by | June 19, 2013 · 10:10 pm

Today, I have my first ever guest post, and it’s been written by none other than M (my elusive ‘better half’ ;) ) As an endurance mountain biker, he likes to use protein shakes to aid recovery after training sessions.  In this post, he reviews the Good Hemp Natural Chocolate Refuel Shake, which he recently tried for the first time.

Red Bull Mountain Mayhem

Good Hemp Refuel Shake Review

Refuel! Refuel! Eating and drinking is usually the first thing on my mind after a couple of hours stomping up and down hills on a mountain bike so this Good Hemp Nutrition product sounded promising if the name is anything to go by…

Good Hemp Natural Refuel Shake

I’ve tried recovery shakes before; generally containing dairy based proteins and invariably turning a super-natural neon yellow or green colour when mixed with water.  I guess the outlandish colours prompted me to look for something a little more natural looking although I also wanted to ditch the dairy as well.

Good Hemp Nutrition’s Refuel appears to be what I was looking for.  Made from natural hemp protein powder, it’s formulated to provide a balance of carbohydrates for recovery and protein for rebuilding muscles that have been busy.  You can read for yourself about the ingredients on the side of the tub or Good Hemp Nutrition’s website but apparently the protein contains all 20 amino acids; including the essential ones.

Good Hemp Ingredients 400

So what’s it like? Personally, I like it.  A dose of natural cocoa powder gives it a nice chocolaty taste without any overly-sugary sweetness.  It’s pleasant to drink; unlike some earthy hemp based shakes that I’ve previously tried.  It mixes easily with water to make a nice smooth shake; I like to imagine my body soaking it up appreciatively as I gulp it down

And has it improved my recovery time?  Are my legs stronger than they used to be? Am I toasting my riding buddies on every climb? I’ve just got to the bottom of my first tin so I think it’s a bit soon to even start to make any such claims.  Besides my life is hardly a laboratory for testing nutritional products.  However, I feel good and I feel refuelled and that’s all I could ask for. Enjoy the trails!

Bike Pause by the Holburne Muesum

 

GIVEAWAY!

M must really like this shake as he’s coming to the end of his first tub and is already planning to order two more!

Do you fancy trying it yourself?  I’ve been in touch with the good people over at Good Hemp and they’ve kindly offered a tub of their Natural Refuel Shake and a shaker for me to giveaway on my blog :)

To be in with a chance of winning, simply leave me a comment below.  Anything will do, but I’d love to hear what sports you’re into, or whether you’re training for a specific event at the moment.  Next up for M and I, is Bike Bath this coming weekend (23rd-24th June).  While I’ll be doing the shorter rides, M is aiming to take part in the Gladiator Challenge (100 miles on each day).

There are two bonus ways to enter the giveaway:

  • Promote the giveaway on Facebook, by clicking on the ‘Like’ button below this post, and leave a comment below to let me know that you have done so.
  • Tweet the giveaway with something like “Check out @GoodStuffSharon for a @GoodHempNutri Refuel Shake Review & GIVEAWAY!”, then leave me a comment below to let me know.

If you enter all three ways, you’ll triple your chances of winning :)

The giveaway is open to anyone residing in the UK (sorry international readers!)

The closing date is Thursday 27th June 2013 at midnight GMT.

Good luck everyone!

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