Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Collagen Sport Review and Giveaway!

I'm a smoothie girl.

My standard mix is almond milk, a scoop of powdered greens, a frozen banana, and either frozen strawberries, blueberries or raspberries.  The frozen fruit makes a thick shake, and with all that goodness in one shot, it gives me a head start on my day.

I haven't used whey protein powder in a while, and when the folks at Neocell contacted me about trying their Collagen Sport powder, designed for muscle recovery and helping with pain after training,  I was all for it.

Collagen is used to strengthen and repair your body, specifically your bones and muscles, and it helps muscle mass to regenerate after sports-related injuries.  

This is the low down on Collagen Sport:
  • 15 grams Pure Ion-Exchange Whey Protein Isolate
  • 15 grams Super Collagen™ Bioavailable Peptides
  • Rich in BCAAs
  • Good source of L-Glutamine
  • Enhanced with Exogenous Amino Acids

It does NOT contain:

  • Gluten, Wheat, Sugar & Lactose Free
  • Artificial Sweeteners or Flavors
  • Fillers or Synthetic Ingredients

Put this all together, and you get a powder that helps you to refuel and recover after a workout, while replenishing and regenerating your muscles. 

I received my bottle of Collagen Sport (I chose the chocolate flavor, obviously) right before the NYC Marathon, which was perfect timing.  When I opened it, the first thing I noticed was the scent, it smelled good!  Which isn't always the case with whey powder.  I put a few scoops in a plastic baggie, to bring with me to NY.  Collagen Sport is formulated to mix with a spoon if you don't have a shaker, so I figured I would mix it with water when I was ready.

I tried it two days after the marathon, I mixed it with a glass of water, and drank it down.  But once I was home, I added it to my smoothies, it mixes very well in the blender, and it gave the shake an almost silky texture.  The chocolate flavor got a thumbs up from Eliza, who loves to share my smoothies.  

I've said this before, but my marathon recovery has been going really well. I ran 3 miles two weeks after the race, and everything felt great, including Pez.  I ran a 10k on Thanksgiving Day, my legs were a bit sore the next day, but I didn't have a chance to make my smoothie with all the cooking I was doing, and I was on my feet the entire day and night, so it made sense that my legs were tired.   But overall, my body feels pretty good!

There are profiles of the athletes who use Collagen Sport, including Triathlete Russ Jones, on the Neocell website, which you can find here. 

Now for the giveaway, here is how you can enter for a chance to win a full size bottle of Collagen Sport, in your choice of vanilla or chocolate.  (Giveaway is open to residents of the US).  You can leave one comment, just be sure to list all that you did:

1. Check out the Neocell website here, like them on facebook here, or twitter here 
2. Be a friend of my blog, or a twitter follower @MollySBaker
3. share the giveaway info, by blog, facebook or twitter
4. tell me your favorite smoothie combos
5. tell me your fitness goals for 2012(!)

I will use random.org to choose a winner on Friday December 9th.  Good Luck!

I received a sample of Collagen Sport for the purpose of this review. The opinions of the product are my own.


Runners Fuel said...

Already a follower here and twitter

Runners Fuel said...

Right now, I'm really into banana, mixed berries and some sort of chocolate protein powder (but I'm almost out)...YUM!!

Runners Fuel said...

My fitness goals for next year is to keep in shape and run at least 4 half marathons.

Penny said...

I like them on fb

Penny said...

I follow you girl

Penny said...

I like strawberries, flax seed, protein powder, yogurt, milk smoothies. right now

Penny said...

shared on my fb page

Penny said...

linked on my sidebar of blog

Penny said...

Next year one of my goal is to possibly run another marathon. My goal for my running is to reach 1500 miles in 2012

Deb said...

Checked out their site, with all the nutrients, could skip vitamins and have a great recovery drink.

Deb said...

Already a follower.... :)

Deb said...

Don't doing many smoothies at the moment just liking plain chocolate milk!

Deb said...

My goal next year is to get a handle on my breathing issues and again run a few halfs!

fancy nancy said...

I follow them on facebook.
I posted this on my facebook and blog
I love banana, spinach, powder, almond milk, and pumpkin!
2012 goals are to lose 7lbs, run a 20 miler, run 12 races, oh and above all to stay healthy and running!

Mike of FailureToDetectSarcasm.com said...

Wow, so good to hear your marathon recovery has been tolerable. Especially your pez.

Molly, I could use some protein.

So...I liked them on FB, I am a loyal IASB follower, I make smoothies with anything + banana...can't go wrong, and fitness goals for 2012? Stay fit. Maybe get skinnier. And have fun doing it.

Richard Martin said...

I felt glad after read your post due to I have also played to cricket in college tournament. What a delicious taste of milk protein powder!! I like it.Thanks

whey powder

Unknown said...

I'm very interested in this stuff! Sounds great!
1. I followed them on Twitter.
2. I follow you, natch.
3. I tweeted this giveaway
4. My fave smoothie is frozen cherries, spinach, almond milk, raw cacao and chocoate protein powder
5. My big goal for 2012 is my first 140.6!!

HD said...

This stuff looks awesome! May have to try it even if I don't win it.

1. Like them on FB
2. Follow them on Twitter
3. Already follow your blog :)
4. Follow you on twitter :)
5. Sharing on Twitter :)
6. Sharing on FB :)
7. Sharing on my blog :)
8. My favorite smoothie combo is plain greek yogurt, frozen berries, half a frozen banana, and whey protein w/ some almond milk.
9. My fitness goals are to complete the 2 marathons I'm registered for!