Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Gotein Review and Giveaway!

Since hubs and I have been working on our house, (big news--we have a roof!) we are in constant need of portable snacks. I have been on a mission to find the perfect bar to fill me up, give me the nutrients I need, and --oh yeah--taste good. One thing I wasn't doing was thinking outside the box (errr....bar?)
In comes Gotein. I was contacted by them to do a review and a giveaway, and I was a little hesitant at first. I put protein powder in my morning oatmeal because it doesn't change the taste much, and fills me up for longer. But I've never been the girl who carries around a protein drink after working out. I generally prefer to *eat* my calories rather than drink them. But I agreed, and was very pleasantly surprised.
Perfect for post-run!
Gotein is a portable protein shake that comes in 3 flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. All you do is open them up, mix them into your water bottle, and drink. Each package has between 100-110 calories, with 16/17 grams of protein, 5/6 grams of carbohydrates, and 24 vitamins and minerals. Yes please! I won't lie, with stats like these I expected them to taste healthy. You know what I mean? Instead, they truly taste delicious. Not thick or gritty or chalky. And, bonus! Vanilla and Strawberry happen to be gluten-free. Wanna see how easy they are?

Step 1: attempt to rip open with you teeth

Step 2: admit defeat and open with your hands

Step 3: mix it into your water bottle

Step 4: drink

Step 5: be happy and pose for a picture
Pros:
-These taste delicious. Vanilla was my favorite, like a milkshake. Extra good if the water is ice cold. 
-Convenient. As long as you have water, you can get your protein
-Low calorie. When I realized how good these taste, I had to recheck the stats. I have a major sweet tooth, and Gotein did not disappoint--even for 100 calories. 

Cons:
-The price. At around $2 per packet, these won't be an every day thing for me. I'll save them for when I'm traveling or away from home for long stretches of time. 
-If you use a refillable water bottle, you'll have to wash it out. And if you're away from home, that's not so easy. They recommend using a water bottle and tossing/recycling it when you're done, but I generally reuse my bottles for a while. 

Yes, you can even enjoy Gotein on a ladder. THAT portable.
Poor hubs is such a god sport!
Want to try these for yourself? Gotein sent me a sample pack of all three flavors to mail forward to one reader. Here's how you can win (leave a comment for each):

Be a follower! (+1)
Like Gotein on Facebook and tell them I sent you (+1)
Tell me your favorite way to get protein (+1)
Mention this giveaway on your blog, on Facebook, or on Twitter and put the link in your comment (+1)
Give me one reason why you're awesome and should win! (+1)

The giveaway will end on Sunday, June 12th at Midnight ET. Good luck!

Disclaimer: Gotein sent me these samples free of charge. All reviews and opinions are my own.

110 comments:

  1. I'm at work so I don't have access to my blog or FB so I'll do those ones later! Maybe it'll increase my chances if my comments are spread out ha! But I am a follower (obviously)!

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  2. My favorite way to get protein is in my morning oats or in a hemp smoothie blended with banana and almond milk!

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  3. i follow you.
    i liked them on facebook.
    my favorite way to get protein is by eating fish, or nuts.
    I think I should win because I have never tried a protein drink and have been wanting to for a while. I try my best to lose some weight and to be as active as I can on a daily basis.

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  4. Aaaand I think it's pretty self-explanatory why I'm awesome. Hahaha kidding! I don't know...hmmm I guess I'm true to myself and my beliefs and that's prettty awesome! I think I should win because getting enough protein is hard as a vegan and these little packets of fun would be just PERFECT! (Are they vegan btw? because of they're not, then I'm in trouble!)

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  5. I would like to win because I have Celiac Disease and finding yummy gluten free items can be tough. I'd love the chance to try these.

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  6. I get my protein by mixing vanilla powder in chocolate milk :) Quick for mornings after a run!

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  7. I'm a follower and I should win because.....if I try to mix a regular protein shake while driving, someone could get hurt. So for the safety of America, I need an easier way to get my protein! wink wink

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  8. I've been wanting to try these for a while! If I really like them, I might become their next big consumer haha. That's why I'm awesome and I should win :)

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  9. I like a good chocolate protein shake- but my favorite way to get protein is eating steak ;). That's the wrong answer, huh?

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  10. I am awesome and should win because I am too cheap to buy them myself!!

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  11. These look great! I am most definitely a follower, liked it on facebook too! I love Greek Yogurt and eat it everyday it is definitely my favorite way to get protein! I do struggle though with portable options when I am running around so these would be great! Umm...mentioned in my blog as well and I should win because haven't washed my hair since Sunday and that is pretty awesome to me!

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  12. woohoo giveaway! thanks for hosting!

    1. definitely a follower :)
    2. when I was living in the states, I ate a lot of balance bars (you should include them in your bar survey!) and greek yogurt. those are both a little harder to find (and super expensive!) in switzerland, so I eat a lot of egg white omelets and nuts!
    3. I'm awesome because...I'm running my first ever trail half marathon in two weeks!!!

    thanks again!

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  13. I'm awesome because I maxed out my bench press at 60 lbs over the weekend. So excited! :)

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  14. i get my protein with a chocolate muscle milk shake after my work out

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  15. i'm basically amazing and should win because ... i have a sneaky blog and barley anyone can find...except you found it once... and i applaud you for that!

