In a conversation with our dear friend, Dolly, of the Kool Kosher Kitchen blog we became aware of special dietary needs of some people who can’t tolerate milk protein but need a protein drink. They are hard to find. Most are milk based. This one has no milk protein, it’s dairy-free and has NO SUGAR, which is a prerequisite for us to recommend any food.
Taste and Texture
This protein drink is sweetened with stevia and monk fruit. While stevia is not my first choice of a no calorie, no sugar sweetener, it works in this drink. This flavor has a strong dark chocolate flavor that blends with the taste of the stevia. This is reminiscent of the chocolate milk made with Hershey’s Cocoa and sugar that our Mothers made when we were children.
It is thick enough to qualify as a “shake” and coats the glass when you turn it up. I’m really not a fan of the thin, watery protein drinks that are on the market right now. The thickness of this shake is more satisfying than those drinks. It’s smooth when you shake it well. Be sure to shake it vigorously for the smoothest texture.
Nutrition is where this product shines. It has 20 grams of plant based protein from pea protein and rice protein. I have come to really like pea protein. It is the protein in the Lenny and Larry’s Keto Cookie that we reviewed. It has a silky texture that is much more appealing to me than whey protein. While whey is an excellent protein, I personally do not like it. Most protein products have some sort of milk protein in them and since this one does not, it’s ideal for those of us who avoid dairy. It has no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, 0 grams of sugar and 24 vitamins and minerals. It makes an excellent portable pick-me-up for only 130 calories! It will be a staple in my lunch bag at work.
Price and Availability
I got this 4-pack straight off the shelf at Walmart, in the pharmacy on the bottom shelf where the protein bars are found. It’s hard to find, nestled among the other protein products but it’s worth it if you want a dairy-free, sugar-free protein drink. This is not a substitute for a fast food milkshake. It tastes like real food and it’s a great mini-meal. A lot of these products have to be ordered from an internet site, so finding this one quickly on the shelf in Walmart was a big plus for me. You get four shakes for $7.27 which is a bargain for enough nutrition to get me through a couple of hours at work. If you are looking for readily available, high quality protein with no dairy and NO SUGAR at a good price, you might want to give Purely Inspired Organic Protein Shakes a try.