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Vega Protein Smoothie, Vanilla, Pouch, 9.3 oz - Vega
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Five Star Reviews:
April 20, 2017
I have no food allergies, just need extra calories and protein for a sick patient with a poor appetite. This is the best tasting product we have found; however, I must admit that I add everything but the kitchen sink to increase calories and nutritional value. Delicious.
As Smooth as Veggie Proteins Get
October 25, 2016
I had to switch to Veggie Protein due to may acid reflux. I tried a bunch of different brands and found all to be grainy. This is, BY FAR, the smoothest Veggie Protein that I've tried.
Gluten and dairy/whey free!
August 20, 2016
Love this protein mix. I use it in my smoothies with a fresh banana and frozen tropical fruit. Mix with almond milk and water in a nutri-bullet. Yum! Not gritty when mixed like this.
some ice and water and it taste great. it tast very chocaltie and cream
March 2, 2016
this drink mix ix so yummy and keeps you full for a very long time. i use a shaker bottle, some ice and water and it taste great. it tast very chocaltie and cream, yes creamy with just water. you would think you are drinking choclate milk rather then a snake. i have one of these at lunch and a vega bar and im all set till like 3 then i have another snack bar and im good till dinner. i also have a snack bar and a shake as a snack before dinner and am full all night long
I love this: ) I was looking for something that ...
October 4, 2015
I love this :) I was looking for something that I coulse use to add protien to my smoothies and this was perfect. I do not use a full scoop as I also use yogurt in my smoothie but my other half does use a full scoop. I use this mixed with Amazing Grass Superfoods (flavor dosen't really mater but using the Alkaline Detox right now), Banana, Strawberries, Kiwi, Lime Juice, Cherries, Pineapple...(not all at the same time...lol the only staple is the banana for sweetness and lime juice to cut the flavor of the amazing grass) almond-coconut blend milk, and yogurt. Blend it in my Oster Myblend (or whatever it's called) blender and it's just yummy. The other half uses the chocolate ususally with banana and strawverries. I get bored and have to change it up daily. :) He's a creature of habit.
NOT grainy--thick and almost malty! YUM!
August 29, 2015
Best of all the vegan protein shakes I've tried. Thickens nicely and not grainy like the others. Seems a bit 'malty' even, which you miss without dairy or eggs. Great flavor. I use 1c coconut milk and 1c water per scoop, and it is a nice, thick shake. Really yummy! SO much better than many of the others. Just wish it had more nutritional info--as I'm sure there are more vits/mins in it than listed.
GREAT product! It is exactly what it advertises itself ...
July 31, 2016
GREAT product! It is exactly what it advertises itself to be. I appreciate that it has no artificial sweeteners! It is hard to find a protein powder that does not contain sucralose. If you are looking for a basic protein powder with a delicious flavor, this is it! Highly recommended!
Great-tasting protein powder
March 29, 2016
I'm not a protein powder aficionado by any means so I can't tell you whether this one is better than any other brand of protein out there. But I use this to make protein shakes and smoothies and the vanilla flavor is really nice.
Makes great smoothies!
February 14, 2016
This is a quality whey protein product and I use it for smoothies, and it blends in without any problem. I have tried it with soy milk alone, and it does have a bit of an aftertaste, so I prefer mixing it with frozen fruits to turn it into a super healthy smoothie. I have one every morning! This is a good price for the amount of nutrients you get with this whey protein product, I highly recommend it.
Pure protein gives pure energy
August 16, 2015
Great protein powder. I recently tried the chocolate one and decided to give strawberry a try. They are both delicious and give me energy. I use 1 scoop with 8-9 ounces of soy milk after the gym. 1 container lasts me about a month which is good because I use it about 3-4x a week after a workout. Great company and great product.
It's the only protein powder I buy.
November 5, 2014
I really like this protein powder, tastes good and it doesn't have artificial sweeteners.
