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Fueling My Workouts With Pure Protein



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So, it’s no secret that I like my protein. After all, protein is super important and is awesome for keeping you full and helping your body to recover after tough workouts. And seeing that I’m not a fan of the sugar (unless it’s tiramisu—and then all bets are off!), I’m always on the lookout for low-sugar protein bars that taste good and get the good stuff in my belly and quick. (Especially since I work out so darn early and don’t always wake up with a lot of time or appetite to get going!)  This, ya’ll, is where Pure Protein comes in. They recently sent me a big box of goodies to try (and stay tuned to the end of the post when you can win some, too!)—all of which have just one to five grams of sugar and are high in protein!

First up, the bars. Please enjoy the obligatory hey-look-at-me-at-this-protein-bar-I’m-about-to-devour shot.

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In addition to loving protein, I’m also a sucker for chocolate. So the Chocolate Deluxe Bar spoke to me. Just look at it—like a candy bar! But with protein. Twenty whole grams to make muscles happy.

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Dark, rich and dense, I really, really enjoyed the flavor of this bar. I also tried the Chocolate Peanut Butter (also with 20 grams of protein, two grams of sugar and 200 calories), and it was awesome, too. Just not as chocolaty, so I lean toward preferring the Chocolate Deluxe. One of my favorite ways to eat one of these is to divide it in half and eat part of it before a workout and then the other part after. Makes the tastiness last a bit longer.

Up next on the review to-try list? This bad boy. In one 160-calorie serving, you get 25 grams of protein and just two grams of sugar.

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I blended mine with some strawberries, blueberries and kale. Of course. Like the package says, this is truly a “Frosty Chocolate” experience! I imagine it would also be awesome on its own with a little banana…or peanut butter…or both!

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And last but not least, I also got my protein-loving hands on some premade Pure Protein Shakes. With no artificial colors or flavors (and no aspartame!), these are a super-sweet treat with just 170 calories and 15 grams of protein. I tried the Vanilla Creme flavor and was a fan. Along with my dog, who loves to photo bomb. I even mixed a little in my coffee, which was darn delicious.

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Overall, I love the Pure Protein goodies I tried! And it’s hard to pick, but the bars were probably my fave. Followed by spiking my morning coffee with the Pure Protein Shake. So great on the go!

Want to try some Pure Protein nom-noms, too? Leave us a comment below with your favorite muscle-building exercise or activity, and we’ll select a lucky random U.S. reader to win a box of the stuff in about a week. Good luck! —Jenn

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49 Comments
  1. jill says:

    I LOVE (love?) squats and lunges 🙂

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I love working with free weights, especially in a Body Pump class (one of my besties is an instructor) – my fave move is the clean and press!

  3. Natalie says:

    Push-ups are really helping me see a difference!

  4. Ivori says:

    My favorite muscle-building exercise is jogging ; it’s always available =D

  5. Christine Uniejewski says:

    I definitely am noticing a difference from jogging.

  6. Ayana says:

    Crossfit workouts are my go to…

  7. Emily says:

    I love kettlebell! definitely a tough workout where I always earn my shower!

  8. sara says:

    I’ve been working on my push-ups (the real ones…not on my knees!) and tri-cep dips. I want tank top-ready arms!

  9. Tara says:

    I love mixing cardio with circuit training!

  10. Shannon says:

    Squats and burpees all the way! 🙂

  11. Misty F. says:

    Push-ups…they’re a b#$!% to do, but I always see quick results when I include them regularly in my workouts.

  12. adina says:

    My new favorite is the kettlebell. I really feel it the next day in all muscles of my arms.

  13. Jesse says:

    My favorite exercise to build muscles is power lunges on the smith machine! Gets my glutes sore every time!

  14. Ivori says:

    I also LOVE Star Squats ; a move I learned from Blogilates !
    You squat down, and then jump into the air with your arms and legs spread out in the air like a star !

  15. Amy says:

    Wide Grip Pullups all the way! I love how pullups create definition in my back and arms plus I just feel strong doing them. Thanks for the giveaway Jenn! Oh and love the pup Photo bomb so cute 🙂

  16. Julie says:

    I do a Boot Camp class at our Y and love the Star Squats too!

  17. Michelle says:

    Love being the only girl in the weightroom at 6am using the squat racks for everything from front squats to deadlifts to bench press!

