Hi all! I’ve got a new review and a giveaway for you today, this time it’s PureFood Probiotic Plant Protein Powder – a product so new to the market that you can’t even buy it yet! That is, until August 6th when the company is scheduled to launch. The founder of PureFood Company has asked me to try out his creation and share my thoughts with my blog readers – that’s you, duh! Also, the winner of this week’s giveaway will be getting a whole bag of PureFood probiotic Plant Protein to try for free!
So why did I decide to give protein powder another try? Well,remember my new fitness goal that I’ve announced a few weeks ago? In case you haven’t seen this post, I’ve decided that after doing my share of running races of all distances, I wanted to try myself at training for a bodybuilding competition in the bikini division. Reaching that goal is going to require a quite different approach in my training than, say, committing to another marathon, but that doesn’t scare me. If vegans have proven time and again that they can successfully do endurance running races, then I have no doubt that we can grow muscle and show it off in style too!
So I’ve been doing a fair share of research about this whole vegan bodybuilding thing, and have changed my training from three runs + two weightlifting sessions per week (my schedule during Rock’n’Roll Seattle marathon training) to five solid weightlifting sessions every week. Even though that change is still very new, I can already see and feel that I’m getting stronger, and I couldn’t be more excited about it!
One thing that I’ve started doing differently is making sure I have something to eat right after a workout. I easily get hungry and lightheaded after a hard gym session, so I needed a snack that would deliver plenty of nutrition to my muscles right after a workout, keep my hunger at bay, and sit well in a hot car under the scorching Pacific Northwestern sun (yes, that’s a thing this year!) while I’m at the gym. Thankfully, such snack presented itself to me a few weeks ago when I received a nice big package of plant-based protein powder from PureFood Company.
When Scott, the founder of PureFood, offered me to try his soon-to-be-launched protein powder, I was skeptical at first. After all, aren’t all protein powders heavily processed and devoid of nutrients? Then I started reading information on the PureFood site, and things got interesting.
According to Scott and his company, PureFood is the only plant-based probiotic protein powder made exclusively from organic, sustainably grown and sourced ingredients. Here are a few facts from their site:
- PureFood protein contains no soy, gluten, corn, GMOs or animal derivatives, and comes in a nice, subtly sweetened chocolate flavor.
- Organic brown rice, pea, hemp and mesquite proteins make the base of this protein powder, delivering 21 grams of plant protein per scoop. (Did I just say ‘protein’ 55 times in the same sentence? Protein protein protein!)
- Raw organic cacao powder adds a nice chocolatey touch to the flavor of PureFood – the company chooses to use raw cacao, a minimally processed food naturally high in antioxidants, instead of highly refined cocoa powder that’s been stripped of the majority of its nutrients.
- On top of that, PureFood protein is enriched with a potent probiotic strain that’s completely free of animal derivatives or soy, and is one of the few probiotics known to make it through our stomach acid to do all of its good work in our intestines.
How can you trust me that PureFood didn’t just pay me big bucks to say all of these nice things? First of all, PureFood isn’t a big corporation with lots of money sitting around to pay fancy bloggers like myself. Scott, the creator of PureFood, has done all of the work himself, from sourcing the ingredients to packaging over five hundred bags for the initial company launch that’s scheduled to take place in the first week of August. He personally mailed me a package to sample, and included this lovely letter:
My Experience with PureFood Protein
I got very excited when I first received PureFood Probiotic Plant Protein powder, especially since it coincided with the time when my marathon training got very intense, and I was looking for any help nutrition-wise to stay strong. The powder arrived in a resealable bag with a plastic scoop inside. The bag had 1.2 pounds’ worth of protein powder, enough for 16 servings. According to Scott, it’s going to retail for 35 dollars per bag.
I started adding about half a scoop’s worth of the powder to my morning oatmeal and smoothies to boost their protein amount and add a nice hint of chocolatey flavor. For a while I made a postworkout smoothie right after I came home in the evening, blending about half a scoop of PureFood protein powder with a handful of frozen blueberries, a small knob of ginger, a teaspoon of peanut butter and a splash of water. This smoothie tasted delicious, and it filled me up well while I took a shower and made dinner.
This was happening right around the time of my marathon. After the marathon was done, I upped the number of weightlifting workouts and reduced my weekly runs, first to the ratio of 3 gym sessions + 2 runs a week, then to 5 weekly workouts at the gym and zero running. I was hesitant at first if my body would handle this intensity well, but thankfully everything’s been just fine.
Once my gym workouts got more intense, I realized that waiting until I got home to have my snack was no longer an option as I was getting too hungry and weak right after I trained. So I started packing my protein powder in a blender bottle in the morning before I went to work. In the afternoon as I was leaving work, I would add a little bit of water along with four ice cubes to the bottle. The ice cubes served the purpose of keeping the mixture cool as it sat in my hot car while I was at the gym for over an hour. After the workout, the protein shake was like my little treat to savor on the drive home: nice creamy texture, with notes of chocolate and a hint of sweetness. Tip: you’ve got to make sure not to put too much water into your shake, or it will turn out kind of bland. As long as you keep the proportions of one scoop to about 8 ounces of water (or slightly less), it will be fine.
A note on flavor: since PureFood is made of all natural ingredients and doesn’t go through a lot of processing, it won’t taste exactly like a milkshake, but you can expect nice hints of chocolate with subtle sweetness. The raw cocoa dissolves pretty well in the water if you use a blender bottle or throw the powder into a blended smoothie, but some little clumps can be expected.
As a part of the upcoming launch of PureFood Company, Scott is offering free recipe cards, an educational email series about plant protein and other perks to those of us who subscribe to his email list – you can find out more over here.
The PureFood Company is gearing up to be launched on August 6th, but this week Vegan Runner Eats readers (that’s you!) will get a chance to try this probiotic plant protein powder early on – for free! I’m giving away a 1.2-pound bag of PureFood protein powder to the winner of today’s giveaway – that’s the full size bag that lasted me for over a month!
To enter the giveaway, you must be over 18, and reside in the US or Canada (sorry international folks, I’m paying for shipping myself). Just enter whatever options apply to you below, and come back to this page again since some options can be filled out more than once!
The giveaway will last until next Thusrsday, July 30th at 11:59 pm PST, and I’ll email the winner on Friday, July 31st.
A note from Scott, the founder of PureFood Company: if you join his mailing list before midnight of next Tuesday, July 28th, you’ll get a chance to purchase a bag before the official launch on August 5, plus he’ll throw in a couple extra bonuses.
P.S. For the next few weeks, I’ll be taking a sabbatical from blogging for a good reason: my parents are coming for a visit from Russia and will be staying with me for three weeks. I’m very excited about this because I haven’t seen them in almost three years! Then Rob and I are going on vacation, and once we come back, his parents will come for a visit – I’ll be quite busy over here for a while! In the meantime, you can keep in touch with Vegan Runner Eats on Facebook: I regularly post articles about health, veganism and a lot of other things over there, and I’m glad to see that the page just reached 3300 ‘likes’. Must be doing something right, huh? Cheers!
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