thought was, ok, the natural tooting is done by lots of people right? But I was really surprised when I actually got my hands on the product and checked out the ingredient list.
The ingredient list shown above is actually for the chocolate flavor, but they are all the same bases: rBGH-Free grass fed whey, xantham gum, apple pectin, stevia, salt, and flavorings. The salt in these proteins is not added, it is naturally occurring. Also all flavorings are natural! Now this is some clean eating protein!
I received the following flavors of whey: banana creme, Bavarian chocolate, and the Cinnamon Roll.
All the flavors were great. Mix well, great nutritional stats, and obviously the ingredient list is impressive. I can’t say I’ve ever seen another protein with a shorter ingredient list!
They also threw in a sample of their recovery formula in Blueberry Ice. It’s a mix of protein and amino acids to help replenish your body after an intense workout. Another solid product, but not one I necessarily feel like I need. I’m good with my current cocktail.
So out of all the products, hands down my favorite is the Cinnamon Roll Whey.
I added some walnuts into mine after I removed some for my son (nut allergy). Everyone in the house thought this was tasty. I think the portions that were reheated a few days later and added a touch more of milk were even yummier.
- 1 C. Brown Rice cooked per instructions (yields 2 c cooked)
- 2 C. Milk
- 1/2 Tea. Salt
- 1 Tea. Cinnamon
- 1/2 C. raisins
- 1/2 C Water
- 1 Scoop All Pro Science Cinnamon Roll Whey
- 1/4 C. Sweetener that measures like sugar
- Cook 1 C. of brown rice according to package directions.
- After rice if finished, combine milk, salt, water, cinnamon, sweetener, and protein. I suggested using a blender bottle, or handheld blender to combine these so your protein mixes thoroughly.
- Add cooked rice, protein/milk mixture, and raisins (if you wish) to a medium saucepan.
- Cook until mixture is warm and thickens slightly.
You can definitely add more milk and a little more protein, and cook it down longer letting the rice break down for an even smoother texture.
Overall, I think this is a great product, but yes, it is very pricey. A tub contains about 20 servings which will set you back $69.99 on the site. For a girl who drinks a shake almost everyday, not to mention makes recipes with her protein – this isn’t one I would go chasing after simply because it’s not cost effective for me; even though it is a good product.
Kindly theough the folks at APS are giving my readers a chance to try their products at a great 40% off discount on their website.
Use code: SONGS40
Do you like rice pudding? What’s your current favorite brand of protein powder?
Disclaimer: The following product was provided by All Pro Science. All thoughts are my own.
Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of SD Pharmaceuticals
I’ve had the chance the past few weeks to test some new to me supplements from SD Pharmaceuticals. I’m always a little leery when starting new supplements, I make sure I do lots of reading up on brands and ingredients before I go starting anything willy-nilly.
What is SD Pharma all about
SD Pharmaceuticals™, The Cutting-Edge Ingredient Company, is always the first to bring innovative ingredients – based on the most up-to-date scientific research – to the dietary supplement market. SD Pharmaceuticals™ was created to meet the ever-growing demand from consumers for higher quality dietary supplements with more effective, standardized ingredient dosages.
SD Pharmaceuticals only uses formulas and ingredients that have solid research behind each ingredient! I appreciated this about the brand because we all know there are lots of supplements out there these days, and a lot of times hype and marketing can get the best of people. Read up on your companies and supplements people!
What I Received
- Raspberry Keytone 200: Raspberry keytones are shown to: reduce fat absorption and accumulation, increase caloric expenditure, and increase fat breakdown.
- Green Coffee Bean GCB: Green coffee bean extract may support weight loss because it is thought to effect glucose metabolism.
- Garcinia Cambogia 500: Garcinia Cambogia has the ability to regulate healthy serotonin levels in the brain – which in turn can enhance your mood, decrease food cravings, and reduce weight gain.
- Dendrobium 600: Dendrobium promotes a healthy stomach, kidneys and lungs. It is also said to be a powerful strengthening tonic.
- Diindolylmethane (DIM): DIM is used to support healthy estrogen metabolism and hormonal balance in the body. It can used by both men and women.
Stacking SD Pharma Supplements
After learning a bit about each one, I decided how I was going to “stack” them. For those of you not familiar with this terminology, it’s one you may hear a lot in the body building community. But don’t let that intimidate or scare you off! Supplement stacks are built by choosing individual supplements and then combining them to create a synergistic blend to help you reach or maintain your health and fitness goals.
It isn’t always about building bulky muscle. You can stack supplements to help you lose weight, gain lean muscle, or just to optimize your health.
Now that being said, for me personally as I said recently, I am not trying to loose weight. I’d love to build more muscle, and loose some fat (hey who wouldn’t), so please keep this in mind as you read on.