  18. Katie says:

    My fave muscle-y move is the split squat. I love to feel the burn in my rear end!

  19. Sam H says:

    Loving my bootcamp class currently!

  20. Shelly says:

    Loving kettlebell – it makes me feel like a badass! lol

  21. Priya says:

    Incline pushups and situps! I feel like a beast when I do them!

  22. Lynda says:

    I love getting a full body workout from lunges, squats, planking, push-ups, crunches, mountain climbers, burpees and running.

  23. Wanda says:

    I’m enjoying Kinesis, yoga, and boot camp classes. Almost getting to the point where I don’t hate burpees, so that’s progress, yes?

  24. Jami says:

    I love push ups…so many varieties and you get more bang for your effort!

  25. Sarah says:

    I love lunges. I’ve yet to find a lovely little exercise that yields such visible changes in my muscle shape so quickly. Yay for having thighs I am actually starting to like!

  26. Stefanie Gladden says:

    I love kickboxing, and crunches!! 🙂

  27. Steph says:

    Definitely running

  28. Betsy says:

    PLANKS PLANKS PLANKS!!

  29. Holly says:

    I love body weight exercises!

  30. Kim K. says:

    Squats, lunges and pullups. I have a love/hate relationship with all three.

  31. Kelli says:

    I love bicep curls and shoulder presses – really anything with free weights.

  32. Lesli K says:

    I love any form of circuit training!

  33. Lynn says:

    I love/hate Lateral Shoulder raises. My shoulders have always been my weakest link but they are really starting to come along! Count me in on some Pure Protein nom-noms! Thanks for the chance!

  34. Debbie E. says:

    Push-ups! Always trying to work on the upper body strength and have been known to push up against desks, counter tops, whatever, any time of the day. Really adds up to and banishes the bat wings! Thanks & love Pure Protein brand.

  35. beth says:

    Planks and “Supermans”. Burpees too.

  36. I love squats as well! Butt workouts are not only better for you it also looks nice too! Sit ups are not my favourite thing to do but boy do they give you the results you want when you’re also on a good diet. Pure protein is one of my favourite protein drinks as well! Thanks great post!

    P.S That dog is too cute!

  37. LauraT says:

    I love indoor rowing! It combines muscle building with cardio in one super workout.

  38. Liz Stark says:

    I loves Pilates Reformer machine exercises on a high-resistance. Kills the triceps, biceps, hamstrings, quads, abs… you name it, the reformer machine tones it.

  39. I love using my leg press machine and finish with some dumbbell squats!

  40. cassie says:

    we’re currently using the Couch to 5K iphone app

  41. Amanda says:

    My favorite muscle building exercises are dumbbell squats (I’m at 125lbs!!), dumbbell rows (@ 95lbs), tricep dips and pull ups 🙂 I love feeling the burn and love my protein after.. I would keep all my Pure Pro swag in my truck for no excuses post-workout!!!

  42. Tina says:

    Squats, push-ups and starting to lift heavier….and LOVING IT! 🙂

  43. Jenn says:

    And our Pure Protein winner is…Katie! Yay! Emailing you now to get your address. 🙂

    Thanks to all!

    —FBG Jenn

  44. Carlos says:

    I love to swim, yoga and training. Trying my best to stay fit. I love the protein bars, Chocolate Deluxe are my fave and just awesome!!!!
    I purchase the bars all the time at least 5-7 boxes a week.

  45. Sheldon says:

    I don’t know about everyone else, I just love to be active. I really have no preference as long as I can get my heart rate up. Any sort of physical activity, done regular and safely. Thanks for the great comments. I enjoyed reading them.

  46. Rebecca R says:

    Hack squats! Gotta love that booty burn!

  47. I’m primarily a runner, but also am in a dance company, teach yoga and travel a lot so there’s something fun happening everyday 🙂 Every now and then a friend will lead me through a kettlebell workout or (like today) my knee misbehaves and I row and remember how noodly my arms are.
    Net result is I’m always always on the run and so bars are my absolute favorite thing ever! I’m always looking to try new varieties. Chewier the better!

  48. Mark says:

    My wife and I have been on a protein kick recently as well. The only difference between her smoothies and mine is; she has a low calorie smoothie recipe with protein powder and mine is much more calorie dense. Men and women both need protein. For on the go protein snacks I like picking up the clif brand builders bar. I’ll have to check out this Pure Protein you’re talking about.