Premier Protein Shakes and Bars (Review and Giveaway)

by Michelle M

I feel like I’m always on the go – even in summer. I make some time for myself by heading to the gym, but once I finish my workout, I’m off again – no time to stop at home and refuel and recharge. When I remember, I try to put some high protein snacks in my car so that my body can rebuild some of the muscle I worked and my mind can get back on track. I haven’t found a favorite though, so my motivation to keep them on hand isn’t where it needs to be. Premier Protein recently sent me some of their shakes and bars to try out, and I think I’ve found my solution.

Premier Protein Shakes and Bars

The protein bars easily fit in the console of my car and didn’t melt even in this horrid heat we’ve had lately in Chicago. My personal favorite was the double chocolate flavor. It wasn’t chalky like many other protein bars can be, and it didn’t leave a nasty aftertaste in my mouth. I enjoyed eating it, and the chocolate flavor really shone through. The bars contain 30 grams of protein and only 10 grams of sugar, making it a winner in my book. I was pleased to note that they weren’t filled with sodium, either, which is my pet peeve with many processed foods.

While these aren’t the “100 calorie” snack bars Premier Protein Energy Barsyou see everywhere, that isn’t their purpose. I am not eating these as a casual snack; for me this is refueling after a workout, so the 280 calories in the double chocolate crunch is perfectly acceptable to me, as are the 290 in the chocolate peanut butter and the yogurt peanut crunch. These would also be a great replacement for that breakfast I too often forget to eat as I’m hustling everyone out the door in the morning – again.

I am not a huge peanut butter fan, but my husband adored the chocolate peanut butter flavor and confiscated both the bars I was sent. I haven’t seen them since! The yogurt peanut crunch had less of a peanut butter flavor, though it was missing the chunks of peanuts I was expecting based on the name. This one seemed more of a dessert than the others, possibly because of the yogurt coating on the outside of the bar.

Premier Protein Energy ShakesPremier Protein also makes shakes in vanilla and chocolate flavors. They come in two sizes, an 8.25 ounce portion with 18 grams of protein, and an 11 ounce portion with 30 grams of protein. Both of these are lower in calories than the snack bars – 100 for the smaller size and 160 for the larger – while still containing a significant amount of protein. I enjoyed the flavors of these, but they definitely need to be drunk cold. They are not designed to be drunk at room temperature, so this is one where I have to refuel at home – or in winter.

I love having another choice for protein that actually tastes good, something that for a long time was a challenge. Even better, both the Premier Protein bars and the shakes can be purchased at Sams Clubs nationwide. The shakes can also be purchased at Costco, and the bars are also available at Wal-Mart.

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  • 6 Premier Protein bars: 2 bars in each flavor (Chocolate Peanut Butter, Double Chocolate Crunch and Yogurt Peanut Butter Crunch)
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In the interest of full disclosure, I received sample products from Premier Protein for review purposes. I was also compensated for writing this post, but all opinions remain my own.



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Michelle is a stay at home mom of Mister Man (8) and Little Miss (6). When she's not out volunteering or running children to therapy or practices, you can find her in the kitchen or on her personal blog Honest & Truly where there's always a good story or new recipe or at her review blog Honest And Truly Reviews. You can also connect with her on Twitter.

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1 Melissa Austin July 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

I typically use a protein shake as a post workout recovery meal. Sometimes, I will switch it up with oats and a banana.

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2 Courtney July 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I love protein shakes! They are great after a workout, or as a mid afternoon snack!

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3 donnaJean baker July 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

when i work out i usually come home and drink a lot of water and I do eat the protein bars not a fan of energy bars. I do find more energy with the shakes though!

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4 Dameon Schirer July 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I usually drink these shakes or muscle milk. These shakes are a much better deal I tend to buy them at Costco.

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5 Kara July 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm

When I was taking an exercise class I would always have chocolate milk right after, the instructor said it had a perfect balance of protein and carbs or somethings that your body needs after exercise.

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6 Bonnie July 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I sometimes eat an Herbalife bar because they are only 170 calories and have a decent amount of protein. Sometimes I don’t have anything and I know that’s bad.

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7 Alicia K July 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm

i eat protein of some sort

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8 Angel S, July 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I love a cheese stick or boiled egg.

