I ran out of soy milk this morning. I thought I might open a protein shake and use it as "cream." (I do this often -- particularly with vanilla RTD shakes or others that I have tried and did not enjoy and do not want to waste.)
I realized I have six of these "Believe" Protein Drinks in the fridge for review. I poured half into my coffee and the rest into a glass for review.
Believe Protein comes from Bariatric Eating -- and is described as -
"You have never tasted anything quite as delicious as Believe, our new ready-to-drink sensation. Smooth and delicious coffee lattes filled with healing protein & natural energy – packed in premium glass bottles, they’re a pleasure to sip.
The nutrition -
120 calories, 0 fat, 5 carbs, 3.5 grams of sugar. Pretty damn good stats!
What's in it?
I shook the bottle, violently, because the bottom was all chocolaty. (The photo is post-shaking.) I popped the top and the label started coming completely off, so I had to get the camera before I had a nude glass bottle.
I poured half into my coffee - and the rest into a glass. The sniff test? Gah. Same reaction I got last time to a very similar product with a different label. (I have been told that it's not the same product -- and also that it is, so it's up to you to read the labels and make your choice.)
Edited to add: After an hour or so... I think I have decided that it's not -- at least this product WAS changed. My reaction to this taste was vile, whereas to the previous product, I didn't make a sour face.
This particular flavor the ready to drink protein coffee has a unique odor. Though, it might be described as coffee milk - remember that syrup from when you were a kid? Did you have that coffee syrup -- or was it a regional thing?
The taste is also not unlike coffee milk. The initial flavor is okay, super-sweet and milky, and then it's a bit sour and protein-y.
Do you recall that short stint of SUGAR FREE MOCHA that Starbucks had? It was a sugar free syrup that they used and discontinued very quickly. It's THAT chocolate flavor that I am tasting, suspended inside protein. The Believe is not even too far off of the bottled Starbucks Light Frappucinno drink, but with added protein texture and after taste. If you're a fan of the 'bucks drink - this might please you, perhaps if you added a shot of espresso to it -- or a VIA packet?
The texture, it looks super smooth, aside from the chocolate lumps that were stuck to the bottom and top. You can tell this is a protein product. There is a bit of a powdery or grainy texture to it. (I noted it with the other product too.) You can feel it on your tongue.
On it's own, I cannot drink it. It's sitting here, lonely in it's glass.
I only have one bottle, so I won't be attempting protein recipes with it - but if I had a CASE - I would take this - put it in the blender with ICE, a VIA PACKET, unsweetened cocoa powder, and a shot of sugar-free syrup in mint.
Now, to be fair in advance, because this is a privately labeled product that I have tried other flavors of, I think this is the WORST of the flavors, if it IS the same product, or at least damn near exact. I honestly enjoyed other flavors, so I will review those as well and let you know.
But this Mocha Latte, nothankyouverymuch.
This was about an hour later - I let it sit - the chocolate sunk again.
Also - it may be important to note -- I hated other bottled coffee protein drinks - remember achievOne?
- Product - Believe Protein Drink in Mocha Latte
- Via - Bariatric Eating, now available at some local retail shops
- Price - $27.99-$34.99
- Pros - 120 calories, 0 fat, 3.5 grams of sugar, 5 carbs, good proteins, RTD, comes in other flavors, Italian Cappuccino, Soothing Chai Tea, or Vanilla Creme Brulee
- Cons - Smell aversions. Protein mouth feel. Ruined my coffee.
- Rating - Pouchworthy, (this flavor...depending on your personal TASTe)
- Related reviews -
- Bariatric Advantage's ProJoe Review
- Click Espresso Protein