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.
Now I think we’re going to get some commenters mad at us because we were not exactly happy with the nutrition on this shake. Organic and vegan is nice, but we’re not going to give any shake that has 26 grams of sugar and 230 calories per serving above a 9. Sugar may be organic, but it’s NOT healthy for you. As we’ll discuss in the next section you’ll probably need to add some fruits to this shake to make it more palatable and that’s going to increase the calories and sugar even higher. Remember you’re trying to replace a meal by limiting the calories the best you can. However, with 34 grams of protein and 100% of many vitamins and minerals they did a pretty good job on nutrition.
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.