Whey protein is probably one of, if not the most, popular dietary supplement among jiu-jitsu athletes. Because the rigors of jiu-jitsu can take a pretty heavy toll on our bodies and muscles, we need protein that aids in the overall recovery process. Whey protein is one of the two proteins found in milk. Because whey digests and is absorbed quickly by our bodies, it’s a great post-workout recovery supplement. The long list of included amino acids go a long way in muscle recovery as well as muscle maintenance when we’re trying to cut weight. In this review, we’re going to give you a first-hand account of our experience with Gracie Essential’s Gracie Whey protein supplement.
What It Is
Gracie Whey is whey protein supplement made from the milk of cows that are grass-fed. The benefits of grass-fed milk products versus grain fed products have to do mostly with the levels conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which helps to reduce inflammation and along with healthier Omega-3 fatty acids versus less healthy Omega-6 acids. However, most of these fatty acids are removed in the production of whey. As a rule of thumb, grass-fed milk products are more natural since grass is part of a cow’s natural diet whereas corn and grains are not. On a micronutrient level, there are benefits in grass fed whey. Gracie Whey is produced in the USA and sourced from grass-fed, organic pastured cows that are free of antibiotics and growth hormones. So the quality of the base ingredient is second to none. It’s sugar-free and naturally sweetened with stevia. It also contains Peptan B, collagen peptides that help with the regeneration of all our connective tissues including skin, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bones. Each 36.4g scoop of Gracie Whey contains 22g of protein, 1g of fat and 9g of carbohydrates. It also contains calcium, potassium, and a complex of twenty amino acids including the three branched-chain amino acids, leucine, isoleucine, and valine.
When it comes to protein supplements, I want it to taste great and mix easily. Gracie Whey is available in two flavors, Pure Cocoa, which is basically chocolate flavor, and Acai Berries. Both of these taste amazingly good and mix perfectly in any shaker bottle. The acai was the unanimous favorite around the office. Collectively we’ve gone through two 1.2lb containers and all of us have had nothing but a great experience so far. Gracie Whey is perfect for post-training recovery, in the morning to break the overnight fast, and even as a meal replacement. Both blend nicely with other ingredients for a smoothie or even pancakes. The acai flavor is mild so it’s probably the better of the two for mixing with other flavors. Neither formula caused any of us any intestinal distress which sometimes happens with whey protein.
Gracie Whey is not the type of product you’d find at a big box retailer in a giant 10 lb tub; it’s a very high-quality product made with 100% all natural ingredients. It’s not cheap, but the good stuff never is. At $39.90 for a 15 serving container, you’re looking at $2.66 a serving. All Gracie Essentials products come with a 30-day, full money back guarantee, so you have literally nothing to lose by trying either flavor. If you use the code JJM10 at check out you’ll save 10%. We can definitely recommend adding Gracie Whey to your supplementation and training routine.