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It is really good--if you blend it with bananas!
on July 13, 2011
I have been on Amazon and other sites for a day and a half now reading all the reviews on vegan protein (the main three brands--this one, Sun Warrior and Vega). I too, was hesitant to try it, but I went to my local health food store and bought a couple of the sample packets to try. I honestly think it is really really good! Here's a little background on me and what helps: I have a Vita Mix, which I think is essential, or at least a blender, but a Vita Mix will turn any graininess into something smooth (anyone who has one probably knows what it will do to cashews). It took me a while to learn how to make and drink a decent green smoothie as well, so I have consumed green things and stuff that many people do curl their noses at, including raw brownies which I thought were good, but someone used to eating crap thought it tasted like crap.
First, I really think if you are someone who is used to highly sweetened and artificially flavored processed foods, you may not like this. But if you are someone who has experimented with making interesting healthy concoctions or someone who's dabbled with a raw vegan diet and green smoothies, I really think you will find this pleasing. Now, I've only made this once, but all I did was put about 10 oz or so of water in my Vita Mix, add some frozen bananas (which may have equaled about 1 1/2 bananas), started blending, then added the whole packet of Raw Protein (which I believe is the full 22g 2 scoop serving) and maybe a little more water to get the consistency that I wanted. I waited with bated breath until it was blended and creamy and then I tasted it and wouldn't you know, it's pretty darn good! To me, made this way, it tastes like banana flavored baby cereal.
I was tempted to add in more fruit, but I really wanted to see what the least amount of fruit was that I could make this with and have it taste decent. The banana made it sweet enough for me and maybe it was ever so slightly chalky, but to me, I hardly noticed it. I found it to taste way better than whey protein, which to me has a sour milk kind of taste. Now, this is the first totally vegan, non-soy kind of protein that I've tried, but I think it's darn good. I can see adding a little raw cacao powder to it and maybe like I think someone else suggested, adding a little almond butter or organic peanut butter just for something different, but really, you need to blend it to get rid of whatever graininess it may have and bananas to me have such a strong flavor that they are very good at masking other flavors.
So, that's it. Buy some samples and experiment with it. I'm going to try adding cacao next and maybe some peanut butter, but I'm perfectly happy with how this came out with just bananas. It kind of happened that way with my green smoothies--at first I was putting in all this stuff and making them so complicated and it got to the point where bananas and spinach or bananas and kale with maybe a couple berries tasted great.
Update: I tried it again this morning (in my Vita Mix) with a couple tablespoons of raw cacao powder, frozen bananas, and a little bit of agave (which is all I had), but honey would be better and it was really really good, almost delicious! Plus, I have had absolutely no gastrointestinal issues whatsoever (not even one little gurgle) and I was worried about that because I have poor digestion although I did still take a digestive enzyme with it, but still, if something is going to react badly with me, the digestive enzyme won't always help. I feel light, but satiated with a nice amount of energy from this. I'm pretty excited about this protein powder and I'm also hoping that it will help me quit my morning coffee habit! I think adding the cacao powder made it really good and gave it a mocha kind of flavor, but again, I put it in my Vita Mix, so I really think a blender of some sort is necessary with this. Later I think I'm going to try a little bit of orange juice and bananas and see how that is, but to me, the powder itself has a tiny bit of a nutty flavor, so mixing it with things that go with nuts is probably better. But certainly, this is far from being horrible tasting if it's blended with other things, but I can definitely imagine that just mixing it in water in a glass would be fairly distasteful. For those without a blender or for using it "on the road," I would suggest mixing it in orange juice or apple juice and using some sort of shaker cup or container with a lid.
Additional update: This stuff is awesome! I have started to blend it with a little coconut milk, a couple pieces of frozen bananas, a whole fresh banana, raw cacao and a little mesquite powder (adds sweetness and a caramel/malty flavor) and it is so good that I truly do crave it. Another fantastic combo is coconut milk, bananas, and frozen mangoes or really, any frozen berries and bananas is really good. I did try it in a shaker jar with just some coconut milk and cacao powder and it was a little lumpy--not that I couldn't drink it if I had to, but for the best experience, throw it in the blender with your favorite stuff and enjoy!
***One more additional update for those who do not have a blender--I had a morning when I was in a hurry and didn't have time to use my blender, so I just mixed this with vanilla almond milk (I use unsweetened, but for those who like things sweeter, use a sweetened one) and it was pretty darn good. The smoothness and flavor of almond milk blends perfectly with this and reminds me of baby cereal, so for those who can't use a blender, just try almond milk and I think you'll be fairly pleased.