In branching out from my regular Spiru-tein High Protein Energy Meal Simply Natural Original Vanilla Protein Powder Review, I found this flavor - and let me tell you, it's definitely unique. At $1.49 for a single-serving packet, it was an easy way to test the flavor. I'm not saying I don't like this flavor - I actually really like it. It's got a rich, banana flavor that is surprisingly delicious. I wonder what it would taste like with real bananas in a smoothie ...
Remember Laffy Taffy? Remember the banana flavor? If you were like me, you liked this flavor, not because it tasted like real bananas (which I don't particularly care for), but like an improved (okay, artificial) flavor of bananas as only Laffy Taffy could render. That's sort of what Spirutein Simply Natural Banana Protein Powder tastes like, only they use 'natural' banana flavor.
Each scoop (or packet) provides 80 calories, no fat, 1 gram of fiber, 14 grams of protein, and 9 grams of sugars. There is also 100% of the daily value for vitamins A, C, D, E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, folic acid, B12, biotin, iodine, zinc and pantothenic acid, 30% for calcium and selenium, 25% for iron and molybdenum, 20% for phosphorus and magnesium, 15% for chromium, and a whopping 250% for manganese.
One of my favorite protein-rich shakes is Nature's Plus Spirutein Simply Natural Vanilla Protein Powder. I like that it's not sweetened, so I can customize it to my level of comfort, and the vanilla taste is quite pleasing. When I saw a single-serving packet of Spiru-tein Simply Natural Peaches & Cream Protein Powder, I decided that it was the perfect time to try a different flavor. I picked up a pack for $1.49, which was a slightly costly but less risky opportunity to get my Spirutein fix.
I mixed my packet up with a little less than 3/4 cup of water because I like a thicker shake. I was a bit weirded out by the color, as was my boyfriend, who asked me right away, "What IS that??" Still, the smell was delightfully peachy, and I hoped for the best.
I took a bite and quickly discovered that the one packet of sweetener I had put in was just not cutting it. I added another and was more satisfied with the taste. Still, this flavor can only be described as artificial - this is peaches & cream the way it would taste if gummy peach rings married some heavy, not-quite-natural milk product. It was definitely a little too much for me.
I'm a big fan of protein powders, for their nutrition as well as their versatility. The problem is some protein powders pack in hundreds of calories per serving. Not so with Nature's Plus Simply Natural Protein Powders. Each 32 gram serving of these unsweetened powders has just 80 calories. There are a few different flavors of the unsweetened stuff including Vanilla, Chocolate, Banana, Peaches & Cream, but the Vanilla flavor is my favorite.
Spiru-tein High Protein Energy Meal Simply Natural Vanilla Protein Powder is not sweetened so this allows you to add as much (or as little) sweetness as you like and in whatever form you want (Splenda, sugar, etc.). It tastes absolutely delicious when you add just a little bit of Splenda and it also combines well with other flavors, so it can be used in shakes as well as in oatmeal, pancakes, etc. I use this stuff all the time to add some additional protein and vitamins to my meals, so much so that I buy it from Vitacost.com for $23.27 for 1.63 lbs (way down from the suggested price of $36.75) plus shipping and handling. This is a worthwhile investment to me because it lasts for a long time (each 1.63-lb container has 32 servings).