Today I am going to review my favorite protein/nutritional shake, Naturade Vegansmart All-in-one Nutritional Shake, but first let’s talk about how I came to have a favorite…
I never cared much for supplementing with protein until I got pregnant with my first and I was having a hard time getting enough protein and had to really keep track of my diet. I tried making shakes with whey protein powder and eating protein bars. I don’t know, but when I’m pregnant those things make me gag. Even not pregnant I’m not a huge fan. Maybe it’s the texture or the consistency or I just don’t like the flavor of the ones I tried. I haven’t tried a ton, so I am no expert, but this is my experience.
When I finally decided to take care of myself and start exercising, I knew I would need extra protein to help fuel my muscles. I started doing the 21 Day Fix and ordered chocolate Shakeology. Mmmmm. Can I just say… that stuff is yummy! A little pricey, but it wasn’t just protein… it had a ton of other good things in it to help you be your healthiest self. Then my friend found out it has green tea in it and we don’t drink green tea… caffeine and all that, so we started searching for something else.
We found Vega One, which had very similar nutritional value, was less expensive, and was vegan. This was right around the same time I started trying to limit my animal protein. I’m not vegan, I just think it’s healthier. Now Shakeology has vegan options, but the problem was the green tea… and the price. The Vega One was good, chocolate is definitely the best, not as good as Shakeology, but I felt good about the decision to switch and continue avoiding caffeine. If you don’t mind caffeine, then by all means feel free to try Shakeology.
Then one day, by complete accident I came across Naturade Vagansmart All-in-one Nutritional Shake. It had awesome reviews, awesome nutritional content, and was even cheaper than Vega One. I decided to try it.
Wow! SO GOOD! Seriously… this stuff tastes like cake batter. I’ve tried the chocolate and the vanilla and they are both amazing. My husband told me that sometimes it is the only reason he works out… so he can have his shake… and he is picky. He didn’t like Shakeology or Vega One.
It cost between $23-$26 on Amazon (depending on the flavor) for one tub of 15 servings. For a month supply, I get two and it costs less than $50, which is about half the price of Shakeology. Since my husband has started working out with me, we now get 4 tubs for under $100. So depending on how often you work out or how many meals you want to replace with it, will determine how much you need to get and how often.
What’s in it:
- 20 grams Non-GMO complete protein
- 6 grams fiber
- 22 vitamins and minerals
- Digestive enzymes
And so much more…
What’s NOT in it:
- Acesulfame K
- artificial sweeteners
- artificial colors
- artificial flavors
- artificial preservatives
It gives you gas. It’s true. After a few weeks of my body adjusting to it, it isn’t an issue for me anymore. My husband suffered this issue as well. I’m sure some people don’t experience this at all, but we did.
I love Vegansmart. I’m too lazy to take the time and blend up a shake with fruit and such, but you definitely can. All I do is mix it up in a shaker with almond milk and it’s perfect. Mostly I use it for post workout, but occasionally, when we’ve had a long day, I’ll have one for dinner, or I’ll substitute it for breakfast. It keeps me going and is super simple and I feel good about what I’m putting in my body.
Have you ever tried Vegansmart? What are your thoughts? What is your favorite protein or all-in-one shake and why?