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!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 myvega.com.
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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.