Video Mania aka GNC Review

Damn – I kind of like video.  I kind of like it a LOT.  That would be more than kind of wouldn’t it.

I am working with GNC Canada right now though my Fitfluential Ambassadorship.  Last month they sent me:

Let’s start with the Active Vitapak.

As you can see you get individual packets of your supplements for each day.  This is so convenient.  I cannot tell you how convenient this was.  The pills are:

  • Women’s Ultra Mega Active without Iron
  • Women’s Energy Enhancer
  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
  • Calcium 650

I was super excited to try these.  My normal routine is just a daily multi-vitamin.  Unfortunately my body didn’t respond well.  My reactions were an upset stomach, light headedness, and a buzzing in my hears, most likely triggered by the caffeine in the Energy Enhancer pill.

The lovely Kelly from GNC (on twitter: @GNC_Kelly ) agreed that caffeine was likely the culprit.  I don’t consume caffeine on a daily basis, maybe only two to three times per week.  If you are in the same boat as me, or abstain from caffeine altogether I don’t recommend this product.  However some of the other Fitfluential Ambassadors really loved the Active Vitapak.  Here’s a review from another ambassador, Erin – the Saskatchewan FFA.

Now on to the GOOD STUFF.

I loved the whey protein powder.

Now let me admit that the instructions specifically say no blender required, but I seriously loved making myself a little protein milkshake.

I loved it so much that I made you another video.

Alternative title: My Milkshake Brings All The Boys to the Yard

I specifically asked for the berry burst flavour because Brad has this childhood early twenties memory of when we first moved to Toronto and went to Bally’s and he ordered these strawberry banana shakes after workouts.  Apparently none of the other protein powders we’ve been using over the last two years have measured up … until now.


Note: GNC sent me the complimentary product for review, all opinions are my own.

Disclaimer: ALWAYS check with your doctor or health care provider before taking supplements or vitamins of any kind.  My experience with the supplements is personal and may not be used to recommend or diagnose any conditions or reactions.

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10 Responses to Video Mania aka GNC Review

  1. Erin says:

    Cute video! I’m fancy too and love using the blender for my protein drinks! I can’t quite get behind drinking only protein powder and water/milk.

    • Morgan @ Life After Bagels says:

      it tastes totally fine, actually better than fine it still tastes good with just whatever liquid, and I was drinking Vega Shake N Go’s as my protein before this so I was used to it … but there’s something about blended banana that makes everything SO MUCH BETTER hahaha

  2. Great video Morgan!! I have tried that protein in the past and like you, prefer it in a smoothie (even though I’m sure it’s great without a blender, I always seem to feel the need to blend it with greens instead!!) :)

    • Morgan @ Life After Bagels says:

      thanks :D

      I’ve actually stopped having green smoothies every day and just have them once in a while … raw spinach is still my favourite but since my digestion problems my bell wants to chew it instead of drink it … and hell what the belly wants the belly gets hahaha :P

  3. I am always so skeptical of powders and shakes so I’m glad some of us are doing reviews on them. Hard to figure out what’s best!

    • Morgan @ Life After Bagels says:

      I used to be weird about them too but my nutritionist (who’s also a friend) said it’s a good idea for a vegetarian like me, it was my first time trying whey and yes it’s VERY smooth – I have been using hemp protein for years and am totally used to the grainy texture

  4. Tamara says:

    Hey Morgan,

    I reviewed both products for GNC and FitFluential as well. I had to cut back on my coffee intake to offset the caffeine in the energy tablets. I have also started taking just one of the orange vitamins each day; I eat very healthily and wasn’t sure that I needed so many extra B vitamins (my pee was VERY neon green when I was taking two).

    Canadian FFA’s for the win!

  5. I cannot do caffeine at all, not even in coffee. It makes me very jittery and shaky. But sadly, most protein powders also upset my stomach. Some day I’ll find one I can tolerate, I’m sure.

  6. Miz says:

    I love GNC
    I adore me some protein powder.
    and caffeine? BRING IT :)

  7. Testerone says:

    I wish I had the ability to write as well as you do!

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