Artificial sweeteners make me very inflamed and my hands and joints hurt. My daughter likes the chocolate blended with a banana, a little peanut butter and almond milk. I prefer the vanilla, I either do a banana, pineapple and unsweetened coconut milk with ice or frozen strawberries, pineapple and unsweetened sparkling lemon water with a little stevia.
I have run the gamut of protein powders over the years, from soy to pea protein. I like this one the best, tastes good, easy to digest (for us) and doesn't inflame me. The prices go up and down on Amazon. I prefer to get them for under $20 with free shipping, but I will go up $22 if I'm totally out.
Oh yeah, this 100% natural has a short paragraph of ingredients. There is another version that has a much longer list of ingredients, I do not recommend that one.
Four Star Reviews:
August 14, 2017
Not bad. The taste is pretty good but it was really chalky. I put it in my bullet with a vanilla Greek yogurt and chocolate almond milk. Since I'm a vegetarian but not vegan I think when I finish my bag I'm just going to have Greek yogurt with some blueberries. It's on par with other chocolate non vegan shakes.
This stuff isn't bad. it's more gritty than whey but after the ...
January 20, 2017
This stuff isn't bad. it's more gritty than whey but after the first day or so you get used to it. the directions say to mix with milk or water but I can tell you right now that that is a HORRIBLE idea. I mix it directly into greek yogurt with fresh berries or a smoothie and the texture is much smoother that way. I also feel like you get a better sense of the flavor that way.
Love the product - it's the best
May 28, 2016
Love the product - it's the best. But minus one star because the pouch is the worst design ever. Trying to find the scoop is crazy. I decided to transfer the product to a container that is easier to store and use the scoop - but even pouring it out is a mess proposition which results in losing some of the precious protein powder. Would be so much better if it came in a canister like the other Vega products!
Best tasting of the bunch, still powdery. Wish it came in a larger size.
January 31, 2016
I hate the taste of most protein powders. Of all the ones I've tried, this is the best tasting of the bunch. I get the vanilla flavour as a base for my green smoothies and fruit smoothies, and I found that including a banana does the best job of masking the protein powder taste (that and having the smoothie as cold as possible!). I like that the pouch comes with a little scoop. If I could change one thing, it'd be to have the protein smoothie powder available in a larger size. I think this is the only Vega product that doesn't come in a large jar format. One pouch lasts me a little under two weeks (the package does say 12 servings.) Note while the pouch mentions no sugar added, the vanilla version IS sweetened with Stevia.
Berry Good Tasting
January 21, 2015
Vega Protein Smoothie actually taste good and does fill you up. I make mine with a scoop of the protein powder, three to four frozen strawberries, half cup of berry frozen yogurt and a cup of goat's milk, but honestly I think almond milk would taste better. The shake does provide me with energy and it does keep me full for several hours at a time. The reason I got the shake mix was because I was lacking energy and needing more nutrients in my diet as well as fiber. This surprisingly provides me with basic plant based nutrients.
Very summery & peachy!
May 2, 2013
Good flavor & great for helping to form an alkaline environment. I love adding this mix to enhance a whole food smoothie. I use a base of no sugar added Organic Pacific Almond Drink, a banana, apple, orange, and or fresh pineapple spinach and or kale & ice. The only draw back is that it's a bit gritty compared to their Vega Performance Protein Powder that NOW does NOT have hemp & is very smooth. I think maybe the hemp makes it a bit gritty? My husband uses this mix. He told me to rate it 4 stars for the quality & overall peachy taste!
I truly like this powder but it is less palptable than the ...
June 21, 2016
I truly like this powder but it is less palptable than the soy one I bought. I have to add fat free plain yogurt and soy or almond milk to drink it (at the least). Water only and I cannot choke this down. It smells great though! Very healthy too, I can't complain.
Tasty and nutritious! My only concern is that the ...
January 25, 2016
Tasty and nutritious! My only concern is that the container was less than half full when it arrived. I didn't actually weigh the contents, but I'm thinking it wasn't actually the full amount advertised.
