September 30, 2014

Clif Protein and Electrolyte Beverage Review + GIVEAWAY

I've always struggled with post-run nutrition, particularly in the hot summer months when the only thing I usually think about is cooling off with a chilly electrolyte beverage.  Over the years, I've learned that I need a better calorie and nutrient replacement plan after long runs.  Since I struggle with eating, I've turned to protein shakes for after my long runs.  So when Clif shared some of their new Shot beverage powders - electrolyte drinks and recovery protein drinks - I was ecstatic.  I spent all summer testing out the drink mixes they shared: cranberry razz electrolyte, lemon lime-aid electrolyte, chocolate protein recovery, and orange mango protein recovery.


With my rigorous Richmond Marathon training schedule, the timing was perfect to try out some new products.  Anyone who has trained for a marathon knows that you blow through nutrition like nobody's business!  Given that I'm trying to PR in Richmond, I also knew that I needed to get serious about my nutrition and this is helping with my post-run recovery.  Now if these could only help with my evening ice cream addiction...

My Thoughts
Cranberry Razz Electrolye Drink Mix: I was curious to try this because I love the Shot Bloks in the same flavor.  In a drink, I didn't love this flavor.  I felt like I was drinking cranberry juice, which wasn't terribly appetizing during a workout.  I will consider this for a pre- or post-workout option but it wasn't my jam.

Lemon Lime-Aid Electrolyte Drink Mix: Pretty standard lemon lime flavor and something that I would drink anytime. Lemon lime is generally my favorite flavor for electrolyte drinks so I would definitely keep this one around!

Chocolate Protein Recovery Drink Mix: I tried this several ways and it never disappointed. Mixed simply with skim milk, it tasted a bit like chocolate milk.


Orange Mango Protein Recovery Drink Mix: I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical of this flavor when I first got the samples. I first tried it with water, thinking it might taste more like a more substantial electrolyte drink since the flavor reminded me of a similar drink. I really liked the flavor but didn't find that it mixed very well with water...or maybe I should have let it mix a bit longer. Regardless, I loved it as a smoothie...read more below for my recipe!

My only complaint with both of the protein mixes was that both were a little chalky and grainy when mixed with milk or water. But in a smoothie, they blended very well.  It's also possible that I didn't give them enough time to mix in water or milk, whereas a blender can really kick up the mixing action!

Orange Mango Berry smoothie prep
Smoothie Recipes
Chocolate Berry 
- 1 packet chocolate protein recovery mix 
- 8 oz. skim milk
- 2-3 Tbsp. Nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2-3/4 C mixed berries (I used blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries)
- 3-4 ice cubes
Blend well. Makes about 18-20 oz. 

Chocolate Banana PB
- 1 packet chocolate protein recovery mix
- 8 oz. skim milk
- 1-2 Tbsp. Peanut butter
- 1 banana 
- 3-4 ice cubes
Blend well. Makes about 18 oz. 

Orange Mango Berry
- 1 packet orange mango protein recovery mix
- 8 oz. skim milk
- 2-3 Tbsp. Nonfat plain Greek yogurt 
- 3/4 C strawberries and raspberries 
- 3-4 ice cubes
Blend well. Makes 18-20 oz. 

And now for the fun part, Clif wants to share a sample pack with you too!  Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below to enter and good luck! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclaimer: Clif provided me with drink mix samples to test and review.  All opinions provided in this post are my own.

25 comments:

  1. Very Interesting! Chocolate is usually for me but your mixes sound Awesome!

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  2. I've been thinking about my nutrition and adding something after my long runs. These ideas sound amazing since I already use shot bloks!

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  3. This sounds great. I love Clif products! I would like the chocolate.

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  4. The orange mango sounds unique and delicious!

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  5. I'm interested in the chocolate!!!

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  6. The Orange Mango Protein Recovery Drink Mix interests me the most as I haven't tried a protein drink in that flavor before. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin

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  7. totally want to try the chocolate one!

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  8. I want to get better at my nutrition before and after working out. The mango mix seems interesting.

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  9. I would love to try to Cranberry Razz drink mix. I always need more electrolytes!

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  10. I want to try the chocolate one-I dont know why but I have been craving chocolate more than usual lately!

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  11. I would really like to try the chocolate protein powder!

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  12. I want to try the chocolate!!

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  13. The Chocolate Protein Recovery Drink peaks my interest. After long or intense runs I'm wiped out and sometimes don't reach for the best foods to refuel my body, often reaching for something that just sounds good. The chocolate mix could be added to shakes, oatmeal, pancakes, desserts and anything else that could boost my protein intake. I'm sure all the products are top notch coming from the Clif Bar Company.

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  14. Super curious about the recovery mixes for post-run smoothies. My favorite thing to down in the car on the way to work after a morning run!

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  15. I'd try the chocolate one. I tend to like chocolate protein shakes so hopefully I'd like this one. Adding bananas would be cool too.

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  16. I am desperate to try the Orange Mago protein mix, we don't get anything like that here is Australia!

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  17. Awesome giveaway! I've never tried the recovery drink, so I'd love to try that!

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  18. Chocolate sounds great!

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  19. Elizabeth LamontagneOctober 4, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Lemon lime-ade!

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  20. Orange mango looks awesome

    Marie

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  21. The chocolate sounds very pleasing:)

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