GNC’s Whey Iso Burst All Natural: move over vanilla, chocolate’s my new favorite!

A few weeks ago I reviewed GNC’s Women’s Ultra Mega Vitapak. Remember? There was subsequent discussion of the effect multivitamins can have on urine color. It’s coming back to you now, isn’t it?

Along with a month’s worth of supplements, GNC was also generous enough to send me a giant tub of their Pro Performance Whey Iso Burst All Natural protein powder to try. I’ve written about my love of whey before; I like how it fills me up and gives me an extra serving or two of protein to help with muscle building and fat loss. It’s also incredibly easy to ingest in the few minutes I typically have between workouts, classes and clients.

When it comes to whey, I’m usually a ‘vanilla’ girl. Vanilla goes with everything I can imagine mixing it with; spinach, kale, bananas, coffee, almond butter, berries and applesauce (if you have some other suggestions, I’d love to hear them!). However, when offered the chance to try something different, I opted for the chocolate. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

And what a chocolate it was! Stick your nose down close to the jar and inhale deeply. Isn’t that incredible?

I’ve blended it in green shakes (when I Tweeted this photo, friends were amazed at how green it was, even with the chocolate whey powder; I like a lot of spinach in my shakes!);

I’ve mixed it with coffee, peanut butter and banana (a great ‘between classes’ energy booster).

I’ve baked oatmeal protein bars with it;

And most recently, substituted it for the vanilla powder in this recipe (I cut the honey back to 1 1/4 cups, perhaps even a little less next time);

You’ve got to try these; my 9-year old swears that they taste like Tootsie Rolls. But they’re good for her (don’t tell!).

Nutritionally, each scoop of powder has 19 g of high quality whey protein, 0.5 grams of both fats and carbs (this is great for my new nutrition plan) and clocks in at a paltry 85 calories.

It’s sweetened with Stevia, an all-nature, clean eating-approved sweetener. This is probably the reason that I’m not overly fond of it when mixed with just water or unsweetened almond milk. I always find Stevia-sweetened powders to have a bitter-ish aftertaste, which is why my preferred way to consume them is with fruit and spinach.

My tub is almost gone, so I popped into my local GNC store today to replenish. As luck would have it, they were having a sale; buy one tub, get the 2nd for half price. With my Gold card discount (20% every day!), it was almost like getting the 2nd tub for free. Win, win, win! I decided to try the vanilla to see if it’s as wonderful tasting as the chocolate. I’ll let you know!

Do you include whey protein powder in your diet?

What’s your favorite flavor?

Disclaimer: GNC Canada generously send me a tub of whey powder to sample and review. I thank them for introducing me to a great product. All opinions expressed in this blog, however, are mine and mine alone!

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  1. I love this protein powder. These recipes look great. Heading over to Pinterest to pin and trying the “Tootsie Roll Bars, immediately. Thanks

  2. Eeeeewww, probably not going to start drinking green smoothies regardless of how tasty you make this all look. The chocolate did smell pretty good when I scratched and sniffed the pic.

    • But they don’t taste green! Tastes just like chocolate and whatever else you throw in there. Don’t you wish computers did ‘scratch and sniff’?

  3. Will check it out!!! Recipe looks amazing too & how about a recipe for the oatmeal protein bars!!!

  4. I have never added whey powder to my diet, but I know some people swear by it. Despite your overwhelming new love for chocolate…I have to say I will always remain a vanilla kind of girl 🙂

  5. All the recipes look delicious, I am pretty particular about my protein powders..I amy have to give this one a try!!

  6. does this product really help lose weight ? Im thinking of taking it …

    • Ham,
      I can’t speak personally to the use of any protein supplement as a weight loss product, but I do know that when I fuel with a protein shake, I’m full until my next meal and less likely to eat something fatty and sweet! In general, protein can help reduce feelings of hunger as well as reduce the spikes in blood sugar levels (and the cravings they cause) associated with eating simple sugars. Hope that helps!

  7. I am thinking of taking the protein shake for breakfast when i wake up and then also right after i workout in the evening which is about 10:30 or 11:00pm. Would this help losing weight in the case of keeping me full in the morning and also getting my metabolism going for the day and also for replenishing and giving my muscles the nutrients needed from the protein shake right after my workout ? thanks for your help.

    • Ham,

      I hope you understand, but I can’t give you specific guidance about what will won’t work for weight loss for YOU without knowing more about your diet, lifestyle and exercise routine! What I can say, is I’ve found adding protein shakes to my diet has helped me gain muscle, feel full and control between meal cravings. Be careful what you add to your shakes; calories can still add up and derail weight loss. Let me know how it goes!

  8. I find it easier to eat things that are high in protein naturally. From scratch. Here in Iceland it is possible to buy whey in natural liquid form, that is easy to drink if you want whey. Some don’t like the sour taste of the liquid whey, but one gets used to it. The powder is far too processed for my taste. I myself can’t see why drinking milk isn’t just as good.
    I sometimes drink green shakes when I don’t want to bother with chewing the spinach.

    • I too like consume food in it’s natural form, whenever possible. Sometimes, though, it’s just easier to drink a shake than to pull a chicken breast out of your purse! LOL!
      Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  9. We are giving away a GNC Pro Performance Iso Burst every day until August 3rd 2013! Answer the contest tweet to be put into a draw to win. Use hashtag: #PPIsoBurst. Follow us on Twitter @GNCCanada – Canadian residents only.

  10. I currently take it and love it. I was wondering through if the all natural is safe to take for pregnant women?

    • Lisa, I see no reason why women can’t continue consuming whey during pregnancy. Especially when it’s a fairly natural product without a lot of additives and chemical flavourings. I suggest that you check with your doctor next time you visit if you’re at all worried. Hoping you have a wonderful rest of your pregnancy!