I want to thank allnatural923 and the iForce crew for giving me the chance to try out a tub of the new Vanilla Mint Swirl. I really appreciate being given the opportunity to find out what all the reviews I’ve seen were talking about. I’m a big fan of all things mint, and this is the first time I’ve actually been anticipating the release of a protein powder.
I found out yesterday afternoon that my VMS had arrived and was excited to get home and finally give it a try. I cleared up some room in my daily food intake so I would have the chance to try VMS a few different ways right off the bat. Shortly after walking through the door I cracked open the tub. When I peeled of the freshness seal I was hit with a scent that reminded me of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies. I proceeded to smell the powder a few more times and caught a whiff of the vanilla flavoring in the mix. The aroma was fantastic and had me very anxious for my first taste.
I started out by having it in a couple more traditional ways. I first mixed a scoop with 4oz of water. I took a shaker equipped with a blender ball, shook it for about 10 seconds, and it mixed to perfection. There were no clumps and I was left with a smooth creamy texture. There was just the right amount of creamy vanilla to cool mintiness in the flavoring and I was hooked after the first sip. I tried to savor every last drop, but the 4oz just had me wanting more. I immediately mixed up some more with 6oz of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. This combo took it to the next level with its added creaminess and slight boost of vanilla. I usually stick to water with my protein shakes, but VMS with vanilla almond milk is too good to be denied. Looks like I’m going to be keeping the almond milk on hand for the remainder of the tub. After my first couple tries of VMS I am thinking this will have a spot in my top 3 proteins by the end of the tub.
Besides the great smell, mixability, texture, and taste, the profile is great as well. I usually stick to protein blends, and this has a solid mix of what I’m looking for. I’m by no means a “low carber” and the 6.5g per scoop falls right in range for my lifestyle. The addition of MCT’s is another positive for the blend. I wouldn’t mind a couple more grams of protein per scoop, but I am perfectly happy with the 20g that’s provided.
Initial Ratings: (standard shake)
Texture: (in water) 9/10 (in almond milk) 10/10
Taste: (in water) 9/10 (in almond milk) 10/10
I will be trying VMS in several different ways throughout the remainder of my tub. I have more ideas than I do scoops of Protean so I’m going to have to pick and choose.
I was happy with the standard protein shakes I had, but I couldn’t wait to give McDonalds a run for its money. Last night I decided to come up with my own version of the Shamrock Shake.
2 scoops VMS Protean
˝ cup vanilla “Greek” frozen yogurt
12oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
I put everything into my shaker and mixed it with a handheld blender. It came out thick, creamy, and ridiculously delicious. I was in heaven and it won't be the last of these shakes I have from the tub. I'm sure it would be even better with some more frozen greek yogurt, but i had reached my target calories for the day.
This morning I incorporated VMS into a solid breakfast. I used it to create what was an amazing, thick, and creamy proatmeal.
1 1/3 scoops VMS Protean
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
6oz fat free plain greek yogurt (individual Chobani cup)
6oz of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Both the taste and texture were great with this and I’ll be trying it again with vanilla greek yogurt which should only enhance the taste even more.
I already have a few more ideas/recipes lined up and will most likely be trying one tonight.