A while back, the folks form Vega sent me 5 packets of their new Energizing Smoothie mixes. They come in 5 flavors: Chocolate, Berry, Tropical Tango, Vanilla Almondilla, and Natural. I make smoothies pretty often, but I don't usually add anything like this to my smoothies. Over the years, I have tried a few mixes which usually turned my perfectly nice smoothie full of fruit into something weird-tasting and grainy. So, I wasn't that into them. But, lately I've been realizing that I need to be getting a bit more protein in my diet, and these seemed like a good and easy way to do that.
Good news - this is a really great product! No graininess and no weirdo tastes! Best of all, each packet has 10 g complete protein (pea, saviseed, hemp, & brown rice mixed - no soy!), 5 g of fiber, and 1 g of Omega-3. Each packet is about 90-100 calories, and they even contain the equivalent of 2 servings of veggies. Cool!
My usual smoothie recipe is something like: a handful each of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries (all from the freezer), and then some almond milk or soy yogurt for liquid. I actually went out and bought some bananas for these smoothies, which is a special treat since I only buy bananas once or twice a year. This was the smoothie I made with the Bodacious Berry flavor.
With each of the flavored packets, I had the issue that when I took my first taste of the smoothie, the taste of the flavor packet seemed really strong. But in each instance I felt like I got used to it by the second taste, and it wasn't an issue again. So, the flavor comes on a little strong (maybe that's good if you're not adding as much actual fresh fruit?) - but my palette adapted really quickly and I loved my smoothies. Absolutely no grainyness (yeah!) or weird aftertaste. You pretty much can't tell all that amazing nutritional goodness is in there at all.
I was a bit flummoxed by the Chocolate smoothie mix because I always turn to smoothies when I want to eat something that feels fruity and fresh... not rich and desserty. Plus, I had to make sure to pick fruits to add that would go nicely with chocolate. The chocolate flavor wasn't super strong, but it was pleasantly clear, even with all the fruit I added. I think maybe the chocolate packet would be a good one to try out just mixed with some almond milk - more like chocolate milk - for an easy nutritional boost on the go.
This was the smoothie I made with the "Oh Natural" flavor, and it was definitely my favorite. It had no detectable flavor, and no detectable texture. It was just my usual fruity smoothie with a whole bunch of extra goodness added in. After trying all 5 flavors, I am pretty much a total convert to this stuff, and I intend to buy some to add to all my future smoothies! I think I'll stick to the Oh Natural flavor, but I could definitely be happy with any of them. I'm so grateful to Vega for giving me a chance to check these out!!