Drink Wholesome PB Chocolate Vegan Protein Powder

I have tried quite a few vegan protein powders. Most of them have not gotten a second look from me because I do not like the aftertaste of stevia. I find that I only like stevia in leaf form and not in powder form. I would rather items contain sugar. When I recently was contact by Drink Wholesome to provide an honest* review their vegan protein powder, I was a bit reluctant. Once I saw that stevia was not an ingredient I agreed to give the powder a try.

One of the things that caught my eye was that it was only 6 ingredients: chickpeas, peanuts, coconut, cocoa, sea salt, and monk fruit. Protein powders are generally filled with many ingredients that are often not things we would generally put into our bodies. I eat all of these ingredients with the exception of monk fruit. It is a fruit though, so I can support that! I was also drawn to the flavor. Chocolate and peanut butter? Yes, please!

My samples arrived and I tested them unsweetened soymilk. I did not follow the directions and tried to mix the powder with a spoon instead of using a shaker bottle or blender. Note to other users: follow the directions! This powder needs the force of a shaker bottle or blender to dissolve the clumps. Once I corrected the issue, I was able to enjoy the after workout drink.

I really enjoyed the taste! It was nice not to have the overpowering aftertaste of stevia. The drink was slightly sweet and tasted like chocolaty goodness! The powder does not have a lot of other vitamins and nutrients beyond protein and fiber, but that is okay with me. Soy milk has much of the added vitamins and minerals that I am looking for in a drink.

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Overall, I really like this product and would buy it as an after workout protein shake. The current price is about $25 (it is currently on sale) for 14 servings which makes it a tad more expensive than the other vegan supplements that I am able to find in stores. I compared it to a couple of other brands in pricing and it is about 30-40 cents more per serving with the sale price. Once the product returns to its original price of $28. However, I think that the whole and recognizable ingredients make this powder excel above the rest. The cost is worth it to me!

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Coconut Jerky, An Interesting Concept

I was very excited when I found coconut jerky on a vegan website. I am a huge vegan jerky fan and had to give it a try. I miss jerky as a vegan, but especially as a gluten freer. There is a brand on the market that I can find in local grocery stores, and I like them, but I am always looking for something new to try.

Product: Cocoburg Vegan Coconut Jerky, Original Flavor

Overall Grade: C

Pros:

  • It is a new vegan jerky.
  • The jerky is soy free and gluten free.
  • There are a few flavors to choose from.
  • They have a good chewy texture.

Cons:

  • They come in 1.5 oz bags. The bag did not have many pieces of jerky.
  • The bag is about 5.99 for 1.5 oz. That is a bit pricey! Especially if you have to pay shipping as well.
  • The flavor is odd. I expected them to be chewy, but I didn’t expect such a strong coconut oil flavor. I know the product is made from coconut meat, but I expected them to have more of a jerky flavor.
  • If you are looking for a jerky flavor, this is not your product. It was like eating chewy coconut. That might be your thing, but it was not mine–especially for 5.99 a pop.

 

 

 

 

 

Cocomels -or- The Case of the Disappearing Coconut

A few months ago, I was out of town and came across Cocomels in a little natural foods store.  Unfortunately, they had them in a bulk jar and didn’t have the ingredients labeled.  I had to pass, but was intrigued by the dairy-free caramels that actually looked like caramel.

 

photo credit: JJ's Sweets
photo credit: JJ’s Sweets

 

Fast forward to this week: I was wandering through The Fresh Market and saw small packages of Cocomels. They were a dollar off…$2.99 for a package of 6 Cocomels.  Since I like salty+sweet so much, I went directly for the sea salt ones.

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I found them a little hard to get out of the wrapper, which I guess is typical of soft caramel. The extra effort was not for nothing.  It tastes like…well, caramel.  It was every bit as creamy and chewy and perfectly sweet as I remember dairy caramel.  Surprisingly, I didn’t notice any coconut flavor at all. I thought they were pretty much perfect.

Oddly enough, I happened to be with some other folks that evening who were trying Cocomels for the first time.  Everybody agreed on the wonderful texture, but the findings on the flavor were mixed.  Those who like coconut didn’t taste it.  Those who don’t like coconut did.  Go figure.

The JJ’s sweets website says they also have chocolate covered caramels. I look forward to trying those next.  For you, of course.