Protein Powders I Have Loathed: Vega One Vanilla ChaiĀ 

Potpourri. No. Seriously. That’s what this both tastes and smells like. I like a chai latte once in a while and this is… not that. It does somehow avoid the weird chalky texture of the Vega Protein and Greens, so maybe the straight vanilla version of this will be better? But yeah. This is like blending and guzzling your Christmas Cinnamon Dreams Spice candle and maybe that’s your thing but it sure isn’t mine. It also got weirdly thick in the 40 minutes it took to drive to work. Like milkshake thick. 

I have questions. 

Calories: 170

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Protein Powders I Have Loathed: Raw Organic Fit

This one has another odd aftertaste and I can’t put my finger on what it is. It is almost like cinnamon but not? There’s still fake sugar and vanilla, but it is less cloying than Vega. It mixed up fairly well. I dumped most of it into a smoothie after I tasted it mixed in water, and it is fine when mixed with fruit or kefir. It is meant for weight loss but it doesn’t do much for hunger after more than an hour or so. 

It has 170 calories so I guess it is nominally a meal replacement. 

Verdict: it tastes fine, mixes well, but doesn’t do much for hunger. 

Stay tuned for aaaaaaallll of these things. I bought $80 in supplements at Sprouts on Friday because they were 25% off. 

Protein Powders I Have Loathed: Sprouts Vegan Vanilla

I take back every complaint I had about Vega Protein and Greens. I am so sorry. This is worse. This is so. much. worse. It is chalky and tastes kind of like Playdoh smells and it is just terrible. Their vanilla whey was by no means perfect but it was very drinkable. This is just bad. I think the aftertaste may be that heavy-duty Stevia that Vega doesn’t completely mask but at least drowns out.

Followed instructions on packet and mixed with 8oz of water in a Blenderbottle.
Calories: 120
Taste: awful

Facial expression:

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Protein Powders I Have Loathed: Sprouts Whey Protein

Vanilla flavor again. This was an impulse purchase because they sell single serve packets in the checkout line. Drank it mixed with water in a blender bottle and it is the same as any vanilla flavored whey I’ve ever had. No weird Stevia aftertaste and no chalky texture problem like the Vega had. It mixed up pretty easily. 

90 calories per serving when mixed with 4 oz of water. 

Cost: $2 for a single serve packet, will look into a full container of it

Rating: Would consume again if in checkout line at Sprouts

I bought a vegan version as well so that will be tomorrow’s test. Stay tuned!

Protein Powders I Have Loathed

In my ongoing quest to discover if there are ANY protein powders that aren’t terrible, I’m going to keep a list here of all the brands and types I’ve tried.

First up:

Vega Protein and Greens Vanilla

Taste: Stevia. Just a ton of Stevia. And chalk. Mix with plain yogurt and frozen blueberries in a blender and it is actually pretty drinkable.

Side Effects: None I’ve noticed yet

Weight lost while drinking: 2.5 lbs in 2 weeks while drinking it as a smoothie for breakfast

Recipe I use for this powder:

1 scoop Vega Protein and Greens
1 cup milk
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1 tbsp hemp hearts (optional)
1/2 to 1 cup blueberries

Put everything in a blender and pulse it a bit until you get your preferred consistency. This will keep for a few hours without separating. I haven’t tried leaving it overnight. You can also mix in some oatmeal while blending for more fiber.