Good protein for the price
September 17, 2015
This protein blends well and tastes good. I didn't find it at all chalky and it stayed blended in my Contigo while I worked out. Some I have tried separate while I'm at the gym and are gritty and gross by the time I'm done working out, which defeats the purpose. This one tastes way better with milk than with water though.
I liked this protein
January 12, 2015
I liked this protein, it's no full of chemicals, but is still whey. It has a good taste (a little watery), i mix it with almond milk and sometimes add fruit for a very good smoothie. Use it after my workouts or for a quick breakfast. Good price. Not sure if I will buy it again, cause i have got best results with other brands.
Good protein for the price, mix with water or milk.
October 18, 2013
I have used this with water for quite some time, it tastes about like any protein powder you mix with water, but if you drink it quick then it isn't too bad. If you mix it with milk it is good, but I normally try not to do that before a workout, milk and going to the gym don't mix. If you are someone who takes it after instead of before then milk is a fine choice as a mixing medium. This product seems to be exactly as advertised, I wish it would dissolve a bit better in cold water but hey nothing is perfect. I recommend this product.
Three Star Reviews:
Very sweet. I could never drink this alone
August 7, 2017
Very sweet. I could never drink this alone. I always mix a half of a scoop of this with a full scoop of the vanilla flavor from a competing brand of plant based protein drinks and a few strawberries or raspberries in my Ninja. The flavor is great but the artificial sweetness is too much to handle for me.
Good taste, but kind of chalky
July 19, 2017
Good taste, but kind of chalky. Mixed it with almond milk, and it was fine. It's much better in a fruit smoothie as a sweetener and protein boost.
This protein powder is SUPER sweet. No matter how much I dilute it ...
April 30, 2017
This protein powder is SUPER sweet. No matter how much I dilute it down, the saccharine taste comes through, overpowering all other flavors. I can't stomach it enough to notice much else.
Won't buy again
March 2, 2017
Despite the fact I like the ingredients and that it's vegan I won't buy this product again. That stevia taste is too strong and overwhelms any other flavor or ingredient, like in smoothies, and isn't enjoyable on its own.
January 23, 2017
Mixed it with water. Grainy feel in my tongue with weird after taste. I have raspberry which doesn't mask the real taste. Might taste better as a shake with milk. Not so crazy about it with water.
These powders were a good value as opposed to stores like Whole Foods or ...
March 13, 2016
These powders were a good value as opposed to stores like Whole Foods or Earth Fare. I use the Natural Flavor when adding Peanut Butter or Berries to my smoothies. The powders themselves aren't the smoothest that I've tried but I find that if I add extra ice, juice or almond milk it helps.
Not a fan of the taste
August 23, 2017
I got this because if was highly recommended by my sister, and while it's a decent size container...I'm not a fan of the flavor. I will admit that I am a little picky. But I've used shakeology and was able to hold that down.
Use with caution if allergic to ragweed.
June 7, 2017
I thought taste was fine and it mixed well in a USB powered blender cup. However, this formula is made with Stevia extract and after using it three times and becoming increasingly ill, I discovered that Stevia is from the ragweed family and I am allergic to ragweed. I had stomach bloating, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, horrible chills, high fever with sweating, then rash and itching all over my body. Every time I used it I would wait at least a month to use again. Third time the symptoms were horrible and I found out it was the Stevia. Just an FYI
All natural is cool but the taste is kinda meh and it upsets my stomach
October 28, 2015
It hurt my stomach and the flavor was kind of weird. I've only tried it in water and coffee (the coffee idea was good idea, but I could still taste a weird vanilla-ish taste.) I want to try it in soymilk to see if that would help. The flavor wasn't terrible, I actually liked it at first, but I think I started associating it with the tummy ache that would follow. I think I should try a half scoop in soymilk, I'm a petite female so maybe a full scoop is just too much for me. I did like that it was all natural.
