I first tried Purition after receiving a sample at the L&L Summer Social (wow that seems like ages ago now!) and with the sample was a little “6 day challenge”… to have a Purition Bodysculpt shake either for breakfast or as a post workout shake every day for 6 days and see what difference it makes.
Now, I’m not usually one for meal replacement shakes – the ethos of companies like Herbalife and JuicePlus makes me *shudder* – but Purition is different. Instead of being made up of a list of ingredients that the eyes tire at reading (like the aforementioned) Bodysculpt contains real whole foods and seeds. Nothing to hide, no weird chemically names… just whey protein, nuts and seeds, and a bit of natural preservative and sweetener.
So I decided to give it a go
I opted for the coconut flavour Bodysculpt (being completely obsessed with anything coconut at the moment!), but Purition also offer chocolate and pistachio… flavours that I have also had samples of in the past.
Being a regular morning exerciser I decided to make my shake up with milk and fruit on the days I trained to make sure I topped up my glycogen levels, and just with milk on non-training days. I also had half a scoop sprinkled on a breakfast of Greek yoghurt and banana after the challenge was up.
My first day of the challenge I was worried I would be hungry after just a shake, but the protein, fibre and fat combination kept me going until mid-morning, and when whizzed up with a hand blender with some blueberries or a banana it really became quite a filling post workout drink.
Overall I found my 6 days on Purition Bodysculpt a breeze, though I’m not sure I’d do meal replacements long term – I just don’t think they’re sustainable. I would, however, take the shakes as a recovery drink for after exercise if I know I won’t have time to eat straight away. The creamy, thick taste of the shakes blended with milk helped me feel comfortably satisfied as opposed to “full”. I was surprised at just how nice Bodysculpt was sprinkled on yoghurt and this will be a regular replacement for my usual granola in order to top up my protein, omegas, vitamins and minerals.
A typical 50g serving (based on coconut flavour Bodysculpt) contains:
– 18g protein
– 3.6g carbohydrate
– 15g fat
It also has an impressive vitamin and mineral content, packing a macro and micronutrient punch for its relatively low calorie content.
- Blends really nicely with milk and fruit for a filling smoothie with plenty of protein, good fats and micronutrients.
- Also tastes great sprinkled on top of yoghurt and fruit for an alternative to sugary granola/muesli.
- Interesting flavours (pistachio and coconut are particularly nice).
- 100% natural ingredients and no surprises.
- I wasn’t too keen on the shake blended with just water so be sure to take the extra calorie content of the milk into account:
– 250ml whole milk ~169kcals, 8.5g PRO, 11.2g CHO, 10g FAT
– 250ml semi skimmed milk ~122kcals, 8.5g PRO, 12.5g CHO, 4.2g FAT
- Needs to be made with a hand blender or food processor for best results so not really one for preparing on the go.
- Can leave embarrassing seeds in your teeth… keep a toothpick handy!
Ways to enjoy it
- This shake could be enjoyed as a pre-workout drink as well, particularly if eating solid meals leaves you feeling sluggish during training. Enjoy an hour before exercise for the best results.
- Blend with milk, almond milk or coconut milk.
- Add berries or a banana for a tasty smoothie.
- Sprinkle over yoghurt and fruit for breakfast or a snack.
- Purition also suggest mixing the chocolate flavour shake with warm milk for an evening treat – something I’m definitely going to have to try come Autumn!
Where to get it
You can buy Bodysculpt shakes from http://www.purition.co.uk/shop-by-product/bodysculpt.html for £19.95* per 500g (10 servings). Available in chocolate, coconut or pistachio.
* Price correct at time of writing.