One of the hardest parts of being a new vegan (or even an old seasoned vegan) is trying to keep up with all the new products out there. I must have spent over $50 looking for the "right" vegan cheese my first year being a vegan and I have over 50 vegan/vegetarian cookbooks in my arsenal but not all the recipes are the greatest. I’m the first born so I’m used to being a Guinea Pig and now I’m your Vegan Guinea Pig. So here are my recommendations and critiques. Let me know what you think!

Monday, November 5, 2012

New Product Review: Calnaturale Svelte

I love a good grab and go shake or drink, especially one that requires no mixing, is high in protein and is a good source of calcium, vitamin D and the all important vitamin B12. Calnaturale's new line of on the go shakes have all this and more! Unfortuantely, this will be a very short review because Calnaturale Svelte shakes include one thing that I cannot stand in a shake, drink or anything else that I taste - stevia.

I wanted to love these portable nutrition powerhouses so much but I couldn't get past 2-3 sips without gagging and finally throwing every flavor I had out. I truly don't blame the company but my own taste buds. I absolutely abhor stevia in every way shape and form. I've tried my best to like products it contains and do this to cover up it's horrific taste but to no avail.

However, if you like stevia I think these drinks might be perfect for you. As I said before, they are nutritional powerhouses filled will all the good stuff a heatlhy vegan needs (inlcluding zinc, vitamin B12, calclium, vitamin D, riboflavin and protein) with only 260 calories for a 16 ounce bottle. If anyone out there has tried this product and absolutely loves it please let me know! I'd love to hear the perspective of someone who loves stevia because I truly believe you would love this product too!
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