17 Year Old Norwegian Viking Girl Shows You How It’s Done

Seriously, I LOVE the new “strong is the new skinny” trend that seems to attract more and more women everywhere. Here’s Suzanne Svanevik, 17, from Crossfit Bergen in Norway, doing stuff I’m sure most men would be happy to be able to do. Impressive – and quite inspiring too.

 

Ironcore Chunk of Protein Bar Review

As much as I like to use a protein bar as a quick meal or snack when out and about, I usually find that unless I have at least two of them to actually still even a remote feeling of hunger. Several of my favorite protein bars in terms of taste and nutritional values only come in sizes around the 60 gram mark – and that’s just too tiny for a 220 pound guy like me most of the time.

Luckily, I think I’ve now found a solution to the problem: the Ironcore Chunk of Protein bar. This bar weighs a full 100 grams, comes with roughly 30 grams of protein, 40 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of fat and more than 400 calories total. That’s almost twice the amount of calories I’ll usually get from a protein bar, and since I’m not on a diet I’m very happy with that. I can take big bites of these things and not worry about the thing being gobbled up in mere seconds.

What I really like about this bar is the taste, though. This is a rich, full tasting protein bar that actually seems to please my taste buds more than most regular chocolate bars.

Ingredients

Milk chocolate coating 19% (sugar, coca butter, whole milk powder, cocoa mass, emulsifier (soy lecithin), flavoring, milk protein, caramel 11% (sweet condensed milk, glucose syrup, vegetable oil, sugar, caramellised syrup, emulsifier, salt, aroma), inverted sugar syrup, almonds (8,4%), stabiliser (glycerol), hydrolysed gelatine, hydrolyzed wheat gluten, soy protein, soy granules, flavoring, salt.

 

There’s one drawback to this product…

I like it too much! I buy a box of these things (15 pcs) and go through it in just a few days, because I just love the taste. The Ironcore Chunk of Protein bar has become somewhat of a staple of my personal diet, and that’s really not a good thing. Protein bars are not meal replacement products, so I guess I need to get a little more disciplined and stick to real foods most of the time. When I’m out and about, though, I’ll keep one of these handy. It’s quickly become perhaps my favorite protein bar.

Ironcore Nutrition is a fairly new brand, owned by Proteinfabrikken, whose Oxygen Protein bar was also a hit with us when we reviewed it some time ago. Check that out if you’re after a sweet treat that doesn’t pack the punch that this one does in terms of calorie count.

PVL Whey Gourmet Review – Is This Really The World’s Best Tasting Protein Shake?


If you consume a lot of protein supplements (and let’s face it: it’s not like most bodybuilders don’t…), then you’re probably not indifferent to the taste of these products. In that regard, protein powder users today should consider themselves extremely lucky compared to those who roamed the supplement stores in the eighties: overall, these products taste much, much better today than they used to. They are usually also much easier to mix, and just plain better in terms of nutritional values. And if you wanted a short version of this product it would be that it is a fine example of all of that.

We’ve reviewed a number of great tasting protein supplements on this site, like Protein Delite and Jay Robb Whey Protein (which we reviewed here and here respectively), and had great expectations for PVL’s Whey Gourmet as well. Now that we’ve been using it for a few weeks, do we think it’s the best tasting whey protein powder in the world?Hm, I’m not sure about that. Is it a really good tasting protein powder, though? Yes, it is. And it scores quite well overall too, as you can see below.

Nutritional Contents

With each 30 gram serving of Whey Gourmet, you’ll get 120 calories, 2 grams of fat, 21 grams of protein and 4 grams of carbohydrates. Those are good numbers, and better than most of the “gourmet tasting” protein supplements on the market today, as many of these types of products are filled to the brim with carbs and fats in order to taste as good as they do (check out our review of BSN’s popular Syntha-6 for an example of that).

With each serving you also get 110 mgs of sodium, 230 mgs of Potassium and a little calcium and vitamin C.

Bottom line: nutritionally speaking, this is one of the best of its class.

Whey Gourmet Ingredients:

Whey Gourmet Protein (micro and ultra filtered whey protein isolates & concentrates), gourmet natural and artificial flavours, drum dried raspberry powder, malic acid, red beet powder, carboxymethyl cellulose, modified starch, soya lecithin, sodium chloride, silicon dioxide, sucralose (24mg/30g), ascorbic acid, acesulfame-potassium (20mg/30g).

Taste and Mixability

Mixability was GREAT. This stuff dissolves so easily in milk that I just need a glass and a spoon (or a fork) to mix a nice, lump-free protein drink. Most powders are not this easy to mix, so that was a really pleasant surprise.

The taste is also very good, although referring to this as “the world’s best protein shake might be a bit of a stretch.” The taste is just too artificial for me. If you’re into a really candy-like taste, then this product is probably the right one for you be for you, but if you prefer a more natural tasting protein drink you might want to look elsewhere. Now, stuff like Scitec’s Protein Delite might not taste 100% natural either, but I’ve got to be honest here and say that I prefer the taste of that product over PVL’s offering. And while I do enjoy the taste of Whey Gourmet mixed with milk according to PVL’s guidelines, I can’t make the really thick, yoghurt like protein shakes with this product like I can with Protein Delite – they taste is just too strong and sweet for me. To compare the two products is a tad unfair, though: check out the nutritional profile of Scitec’s offering, and it’s no contest. Whey Gourmet is a solid, low carb, low fat product that you can have on an everyday basis, while I tend to think of Protein Delite as more of a treat to enjoy here and there.

I’ve tried this product in my fruit smoothies too (which are quite milkshake-like as I usually mix them with yoghurt and milk and not juice) and it works great. Not to brag, but I make the tastiest fruit smoothies known to man – I should open up a smoothie bar or something, no joke. I should probably post my recipes here one day, but then I might want to keep them a secret. There’s more money in selling the best tasting smoothies ever than blogging about it, after all.

Verdict time!

But I digress. Bottom line? This is a high quality product that you may or may not find to be the best tasting protein shake in the world. While I personally have other favorites, I think this is a very good product that is easy to recommend. It’s got lots of the stuff you want in  whey protein powder – namely whey protein – and very little of what you do not want (fats and carbs). For anti-aspartame people it’s also a good choice as it contains no aspartame, but it does contain two artificial sweeteners, namely sucralose and aceculfame-potassium. If you’re okay with that (they are considered to be utterly safe to use), then check this product out. You might flat out  love it.