September 19, 2012

Core Power review and giveaway

How many times have you guzzled chocolate milk after a workout? Too many to count? Yup, me too. Basically, Core Power is chocolate milk on crack. You have the deliciousness of flavored milk plus a load of natural protein. 

Here's some info from the company:
A delicious post workout recovery drink for your active lifestyle, Core Power is a real milk protein drink made from fresh, lowfat, lactose-free milk and real honey. Its optimum protein to carb ratio and nutrient-rich profile make for the perfect last stage of every workout. From endurance sports and bodybuilding to pilates and yoga, Core Power helps you recover faster, build lean muscle and stay at the top of your game. No matter which game you happen to play.
Why Protein?
  • Milk protein contributes to muscle development while the natural carbohydrates of honey provide the energy to rebuild muscle and glycogen stores. Consumption of carbs with protein after a workout optimizes muscle recovery and growth.
  • Made from fresh milk and real honey, one great-tasting, lactose-free serving of Core Power provides athletes and fitness enthusiasts with 26 grams of high quality fresh milk proteins, consisting of 21 grams of casein proteins and 5 grams of whey proteins. The light versions still pack a heck of a punch, serving up 20 grams of the same high quality fresh milk proteins.
  • The unique nutritional profile of Core Power uses the best proteins and delivers calories that your body can actually use.
  • Milk’s unique ratio of whey and casein proteins builds lean muscle while its vitamins and minerals keep the body healthy.
  • Honey boosts athletic performance and endurance while reducing muscle fatigue.
I tried the chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry banana flavors. The only other flavor available is honey.

Chocolate: It gets one thumb up for taste. They say that it doesn't taste chalky like other protein drinks. It wasn't chalky, but it also wasn't quite as tasty as a glass of regular chocolate milk. But then you are getting a lot more protein! So still thumbs up.

Here's the nutritional info. 

Vanilla: This one actually tasted like a melted vanilla milkshake to me. So if you like that, you're good. I enjoyed the taste. So one thumb up.

Strawberry Banana: This one was my favorite. The strawberry banana flavor wasn't too strong or fake tasting. I actually didn't realize this one was light until I started taking pictures of it. Looking at the ingredients, this one is sweetened with honey and stevia instead of honey and cane sugar like the two above. So two thumbs up for this one! They also have a light chocolate, but I only tried the full-calorie version of chocolate.

When to use: to recover after a hard workout. I sometimes drank the whole container at once, but sometimes I drank half and then drank the other half after my next workout.

After a weekday run.

During my post-20-miler ice bath.

You can find Core Power on Amazon for $41.52/case of 12. Or check here for locations that sell it near you.

Or better, just win some! Core Power is going to give one of you a free case in the flavor of your choice.

To enter: Just leave a comment telling me your favorite way to recover from a run.

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I'll pick a winner on Monday, September 24th, with a random number generator and my post-half-marathon high