Svelte Organic Soy Protein Shakes

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Product By:
Calnaturale
Version:
Chocolate, French Vanilla, Cappuccino, Spiced Chai, Banana Creme
Price:
$2.25 per 11-ounce single-serve; $2.99 per 15.9-ounce single-serve

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On December 28, 2015
Last modified:January 6, 2016

Summary:

Each variety is high in protein, low glycemic, dons an inspirational message, and has a milkshake-like flavor with a creamy yet still somewhat refreshing consistency. Even though soy-based beverages rarely hit my daily radar, I was pleased that these are made with organic whole soy. As for the flavors, I loved the French Vanilla and Spiced Chai (my only complaint was the slight stevia aftertaste). Tony drank them all with no complaints, but I'm betting the Chocolate and Cappuccino were his favorites. Those varieties also won over our good friends (who aren't dairy-free) and their son loved the Banana Creme.

Updated! Craving some Muscle Milk without the moo? Svelte to the rescue with their four five flavors of organic soy protein shakes.

Svelte Organic Soy Protein Shakes - Dairy-Free, gluten-free, vegan, and a light meal replacer. Flavors appeal to kids & adults! (pictured: Chocolate)

Each 11-ounce serving has 11 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and just 6 grams of sugars, yet they are rather indulgent in taste. And though we aren’t big soy consumers in our home, I love that Svelte Organic Soy Protein Shakes are not only made with non-GMO soy (it must be to be certified organic), but also with WHOLE organic soybeans rather than soy protein isolate (the true villain in most negative soy studies). I think many of you will also like that they are fortified with calcium (though there is some naturally occurring in the soy), vitamin D, vitamin E, Zinc, Riboflavin, and vitamin B12.

The motivational varieties of Svelte Organic Soy Protein Shakes include “hello beautiful” Chocolate, “looking good” French Vanilla, “just your style” Spiced Chai, “enjoy yourself” Cappuccino, and the newest “you’ve got appeal” Banana Creme. Not only did I sample each, but I was able to get the opinions of several tasters.

Svelte Organic Soy Protein Shakes - Dairy-Free, gluten-free, vegan, and a light meal replacer. Flavors appeal to kids & adults! (pictured: French Vanilla & Chocolate)

I think the most impressive thing about Svelte Organic Soy Protein Shakes is how much everyone loves them, dairy-free or not. Among our tasters, all asked to take a couple home, too, and they eat dairy! In fact, not only did a close friend and her husband really enjoy the the Cappuccino and Spiced Chai, but their son loved the Banana Creme! She was so happy to find such an easy, nutrient-rich convenience for him when they are on the go.

Each of the Svelte Organic Soy Protein Shakes is also very smooth and lightly creamy (like a 2% milk) with virtually no chalkiness that we noted – no easy feat for dairy-free high-protein drinks!

Svelte Organic Soy Protein Shakes - Dairy-Free, gluten-free, vegan, and a light meal replacer. Flavors appeal to kids & adults! (pictured: French Vanilla & Chocolate)

Svelte Organic Soy Protein Shakes are shelf-stable (with a resealable spout, so you can close them up and refrigerate if you only feel like half a serving), but I preferred them chilled, and Tony actually liked some of the flavors heated. Here are my tasting notes for each flavor:

French Vanilla – My personal favorite! Perfectly sweet with rich vanilla notes and darn close to addicting if not for the light stevia aftertaste, which sort of puts an end to that wonderful lingering vanilla goodness.

Chocolate – The one Tony reached for again and again, though he made it into a hot protein chocolate several times. I’m not as much of a chocolate addict, but thought this had a pleasant taste that was definitely reminiscent of traditional chocolate milk.

Spiced Chai – My second choice, with pleasant warm spices adding flavor and intrigue. Like the vanilla, it had a faint stevia taste, but I admit that I’m happy to swap that for too much sugar.

Cappuccino – Since I’m not a coffee fan (at all!) I was surprised that I didn’t hate it. It was mellow with just enough sweetness and creaminess to cut the typical harsh cappuccino taste. Of course, all of the coffee lovers adored this one.

Banana Creme – I love bananas, but this was a little too “sweet banana-y” for me. Plus, I thought the stevia aftertaste was strongest in this one. But, as mentioned, it was a big hit with our youngest taster.