I also tried taking the Garcinia Cambogia 500 by itself for a few days. I didn’t feel any less hungry, but I’m pretty durn active, and I eat all the time, and I’m okay with that.
I really like the combo of the Green Coffee Bean, and Dendrobium 600 for preworkout! I could definitely tell the difference in my energy levels, and wasn’t left feeling a gross crash or any adverse side effects. This is great news to me because I have had sensitivities to “preworkout” blends in the past.
The only negative side effect I had from any of these products was with the Raspberry Keytones. It gave me some burps and a touch of heartburn. I could track it back to this product alone because my burps were mildly sweet, and well tasted like the supplement smelled. This was just my dealings with the product, I’ve seen lots of others use this supplement and have never reported that.
Much like the simplistic white bottles of this brand, the ingredients contained within reflect this. Not a bunch of fillers or a million ingredients that may leave you wondering what your body didn’t agree with if you had some type of adverse effect. I think it’s nice to be able to know pretty easily whether or not a certain supplement works for you – or it doesn’t.
My favorites were the Green Coffee Bean and Dendrobium 600 (especially the latter). I think the DIM would be great for someone who wants to try a preworkout supplement, but would like to stay away from anything containing caffeine. I’m also curious what extended benefits I may experience with the DIM since I do have PMDD.
My Own 2 Cents
I also wanted to take a second to say something really important. While these are high quality supplements in my opinion, and may aid people in weight loss – let it be known that my own weight loss cannot be attributed to any pill or supplement. I am a firm believer that there is no “magic pill”. Supplements are just that supplemental. They are not replacements for hard work, exercise, and cleaning up your diet. Kapeesh?
Connect with SD Pharmaceuticals
Have you ever taken any of these other supplements from different brands? What did you think? I know the green coffee and raspberry keytones are pretty talked about at the moment.
Disclaimer: Although this post is sponsored, this is no way effects the contents included. All thoughts are honest and are my own.
Disclaimer: I am reviewing and being compensated for taking part of the 12wbt fitness program as an acting Girl’s Gone Sporty Ambassador. All thoughts are my own and are not in any way influenced by this.
I was pondering what I wanted to share this week about my journey into Michelle Bridge’s 12 Week Body Transformation Program. There’s so much to talk about! But this time around I figured I’d ask what you wanted to hear via my facebook page. And you wanted to hear about food. So let’s talk about some food.
Since this is an all encompassing exercise and nutrition plan, both of these aspects are laid out for you in the beginning of the program when you decide what variation you will be following. You get your recommendation of caloric intake based on the program you choose and your gender. Here’s a peek at mine:
But most of you who are going to be doing this program will most likely be falling into the following allowances: for females 1200 calories and 1800 calories for males. (yes dudes this program is for you too!).
Here’s a peek at a day of my personal meal plan from this past week:
So if you’re monitoring your caloric intake, the meals are figured for you. The only thing you need to make sure you’re keeping track of would be your snacks, and your beverages. This is something I’ve told people many a times – it amazes me how many calories people ingest in their drinks alone! So keep that in mind.
Michelle reminds everyone to keep the following in mind when you are choosing your snacks. I think it’s a great thing to remember overall when choosing most of what you eat.
The menu items aren’t set in stone. Say on this particular morning you didn’t feel like muesli, you can go into the dashboard and switch it out with another menu item of your choice. This is great if you run out of a certain ingredient mid week, or just want something different. Also, this program does have vegan, gluten free, and lactose free options. They are tagged so you can choose what you need. Obviously you can alter recipes to suit your personal diet specific needs. Just don’t go turning a healthy for you recipe to crap! You wouldn’t do that though right?
Other tools that are available to you nutrition wise are as follows:
- printable recipes
- printable shopping lists
- a recipe index
- caloric lookup
Also just like the exercise program, you are not set in stone here. I can go in and change my plan to “regular” and it will adjust the calorie limits to suit the change. It’s also helpful that you get your nutrition and your exercise plans before the week starts. This gives you no excuse! Give yourself the time to shop for what you need, plan your workouts, etc. The forums are also very helpful. The staff is always on the ball for answering questions and concerns of the members.
And here’s a confession for you even though I already dropped a bomb on friday. No, I haven’t really been following the eating plan. Le gasp. I would like to think I eat about 80% clean as is. I’m not trying to lose weight right now – but for this next week I am going to be trying to test out some of the recipes.
Although I think I will start tonight with some Huevos Rancheros for dinner tonight.
Do you meal prep? Do you think only having to figure calories for your snacks would help you stay on track? Is food the hard part for you?
You can find my other posts pertaining to this program here.
screenshots are from the Michelle’s 12 Week Body Transformation Program and the content is copyrighted. Except Homer of course