Good deal, good taste
October 10, 2014
Tastes pretty good if that matters to you, good deal. I got this when tight on money and didn't regret the purchase at all. My blender recently died so I had to mix this stuff with a spoon, it can be pretty clumpy in that situation, but so can other powders.
A bit sweet but doesn't bother me much.
August 11, 2013
I've been using the chocolate pure protein mix for a couple of weeks now and I've really enjoyed the flavor mixed with peanut butter and a banana so I was curious as to how Vanilla would taste. Mixing the Vanilla pure protein and whole milk tasted too sweet for me and gave off flavor similar to raw cake batter. However, after i added a banana, some blueberries and yogurt it made the cake batter flavor much more mild. Overall, Vanilla isn't bad but I much prefer the chocolate mix. Also i would highly recommend you use a blender to mix the protein powder instead of a spoon, otherwise it will not mix well.
Two Star Reviews:
tastes not so good
September 7, 2017
Oh dear, I can drink pretty much any protein drink but this one was really bad, everyone in my family when I served it was like, What the... Mom!!
August 3, 2017
I really did not enjoy the flavor of this protein powder. I also felt nauseous after drinking this. I know that that's something that can happen with any supplement, but I've never experienced that with other protein powders I've used, so I think for me the nausea was brand specific.
I really don't like the taste of this stuff
June 16, 2017
I really don't like the taste of this stuff. You cannot use Vega powders with just water, they need to be mixed in with a smoothie to be tolerable. But even in a smoothie this flavor tastes horrible to me. Won't be buying again.
There are a lot of great benefit for this protein powder but the taste is ...
January 23, 2017
There are a lot of great benefit for this protein powder but the taste is so powerful that I cannot continue to use it in my smoothies. I've tried to mask it many ways but I can always taste it. If you don't mind the taste of protein powder, then you should do ok with this one.
Not for me!
October 4, 2016
I could not stand the taste- had a weird chalky flavor to it. I gave it 2 tries before tossing it in the trash. On the plus side, it did mix easily with cold water. I will stick to Scivation, Slim fast and BPI Sports.
it tastes pretty good. I wouldn't say its outright amazing but ...
February 1, 2015
I was very excited for this when I ordered it. I tried it once, it tastes pretty good. I wouldn't say its outright amazing but its pretty darn good for such a healthy product. It tastes great with vanilla almond milk. BUT only 20 minutes after I drank it I became very dizzy and had horrible palpitations. I haven't figured out what caused this yet. Some say it may be the Stevia. Usually stevia just gives me headaches. Beware if you have anxiety easily, this nearly gave me an panic attack. I had to lay down I felt dizzy and nauesous.It also seems to help things move along, I had to use the bathroom many more times than usual. But I wouldn't say thats a negative, it jwas just strange. It did burn my bum a bit though.All in all. I would be very careful when trying this product and only use the recommended serving.
Get something else
July 23, 2016
Hardly any taste. I added vanilla extract, cinnamon, mixed fruit, a banana, milk, and truvia and still could get no taste.It doesn't tastw bad, ot just doesn't taste.
Do not like taste of the flavoring in this product.
June 18, 2016
I do not like the taste of the flavoring used in this product. Even when I add fruit, I can still taste it. The flavoring overpowers the fruit. Will not buy again.
A Nice Finish of Yuck
April 21, 2015
This is the third protein powder I've tried and by far the nastiest tasting. There's something like a sugar substitute aftertaste to it that makes me do an "Ugh" face. As a frame of reference, MetRx Protein Plus Chocolate is my favorite taste wise, but I'm most a fan of Body Fortress Whey Isolate and will return to it.
Hard to mix
April 18, 2015
Not real easy to mix...I use a shaker blender, and it takes effort to get this stuff to break up.
Not What I'd hoped for
March 25, 2015
I have purchase Pure Protein products for several years, I purchased this tub of French Vanilla instead of the regular Vanilla Crème and I am not happy with the consistency of my frozen smoothies when I use it. It doesn't thicken up with the ice like the Vanilla Crème. The taste isn't terrible but I definitely prefer the Vanilla Crème.