Svelte Organic Soy Protein Shakes - Dairy-Free, gluten-free, vegan, and a light meal replacer. Flavors appeal to kids & adults! (pictured: Chocolate)

To note, my friend, and a personal trainer, Lori, originally reviewed Svelte Organic Soy Protein Shakes for Go Dairy Free years ago, proclaiming them rich and creamy. Her sweets-loving side adored the delicious flavors, but her fitness side was fond of the high protein, low glycemic load, and feel good messages. I agreed with her that they are a great dairy-free fitness recovery drink, but I’ve enjoyed these organic soy protein shakes more as an afternoon pick-me-up, because they are just a tad too sweet for my post-workout taste buds.

Svelte Organic Soy Protein Shakes - Dairy-Free, gluten-free, vegan, and a light meal replacer. Flavors appeal to kids & adults!

Certifications: Svelte Organic Soy Protein Shakes are Certified Organic, Certified Kosher Parve, and Certified Gluten Free.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Svelte Organic Soy Protein Shakes are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit Calnaturale’s Svelte website at www.drinksvelte.com. To find them, Svelte Organic Soy Protein Shakes are sold in stores, but you can also order them on Amazon.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

14 Comments

  1. I have diabetes type two.
    Are these shakes safe & low in sugar?
    Do you know the sugar content?
    I am lactose-intolerant, have anti-reflex, diabetes 2, and Irritable Bowel Disorder IBS.
    Will these shakes cause problems with any of these conditions?
    And last is this a meal replacement or a snack?
    I need weight loss.
    Thanks, Tina

    • Hi Tina, I always provide a link to the company’s website in every review. Please direct your questions to them and to your physician, as these are out of the scope of what we can help you with.

  2. I haven’t tried these in quite some time, but I too was disappointed by the sharp stevia aftertaste- and I usually don’t notice that, since I use stevia all the time. Guess I should give these drinks a second chance!

    • Yes, I don’t think my sensitivity to stevia has dulled (I seem to still taste it in things that others don’t!) but did find it to be a little less sharp this time around – particularly in the Vanilla. Still notable, but not so much. Of course, it works well when blended with a frozen banana regardless 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for offering this reviews. I am in love with Ensure Plus because it helps me to mantain a healthy weight. When I don’t drink it for 2 weeks I lose weight and everyone thinks I’m sick.

    I’ve been a vegetarian for the past 6 months and now I’m becoming vegan. I was so frustrated because I couldn’t find a substitute for Ensure Plus, but today I discovered Svelte.

    I was reading the reviews of the other protein shakes and I have a question:

    Which one do you recommend the most for people who tend to lose weight?

    The Komplete, maybe?

    Thank you so much for everything you do to keep us dairy-free.

    Blessings,

    Laura J.

    • Hi Laura, I’m so glad that you are finding my reviews helpful! I wish I could answer your question, but that ventures into medical advice, which I cannot give. I would discuss with your physician what nutrients you are missing that cause you to lose weight without the Ensure and then choose a shake with enough of those specific nutrients for you. Everyone is different!

  4. Hi Alisa,

    I have always heard bad things about soy. I even steer clear of them when I exercise. Is organic soy different? Is Svelte protein drink a different kind of soy protein. I guess I was thinking since it was organic it might be different. Since I am lactose intolerant ( more milk protein than lactose) I use Plant Head as my protein. But I would really like a protein drink that is already mixed up. I saw a drink today while in a vitamin store. It was called Orgain Protein Drink. I looked it up on the internet and it didn’t say it was dairy free but I could swear the one I saw at the store was dairy free. Have you heard of this. Sorry for all the questions. I already have your book and love it.
    Hope to hear back from you,
    Nicki

    • Hi Nicki, organic soy will be non-GMO. The negative studies that have some out on soy are on soy protein isolates, not whole soy, which this drink is made of. That said, I still believe in moderation.

      I have seen orgain online, but not in stores as of yet. They do have milk-based shakes and vegan (dairy-free) shakes, so that might be where the confusion has come from.

      Thank you so much – I’m glad you enjoy Go Dairy Free!

  5. My 61/2 yr old has a milk allergy and lacks certain vitamins & proteins in his diet because of it. He’s a healthy kid and good size/ weight. He had one of your shakes and luvvvvs them. Is it kid friendly?? Could he benifit from drinking this every now and then? He plays sports too energy boost?
    I can cont find any reviews on whether it’s good for kids as well ?? It is organic & non gmo!;)
    Please let us know as he’s wanting more but need to know if this is safe to give kiddos?;)
    Thx

    • Hi Bree, this is a third party review, we don’t work for the company. I think it would depend on if you feel comfortable giving your son a protein shake, but you will want to contact the company directly with this inquiry.

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