I’m a traditionalist when it comes to supplements. I believe most people can get all the nutrients they need and then some, from whole food. However, the ones who put their bodies through intense workouts day after day, they need a little extra help. Now that I am increasing my mileage and putting in harder miles, I feel like I’m in the later group. I’ve always taken a multivitamin but have begun using protein powders in the morning or after a long run as a way to get more protein to repair my muscles.
I was recently sent a couple of products to test out from Klean Athlete. They are a fairly new company that is just getting started in sports nutritional supplements.
“Before you can get faster, you first need to be healthy.”
The entire line of Klean Athlete’s products are NSF Certified for Sport® and certified to be clean of banned substances. Every product that carries that certification has to go through stringent laboratory testing to confirm content, purity and compliance. In addition, all of their products are free of yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, corn, sugar, or starch. No artificial coloring, preservatives or flavoring. One of the main reasons why I don’t take many supplements is because I’m not sure what’s actually in the product. It seems like the majority are just full of added fillers. If I’m trying to eat clean, shouldn’t my supplements be clean?
The Klean Multivitamin is a fruit and vegetable blend that is the base for all training in getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals an athlete’s body needs. I’ve been taking two multi’s a day with my breakfast. With some multi’s, I get a nauseous feeling after taking. Even with food. Not so with Klean Athlete. They go down easy with no ill side effects.
I have also been using the Klean Isolate daily. It’s pure whey protein isolate, free of artificial flavoring or sweetener. You get 20 grams of protein in one serving. I’ve enjoyed it in green smoothies, pancakes and oatmeal after a tough workout or long run. I was even nice enough to share it with Ron. He loves to mix it with a little Ghiradelli Hot Cocoa Mix and Silk unsweetened vanilla almond milk as a recovery shake. We both like that there is no flavor so you can adjust it to your liking. I’ve had a few protein powders that were way too sweet or overpowering in flavor.