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  16. My favorite (of the moment) way to get protein after workouts is the light coffee Honey Milk... Seriously delicious and 20 grams per drink!

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  17. Awesome! I of course am a follower.

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  18. I would mostly like to try the chocolate.

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  19. My favorite way to get protein is in a smoothie with added protein powder.

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  20. My favorite source of protein is a boiled egg. Boring I know but so delicious!

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  21. I am awesome because I am running 2 marathons in three weeks and I will really need that protein to recover. :)

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  22. my favorite protein suppliment is Click, but otherwise it's PB or beans!

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  23. I AM awesome. So that's why I should win :)

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  24. My favorite ways to get protein are CHEESE and protein fruit smoothies!

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  25. I am awesome because I am going to buy "The New Rules of Lifting for Women" today, and I will definitely need a protein boost to help with workout recovery! :)

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  26. I "like" Gotein on Facebook and commented on their wall!

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  27. I shouted out your giveaway here on my blog: http://happyhealthystrong.blogspot.com/2011/06/heat-is-on-calling-all-boston-lady.html

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  28. My favorite means of Protein is through fish or chicken - I love all seafood and try to get a lot of it in my diet (without overdosing on mercury of course)

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  29. I am awesome because....I work hard and strive for my best at every thing I do in life, whether it be work, working out, family or friends...I should win because when I work hard and accomplish my goal of more strength training, I am going to need that protein to rebuild these muscles!

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  30. protein from peanut butter... or almond butter!

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  31. um i am awesome and somehow have never won a giveaway??

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  32. I really like EAS whey protein, the chocolate with soy milk mixed together in a blender is pretty delicious, its a great dinner when I dont feel like eating after a late run or frisbee game!

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  33. Today I feel awesome because I scored 5 of our 15 points in our frisbee game last night which we won 15-5!

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  34. Ohh, I like that its portable! Great for traveling instead of bringing a huge tub of protein powder along with you everywhere! :)

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  35. I
    Freaking
    Love
    Gotein!!!
    Yum!!!!

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  36. My fav way to get protein is eating some good chicken

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  37. I am awesome because I slept until one today and won't go to bed until around 8 tomorrow morning (work) ;)

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  38. I'm a follower and my favorite protein is ice cream!

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  39. I get my protein from food, mostly, but also from smoothies made with soy protein powders.

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  40. I am linking to this post on my blog giveaway sidebar.

    eatrunsail.blogspot.com

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  41. I am working hard! And would love to win...

    your pics are awesome, BTW.

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  42. liked and commented on facebook!

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  43. favorite protein: PB, chicken, protein smoothies!

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  44. I should probably win so when I am hiking mountains this summer I can refuel with protein ;)

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  45. thanks for the write-up but i think my fav part are you picture step by step instructions!! u're way too cute girl! :)

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  46. And, it's been tweeted, yo. I'm awesome because I use the word "yo" as a white girl.

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  47. I should win because I need more protein in my life! I'm not a big meat eater and am always looking for way to daily take in protein :)

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  48. My favorite way to get my daily protein is in my smoothies filled with spinach, yogurt and fruits!

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  49. I'm not the most Twitter savvy person, but I think this is the Twitter link you want :)
    https://twitter.com/#!/Wealths_Health/status/78584409971892224

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  50. I'm a follower! I'm awesome because I follow your blog and I'm a runner!
    I got contacted by Gotein too...hopefully receiving some samples soon!

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  51. I'm a new follower. Hope it tastes as yummy as you make it sound!

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  52. I love getting my protein from greek yogurt, edamame, or hard boiled eggs!

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  53. Post #1: I am obviously a follower!

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  54. Post #2: Since I'm new to running, I'm still trying to figure out the best way to replentish my protein after a run.

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  55. Post #3: I am awesome because I'm working hard at running, and sticking to it!

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  56. I am a follower! I love you step-by-step demonstration. So cute!

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  57. My fav source of protein is greek yogurt. SO YUMMY!!!

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  58. I am awesome because I ran 4 miles at lunch hour today instead of skipping it since I was tired. GO ME!

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  59. My favorite way to get protein is greek yogurt and of course peanut butter!

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  60. I liked Gotein on FB and told them that you sent me!

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  61. My favorite way to get protein is with peanut butter.

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  62. I should win because I am a newbie to the running blog community!

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  63. My favorite way to get protein is from milk. I haven't really dabbled much into bars or protein supplements yet.

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  64. I am extra special and hope to win because my birthday is on Sunday June 12th!

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  65. I follow you now!
    And I'm awesome because I'm a great mom to a 6-month old puppy.

    And my favorite way to get protein is to add peanut butter to plain greek yogurt!

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  66. favorite way to get protein is in a green smoothie or a grilled T-bone steak. Mmm

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  67. I am awesome because I am the mom to the two most awesome kids in the world (I am not biased either, really)

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  68. I'm awesome and should win because I am a fellow runner and it's always fun to win each others giveaways :D

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  69. PB probably tops my protein list! I also like to have a protein shake post-run occassionally.

    And greek yogurt as well.

    Clearly more than one way to get protein over here!

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  70. I liked gotein on facebook and told them you sent me there

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  71. i love chicken, deli meat, greek yogurt, and protein powder for protein

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  72. I'm awesome and should win because I love running and am a poor college student who cant afford protein powder right now

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