Friday, June 11, 2010

Product Reviews

I have been trying to get around to this, but I just never seem to have the desire to sit down and insert a lot of pictures and what-not :o)  I had taken pictures of the actual products at home, but they are on my camera and not here at work, and I figured 'why not do this on my lunch today'?
So without further adieu...

Gatorade Prime

The pouch to the far left is the product I am reviewing; I think we all know if and what Gatorade (or G2) does and does not do and/or how it relates to our personal situations (whether it works or not)
I decided to try this product since I read a lot of blogs out there and a few runner peeps have had good success with these, so when I was at the grocer a few weeks back, I spotted them and decided to give them a whirl.  I bought 2.  One was orange and one was Berry.
2 Saturdays ago, was my cut back long run, and I had 8 miles on the schedule.  I drank the Prime just before heading out, and while yes it was only 8 miles, I still felt a bit of 'kick' in my step.  However if you know me, I never judge a product by one use (usually 3) since it could have just been a fluke.
Last Saturday, I ran 4 miles before the group start, so after those 4 miles, I grabbed the pouch from the car and drank it.  My friend Robin was like "wow thats a HUGE Gu!"  LOL.  I explained to her what it was.
Now we all know that my overall run was NOT good last Saturday, however, those first 6 miles after the start, were indeed good.  I started out with the 4 hour group or maybe somewhere between 4 and 4:15ish...and I had I not made other mistakes DURING the run, things might not have turned out the way they did (see S-Caps review)

Bottom line is I like them.  I think they work.  A couple of my friends are now using them before their morning runs and feel that they feel they get the calories they need to complete the workout without having to put anything heavy into their belly so early in the morning and also one says that 'it doesnt make my stomach have issues'.  I prefer the Orange over the Berry.  There is Fruit Punch, but I am not a Fruit Punch kinda girl.
While at the grocer this past weekend?  I bought 4.  :o)
Side note: I havent used these for any other workouts other than Saturday mornings.  I run in the evenings so I am sufficiently hydrated and have nutrition in me from throughout the day.  To take in these extra calories when I didnt need them, I think is unnecessary.  I run with G2 in the evenings.  And I wont be trying the Recover since I firmly believe my chocolate milk is the perfect after workout recovery system!

Succeed! S!Caps

The actual full review of this has been a long time coming, but I am going to come back to this one after my run tomorrow. Reason being is that up until last Saturday, I always used these the same exact way, with MARVELOUS results, and last weekend, in trying to figure out if it was something I had done differently, it came to these. After reading their site today more intensely (I had to order another bottle) I do realize that indeed might very well have sabotaged myself last Saturday.

After tomorrow I will report back.

Gardenburger Veggie Patties
Sun Dried Tomato Basil
I have tried just about every single Veggie Patty out there, and to be honest I dont normally like something with this type of description, but I was at Whole Foods and they had these on sale, 2 boxes (4 to a box) for $6. Hey this is a good deal seeing as how I sometimes have paid $7.50 for 4 (Amys Texas 1/4 and I love them SO MUCH, that I pay it occasionally).
Anyway, they had the original so I bought one box of those and one box of these.
For whatever reason I tried these first.
OMG.  LOVE.  I havent even opened the original type box, and I have already bought another box of the Sun-Dried Tomato Basil.
Perfect little size for a 'burger' loaded with all the trimmings, or to eat on a baked potato...anything.

Puffins Organic Gluten Free Breakfast Cereal
Flavor - Cinnamon

I will be honest, I tried these only because it seems every single foodie/nutrition blog I read out there, people love these. Maybe not Cinnamon, but Puffins in general. There were regular, Peanut Butter and Cinnamon. I chose Cinnamon because I love me some cinnamon tasting cereal. :)
Hmmm...Now while I do indeed like these, I dont like them particularly in milk. I like them with some yogurt mixed in, and I even liked them to pop a few in my mouth when I was craving something sweet. I bought this box sometime back though and the box isnt empty. I am pretty sure I should throw it out.
A friend of mine loves loves loves the Peanut Butter ones, so maaaaaaaaaybe I will give those a shot to see if I like them better.
Call me crazy but these just werent going to take me away from my Cheerios.

Note: None of these products were supplied to me by the manufacturer's, they were purchased solely by me, nor am I being reimbursed in any way for my thoughts on their products. I dont know why, but everyone else out there is stating this on their product reviews, so I figured maybe I should :o)  But someone needs to tell Gatorade, S!Caps and Gardenburger to send me some free stuff now that I totally told all of you how great their products are!  :o)


Lauren said...

I actually don't like the cinnamon puffin cereal either but like the peanut butter and REALLY like the shredded oats variety of puffins. Just my 2 cents.. the cinnamon tasted like cardboard pellets.

I'm gonna try that gatorade stuff :D

Gaslight ;-) said...

Where do they sell Gatorade Prime? Sounds interesting.
My wv is "sware" Some peepel canot spel.

Nicole C. said...

Have you tried the Gardenburger Black Bean Chipotle burger? Oh YUM. Topped with a smidge of salsa and avocado. Perfect.