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9 Renata July 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Peanut butter or almond butter keeps me fueled throughout the day! :-)

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10 Ray July 9, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Yogurt and protein smoothies are great protein boosters after my long workouts in the gym. Thanks as I’d love to try these!

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11 Georgiana July 9, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Hummus, string cheese, Greek yogurt are all healthy sources of protein that keep me going and energized

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12 lana July 9, 2012 at 11:11 pm

eat a steak

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13 Didi July 9, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I have a peanut butter & jelly sandwich

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14 Laura Love July 9, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I like a banana for after a long workout.

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15 Di July 9, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I love premier nutrition protein bars. My husband and I eat them daily. I would love to try the shakes but have never seen them in stores locally.

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16 amy v July 9, 2012 at 11:56 pm

to keep me energized i eat 3 meals and a couple snacks throughoout the day!

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17 Jordan D July 10, 2012 at 12:16 am

I usually rehydrate with lots of water, then have a big salad with lots of lean protein, or a greek yogurt parfait.

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18 Garrett July 10, 2012 at 7:46 am

I use the protein shakes often.

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19 Jennifer Rote July 10, 2012 at 9:35 am

right after my workout I have low fat chocolate milk and add creatin and sugar to it.

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20 Jennifer B July 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

I make a protein shake or cottage cheese

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21 Jenny July 10, 2012 at 10:40 am

I usually eat yogurt and almonds (or some other nut). I also drink lots of water throughout the day.

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22 Angela E. July 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

My favorite thing to eat is the different flavors of yogurt.

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23 Linda Stewart July 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

With recent Gastric Bypass Surgery, protein is huge so I eat/drink a lot of protein shakes and bars. I actually found Premier Protein back in the late winter when I was really struggling with a protein shake that I could manage to drink and keep down. Everything I was trying just didn’t seem to sit well in my gastric pouch. A chilled Premier Protein Shake was the answer to my protein nausea. I found I could drink the chocolate, while it was very cold, and it was just like drinking a cold YooHoo drink. Thanks to Premier Protein I’m finally back in the business of drinking my protein shakes in the mornings and after working out.

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24 Lizzy July 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I usually drink a protein drink after a workout.

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25 Wehaf July 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I rehydrate and have some veggies.

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26 LaVonne July 10, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I like a banana after a workout.

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27 Madeline July 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm

I’ve been having just a glass of milk.

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28 Linda Kish July 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I usually have breakfast…an egg & cheese burrito.

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29 Anne Lehnick July 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I actually buy these awesome Premier Protein Shakes by the case from Costco!

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30 Tia July 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Balance Protein Bars and / or Naked Protein Drinks

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31 Lori D. July 11, 2012 at 8:05 am

I take the protein bars to work with me.

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32 Terra Heck July 11, 2012 at 11:55 am

I usually eat an apple or grapes. Thanks.
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33 Shari July 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I always need a boost of protein throughout the day, so I’ll either have a slice of cheese or a small handful of almonds.

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34 Van July 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

I prefer the protein bars over the shakes myself.

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35 Susan July 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm

A smoothie with protein powder

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36 Amber July 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I eat LUNA bars or Larabars!

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37 dario July 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm

if i don’t have a shake or bar i like to have a banana and lots of water

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38 Katie R July 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I’ll usually eat a greek yogurt or a smoothie with some whey protein

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39 Shannon Baas July 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I try to eat some type of fruit or veggie.

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40 Kar July 13, 2012 at 11:09 pm

I have tried plenty of protein shakes but these are the best by far

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41 Michelle H. July 14, 2012 at 12:12 am

After workout, I like to drink a lowfat chocolate shake or eat something with protein such as a protein bar or a taco.

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42 Aimee Fontenot July 14, 2012 at 6:02 am

I drink lots of water and a protein shake or bar.

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43 Kat July 14, 2012 at 8:51 am

I usually eat a bannana and a bottle of water after a workout.

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44 Jeff July 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Water and a protein shake after a good workout.

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45 Tamara B. July 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I will normally drink a fruit smoothie or a protein bar

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46 Linda Lansford July 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I eat peanutbutter

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47 Carol W July 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I usually like a nice tall cold glass of milk after I work out. I have never tried the shakes but would love to.

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48 Tt July 14, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I have a Smoothie with protein powder, spinach, berries and greens powder

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49 Tari Lawson July 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I typically eat a Balance bar.

