Vega Protein+ Shakes: Ready-to-Drink & Dairy-Free!

TBA (sold in 4-packs & 12-packs)

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On March 2, 2017
Last modified:March 31, 2017


These ready-to-drink protein shakes are simply loaded with vitamins, mineral, plant-based benefits, and of course, protein. 20 whopping grams per serving, to be exact. I loved their merits and how wonderfully drinkable they are with just a slight powdery finish. In fact, they're far creamier than any protein powder drinkable blend I could make at home. The Vanilla is a good option for coffee-fans, with flavor notes that are a bit deeper than classic vanilla. The Chocolate offers a wonderful chocolate milk experience, but does have hints of stevia in the aftertaste.

Dairy-free, ready-to-drink, nutritional beverages are a frequent request. And I have a new one to add to the list, Vega Protein+ Shakes!

Vega Protein+ Shakes Review - plant-based, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free (Chocolate and Vanilla)

Quick Details on Vega Protein+ Shakes

Vega provided us with these hard and fast facts on the new Vega Protein+ Shakes:

  • Available in Chocolate & Vanilla flavors
  • 20 grams complete protein: multisource plant-based blend from pea, hemp, and pumpkin seed
  • Veggies and greens: ingredients made from leafy greens, green algae, and vegetables
  • 12 vitamins and minerals: At least 25% Daily Value (DV)
  • 3-4 grams fiber: 12%-16% Daily Value
  • 1 gram Omega-3 ALA: Essential fatty acids from flaxseed
  • Non-GMO Project verified, gluten-free, certified vegan

They obviously have many nutritional virtues! However, I would personally classify Vegan Protein+ Shakes as protein shakes rather than meal-replacement shakes. They are quite low calorie (170 per serving) and may not have enough in them to keep you charged and fulfilled for several hours.

Vega Protein+ Shakes Review - plant-based, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free (Chocolate and Vanilla)Above photos and packaging images from Vega

Tasting Notes for Vega Protein+ Shakes

To note, we trialed the Vega Protein+ Shakes chilled, so I can’t comment on how they taste warm, and completely on-the-go.

Vanilla – It had strong hints of vanilla in the scent, but also something else that I couldn’t quite pinpoint. The flavor was less vanilla than I expected, and actually had some caramel coffee-like notes. Tony liked it, since he’s a coffee fan, but I longed for more of that pure vanilla flavor. It was quite drinkable with a slight powdery finish. The greenish hue from the pea protein isn’t the most attractive, but if you drink it straight from the container, it won’t be noticed.

Vega Protein+ Shakes Review - plant-based, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free (Chocolate and Vanilla)

Chocolate – Usually I’m a vanilla girl, but the chocolate was my hands-down favorite. It goes down like rich but refreshing chocolate milk. But the finish does have a slight powdery feel and notable stevia aftertaste to remind you that this is a healthier, lower sugar convenience. That said, if you are a regular stevia user, it may be totally undetectable to your taste buds.

Vega Protein+ Shakes Review - plant-based, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free (Chocolate and Vanilla)

Despite the slight protein powder finish, both Vega Protein+ Shakes are smoother than and drinkable high protein blend I could whip up at home. They have a very fluid but creamy consistency that you might liken to flavored 2% or whole milk. And despite the sweet taste, they contain just 7 grams of sugar per serving! And for convenience, they’re sold in 4-packs and 12-packs.

Vega Protein+ Shakes Review - plant-based, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free (Chocolate and Vanilla)

The Facts on Vega Protein+ Shakes

Certifications: Vega Protein+ Shakes are Non-GMO Verified and Certified Vegan.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Vega Protein+ Shakes are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and 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 the Vega website at

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  3. I’ve looked all over for the number of vegetable/fruit servings per shake. The powder gives 6 vegetable/fruit servings per drink. But, I cannot find anywhere what the vegetable/fruit serving per ready-to-drink is. Can you help, please? Thank you.

  4. Anyone else experience terrible gas when drinking these??! I love them but WOW do they do a number on my stomach

  5. Huh. A quick look on their site showed that for 12 servings of this premade shake it was a good $10 cheaper (!?) than a tub of Vegan one protein powder with the same number of servings…..

  6. Vega is one of my favorite plant-based proteins! These look perfect to have on hand when you don’t have time to make a shake in the blender in the morning!

  7. I didn’t even know they had ready-to-use containers like this. Great for on-the-go. The powdery finish might be a bit of a turn off though. I’d definitely prefer the chocolate I think!

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