Not too bad
I can't lie, the product does taste different from what I remember it tasting like last. The vanilla hint is definitely there, but it is a little more chalky than what I last had. It's low calorie with moderate carbs! If I blend it, I just add a banana. If I shake it, I will just use a little greek yogurt. The taste was reasonable enough for me to want to modify/ tweak it a little bit. I will be looking for something that taste a little better though.
This Is a Great Product
I had been using Natures Way Metabolic Reset hunger control shake for several years until it was discontinued recently. I went searching for a replacement and decided to try Garden Of Life Raw Organic Fit protein for weight loss. I really like the taste. It is delicious with unsweetened almond milk. I would recommend to anyone searching for an all natural meal replacement shake. You won't be disappointed.
(See previous reviews!) Bad News, but (Hopefully) Good News
I just got off the phone with "Garden of Life", Product Support @ 866-465-0051. Spoke with a representative and she was extremely helpful and interested in what I had to say about this product. If you read the review of "Twister" above, it is spot on. I called Garden of Life to tell them something was VERY different in my new batch and it wasn't good. She informed me that last September they had ADDED organic PEA FIBER to improve texture and palatability. Well, it didn't work on the palatability at all. It did not taste anything like the original one I fell in love with and looked forward to every single morning for years. My husband agreed. It tasted bitter/salty and was not sweet with an aftertaste that wasn't pleasant. I usually did not mix the powder before using in a new container, but the second day I did mix the powder thoroughly hoping it would help. It did not. That's when I called the manufacturer to ask why the taste changed so drastically. I told the rep I was going to leave a follow-up negative review on the product and that's when I noticed 'Twister's' review saying exactly what I had said, so I knew it wasn't just I who noticed this. I immediately called back the rep and she looked up Twister's review while we were on the phone. The good news: The representative from this product assured me she would take all this information, including 'Twister's' remarks as well as mine, to product development to share this information and see what could be done. I asked if she could let me know the outcome. I've taken her contact info and either she will contact me or I will follow up. My hope is that they change it back to the ORIGINAL and not try to compensate by adjusting the formula yet again. Leave OUT the pea protein completely. I never had an issue with the texture at all, and I think Twister would agree. If one canNOT get past the taste, then the texture is a mute point. PLEASE, Garden of Life, I know you'll see this--hear our cry! We want our old formula back!
Garden of Life Unflavored
When I ordered this particular product, I noticed that the ingredients had changed and pea protein was added and the sodium content went from 0 or minimal to a much higher level so I returned it unopened. I used to love the flavor when it did not contain pea protein or sodium but I cannot stomach pea protein or sodium so I no longer buy this product.
I can see this is going to work!
Have been using Garden of Life's MEAL REPLACEMENT for almost 2 years and I've enjoyed it first thing in the morning. I added things like blueberries, flax meal, chia seeds, half a banana, coconut oil, some ice cubes, green vegetable powder, Garden of Life protein, and using chocolate almond milk. Problem is, those calories really add up!! And the whole reason I started doing that was to have a healthy breakfast and maybe lose some of this extra 20 pounds my small frame is carrying. DUH!
So I ran out of the protein and came to this great site to reorder, but this time I perused other options and found this WEIGHT LOSS protein, read several reviews, and decided to order it instead of the other 'regular' protein I added to my morning smoothie. All Star Health's delivery timing is fantastic!! Had it in a day and a half with regular, reasonably priced shipping. I decided to try it just as the directions say--with water. 160 Calories--bam! I hate to think of what the caloric value of my previous concoction is!
Had read the review remarks about 'chalky, hint of cinnamon, some like it some don't' taste, so I was prepared to perhaps not like it. At first I thought, not bad......both chocolate and original. I was struck by how quickly I was feeling satiated. Not full, per se, but satiated. Like having one's appetite curbed. I did not get that from the smoothie I was making. To get that feeling with just 160 calories was surprising to me. I've been having it daily the last week since I got it, even made my husband a couple of servings and he agrees with me.
Yesterday I decided to have my smoothie concoction later in the day to replace a meal. It was good as always, but, frankly, it felt heavy to me. I was full, yes, but felt a little bloated (probably because of all the 'stuff' I put in it. So I've come to the conclusion this 'Fit Protein' is the way to go for me in if I want to lose weight. I've noticed just in the week I've tried it my weight is down maybe 2 pounds which is a good result as you don't want to drop weight too fast. I'm going to try to have this protein 2 times per day and a reasonable dinner mindful of sweets, breads, etc.
What I did not expect is to actually like the taste of it--and I do....both flavors. I look forward to having it in the morning. I can see making this in a shaker, keeping it cooled, and running around with my clients all day (I'm in real estate in the Palm Springs area), and if I get that afternoon drop in energy I can shake and drink it putting me back on track.
Wanted to tell my story because so many of you were nice enough to take the time to leave your thoughts. Maybe there's someone out there like me considering this product, and I just wanted to let you know you should give it a try--particularly if you wish to lose weight responsibly and feel good in the process.
Cannot go wrong with 'Garden of Life' products in general, and also purchasing it from this site!