Amazon Glanbia Supplements Sample Box Review – July 2017
The Amazon Glanbia Sample Box is a one-time-purchase box that is available every few months. The great thing about this box is that it is free after credit for Amazon Prime members! (You’ll receive a $7.99 credit about a week after purchase to use on select items.)
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The Box: Amazon Glanbia Sample Box
The Cost: $7.99 (Free after credit)
The Products: 8 or more workout supplements from brands such as Optimum Nutrition, BSN, Isopure Amino, and trusource.
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Amazon sample boxes don’t tend to come with a lot of information. In this case, there was just this two-sided card inside the relatively small box.
This little packet contains a 2:1:1 blend of “micronized BCAAs”—L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine—plus L-Theanine for mental calm and Isopure’s “Tart Cherry Extract” (which they also refer to as CherryPure). Tart Cherry is an anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps your body relax and recover. I don’t know how much it plays a part in the overall flavor, but it is super tart and fruity, almost like a tart popsicle.
N.O.-Xplode XE Edge Xtreme Energy Pre-Workout in Fruit Punch, 0.37 oz – Value $0.90 (Buy 30 servings for $26.95 on Amazon)
This pre-workout supplement has a lot of exotic, natural-sounding ingredients I’ve never heard of before, like Guayusa, an Amazonian super leaf, Yohimbe, from the West African evergreen, and Macuna, a Tropical legume, along with 325mg of Caffeine, 1.6g of Beta-Alanine, and a 1g Citrulline blend. The fruit punch flavor, however, has a really strong artificial sweetener taste that would make it tough for me to enjoy.
The number three in this product’s name nods to its three focus areas: recovery, muscle building, and strength. It includes 5g Creatine, 5g Glutamine, and 4g BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine) to help you retain the most benefits from your workout and come back stronger the next time you hit the gym. The strawberry orange flavor is a bit better than the fruit punch, in my opinion, as I think the citrus covers up the artificial sweetener taste. I feel like it could go well in a smoothie alongside some greens or other fruits.
This fruit punch flavor, again, isn’t my favorite, but this is a way to get a lot of amino acids in one go. This packet contains a micronized BCAA blend of L-Leucine, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Alanine, as well as micronized Taurine and L-Citrulline. There’s also a ton of caffeine. You get 125 mg of caffeine in this little packet, which is more than a cup of coffee (which is around 95 mg).
Protein shakes are the most common way I enjoy supplements. This one is only 150 calories by itself, though I could see myself adding this to a smoothie or at least blending it with ice for something a little more filling. There are 11 essential amino acids in this single serving packet plus 24 grams of protein, which is awesome for a vegetarian like me. I also like that there are only 2 grams of sugar. The chocolate flavor of this powder reminded me of a Tootsie Roll, but with a really strong aftertaste from the artificial sweeteners.
Another fruit punch flavored item. This formula is aimed at helping your muscles perform at their peak. It includes a blend of Citrulline and Arginine to support blood L-Arginine levels, a nitric oxide precursor, 3g of Creatine to support performance, and Pomella & resVida to help support blood vessel health. Of all of these products, this is probably the one I’m least likely to use, but I appreciate that it’s a formula that doesn’t include caffeine or stimulants.
More protein powder for me! While I prefer plant-based protein, I’m totally fine with whey. Like the other protein product, this has 24 g of protein, which is a nice big dose. It’s formulated in a way that doesn’t require a blender or shaker cup to mix it completely—that’s really convenient if I’m looking to just whip something up at my desk. The flavor reminded me of hot chocolate mix with a smidge of that artificial sweetener aftertaste.
This packet contains two (metallic orange and ivory) capsules that you’re supposed to take with a meal or protein shake in order to increase your fat burn. I’m concerned about just how much caffeine there is in this. The breakdown is 225mg Caffeine, 125mg Green Tea Extract, 250mg L-Carnitine, and 50mg Citicoline, along with some other ingredients to give you “intense energy” and “mental focus.” I don’t know if I’m going to give these a try—a cup of coffee will get me feeling jittery, and this is over 2 cups of coffee’s worth!
Syntha-6 Protein Crisp Bar in Chocolate Crunch Flavor, 1 oz – Value $1.67 (Buy a 12 count box for $19.99 on Amazon)
This bar has 10 grams of protein, which is less than most of the other protein products in this sample box. I think I’d rather just use one of the protein mixes and add it to a smoothie or something though because this bar is really not so good. I’m such a chocolate fan, and I got excited when I saw the side of the package says “Make every day feel like cheat day.” But wow does this bar taste weird. There is definitely chocolate in it, but instantly, you’re hit with a deeply bitter flavor that blooms into something that just tastes… wrong. It’s so chemical-ish. Definitely not something I’d try again. Maybe if you’re not as sensitive to those sorts of artificial flavors it could be okay? It just isn’t for me.
Flavor-wise, this protein powder is the winner in the box. I think the “mocha” aspect helps cut any artificial sweetener flavors, even though it’s not very strong. There’s some caffeine in this powder, but a bit less than a standard cup of coffee, so it’s a kick rather than a jolt.
Verdict: This box had around $10.00 worth of product inside, meaning you get your money’s worth (especially when you get your $7.99 credit on top of everything). The samples in this box are mostly focused on the needs of serious athletes and workout fanatics—someone like me probably doesn’t need to take a full suite of supplements, but if you do, then this could be a fun way to explore new products.