Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Review time: Whey Protein + Best Running Headphones

Thanks a lot for everyone's sweet comments about my new marathon goal! I will be posting more info soon about my fund raising efforts for the Marine Corps Marathon through Team in Training, but if you're feeling generous today, please check out my fund raising page. I have to raise at least $3,500 by August 23rd so any little bit will help :) Thank you!

Yesterday I went out for another 4 mile run. I thought about going biking, but I knew I probably wouldn't be able to run Wednesday and Thursday so I laced up and headed out. My goal for yesterday's short run was to run consistent miles in the pace range of 9:00 and 9:30. So here are my splits:
  1. 9:21
  2. 9:10
  3. 9:11
  4. 8:30
Totals: 4.01 miles in 36:18, avg pace 9:03. Yesterday's run of the same distance was in 37:13 with an avg pace 9:13. Sweet! Right on track. Now to continue this pace for more than 4 miles...

On another front...REVIEW TIME!

First off, how about some Better Whey of Life yogurt?

I was contacted a few weeks ago to review this stuff, and I was excited because I have been wanting to try it for a while, but they don't carry it in South Carolina yet. So they shipped me three flavors to try, the Acai Mixed Berry, French Vanilla and Plain.

The flavored yogurts both have a whopping 15 g protein, while the plain packs in 17 grams. They are all-natural and are the first whey protein-enhanced, nonfat yogurts on the market.
Other good things about this product:
  • 30% less sugar than the leading yogurt
  • 3g Prebiotic Fiber
  • Made with nonfat milk with no added growth hormones
  • Excellent source of Calcium
  • Contains Probiotics for healthy digestion
My verdict: I tried the Acai Mixed Berry first, and I attempted to eat it plain. But I couldn't even finish it because it was so extremely tart tasting. I should have added some cereal or granola or fruit, but I wasn't really feeling that flavor. Next I tried the French Vanilla, this time I mixed it with some Cheerios and it was pretty good. Paired with a Green Monster it kept me full until well past 1 PM that day. (Which is rare for me.) Yesterday I had the plain yogurt, which I mixed with honey and Cheerios. This was the best combo I thought. I love plain yogurts with mix ins so this one would definitely be my favorite. Plus, the plain has less sugar than the flavored kinds and 2g more protein. This one again, kept me full all morning!

All in all I would say that for a nonfat yogurt, these are pretty good! If you are looking for a product that will keep you full and taste pretty similar to regular yogurts, then you should try these out. I know I struggle to get enough protein in my diet so I welcomed adding these to my morning routine. They are in general though, a bit more tart than normal yogurts due to the lower amount of sugar and the whey additions, so if you try these expecting a Dannon Light 'N Fit taste, you're not going to get it!

Thanks Kasey for sending me these to try! When are they going to be available in my neck of the woods?? :)

Check out their website to see if Better Whey of Life is available in your state!

...and now for my Phillips In-Ear Headphones. These babies are seriously my favorite headphones for running. And believe me, I have tried out many different kinds and am really, really picky!

I should have worn a different color shirt so you could actually see the cord, but these headphones have two different lengths. Here, I have it shortened and the cord just reaches down to wear my iPod is. (Please excuse the cheesy pics.)

I usually clip it to the top of my sports bra for easier access, and it's nice to have the option of a shorter cord so it isn't all in the way, like I did here:

But if you want a longer cord, you can add on the extender.

What I like most about these headphones, is that they have three different sized ear buds to change out, depending on, well your ear size. Regardless of how they look in this pic, I have really small ears and most in-ear headphones are too big and keep slipping out during a run or either irritate my ears. But with these, I can choose the size of the ear buds to fit me perfectly (medium).

They also have a longer cord for the right ear bud, which works out nicely if you wrap the right one around the back of your neck, and secure the ipod on your left side.

These headphones are comfortable too, and they also have great sound quality! Much louder and richer than my iPod earbuds.

And they come in a cute little case so you can keep the extra extension and ear buds.

I bought these at Target, and they usually run about $30. But I could only find them online here at Best Buy for $34.99. They come in red or black.

(Whew! That was a long post! Thanks for sticking around :)


  1. Ooh, thanks for the headphones review. I have Phillips ones, but they're not made for running. I like the different-sized caps because I also have the same problem of ear buds being too big and not sitting right.

    Ooh, a new marathon goal! Very, very exciting. (I hope your grandma spectates this one also.)

  2. Nice headphone review, I may have to give them a shot when mine inevitably poo out on me. I have the ones that wrap around my ear because my ear hole is also small, and apparently I sweat in my ears (???) just as much as I sweat everywhere else, so non-wrap-arounders slip out if I'm running more than 3 miles.

  3. Thanks for reviewing Better Whey of Life Yogurt, I'm the CEO. From what I can tell, our yogurts are a perfect product for you!

    As a runner, you definitely should be trying to get enough protein. And you should be trying to get the best protein possible to maximize your workouts. That protein is whey protein! Key amino acids in whey protein get to your muscles the fastest (working to tone, build, and repair them better than other proteins or carbohydrates). And since our product contains so many other healthy nutrients (e.g. fiber, probiotics, 30% DV calcium, etc.), it's one of the best yogurts you can buy.

    Thanks again for the review!
    CEO, Better Whey of Life
    Twitter @proteingirl

  4. Great reviews! I haven't seen that yogurt but I definitely try to choose yogurts, like greek yogurt, that contain more protein per serving. I love that the CEO left a comment on your blog, too! :)

  5. Thanks for the earphone review! My dinky iPod ones are crapping out on me.

  6. I didn't get to say it earlier, but your fall racing schedule sounds great! Still contemplating a sprint tri for the summer?

  7. Thanks for the reviews! I will keep a lookout for those yogurts here. I always have issues with earbuds, either being too big for my ears and falling out or hurting after leaving them in too long. I would like to try the ones you suggest but I'm just worried they will end up hurting my ears too!

  8. Nice run! That's a pace I'd love to sustain for even one mile...sigh...maybe someday.

    The Whey yogurt sounds tasty, I love tart things. I've been known to eat limes like some people eat oranges =).

    Earbuds and I didn't get along until my hubs bought me some that come with the sized earbud adapter, like yours have. I'm the extra small =). At least something on me is extra small =). I do like that yours can be short or long.

  9. Ahh, how have I not found your blog before? How cute are you!

    I like the headphone review. I need some better ones!

  10. ohh i have seriously been looking for headphones thank you! my behind the ear ones are fine...except who needs a 5ft chord!

  11. Sweet, I need to try that yogurt. We are both big yogurt eaters, and are always trying to increase the protein so that sounds perfect!

  12. I think I've tried just about every type of headphone possible for running. I've found the best running headphones have cables running over the ears. No cable noise and they stay put on your ears.

    I've been using the SoundMAGIC PL30 for some time now and they fit and sound excellent.

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