Monday, June 16, 2014

Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Fit N Full Protein Shake and Shaker Cup Review

I got a box of health-related stuff to try about a month ago, including the Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Fit N Full Protein Shake, along with a shaker cup by the same brand. I received three flavors: swiss chocolate, french vanilla, and fresh berries.

I decided to try the chocolate one first, since I'm a bit of a chocoholic (and I usually don't like vanilla). As specified, I put 8 oz of cold water into the shaker cup, which is conveniently labelled with measurements. Then I added the chocolate powder, screwed the cap closed, and shook it for about a minute. It mixed quite well in the shaker cup. I was impressed. My impression of the taste, however, was not great. The initial flavor was good, but it was followed by a terrible, chemical aftertaste, leading me to believe there was a fake sweetener within. I checked the packet and sure enough, stevia.

Obviously some people consider stevia to be natural, and even like the taste. But to me, it tastes terrible and like chemicals, so I consider it a fake sweetener. I use the term liberally in this case.

Anyway, I couldn't finish it, and I didn't bother trying the other flavors. They all have stevia as well. I'll probably send them to my mother because she doesn't mind stevia. I'll keep the shaker cup as it might come in handy. It's sad because the taste would be great if it weren't for the stevia.

The short version: If you like stevia, you will love this. If you don't like stevia, you will hate this. I can't speak for its filling qualities, but the calories are low enough that for me personally it probably wouldn't keep me satisfied for long. The shaker cup is pretty awesome.


I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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