I was excited to try these protein shake samples received in my#GoVoxBox from Influenster.
Having used Whey protein shakes in the past to help manage my weight and blood sugar levels, I am hypoglycemic. I also used them as nutritional supplements for my mother when she was struggling with cancer and unable to eat. There are many benefits to protein supplements and they come in a variety of types and flavors. Even weight loss brand names have gotten in on the hype - Weight Watchers and Adkins.
Having used many different brands in the past and tried almost every flavor, I have learned that I am not a fan of most flavors besides chocolate. That being said I started with the flavor I usually like least. Just like our mother's used to tell us when there was something on our plate we didn't like... eat it first. I mixed up half of the vanilla one as was instructed with water, not milk as many other brands of protein supplements suggest. One sip and I had to throw it out. It was bitter and very watery.
On to plan number two. Taking the remaining vanilla mix, I mixed in some frozen peaches and a little milk to make it more like a smoothy. Again, I ended up throwing it out after one sip.
Having confirmed my absolute dislike for the vanilla I moved on to the chocolate. This time however, I started with skim milk instead of water, and a little ice for thickness. I was sure I would like this one. Just about every other brand of protein shake I've ever tried I liked in the chocolate flavor. However, after the first sip I was ready to toss it. Instead, I let it sit for a few minutes and cleaned my palate with some water just incase I was still tasting remains of the vanilla and/or peach, then tried again. Still no improvement. After trying a few more sips just to be sure I came to the conclusion there was no possible way I could finish the shake. The taste of these shakes was just too horrible.
I've used several different brands of Whey protein and diet supplement shakes to include both Weight Watchers and Adkins among others from our local health food store. The#NextStepShakes have a bitter taste that lingers on the tongue. I could barely swallow the first sip much less an entire 8oz. After completing the taste tests and cleaning up the kitchen I still had this lingering bitter taste in my mouth and coating my tongue and I had to go brush my teeth thoroughly.
While I appreciate the samples sent through the #Influenster #VoxBox program and the cooperation with #VitaminShoppe and #NextStep, this is one product I will not be purchasing.