The good people at SocialNature and Orange Naturals sent me a full sized package of their ND Shake for women in vanilla flavour to try out.
So let's find out about the product before I tell you how my experience was. Orange Naturals (according to their website):
The shake mix I received to review is a nutrient-dense protein shake overflowing with vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients custom formulated for women's health. it is soy, gluten and nut free, vegan and specially developed by Canadian naturopathic doctors.
Its super easy to use: 2 scoops to 250ml (1 cup) of whatever liquid you choose. You are welcome to blend in any fruit you choose to enhance the flavour and you actually have two flavours to chose from: chocolate and vanilla.
They were also nice enough to send me loads of info on this particular product, along with others they offer. They also sent a chart which gave a lot of information about which items from nature are thought to help with common ailments. I loved it, and will definitely be using it as a reference guide, considering our family's slow shift to more natural foods and way of life in general.
So I tried it and... let's just say I have been trying really, really hard to find nice things to say about it. I know that often times what's healthy doesn't necessarily taste good, but I could not even finish one glass of this. It doesn't taste even remotely palatable to me. Maybe the texture and taste work for some people, people who enjoy those green energy smoothies that taste like grass to me. I, unfortunately, am not one of those people.
Just mixing it into milk with a spoon leaves a grainy, chalky, thick drink that leaves an aftertaste. No matter how healthy or good this is for my body, there's no way I can drink it every day. Do you remember when you were a kid and we had that powdered Nestle Quick chocolate milk mix? Remember how it never mixed in all the way and while you were drinking it you'd get bursts of chocolate powder? That was yummy. You get the same effect here - but in a totally anti-yummy way.
This is my attempt at mixing it in really well over the course of about 10 minutes. I was not very successful.
I did get a smooth consistency when I used the Nutribullet to mix it up. However, because the shake is so thick to begin with, when you use the bullet, you get almost a mousse texture - that is a strange mouthfeel, I'll tell you right now!
Nothing helped the flavour for me, either. I tried adding stevia, instant espresso granules, bananas, strawberries, and actual vanilla. Nothing helped. Each one was almost worse than the last.
Product Rating: 1 smile out of 5
Product Website: orangenaturals.com
Product Type: protein shake
Would I purchase?: no
Would I recommend?: no
ND Shake for Women in vanilla flavour was sent free by the good people at SocialNature and Orange Naturals.
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