This product review was sponsored by BiPro USA. All opinions are my own.
Soooo…it’s spring right? Like legit spring? Like…”we can now live without fear of a random snowstorm, turn the heat off, open up some windows, and let the fresh air in” springtime. Right?
Well, it is for me anyway. Which really only means two things:
- A-CHOO! (Spring allergies)
- It’s almost my real favorite season: summer. (Yes, summer. I love it!)
And summer means…BERRIES!
Now if you’ve been reading this blog a while you know I’m a fan of berries. I even tried my hand at urban forraging for a while. But that’s all behind me now. Today, we are here to talk about another kind of berry deliciousness, that will be just perfect for the summer time.
Berry. Protein. Water.
BiPro Berry Burst Protein Water, to be precise.
For those who don’t know, BiPro is my absolute favorite protein. It’s good, clean whey isolate protein, no extra “stuff” in it, which makes it perfect for post-ops who are…trying to watch their “stuff” intake. (Suave, I know…)
Last year they came out with their first two protein water offerings: Lemon Lift and Peach Power and I loved them! Late last year they began teasing that they’d release a new flavor, and now we know what it is – Berry Burst!
So before we get to the glass of refreshing deliciousness at the top of this post (and why it’s special), we, of course, we have to put it through the usual scrutiny.
So when BiPro started teasing the new flavor they started using the berry color on the bottle in posts, and immediately I knew it was berry-something. The bottle stays true to that mentality. It’s cheery looking and, as per usual, conveys all the necessary information right on the front.
When you open the bottle you the get smell of…well actually, not much. I mean it smelled like berries but it didn’t smell like “berries on crack,” which is what a lot of berry drinks smell like when you open them and is a YUGE 😉 red flag for artificial ingredients. And BiPro isn’t down with all that. So you get a subtle whiff of berry fragrance, but that’s about it. (By the way, for the sake of objectivity, I took the liberty of sniffing actual berries and…yep, they don’t smell too overpowering until you do something to them!)
Let’s move forward.
As you saw on the label, BiPro Berry Burst Protein Water has:
- 90 calories
- 0g carbs
- 0g sugars
- 20g protein
The ingredients list is fairly simple as well: Filtered water, whey protein isolate, phosphoric acid, natural berry flavor (which I’m going to assume comes from berries), and Stevia extract. So all seems to be in order here.
Now let’s discuss…
Ok so if you read my review for the Peach Power and Lemon Lift, you know that I loved them. They were lightly sweetened (sort of like a Hint Water), not overpowering in terms of smell or flavor concentration. My only real comment on them was that they left a dry finish after drinking, much like you’d experience after eating Greek yogurt.
I feel the exact same way about this water.
It tastes like what would happen if you left berries in water for a really, really long time, then decided to add a little bit of sweetener. I like that it’s not overly sweet because me and sweet broke up when I had surgery. (I still like sweet stuff but I hit my max on sweet flavors – whether there is sugar involved or not, very quickly). Bottom line: less sweet = good.
Personally, I didn’t think this one had as dry a finish as the other two so I decided to get La Petite Diva (my youngest daughter, or, “LPD” for short) to try it. Her immediate reaction?
“Tastes like yogurt.”
Out of the mouths of babes, Foodies! (Well, actually she’s 15 but still.)
So I guess it does still have a bit of a dry finish, which I don’t mind when it’s ice cold, which brings me back to the picture at the top…
Ok so you can certainly buy this and drink it straight from the bottle. And I wouldn’t be one bit mad at you if you did. But around here we like to “play with our food” so I was trying to find a more inventive way to use it. Last fall I was able to achieve yummy, protein-infused cranberry sauce with the Peach Power Protein Water, and I wanted to replicate that success.
But then my inner-Nikki and I had a talk. (My inner-Nikki is more like you guys…she’s the one who does NOT endeavor to use 57 ingredients and spend 10 hours in the kitchen laboring over complicated recipes.)
She challenged me to think of a super simple way to use BiPro Protein Water that might help you guys live a little bit of a yummier life and what we came up with was…
Protein ice cubes.
You don’t get any simpler than that!
