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Review: Mix 1 Strawberry Banana Protein Shake

As a runner I have learned the importance of properly fueling my body.  Skimping on calories & nutrients hurts performance and can hurt your body, too.  Carbohydrates are important to supply muscles with glycogen for exercise and a snack of protein & carbs is important after running to help refuel & repair muscles.  It imperative to begin this process as soon as possible after a run, but absolutely within 30 minutes. 

I have been a little lax on refueling recently, but that has to stop.  My current, soon-to-be history, routine for my long runs involved meeting up with my MIT group, running, socializing, driving home (with a coffee detour) and then eating breakfast.  By the time I was actually sitting down to eat it was easily 1+ hours later.  Not good. 

Last week I shared my plan of action for better training with you guys.  I am taking it seriously and am now going to include these Mix 1 Protein Shakes in the Saturday routine to see how they work for me. 


Mix 1 has two types of protein shakes – all-natural protein shakes & lean performance shakes.  I will be using the all-natural protein shakes.  The shakes come in several different flavors:

  • mix berry
  • blueberry-vanilla
  • mango
  • strawberry-vanilla
  • chocolate
  • vanilla
  • peach

Both Jon and I have tried the strawberry-banana and it has a great consistency and flavor!  I like the portability – I can toss this easily into a cooler and drink right after running on Saturday – no excuses.  Check out the nutrition stats:

  • 15 grams of superior whey protein isolate
  • 2 to 1 carb to protein ratio
  • antioxidants = 3 servings fruits & veggies*
  • 23 vitamins & minerals
  • 3 grams of soluble fiber
  • 2.5 grams of heart healthy fat
  • free of lactose, gluten, soy & caffeine

A little more about Mix 1:

What do a naturopathic doctor/ironman triathlete who spent some time living in a Nepalese ashram, a Ted Nugent loving beer guy, and a golf-obsessed reggae freak have in common?  We’re the three founders of mix1, and we have a lot in common.  We all live in, or around, beautiful Boulder, Colorado, we all have families, we’re all athletes, and we’re all committed to being as healthy as possible.  It’s these similarities that brought us together to start mix1.

Colorado is a great setting for all of our favorite sports: skiing, hiking, golfing, climbing, running, etc…  We created mix1 because we wanted something that would help us do all the activities we love to do, and improve our performance.  We also wanted something that was healthy and all-natural.  Since we couldn’t find anything in stores that met our needs we decided to make something ourselves.  The result is our mix1 enhanced protein shake formulated by Dr. James.

Our philosophy here at mix1 is pretty simple: we only create products with all-natural, high-quality ingredients that are truly functional.  We believe all-natural products are better than artificially enhanced ones.  Our overall goal as a company is to promote athletic performance and overall health, be an asset to our community and improve people’s lives.
We hope you enjoy our products as much as we do.  Please drop us a line and let us know what you think. 

our mission: to change people’s lives by promoting athletic performance and overall health through all-natural products that deliver truly functional nutrition.

Mix 1 products can be purchased at many stores across the country and onlineHave you tried Mix 1 protein shakes?

5 comments to Review: Mix 1 Strawberry Banana Protein Shake

  • Thanks for another gluten free option!

  • Another GF runner

    Kim– I find my weight fluctuates a lot now that I'm off gluten (going on 4 years since diagnosis!). I'm a runner and that usually keeps things in check. HOWEVER, I've just been diagnosed with IT band syndrome and have been put in PT and told not to run. I am trying to bike and swim, two activities I've never loved or been that good at, but heck, no time like the present.

    What are your favorite foods when NOT running? AKA, how do we deal with GF foods that are often high-cal, low-nutrition? I eat a lot of fruits and veggies but really want to watch what "fillers" I put in my diet to make sure I don't gain weight during this period of no running! Any advice?

    • Sorry to hear about your IT band! I have BTDT and it is no fun! :(

      As far as diet is concerned, concentrate mainly on lean proteins, fresh veggies & fruits and whole grains such as quinoa, millet & brown rice. Try to limit other GF specialty foods as they tend to be higher in calories & not as nutritious as their gluten-filled counterparts. There have been some major improvements in the breads over the past 2 years, but they are still higher in calorie. Have you tried the teff tortillas made by La Tortilla factory? They aren't bad and can be used for wraps filled with lean protein & veggies. Consider using sweet potatoes in place of baked for extra nutrition, too.

      Hope that helps. If you have more questions, feel free to ask & I'll see if I can help. I wish you the best of luck in your rehab. Hang in there…it is temporary!


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  • Great info! I've been wanting a serious blender for a while and it's really good to know about the options out there. I just assume Vitamix is the end game, but that clearly isn't necessarily the case!

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