Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Perfect Blocks Review

Nutrition is by far the most difficult and confusing part of training for me.  I struggle with how much to eat and what to eat daily.   There are so many theories on what diet is the best for endurance athletes.  Many of the top ultra runners are vegetarian or vegan, while others follow the Paleo diet, eating meat with almost every meal.  Many swear by carb loading with pasta and bread while others will not let a processed grains or any sort of processed food touch their lips.  I have dabbled with many of these different diets but I have finally settled on moderation.  I tried to eat a balanced diet while not leaving any particular food group out but I still struggle on making sure I get enough of the right kind of nutrition especially after a hard long run. 

This leads me to Perfect Blocks. I was sent several samples try out.  I used it as recovery drink, as mid run fuel, and as a meal replacement. Below is a description sent to me by a representative.  

Perfect Blocks is fundamentally different than other products on the market   It is a completely All-Natural, Balanced, Low-Glycemic food supplement and we are members of the NPA (Natural Products Association).

Perfect Blocks is formulated specifically in the ratio of 40% Carbs, 30% Protein and 30% Fat.  So for a lot of athletes, fitness enthusiasts and everyday people out there that subscribe to a balanced diet, Perfect Blocks is IDEAL to help get high quality nutrients without all of the weighing, chopping, and measuring.  
Featured Highlights of Perfect Blocks:
Perfect uses absolutely NO artificial flavors, preservatives or ingredients!  This is key because people are now making a significant effort to scrutinize nutrition labels and lean towards eating only good quality, real food. 
Perfect Blocks also has ZERO sugar and is naturally flavored through the use of vanilla and Stevia, and all of the nutrients used are all high quality, highly beneficial nutrients to provide the best nutritional value! 
Perfect Blocks ingredients includes:
·     Oats for a great complex, low glycemic carbohydrate
·     Olive Oil as a Monounsaturated fat (Omega 9)
·     Coconut oil as a MCT (medium chain triglyceride – a good saturated fat)
·     Protein blend of Whey and NO GMO Soy for an outstanding amino acid profile
And above and beyond all of this, Perfect Blocks is also supported with:
·        A complete line up of 24 essential vitamins and minerals
·        Prebiotics
·        Probiotics
·        A complete line up of Digestive Enzymes
It is the Perfect food for anyone, and can be used for anything from a simple meal replacement, to a pre-work out or post-work out fuel, to weight loss or weight management food supplement, and great for controlling insulin and blood sugar levels!

In all...  Perfect Blocks is an absolutely amazing product.  Once a customer understands the level of nutritional quality of it, they fall in LOVE with Perfect Blocks once they have their first shake!

That is a lot of info.  A lot of it  sounds great but some of it I could care less about.  What I really care about when it comes to a powdered supplement is, how much protein, how much fat, and how many carbs are in it.  I also am looking for something that tastes good, mixes well, and is easy to use.  Perfect Blocks hits on all of these.  

The carb, protein, and fat ratio makes it more of a recovery drink for me after long runs or speed workouts  However, I have used it in middle of my long trail runs and did not experience any sort of stomach issues.   

I also found that the slightly sweet tastes makes it a good "stir in" item for my oatmeal or a topper for cereal.

When it comes to most powder mixes, my biggest complaint is that they usually they don't mix well and you are left with large chunks of undissolved powder.  Perfect Blocks is really one of the few mixes that I've tried that mixes well and you don't have to warm the water first.    

Do Perfect Blocks help with muscle recovery? I'm not sure but then again I've never taken anything that I'm convinced helps lessen muscle soreness or fatigue.  What I can say for sure is that Perfect Blocks taste great, mixes well and is simple to use.  I will continue to use this product to help simplify my nutritional needs.  

Perfect Blocks can be purchased from the Fortified Nutrition Website for $59 but if you use OR15 coupon code at checkout, you will receive a 15% discount. 

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