GNC Taste Test Thursday

21 Jun

So I have been picked to review 5 different protein powders for GNC! I am so excited as I had just started to research more about them! This week I have been tasting and giving each one more than one test to make sure I am being fair.

I Received Whey Powder, Casein, Egg, Soy, and Vega! Holy Heavens was I a happy girl when this showed up at my door!

So far this week I have tested the Pro-Performance 100% Whey Protein, Pro-Performance Soy Protein 95, and Pro-Performance 100% Casein.

Pro-Performance 100% Whey Protein – fast absorbing and mostly used before or after workouts. Many people use these for breakfast to restore muscles after sleeping. the protein is easy to mix and let me tell you so far this Vanilla flavor is the best! I have mixed it with fruit as I am not a plain type of person and it has been delicious each time!


Pro-Performance Soy Protein 95 – the only complete plant-based protein and includes all the essential amino acids including BCAA – leucine, isoleucine, and valine.  Very important – this is made from certified non-GMO (genetically modified) soybeans that are being produced while being tightly monitored and controlled from planting through processing. So far this has been the only one to really upset my stomach. I was cramping the next morning, but am going to wait until the weekend to try this one again and see if the protein is actually what did it.

Pro-Performance 100% Casein – slow digesting protein derives from milk. This one is taken at night due to the amount of time that is needed for the absorption to take place. The delayed digestion and absorption may be beneficial between meals or in the evening to provide the steady supply of muscle fuel that is crucial to maintaining an anti-catabolic state and significantly decrease protein breakdown.  This one I made and it seemed to be thicker than the rest – I think I need to add more milk? (I mix them all with milk as water makes them all taste gross in my opinion).  We will see – I gave this one to my husband and he liked it a ton.

**This one is perfect for him as he is Army and works out early mornings and doesn’t like to take anything before the workout – so an evening shake works well with his schedule. Also since he is on the go all day log, the slow absorption helps him all day long!

Come back next week as I taste two more – 100% Egg Protein and Vega! I will also start to put them into a routine as I find what works best for me and keep you updated as to how this is helping my training!

I can tell you that after taking these proteins most of the week I am already noticing less soreness!

Do you take protein or any other types of supplements? If so – what and why?

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13 Responses to “GNC Taste Test Thursday”

  1. Charissa (@ColourfulPalate) June 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Great review! I am really interested in trying their egg protein!

  2. Katie @wishandwhimsy June 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Great post on a couple of varieties of protein. It’s amazing how much is out there and I like your description of what you’ve tasted. Looking forward to hearing about your thoughts next week! I like the Egg Protein from GNC a lot!

    • Miss Molly June 22, 2012 at 8:59 am #

      It is crazy how many choices there are!!!!

  3. cottercrunch June 22, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    i’ve heard good things about the caesin. I should try it.

  4. racingtales June 22, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Fascinating and very thorough review! I had stomach trouble last time I tried a soy (or was it whey?) protein powder, so I’ve switched to Vega permanently. As a friend said, “once you get used to the pond water flavor, it’s not so bad!” Very interesting info about the slow-absorbing casein…I didn’t know that.

  5. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast June 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Great review- I’m new to protein powders but have enjoyed trying them out in new ways: pancakes, oats, smoothies, even cookies!

  6. Brad Gouthro Fitness June 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    Nice. Really want to try the Egg Protein!

    • Miss Molly June 22, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      I just did and it was great – both my husband and I agree it is a lighter drink so perfect for breakfast!

  7. Abby @ BackAtSquareZero June 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    Can’t wait for you to review them all.
    One of my fit bucket list goals is to try a protein shake without being worried it will taste disgusting or make me bulk up like (more of a) linebacker

    • Miss Molly June 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

      THe Egg and Whey are the best tasting so far for me!!!

  8. Jose Boldue July 31, 2012 at 3:45 am #

    Branched Chain Amino Acids or BCAA are very useful specially if you are working out heavily and wanted to build muscles as fast as possible. “`’*


    • Miss Molly August 1, 2012 at 12:41 am #

      Not sure yet what I am doing – but right now not building muscle.


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