I wish I’d taken pics of my process of making these (I have no excuse why I didn’t except that I didn’t), but I feel like you guys know how ice cube prep goes. The only thing that I did differently was to plop a few berries (in this case, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries) into the ice cube tray before adding the BiPro Berry Burst Protein Water, and popping those suckers in the freezer.
Interestingly, they took longer to freeze than regular ice cubes. Weird. But still, when they were done I had something truly special.
Not only did it keep my Protein Water in the glass cold, it also made it pretty! It looks sorta like sangria. Without any pigmentation. (Yeah.) Plus, it manages to infuse just a little bit more protein into the equation. I like when that happens.
But as I write this post now, a few days after this glorious experience, I am having another revelation (which you guys probably had from the git-go).
I can use these ice cubes in any drink I make.
Wait…I can use these protein ice cubes in any drink I make and add some protein to it.
YASSSSSSSSS! (Can you see me making jazz hands? Cuz I am!)
Ok, I’m excited about this for two reasons:
- Because I made something simple. Truly simple. (Those of you who have followed this site a while know it is not in my nature to make simple, straightforward food).
- Now I get to go all Frank’s Red Hot while talking about BiPro water and go “I put that (BLEEP) in everything!)
Sigh. It’s the little things, y’know?
Ok I’m not gonna lie to y’all. BiPro Protein Water is not a discount priced item by any means. But if you think in terms of quality of protein, and even quantity of protein for the amount of calories, it’s actually a pretty good deal. It’s got a tiny bit more than two grams of protein for every 10 calories (the 10:1 ratio – that something should have a gram of protein for every 10 calories to be considered high protein – is my go-to measure).
But around here we also use a measure called “price per protein gram.” Basically, that’s the price you pay for each gram of protein you are getting from a product.
Now BiPro sells individual bottles of the protein water for $4.25, but for our purposes I’m going to use the price for the 12-bottle case, which is $49.99. So here’s how that works out:
- $49.99/12 bottles = $4.16 per bottle
- Each bottle has 20 grams of protein.
- $4.16/20 grams of protein = $0.20 per protein gram
Now just for reference, most protein powders I review come in between $0.08 – $0.12 per protein gram so, like I said, this is on the high-ish side.
But. I’d like to point out two things:
- BiPro is almost always running some sort of promotion or coupon. The best way to learn about that is to get on their email list. They have one going right now that has a cool challenge associated with it. (More about that in a sec.)
- Standard shipping within the U.S. is FREE. Yes, free. Like gratis. Like zippo. Like “you don’t pay anything extra for shipping, Foodies!”
But to me the value in this product doesn’t come in the form of price. It’s 90 calories I can drink relatively easily and not only get my hydration in, but also 20 grams of protein! And now with the whole ice cube thing? Oh yeah. I’m putting that (BLEEP) in everything!
I’m always in favor of trying BiPro! It’s good clean protein, made with good, honest stuff. It tastes good, it’s low-cal, it’s usually 0 carb. What more can you ask for?
Now above I mentioned they are running a special and I want to tell you about it because that might help you to be able to give BiPro a try. Starting April 17, BiPro is hosting a Jump Start Challenge, to help you get fit for the summer! As a part of the challenge you’ll receive tips by email to help you get leaner and stronger, but you’ll also have the opportunity to take advantage of one of two deals from BiPro. You can either get:
- $10 off their JumpStart Kit, which contains: (2) 1 lb. jars of protein powder in the flavors of your choice, 4 protein waters in the flavors of your choice, BioZzz packets, a shaker bottle, a sport towel, a cookbook and a coupon off your next purchase. Price: $89.99, after $10 off promotion.
- Or you can get 20% off a case of BiPro Protein Waters. (Which brings the price down to $40 per case/$3.33 per bottle/$0.16 per protein gram WITH free standard shipping in the U.S.)
So if you’ve been wanting to try the BiPro Protein Waters, this is a great opportunity to save some money AND get involved in a healthy challenge that gets you ready for the summer. I’ve signed up to receive my tips and I used the coupon to get another case of the Berry Protein Waters (because…um…did I mention I’m gonna put that (BLEEP) in everything???)
Now the question is…will you join me? Click the button below to sign up to get coupon and join the challenge.