Review: Gluten Free Protein Shakes



As a busy mom I sometimes need a quick mini-meal or something I can take on the go.  I try to choose things that have 10+ grams of protein to keep me feeling satiated for several hours.  I recently came across two new-to-me brands of protein shakes and I thought I would give them a try.

First, I tried Svelte organic vanilla protein shake.  I had scored this ready-to-drink free sample at the Gluten Free Expo this year.  They were being handed out by Wegman’s and I was excited to try it since I had seen it at the store but never had purchased it.  I had only seen it in 4 packs and protein shakes can be tasty or very, very bad and I didn’t want to take the risk.  This is why I love free samples!


  •  2:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein, though I wish it had a bit more protein
  •  6 grams of sugar – reasonable since a lot of protein shakes and other “healthy” drinks can be sugar bombs
  • 5 grams of fiber
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • I’m not a fan of the taste of stevia; however, I couldn’t taste it.
  • Smooth and not chalky at all!
  • Organic – a bonus!
  • Also comes in chocolate and cappuccino, which I have not tried but would love to.


  • Too sweet
  • Unappealing brown color – possibly from vanilla extract?  Not a deal breaker though.
  • Soy protein – while it’s a pro that it was organic protein I’m still on the fence over soy.  One day I read that it’s great for you, the next I read that it’s not.  For this reason I try to limit my exposure as much as possible and when I consume it, I shoot for organic.


Although there a lot of pros I probably wouldn’t buy it because it was just too sweet for me.  If I found myself at a convenience store and needed something quick I might consider buying a single serving in a pinch.

I also tried the Orgain organic vanilla protein shake.  This was in powder form and you could add your own milk or water.  I chose to mix mine with organic skim milk.  I got the free sample about a month ago when Orgain was offering it on their website (which it doesn’t look like they are any longer.)


  • Only 150 calories
  • 21 grams of filling protein
  • 5 grams of fiber
  • No added sugar
  • Organic – a bonus!


  • Sugar alcohol (erythritol)
  • Horrible aftertaste – probably from the erythritol
  • Too sweet
  • Very chalky


FAIL! (Sorry Orgain.)  I literally couldn’t drink it. I tried adding crushed ice to “water it down”/make it less sweet, but turned into ice cream of sorts.  It actually looked a lot like frozen banana ice cream if you’ve ever made that.  This made it taste less sweet but it still had a terrible aftertaste.  It was not as chalky, but still was chalky enough to deem it undrinkable.  Good thing it was free!

If you are still interested in seeing for yourself, even after my glowing review (hah!), their Facebook page is currently offering coupons.  I don’t know…maybe erythritol doesn’t bother you as much as me?

I had to eat something afterwards to get rid of the aftertaste.  I happened to choose a gluten free cookie.  Oopsie!  Even after that I could still kind of taste it.  Not worth it!  I had been excited to try it because it had pea protein and I’ve heard good things about that.  I hope this was not the reason it was chalky!

Has anyone else tried something with pea protein?  Was it chalky?

What are your thoughts on soy?

What brand is your favorite protein shake?  Powder or pre-made?


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