I'm typically wary of fitness drinks with gold packaging; they remind me of the weird muscle-building brands I see at the gym. But when I read the label on Forze GPS shakes and bars, I was intrigued.
This line of snacks, including chocolate and vanilla shakes and four flavors of energy bar, is described as a "weight management tool designed specifically for athletes." They promise to activate your appetite control signals, so they can be used as a between-meal or pre- or post-workout snack. Hear what I thought about their taste and the results.
I tried both the chocolate and vanilla shakes as well as the cranberry-nut bar, and I'll admit I was pleasantly surprised by the bars but disappointed in the shakes. The shakes tasted very artificial and had the ingredients to match, including "natural flavor," sucralose (the ingredient in Splenda), and something called sodium carboxymethycellulose.
The drinks were far too sweet, though the chocolate was slightly less offensive. But I did appreciate the low-cal servings — just 50 calories in one 8-fluid-ounce carton. Though the drink helped me cope with my midmorning hunger, I think I'd rather have a handful of nuts.
The cranberry-nut bar, on the other hand, had a surprising number of whole-food ingredients, including rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, and organic agave syrup. They looked and tasted far less artificial and served as a great pre-workout snack that kept me full 'til dinner, with five grams of fat, 160 calories, and eight grams of protein per bar. Check out the full nutritional info if you're curious.
However, I can't say I noticed a dramatic difference in appetite control as compared to my usual Luna or Lara bar, so I don't think I'll be making the switch anytime soon. Interested in trying Forze for yourself? It's available online.