I found this Rockin’ Protein Builder produced by Shamrock Farms while I was out and about this afternoon. I normally do not buy these premade drinks, but I am always curious when I see a brand I have not noticed before. I prefer protein drinks that I mix myself, but these premade drinks can be quite handy when you need a quick nutritional pick me up during your busy day. Though some of these premade drinks can taste horrendous, I found Rockin’ Protein Builder had a pleasant taste without any of the nasty aftertaste you get from some premade drinks which are artificially sweetened.
My initial impression with Rockin’ Protein Builder was kind of neither here nor there, the flavor did not wow me. That being said, the flavor was not off putting as some of these drinks can be. Especially the ones sweetened with stevia and or Acesulfame potassium. Of course, this is just a matter of personal preference in taste. While I am not opposed to artificial sweeteners in some foods and drinks, I find that most of them can be completely terrible tasting for my palate. You might think differently. Rockin’ Protein Builder is sweetened with sucralose which is the same thing as the brand name Splenda.
I wish the chocolate flavor in this protein drink was a little more pronounced since it was borderline of becoming bland. However, it is far from the worst tasting chocolate I have ever consumed. At about $2.00 for a 12 ounce bottle, I would buy this one again, especially if it was either this or Muscle Milk which I find to be the most awful tasting protein drink I have ever consumed.
This protein drink is thick and filling, but the drink almost feels like it is made straight from cream which is one of the main ingredients. If you have ever tried a taste of straight heavy cream, you will know exactly what I mean about the texture. It is thick and will coat your mouth and throat for a little bit. Your throat will almost feel as if it has been slimed. Some will like that, some will not. It is all a personal preference.
A 12 ounce bottle of Rockin’ Protein Builder supplies 190 lactose free calories per serving – none of which are from added sugars – that is a huge bonus to me. Total fat content is only 4 grams, with only 2 grams being from saturated fat. Total carbohydrates are only 12 grams total, but come in at 8 grams net when you subtract the 4 grams of dietary fiber. Lastly, this protein drink provides you with 30 grams of protein which is a good amount for a post workout drink.
The bottom line:
While I do not buy these premade protein drinks often, I will sometimes get one to hold me over until dinner if I am away from home. This drink is not bad, but it is not anywhere near being the best I have ever consumed. I would quickly choose this one over any others that I either know that I do not like, or a brand that I am not familiar with. The only exception is if I am trying it to review. For only about $2.00 a bottle, this brand is worth a try, you might enjoy it more than myself.
They also have a vanilla flavor protein drink which I will try sometime soon, as well as strawberry too.
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