We’ve gotten quite a few requests for Garden of Life RAW Meal, but we were hesitant to order it. For those of you looking for something organic, vegetarian, vegan, or raw certified this is probably the shake for you! However, none of our staffers are looking for any of those things and when a drink doesn’t even bother to say their shake has a flavor, we get nervous…
If you shop at an organic food market then you can probably find these shakes on their shelves, maybe for a little bit lower. We picked ours up on Amazon for $37 a tub that contains 14 servings. That’s $2.65 per shake which gets a solid 7.7 in the value category.
Like we mentioned earlier, none of our staff is used to drinking entirely vegan/organic so these shakes were something we were not used to. They filled us up pretty well, albeit there were some of us with some digestive issues (most likely just because we’re not used to them). In the end we did get hungry later, but not for a couple hours, so it does the job of filling you up mostly.
Garden of Life provides a really great nutrition profile since updating their formula. Here’s what you’ll find inside:
- 120 calories
- 1.5 grams fat
- 8 grams carbs
- 6 grams fiber
- 20 grams protein
- 21 vitamins and minerals
- Organic fruit and veggie blends
- Certified Vegan
The thing that stood out to us was the little sugar that it contains and all of the fruit and veggies that are packed into one shake. The fact that this contains SO many vitamins is such a plus, especially when it’s so hard to get all of that in naturally. With this you can easily have a shake that replaces a meal and acts as a multivitamin in the process.
Have you ever finished mowing your lawn and looked at the grass clippings and thought, ‘Hmmm, I wonder how it would taste if I put these in a blender and drank them!’ No? Yeah…neither have we, but Garden of Life gives you the unique opportunity of trying just that! Now we know why they didn’t even try to name this shake, but we’re good guys so we did the job for you! RAW Meal’s flavor shall henceforth be named ‘Sweet Vegetable Explosion’ around the MRSR offices. It tasted like Shakeology’s green berry, just…sweeter? However Garden of life doesn’t even try to claim that these shakes are going to taste good, which I guess is a win for truth in advertising. I’m sure some of our commenters will have recipes to make this shake drinkable, but to us there was no way we would drink a shake that tastes this horrible for any extended period of time.