Alisa Fleming ~ I consistently get asked about dairy-free meal replacers, so I jumped for joy when I found Amazing Meal. It is not only dairy-free, it is also soy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, raw, organic, and vegan! It comes in four flavors, Original, Pomegranate Mango Infusion, Chocolate Infusion, and the one that I had to have, Vanilla Chai.
I have been a fan of Amazing Grass SuperFood powders for a few years, so while I was eager to try this mix, I also had fairly high expectations in place. Fortunately, the product delivered, and is now my top Amazing Grass pick.
As an initial test, I tasted just a touch of the powder straight. They do use a little stevia to sweeten, and it was a little bit too pronounced for me (I’m definitely a stevia super-taster), so I knew simply mixing it with water or milk alternative (per the directions) wouldn’t fly. Instead it became the star component of a very basic breakfast shake … a good-size portion of frozen banana chunks (about 1 to 1-1/2 large bananas), 1 scoop of Amazing Meal (they are rather large scoops), and some unsweetened hemp milk to the consistency I was looking for … which was thick and spoonable.
The shake was perfect. The flavors melded beautifully, and the sweetness was a delightful morning treat without being over the top; no additional sweetener required. With the banana, this did qualify as a meal for me, and kept me going for a solid three hours without the least bit of hunger.
With just milk alternative, the Amazing Meal would only be about 150 to 200 calories … definitely not enough to fuel me for more than an hour. Nonetheless, if the stevia taste works for you, then I could see just the Amazing Meal / liquid blend working as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up at work or for recovery after a workout.
As a meal replacement, the nutritionals are pretty stellar I think. Each scoop offers 10 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, only a wee bit of fat, and less than 1 gram of sugar. It also packs in a healthy dose of Vitamin A (all beta-carotene), Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Vitamin B12.
As for the whole food ingredients, the Vanilla Chai is broken down as follows:
I frequently start my day or re-fuel mid-morning with a basic banana smoothie, and this was the perfect component to round it out. I plan to enjoy it for many more breakfasts, perhaps branching out into the other flavors … just perhaps.
Third-party review by Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org, blogger at Alisa Cooks, and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications, with an emphasis on creating recipes for various types of special diets.