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Field Test - Klean Athlete Recovery

Author:Britt Maughan R.D.
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There are many options to choose from when it comes to protein, but Klean Athlete delivers something unique & tasty that's a great addition to any athlete's nutrition plan.  I gave their Klean Recovery a try after a long day of coaching and training. I simply mixed one scoop with 12 oz of water and drank within 30-40 minutes of a workout. 
 
First off, I love that this protein is NSF Certified for Sport (which means they are safe and free of banned substances). So often I find protein powders on the market with confusing labels and no guarantee of clean ingredients that have been tested for safety. When training athletes in the professional world, this is extremely important. Klean Athlete offers a variety of products that are all NSF Certified for Sport. 

THE GOOD
Taste – This protein has a creamy milk chocolate taste that’s not too sweet or overpowering. It almost klean athlete recovery proteinhas a hint of coconut in there somewhere that makes the chocolate have more depth and flavor.  So good!  
Protein Blend – Their blend of whey protein isolate and hydrolyzed marine protein (from salmon) is so unique. I’ve seen everything from pea protein, to soy protein and whey protein – but salmon protein is definitely new for me. This offers a greater and richer amino acid profile, which is important for muscle building and recovery (the marine protein is rich in methionine, histidine, and arginine). They also offer a whey protein isolate protein (Klean Isolate) that is just whey protein on its own. 
Mixing – This protein mixes so fast. The consistency is super smooth too – no chunks or gritty pieces. It’s also light and very tasty when simply mixed with water. A blender cup does the job. 
Britt MaughanCarb to Protein ratio – There’s a lot of research dedicated to recovery nutrition, and Klean has really done their homework here. They offer a 4:1 ratio that supports glycogen re-synthesis and muscle protein synthesis immediately after a workout. They really believe in linking sound research and science to their products and have found that this ratio really works. 
Ingredients: The list of ingredients is so simple (I can actually read and understand what’s listed) and does NOT contain yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, corn, artificial coloring, artificial preservatives, artificial flavoring, or genetically modified organisms. 

 

KEEP IN MIND
Marine Protein: As mentioned above, this marine protein offers some great benefits; however, because the protein is derived from salmon, it does impart a very faint fishy smell. It’s best described as a light fish food smell. But DO NOT let this deter you from loving this amazing protein; this does not affect the taste AT ALL. The rich velvety milk chocolate flavor is all you’ll enjoy when drinking this great recovery protein! 

BOTTOM LINE
There are very few companies that go to the lengths that Klean Athlete does in ensuring their products are of the highest quality, effective, safe, and clean. It’s great knowing I am using a product that will deliver the results that are intended, while tasting amazing all at the same time. This is definitely a staple in my sports nutrition routine, and is a great recovery protein for any athlete. 

To see Britt's full nutrition plan, click here.

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