One Star Reviews:
The prices kept going up every month so i cancelled my monthly subscription
September 4, 2017
Great shake so i chose the monthly subscription, the problem was that every month the prices would increase. So i change brands.
Chalky, chunky, chucked it.
August 16, 2017
I've not tried a lot of protein powders. I usually do Orgain products. I wanted to give this a shot because it was on sale. It's very chalky, chunky and not pleasant at all. I threw it out. I do not recommend.
Way too heavy on the stevia
July 22, 2017
EDIT: nope, can't do it. This stuff is terrible. Zero stars.This stuff is pretty disgusting. Very sweet and chemical tasting. I put a scoop in my oatmeal with some coconut milk and when I tasted it I thought I would throw up. Wanted to salvage my meal so added a cut up, very ripe nectarine and some water to dilute and was able to get it down. Two stars because I think I can figure out how use up the pouch- by using small amounts at a time and covering the flavor with fruit, nut butter, etc. Ingredients list is decent, but clearly too much stevia, and protein boost is nice. Will not buy again.
Sick to my stomach....
December 5, 2016
Made me nauseous. There is an artificial tropical taste. I'll stick with the other favors: chocolate, coconut almond, and chai.
September 9, 2015
I bought the "bodacious berry" flavor. It smells like fruity pebbles but the taste is completely overpowered buy a truly disgusting mineral-y flavor that lingers on your tongue well after you finish drinking it. I had to hold my nose to finish my one foray with this. I don't know if there are ideal ways to use this - I did not blend it, I shook it at work and I used a half scoop with juice. Horrible.
it was horrible for me
July 16, 2015
I have been doing protein shakes/smoothies for over 6 months and have been using a different name brand of protein powder. I purchased this item due to it's nutritional information and wanting to try a different flavor. The biggest problem I have had since going low carb/low sugar is that I can taste the chemicals in artificial sweeteners and even the chemical differences in alternative sweeteners. When I took my first drink of this, it was as if I had put a whole mouthful of chemicals in my mouth. I took one more drink thinking I could have been mistaken, but again, it was horrible for me.If you can tell the difference between the different sweeteners based upon their molecular make up, you will not like this product. The nutritional information test out to the positive but I will passing this package along to friends who cannot taste the difference in artificial sweeteners. Back to Fitmiss for me.
It tasted way too sweet and superficial
September 5, 2017
It tasted way too sweet and superficial. I would go with Orgain instead; it may taste bland with some people, but I would prefer that taste than what this powder tasted like. I had to blend it with Orgain to make it drinkable. Never again.
Formula Changes not Natural
August 31, 2017
The formula has changed. No longer isolate, instead a mix with mostly concentrate. Now sweetened with fructose, not Stevea. No longer subscribe and save with this product.
Caused stomach pain
August 14, 2017
My stomach was in major pain and bloating after the first shake!!! Ruined my day, I was perfectly fine and all of a sudden scene GI distress! What is in this stuff!?
Not full and terrible flavor
July 8, 2017
When I received this it was about 2/3 of the way full. This is the most terrible tasting protein powder I've ever had. Please save yourself the trouble and buy something else.
Even running it in a blender for a very long ...
May 16, 2015
Even running it in a blender for a very long time, the powder separates from the liquid in big nasty clumps.
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12 servings per container, 22g per serving
Each scoop contains 15 grams of complete, multisource, plant-based protein
The equivalent of two servings of veggies including kale, broccoli and spinach
Only 90 calories per serving with no sugar added
Vegan, Non-GMO; and free of dairy, gluten, soy, artificial flavors and colors
Loaded with 23 gramss of premium protein, each nutritious serving provides a low fat, great-tasting treat that can help fight temptation any time of the day
Naturally flavored French vanilla instantized whey protein mixes easily with water or your favorite beverage, and can help maintain immune health
Promote overall health