So, I've been using this product for the last few months...since it came out really...and I've continually been impressed. From the ingredient profile, to taste, it really is a simple but outstanding formula.
In talking to other members, the major complaint that I hear about the product is the fact that it contains simple carbs. Before I go further, I will state that I feel this is a strength of the product...but others may disagree. Hence the reason for this post.
Anyways, I've been doing some experimenting with Body Mortar (both the fruit punch flavor and blue raspberry) and mixing it with some other products to slightly alter its ingredient profile...mainly to push it more heavily on the BCAA side and in effect lower the carb content.
Both of the Body Mortar flavors are top notch, and unlike some other BCAA products like Xtend, are not overpowering. While I do love Xtend, man it can get overly sweet after a few sips. I often find myself adding more and more water to dilute the product...I'm not saying that's a bad thing however as that's how I prefer to supplement my BCAA's.
First I tried adding some bulk unflavored BCAA's to body mortar. The results were okay, but I was able to notice some of that funky BCAA aftertaste. Then I remembered that I still had some Xtend laying around - orange flavor.
I combined 3/4 scoop of fruit punch Body Mortar with 2 scoops of orange Xtend...bringing the nutrient profile up to the following:
Carbohydrates - 22.5g
L-Leucine - 8.75g
L-Isoleucine - 3.07g
L-Valine - 3.07g
Glutamine - 4.38g
Citrulline Malate - 1g
Carbohydrate total = 22.5g
BCAA total = 19.28g
...so about a 1:1 carb:BCAA ratio.
Now this brings me to flavor...and all I can say is wow! The orange xtend (which I'm not a huge fan of honestly) and the fruit punch body mortar combination was outstanding! By far the best tasting BCAA containing product I've ever tried...and IMO better than either product alone!
This got me to trying some other successful flavor combos:
1 scoop Body Mortar fruit punch + 3 scoops of orange xtend = more of the same!
3/4 scoop fruit punch Body Mortar + 2 scoops watermelon xtend
3/4 scoop blue rasp Body Mortar + 2 scoops grape xtend
...I will be trying more combos over the next few days/weeks and will update this thread. My hope is that others will try to experiment a bit and add their own Body Mortar "recipes".
***Disclaimer: even though I am an AMS rep, the above post is my own personal opinions/ideas and are not necessarily endorsed by AMS***