Optimum Nutrition Review & Giveaway

Lately I've been trying to get more protein in my diet. I want to stay fuller longer, and help build strong muscles for all my upcoming races, and want to feel more energized throughout the day. I recently started making smoothies to bring to work. Usually a combo of spinach, fruit & yogurt, I really wanted to add a little protein punch. So I started searching for protein powders.

I found Optimum Nutrition, a company that had been established in 1986 by brothers. I liked the fact they have extrememly strict standards for the materials used in their whey proteins. I really didn't know too much about what Whey protein really did until I visited HERE, where some clever videos give you the history of Whey and why it works. easy to understand, love it. Also check out the amazingly large variety of flavors. I didn't know protein powder could even come in flavors besides chocolate and vanilla!

Tim over at Optimum Nutrition sent me over some samples to try out, and I couldn't believe the variety!


It has a high pure protein percentage, low in carbs, and tastes great!
I mixed all mine with skim milk, but you could mix them with water too.
Mocha Cappuccino - blended with milk & ice was like a frappe
Chocolate Mint - OMG YUM! Blended this would make another fabulous treat
White Chocolate - my third favorite flavor
Cake Batter- very tasty, i think will be a tasty addition to a fruit smoothie
Cookies & Cream- Not a big fan of this one. Had little cookie pieces in it, but the taste wasn't there for me.
Orange Cream- I'm not really a creamy orange person, so I skipped trying this one



Double Rich Chocolate & Marshmallow treat
It has 26 crazy grams of protein! Great for pre-post workout or an afternoon snack swap.
Double chocolate- not a huge fan of the taste. I also felt like the size of the bar was HUGE! I think it could have been half the size. 
Marshmallow treat - Tasted pretty close to a rice crispy treat. little white chocolate chips on this one. yum.


Grape & Orange
Only 10 calories each, zero fat & sugar. It has free form amino acids and improves muscle recovery & energy & focus.
I'm not a grape person, so I tried the Orange instead, even though I'm not a big orange fan either. Taste was okay, but I'm hoping it powered me up after my long run today!
60 grams of protein?? This one is a little higher in calories, and draws proteins from 8 different sources and has a great vitamin & mineral blend. Last one on my list to try...

Conveniently packaged, only 3g of fat & 20g of protein. Yummy flavors like Chocolate crisp, Chocolate peanut butter, and Cookies & cream.

I tried Cookies and Cream, yum! Good texture & flavor. Definitely one I would eat again. I cut the bar in half though since I felt like the calories were a little high for a snack for me.

These products were sent to me free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.

Want to win some Optimum Nutrition to try? I have a sampler prizepack for one of you!


Enjoy a bunch of flavors and products to try along with a shaker to mix it all in!

How to Win
please leave a separate comment for each
1. Be or become a follower of my blog
2. Check out Optimum Nutrition's website HERE and let me know what you like
3.  Follow Running to Health on facebook HERE
4. Follow Optimum Nutrition on facebook HERE and let them know Running to Health sent you!
5. Follow Optimum Nutrition on twitter @Team_Optimum
6. Spread the news (blog, facebook, twitter) and leave a separate comment for each

Deadline to enter is 4/26, good luck!








45 comments:

runningonwords said...

I follow you on Google Reader!

runningonwords said...

I really want to try the Marshmallow Treat Whey Crisp bad. I'm not allowed to eat soy and I've been looking for a good protein bar using an alternate form of protein. Also, it sounds delicious!

Elizabeth said...

Follower of your journey

Elizabeth said...

I'll love to try the Natural Oats & Whey seems like it will be nice for breakfast.

Elizabeth said...

Following you on FB

busy wife mom runner said...

I'm a follower :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

I follow u!!!

Finallyfit2011 said...

I was unable to open the link to the website but would LOVE that chocolate mint whey protein :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

I like running to health on fb :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

I liked optimum nutrition on fb & let them know you sent me over :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

Posted giveaway to my blog!

Finallyfit2011 said...

Posted your giveaway to my blog!!!

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

I've been following your blog!

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

I would love to try the mint chocolate chip whey protein or the rice crisp bar!! Sound yummy...

Penny said...

Already a follower.

Penny said...

Follow you on fb already

Penny said...

Posted on my blog
pinkhatrunner

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

Posted on my blog!

Penny said...

The mocha cappuccino has my name written on it. I love my cappuccino's. Would love to try it.

Jogging with Fiction said...

I follow you!

Jogging with Fiction said...

The cookies and cream bar looks amazing!

Jogging with Fiction said...

followed you on facebook!

The Green Girl said...

This is my favorite brand of protein powder - I'd love to try some of their other products. I'm a follower!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I follow you!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I already love their chocolate whey protein shakes!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I follow you on FB!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I follow optimum nutrition on FB!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

And will post to my blog!

dmberg81 said...

I follow your blog.

dmberg81 said...

The mint chocolate chip whey powder sounds divine!

JenniferLeah said...

follower :)

JenniferLeah said...

I have never seen Mint Choc chip as a flavor of whey (I usually go with borning vanilla or chocolate lol) I have a recipe for protein ice cream and would so whip that up with the MCC flavor!! YUmmmmmmm

JenniferLeah said...

adding to my blog list of giveaways

JenniferLeah said...

following ON on twitter

JenniferLeah said...

tweeted about this contest
@milesmusclesmom

shala_darkstone said...

I follow you via Google Friend Connect.
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shala_darkstone said...

I like the 100% OATS & WHEY product.
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shala_darkstone said...

I follow Running to Health on facebook (FB name: Maddie Brubaker).
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shala_darkstone said...

I follow Optimum Nutrition on twitter (@shala_darkstone).
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shala_darkstone said...

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Stacelet77 said...

I just found your blog today, but I signed up to follow you. :)

Stacelet77 said...

After looking at the website, I would try the mint chocolate whey protein. YUM.

Stacelet77 said...

I now follow Running to Health on facebook.

Stacelet77 said...

Just signed up to follow Optimum Nutrition on facebook.

Stacelet77 said...

I am now following @Team_Optimum on twitter.

 
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