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50 Holly C. July 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I usually have some almonds if on the go. If I go right home I mix OJ and soya milk for a quick refuel

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51 Christine July 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm

cheese stick or cold glass of milk

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52 Alicia July 15, 2012 at 1:53 am

Greek yogurt & fruit.

Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

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53 ky2here July 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm

it’s all about the raisins for me

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54 Jamie July 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I like protein bars (Luna bars especially). Thanks!

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55 Staci A July 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I usually have a banana with peanut butter.

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56 Eva Mack July 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I like to have cold chocholate milk.

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57 Charlene Canfield July 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Celery & peanut butter before or protein shake.

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58 Jammie July 16, 2012 at 12:34 am

handful of almonds.

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59 Lori July 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Lately I have been munching on dried fruit like prunes and figs I like nimble bar and use those to for after a workout or when I need energy

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60 Maryann D. July 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I like to have a banana, or a fruit smoothie, or a protein bar or a slice of cheese.

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61 DAMIAN JARREAU July 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I drink a shake and eat a protein bar

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62 Don July 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm

My quick fix is eating a banana.

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63 Edith July 16, 2012 at 6:23 pm

After workouts, I drop my sister off at work! :p

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64 Jacob LaFountaine July 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Ice cold water

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65 Liz Baer July 17, 2012 at 1:31 am

I usually have a banana.

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66 Janet F July 17, 2012 at 1:39 am

I eat a Banana after my workout.

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67 Cindy Merrill July 17, 2012 at 3:28 am

After a hard workout ( been blueberry picking all weekend): I cool off and refuel with a chocolate ensure or Glucerna shake- very good, vitamin fortified.

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68 June July 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

I have drank one of the protein shakes once, and it was pretty good.

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69 shawna July 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Usually a piece of fruit.

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70 Jeni Lutz July 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm

fruit and nuts

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71 Michelle S July 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I always workout at night so eating afterwards is not an issue.

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72 Bobbi F July 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I always eat bananas or go out for a smoothie

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73 heather loftus July 17, 2012 at 8:52 pm

usually fruits or nuts!

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74 Brittney House July 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I love to eat protein bars.

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75 rob July 17, 2012 at 10:31 pm

any yogurt or protein bars. whatever i happen to have in the house on a given day

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76 Derek T July 18, 2012 at 12:02 am

I usually eat yogurts.

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77 natalia ryjova July 18, 2012 at 1:04 am

I eat bad food. Like croutons and sugary fruits.

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78 natalia ryjova July 18, 2012 at 1:05 am

I eat bad food. Like croutons and sugary fruits.

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79 natalia ryjova July 18, 2012 at 1:06 am

I eat bad food. Like croutons and sugary fruits.

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80 Stephanie Hungerford July 18, 2012 at 1:35 am

I usually have a banana and a Hard boiled egg

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81 dani marie July 18, 2012 at 5:50 am

after a workout a banana and water, but during the day granola bars.

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82 deana c July 18, 2012 at 7:31 am

I typically have a protein drink after I work out.

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83 Ginger b. July 18, 2012 at 9:00 am

I eat fruit or granola bar.

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84 Karen July 18, 2012 at 9:00 am

I usually eat protein bars and fresh fruit. Thanks for the giveaway.

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85 Amber G July 18, 2012 at 9:23 am

I typically have a banana and peanutbutter after a workout.

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86 Bonnie July 18, 2012 at 10:55 am

Gastric Bypass Surgery patient and We need all the protein we can get into us… I am always on the lookout out for that one bar or drink that meets my protein needs and tastes good…

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87 Chuck July 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

I like eating peanut butter, along with some type of fresh fruit.

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88 Amy Woods-Smith July 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm

After workouts I usually have some yogurt or a hard-boiled egg.

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89 kelly g July 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I eat protein bars and chicken

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90 Molly K July 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I usually have some nuts, string cheese, protein shake or bar.

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91 Bonnigene July 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I usually eat cereal, which I know isn’t the best choice

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92 Chrystal J. July 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I eat protein bars after I workout.

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93 Teresa Thompson July 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Bananas and yogurt.

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94 kathy pease July 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm

i like granola bars

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95 laurie brown July 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm

sometimes apple slices with peanut butter
other times a smoothie

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96 Megan M July 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Fresh fruit! :) Thanks

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97 beth m July 18, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I sometimes eat a Protein bar or just a lunch with a lot of protein.

