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This is a first for me. I’ve never done a review in which I did not have the words to adequately describe how I feel about a product. Nor have I had to do a negative review before.
Generally speaking, even if I don’t like the taste of something, there is something redeeming about the product. I may not like the flavor, but if it’s a small enough volume and a good amount of amino acids I can make it work. Even the bullets — which I don’t like — are good for nitrogen if you eat a high amount of meat protein.
That’s the short version of the review. If you want the long version — keep reading.
This sample came in, along with a chocolate. They instruct to mix with 8oz of cold liquid. I mix with water to get a good idea of the flavor without milk.
This did mix very well, although as you can see it’s very foamy. Right after mixing it, I had to run after the kids, go fold some towels out of the dryer, etc. This meant that I left it alone for 5 minutes without moving it and quite a bit of the foam had dissipated — so that’s a good thing.
The taste — is very, very, very thin. It’s dry, protein-y without ANY good flavor at all to mask the protein. Which is odd because when I first opened the packet, it was almost overpoweringly sweet and vanilla-y. I really expected to there to be more flavor to this shake — but there wasn’t anything but the protein taste. It was *awful*. I took a few sips to make sure it wasn’t just the first taste and no, it was just horrible.
So to make this drinkable — because I did spend the money on the shake, I pull out the strongest flavored powder that I really think will work with this:
Adding a scoop makes it 40g of protein — and it gets it down much, much easier. It’s even nice and thick so I think it will help stay in my pouch awhile — which hey! Shiny win.
I was looking at the website to get stats and information for you guys and I noticed some things — the information on the back of my sample packet was nothing like what was on the website. So I called the company — and they explained that the printer screwed up the packets. And so if you get these packets, you should be aware that this is not accurate information:
I will say this about the company — they produce the amino acid profile. This is great for those who know that want to check the scores and see how good a protein is.
I have to say that despite the quality protein, that I would NOT recommend the vanilla to anyone. The taste is awful — and despite the quality, the flavor is just not there. There are other companies that give the same quality without the all the additives, but deliver on the promise of taste.
However, you can buy samples to try out if you are interested. I’d suggest doing that.
Available at EnergyFirst — 2lb tub (about 36 servings) for $39.99; Sample pack $1.49