2019 Update – Alas, the parent company, Calnaturale, has folded and pulled Svelte Organic Soy Protein Shakes from the market.
Craving some Muscle Milk without the moo? Svelte to the rescue with their
four five flavors of organic soy protein shakes.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.