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98 Keisa Rogers July 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I normally eat yogurt after workouts :)

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99 Tom Shewbridge July 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Raisins, Walnuts, blueberries and raspberries.

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100 Ed Nemmers July 18, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I like some cashews!

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101 Allison July 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I usually have dairy- either a glass of milk or string cheese.

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102 Elaine July 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm

fruit like an apple or banana

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103 Rebecca Peters July 18, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I eat either a bar or have a shake

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104 David Spiteri July 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm

PB&J Sandwhich

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105 cyndi br July 18, 2012 at 7:34 pm

yogurt with granola

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106 Karen Gonyea July 18, 2012 at 7:48 pm

A mozz cheese stick and a piece of fruit is my go to snack :)

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107 Ericka July 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I recently started drinking Spark
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108 Casey Everidge July 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm

i like to eat some yogurt

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109 javeta acker July 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm

i usually have a banana or yogurt. wouldlove to try these

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110 Betty C July 18, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I usually have yogurt and a banana.

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111 Miriam Thompson July 18, 2012 at 9:40 pm

After a workout, I would have a veggie juice or fruit parfait with yogurt.

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112 Sherrie July 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Yogurt and/or a protein shake.

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113 Christina July 18, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I like Ensure – liquid vitamins!

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114 Gianna July 19, 2012 at 12:11 am

Meat and potatoes.

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115 Tabathia B July 19, 2012 at 12:19 am

energy bars and sometimes cereal bars

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116 Trisha McKee July 19, 2012 at 1:32 am

I usually drink a Red Bull.

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117 shanta spradlin July 19, 2012 at 1:36 am

I don’t eat after I work out

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118 chadro July 19, 2012 at 2:41 am

banana or multi grain crackers

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119 Sherry Conrad July 19, 2012 at 5:28 am

I usually go for fruit & cheese.

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120 Giveaway Gal July 19, 2012 at 6:40 am

I usually have a banana with peanut butter or smoothie.

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121 brenda Elsner July 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

I drink lots of water and snack on fruit, and vegetables.

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122 susan smoaks July 19, 2012 at 9:07 am

after a workout I have an apple or banana with pb2 (powdered peanut butter, only 45 calories for 2 tablespoons of it)

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123 Jennifer B. July 19, 2012 at 10:21 am

I usually don’t eat right after a workout. About an hour later, I will likely have a salad.

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124 Robert Pyszk July 19, 2012 at 10:56 am

Dried fruits and nuts.

Thank you !

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125 Susan Climan July 19, 2012 at 11:41 am

I usually just drink water after workouts to stay hydrated. However, I like to eat fruit or a granola bar before workouts to stay energized.

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126 Sasha Dang July 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Yogurt and jerky and plenty of water.

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127 Marilyn Wons July 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm

After a workout I usually have a diet soda!

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128 Regina July 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm

fruit…
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129 christal c willdebbie July 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I will eat pbj or lots of caffeine after and before a workout

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130 amanda whitley July 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm

i eat protein bars

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131 Virginia Rowell July 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I work outside so I always have plenty of water and keep a baggie full of any kind of snack bars to keep me energized throughout the day.

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132 Faith Stauersboll July 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Recently started working out again because I am doing a pageant for the first time. I’ve dropped ten pounds in the past five weeks from exercise and dieting! I love protein but as a college student it’s tough to afford all the time. I’d love to try these out!

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133 Diana July 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Nothing yet, I am just now learning what to eat and not eat.

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134 Jackee July 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I eat a lean protein whole wheat wrapped burrito. Usually black beans or tofu.

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135 Jessica A July 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Greek yogurt with honey, peanut butter and banana slices.

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136 Patrice July 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I usually drink a chocolate protein drink.

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137 Brittani July 19, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I drink chocolate milk!

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138 James coyne July 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I drink energy drinks

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139 Natalie July 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Fruit smoothies with fat free yogurt

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140 Laurie Emerson July 19, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I have fruits like bananas, peaches or a apple.

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141 kay July 19, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I eat peanut butter to give me energy.

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142 Veronica Garrett July 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I eat a protein bar and a shake.

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143 Gaines Simmons July 19, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Hello, how are you? Thank you for this opportunity. I eat pasta for energy.

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144 Cathy July 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm

water and a banana

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