Product Review: SFH Recovery Whey Protein
When it comes to supplements it's nice to see no-nonsense companies that just put out good quality products. Stronger Faster Healthier is one of these companies, in my opinion. You may have read my previous review of their fish oil, but in case you haven't, please be aware that I do know the people behind SFH on a personal level. Really all that means is, if their product sucked I would tell them that with all frankness, but their product doesn't suck, so I'm telling you about it instead.
The product in question today is protein powder, specifically a blend they call "Recovery." SFH offers a wide range of protein powders to support a variety of purposes - daily protein intake, endurance sports performance, mass building, etc. Recovery is intended to be a post-workout protein. SFH advises you take it within an hour of your workout and follow it an hour or two later with a regular meal. According to their website, "The purpose is to re-energize your tired muscles and help them recover, protect against joint injury and decrease the negative effects of free radical oxidants."
As such, the Recovery protein powder is mostly composed of whey concentrate, but also includes an amino acid blend to aid in the post-workout recovery process. Recovery protein powder includes: co-enzyme Q10, ribose, carnitine, creatine, glutamine, glucosamine HCL, chondroitin sulfate, leucine, isoleucine, and taurine.
Also important to note: All whey in SFH protein powder comes from free-range, grass-fed cows that were never treated with antibiotics or bovine growth hormonies. The whey contains no preservatives and is all-natural.
My experience of this powder was that it was easy to mix and tasted good. SFH suggests you mix the scoop of powder with 6-8oz of water or milk (soy, dairy, nut, or otherwise). I tried the vanilla flavor and mixed it with water to avoid unneeded calories, and while it would have tasted better with milk, it tasted just fine mixed in water. SFH Recovery protein is also available in chocolate and natural flavors.
SFH themselves acknowledge that choosing the proper whey protein formula can be overwhelming. They alone have eight different formulations meant for different scenarios. To help you sort out your protein choices, they offer a an additive charts so you understand what ingredients are added to each mix and why. I found this very helpful and it was nice to see a company explain their products so clearly.
The one downside to SFH Recovery protein is the price tag. At thirty servings and $59.99 per bag, each serving is costing you approximately two dollars. To give you context, the two protein powders in my pantry at home both cost about fifty to sixty cents per serving. There are a lot of protein powders on the market and depending on your performance needs, nutritional needs, and financial needs, SFH may or may not be the protein for you. You might be one of those people who is going to geek out on the amount of every amino acid and ingredient in this protein to best bolster your needs, or you might just want something natural and clean. If you are looking for a post-workout protein and you don't worry about budget, then keep SFH on your short list, because it's a good quality product.
Recovery Whey Protein is available online at StrongerFasterHealthier.com for $59.99.