VHT Extreme Smoothie — Chocolate Dream

On January 15, 2010, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

VHT Extreme Smoothie -- Chocolate Dream

Rich thick Chocolate Dream, delicious Strawberry Supreme or incredible Vanilla Cream all with 35 grams of protein and only 5 or 6 grams of carbohydrates. Whether you’re dieting or looking for a healthy snack, Extreme Smoothie is so good it’s hard to believe it’s so good for you.

I’ve been sitting around, looking through the medical sites for links and such when all of a sudden I started getting that shakey feeling.  That’s generally a sign that Andrea needs to eat.  But what?

A quick look through the fridge reminds me that I have a RTD shake from VHT just waiting to review — so why not.  I’m up for it.  The stomach isn’t upset, so we’re golden on that front.  I take a not-so-good pic because yeah, Andrea is a bit shakey and then open the sucker up.

It’s not bad.  It still has that protein-y taste, but really not bad.  I could really down these if I needed to.  It’s maybe a bit much for you if you’re early post-op being 11oz, but it’s not overly thick and not super thin.  It’s not a “smoothie” by any stretch — let’s make that clear right now.  But it does have a nice chocolate flavor without making me wish for additional flavoring to cover up the protein ick taste.

I remember that the last one that I reviewed gave me a rumbly in my tumbly — this isn’t doing that, so I’m wondering if it was just a bad day, a bad flavoring, or a bad can.  In any case, this is good.

The stats are pretty good as well:

Stats

Ingredients: Skim milk, water, calcium caseinate, natural and artificial flavors, cellulose gel, sucralose, dipotassium phosphate, cellulose gum, carrageenan, and FD&C red #3

So would I buy this one again?  Yes.  The vanilla no way.  Chocolate yes.

Available all over, including Amazon, for about $3.50-4.00 a can.

Banana

Bananas & Creme

The milkshake-like taste of our 14oz. OhYeah! Ready-To-Drink (RTD) shakes deliver 32 grams of portable, muscle-building protein with an incredible, unmatched taste. Made with fresh diafiltered milk, OhYeah! shakes are extremely low in carbs, sugar, and 100% lactose-free. The OhYeah! RTD is available in 5 award winning flavors and was recently awarded the #1 Nutritional Shake in America by the American Masters of Taste Foundation. Whether you’re an extreme athlete, carb-conscious dieter or you simply want to maintain lean muscle mass, OhYeah! ready–to–drink shakes exceed expectations in every possible way.

Now, full disclosure — I’ve had an ISS shake before at a gym — the Cookies and Cream shake.  I’ll “review” it later, when I get back around to them again.  So knowing I liked that flavor, I was shocked into absolute bliss (really, ask Sam) when I saw that my Harris Teeter (grocery chain down here in the South) had these, and had them on for a really good price.  I mean, a case was $29.99!  That’s $5 less than Netrition’s price, and no shipping?  WIN!  I mean, TOTAL SHINY WIN.

But would I like the other flavors?  Well, HT also had some onesies for sale so I could try them.  How nice and convenient!  I like that.  So I picked up some — they had them all except Vanilla.

Now, I preface this by saying I like the fake banana flavorings found in shakes usually.  In fact, I have BSN Lean Dessert Banana Nut and Banana Cream in my pantry as we speak.  So I expected this to be the same.. and I wasn’t disappointed.  Although “shake” isn’t what I’d call it — it was much thinner than the name implies (and from having had the Cookies and Cream which was a bit thicker) a bit surprising..

Now, I may not have shaken the bottle SUPER well, but I think I did.  I did not shake throughout my “drinking experience,” but I noticed towards the last, oh 1/2″ of the bottle, the consistency went from nice and smooth to very gritty.  A nice pleasant drink to “igh, I need to just take a big gulp and get the rest of this down cause I’m sure that’s where all the protein is and gagh it tastes like banana flavored sand!”  And of course, I was at work, and trying to prove to my non-op coworkers that not all protein shakes are gag-worthy so I had to put a great face on it.  This was not an ideal place to do a taste test in retrospect.  I’ll keep that in mind for future tests.. or at least make sure I’m alone for the entire experience next time.  I mean, it did start out so well…

The stats are quite lovely..

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 14 fl oz (414 mL)
Servings Per Container: 1
Amount Per Serving % DV*
Calories 220
Calories from Fat 80
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Potassium 490mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 70%
Iron 25%
Vitamin D 25%
Vitamin E 25%
Vitamin K 25%
Thiamine 25%
Riboflavin 25%
Niacin 25%
Vitamin B6 25%
Folate 25%
Vitamin B12 25%
Biotin 25%
Pantothenic Acid 25%
Phosphorus 45%
Iodine 25%
Magnesium 25%
Zinc 25%
Selenium 25%
Copper 25%
Manganese 25%
Chromium 25%
Molybdenum 25%
*   Percent Daily Values Based On A 2,000 Calorie Diet.
Ingredients: Filtered Water, Diafiltered Skim Milk, OhYeah!� Proprietary Protein Blend (Milk Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Calcium Caseinate), And Less Than 2% Of: Sunflower, Safflower and/or Canola Oil, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Cellulose Gel, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan, Sucralose, Salt, Vitamin & Mineral Blend (Potassium Citrate, Magnesium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Ascorbate, Ferric Orthophosphate, Zinc Amino Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Biotin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Niacinamide, Phytomenadione, Potassium Iodide, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Chromium Chloride, Copper Amino Acid, Cyanocobalamin, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, Cholecalciferol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Manganese Sulfate), Lactase, Xanthan Gum, Acesulfame Potassium, Datem, Yellow 5, Yellow 6.

Contains: Milk

While these contain milk, they are clearly marked lactose free for those postop that suffer from lactose-intolerance (oh where, where where were you ISS when I was fresh out?).  And of course, a bit large for early postop tummies.  No worries, y’all — ISS makes a smaller version as well that is 8oz and 18g protein.

Could the gunk at the bottom have been a side effect of user error?  Sure it could have.  Easily.  But when it came down to putting a Bananas and Creme case in my cart last night before the sale ended at Harris Teeter (I mean, really, $29.99?  I can’t pass that up..) I did not put a Banana in there.  I have two other banana shakes that I like without the possible gunkiness that I can get my craving kicked with.

Available at Netrition.com for generally the best price.

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