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Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Vitamin Shoppe Introduces Protein Pantry

In response to growing consumer demand, the Vitamin Shoppe is excited to introduce a brand new category in nearly 700 stores nationwide and online at VitaminShoppe.com. Protein Pantry includes a specially curated assortment of 40 protein-packed foods such as pancake mixes, nut butters, powdered peanut butter and more!

Brian Tanzer, MS, CNS, Nutritionist and Product Formulator for the Vitamin Shoppe explains that, “for those looking to increase lean muscle mass, protein plays a vital role in the growth and repair of lean muscle tissue when combined with resistance training. In addition to common food sources (beef, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, etc.), protein-infused foods can be a convenient way to meet daily nutrition needs.” Adding protein to your diet also helps keep you satisfied! The Vitamin Shoppe’s new Protein Pantry features a specially curated assortment of 40 products.

For this review I was sent several products to try out for you. Let's start off with the AboutTime Protein Pancake Mix in the Cinnamon Spice flavor. It comes in a net wt. 1.5 lbs. easy-to-use and store plastic canister. Per serving: 290 calories, 21g protein and 6g fiber. It's a great way to start off your day with a healthy breakfast. There are no additives, preservatives and it's gluten-free.

These protein-filled pancakes are very easy-to-make. You simply measure out 1/2 cup of the dry mix and whisk it with a 1/4 cup of cold water. You don't add eggs, milk or anything else. Preheat your griddle to 325 degrees and pour your batter in to make two 6" around pancakes. Cook until golden on one side, flip-over and repeat. These pancakes are a little bit more denser than what I'm used to but wow...they really pack a delicious flavor!!!

The FlapJacked Mighty Muffin in the Double Chocolate flavor contains 20g of protein and has probiotics right in the mix. Each cup makes one serving which has 220 calories. This muffin mix is really cool. It's pre-packaged in a microwaveable cup and you simply add a little water to the dry mix, stir and microwave it in the cup for about 35 seconds. Let it cool for 2-3 minutes and then enjoy! My husband quickly devoured this double chocolate muffin. He loved that it didn't contain the goodies like you traditionally see in store-bought muffins. ie. chopped nuts, fruits, etc. He likes his muffins very plain and this one suited him to a tee!

We also received 3 single-use packets of Vanilla Maple Nut Butter. I'm personally not a fan of nut butters so I left my mother taste-test these for me. She likes to use a variety of spreads on her toasted bagels and that is exactly how she enjoyed the Vanilla Maple Nut Butter. She said it has a really nice & creamy texture to it and was very flavorful. She loved them so much that she plans on visiting the store and picking up some more.

You can learn more about this new line of protein-packed products from The Vitamin Shoppe by visiting their website online. You can connect with the company on Facebook too.

Disclosure: Shelly received complimentary samples of the products featured in this blog post. No monetary compensation was received. Regardless of receiving complimentary samples, Shelly's opinion about the products are 100% her own, unbiased opinion. Your thoughts may differ.


jopb said...

I think it is great that ther are now a variety of protein packed produts at the VitaminShoppe. we have been looking for products with more protein and fewer carbohydrates.

dd said...

I always am on the lookout for new protein products. Hopefully I'll win one of their giveaways too! I like the product name Flapjacked!