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I bought TERRIBLE tasting veggue protein powder -- shake suggestions?

We're usually rushing and not hungry in the morning, so my son and I drink breakfast shakes. Today the brand I usually buy wasn't available, and I thought I'd save some money on a less expensive brand. It's 'vanilla' flavored...and terrible. Any suggestions for making quinoa/rice/amaranth/millet powder palatable?

asked by Kirstin Stokes Smith over 3 years ago
18 answers 1519 views
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added over 3 years ago

Add some nut butter to the shake like almond butter or peanut butter...it will help mask the flavor and also make it thicker and yummier :)

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added over 3 years ago

Use sun butter for a nut-free version. It's made from sunflower seeds.

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HalfPint

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added over 3 years ago

I find sweetness is often a remedy for terrible tasting anything. So maybe add some honey, agave nectar, maple syrup. Or mix with a fruit juice like orange, pineapple. Or add some fruit, like a ripe banana (frozen will work even better). These things often help to mask the terrible-ness of off-flavors, so that you can at least chug the shake.

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added over 3 years ago

OO put it in oatmeal, or a frozen banana, with almond milk and pumpkin makes a good guilt free icecream post work out snack

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added over 3 years ago

http://food52.com/recipes... I make these to keep on hand as a snack. Replace the water with your choice of milk

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added over 3 years ago

If HalfPint is right about the lack of sweetness you can also try adding some cocoa powder with the sweetener to change the flavor. But, life is really too short to have bad tasting breakfasts - taking it back to the store where you bought it is the easiest way to get rid of the stuff. Any truly responsible manufacturer wants to know about it when someone hates their product

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added over 3 years ago

Jihil, you raise a really excellent point. Thank you! :)

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boulangere

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added over 3 years ago

I had a similar experience with a vegetable (largely legume)-based one I bought at my local natural foods store with their strong endorsement. The nutrition profile looked fantastic on paper. NOthing made it palatable. Ground up green chalk would have tasted better. I returned it and received a full refund.

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added over 3 years ago

I agree with Jilhil and Boulangere --return it to the store.

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boulangere

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added over 3 years ago

It was over years ago, CBC, and I swear that just the thought of the stuff gives me shivers. And I tried EVERYthing to make it palatable. On second thought, I'd just as soon eat ground-up cement.

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added over 3 years ago

:D har!

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added over 3 years ago

:D har!

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added over 3 years ago

This happened to me recently when my favorite protein powder was out of stock at WFM. I agree with all who recommend a toss. Use the container to store small change!

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added over 3 years ago

Try adding a shot of espresso- complete breakfast and will mask some of the flavor.

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added over 3 years ago

Ground cloves!

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added over 3 years ago

Is it possible that the powder has gone rancid? That would demand returning the product.

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added over 3 years ago

Even if it isn't rancid, if you think it tastes terrible, you should return it for a refund. Most stores will stand behind what they sell and will want to know when a customer is dissatisfied.