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Spiru-Tein Review - Does This Shake Really Work? Are taste and consistency deal breakers?

PUBLISHED: 04/16/2016 | BY: SUMMER BANKS, SENIOR REVIEWER
Editor's Review: 2.5 / 5.0
Spiru-Tein Review

I spent all of last week obsessing over protein shakes, and after asking several colleagues about which shakes they had tried in the past, I decided to write a review on one particular shake called Spiru-Tein. I carefully looked into the ingredients; then I tried to see if side effects would be an issue. After that, I looked for clinical research pertaining to Spiru-Tein and then finished off my study by reading up on customer reviews. Here’s the broken-down version of my findings.

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What You Need to Know

Spiru-Tein shakes come in several different flavors with vanilla being one of the most popular. It is designed as a protein-heavy shake that you can either use for replacing meals or as a protein supplement to heavy exercise. You simply take a scoop of the mix and shake or blend it up with milk–you can even add fruit and other flavors.

Here is a quick look at the main ingredients I found on the label: 14 grams of protein, 8 grams of sugar, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 140 mg of sodium, and 110 mg of potassium. It looks to be a fat-free meal replacement shake, and it also has a fairly low calorie count.

A company called Natural Organics (also known as Nature’s Plus) owns Spiru-Tein; the company has been in business since 1972, and it is based in New York. You can find the protein shake mix at third-party retailers for around $35.00, and it contains enough powder to make one shake per day for a month. We like the affordable price of Spiru-Tein (some shakes are absurdly expensive), and the longevity of the company looks good. You need to keep reading though . . .

“It Tastes Gross”–A Concern?

As a meal replacement shake, Spiru-Tein is intended to be consumed–and therefore tasted. “We noticed many customers who couldn’t handle the taste,” said our research editor. “That’s a problem with meal replacement shakes.” Here are some of the comments we found:

“I bought the vanilla flavor,” said one reviewer. “I started out making smoothies with it and in a smoothie with fruit it tasted fine. But one day I tried it with just ice and milk and boy does it not taste very good.” “They changed for formulation,” said another. “Now it is green, chalky, thin, and watery. It is disgusting. I would not recommend it to anyone.”

Other consumers spoke of mediocre results. “Taste isn’t great, but it’s cheaper than the competitors” and “The taste is so so. It doesn’t taste like yummy vanilla like other brands” were a couple more representative comments.

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The Consistency–Another Concern?

One customer had this to say: “The consistency is similar to pudding after I use my Ninja. I’ve tried so many different ways to make it work as well as other brands and it still ends up like pudding each time.” He continued, “I even left off the fruit and still, I get thick pudding. I won’t be buying it again.”

He wasn’t alone. “Thick consistency that I could not choke down. Wow, am I missing something?” one consumer said. “Has a mucous like consistency. It makes me gag just to think about it,” said another.

When it comes to meal replacement products, we’ve noticed that taste and edibility are very important. People may be motivated enough at first to choke down a nasty shake, but after a couple of weeks, the motivation isn’t strong enough to eat bad-tasting replacements. If the taste and consistency of Spiru-Tein Vanilla Protein Shake really are as bad as these customers are saying, your chances of long-term success aren’t very high.

What Does the Science Have to Say?

Briefly put, creating a calorie deficit is the cause of weight loss. When you put fewer calories into your body, you give it less to burn so that your body can focus on trimming down overall. Spiru-Tein doesn’t come with many calories, so if you truly replace lunch with one of these protein shakes every day, you should lose weight.

Bottom Line–Worth a Try?

After looking through the ingredients, we don’t see anything harmful about trying these shakes. Furthermore, the low calorie nature of the shakes would help you lose weight if you use them as a meal replacement. The problem lies in the fact that the shake doesn’t taste good at all according to many reviewers, and the consistency is equally bad.

If you’d like to trim down a little bit, we recommend avoiding the taste factor by finding a supplement that packs powerful fat-burning properties into a pill form.

We currently like one called Leptigen. It uses a blend of four clinically studied ingredients that are known to boost metabolism and burn fat. The online reviews look great, and they don’t speak of side effects.

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What You Should Know

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Spiru-tein is a line of energy supplements that is offered by Nature's Plus. On the official website, these shakes, bars and wafer products are described as high protein meals. As opposed to many oral supplements that are taken to burn away fat, suppress hunger or block carbohydrates, these are more or less meal replacement products that can be eaten by both women and men to assist with general nutrition and less calories consumed (in comparison to a regular meal, which is generally consumed). The website offers a few complimentary supplements that can be attained with Spiru-tein orders.

Among the Spiru-tein bars, shakes and wafer supplements, you will find products like the Original Carob-Coated Spiru-tein Bar, Banana Yogurt-Coated Bar, Vanilla Wafers, Banana Split Supreme Bars, Sonic Berry Sport Shake, Egg Nog Shake, and the Double Fudge Crunch Spiru-tein Bar. The primary ingredient found in these supplements is protein, however, they additionally contain a variety of daily vitamins and minerals. Naturally these shakes, bars and wafers are low in calories and intended to replace a meal. The ingredients for the Original Carob-Coated Spiru-tein Bar are listed out below.

Ingredients

Proprietary non-GMO protein blend (rice protein, pea protein and soy [isolated soy protein and fermented soy]), high fructose complex (from fruit concentrates, corn and/or malt), peanut butter, oat bran, calcium phosphate, maltodextrin, natural vanilla flavor, magnesium oxide, honey, vegetable glycerin, guar gum, choline bitartrate, psyllium, spirulina, ascorbic acid, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate, ferrous fumarate, inositol, potassium citrate, biotin, apple pectin, bee pollen, niacinamide, vitamin A palmitate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, calcium pantothenate, bioflavonoids, pyridoxine HCI, riboflavin, thiamine HCl, chlorophyll, cyanocobalamin, folic acid, bromelain (from pineapple fruit), papaya, potassium iodide, chromium chloride, sodium selenite, sodium molybdate, Choline 44 mg per bar., Coating:, malt, vegetable oil, carob, and lecithin.

Product Features

Spiru-tein is a line of food supplements marketed toward women and men who are trying to shed excess body fat. As opposed to consuming three or more meals per day, users can replace a meal with one of the Spiru-tein bars, wafers or shakes. Some of the common nutrients found in these products are calcium, chromium, protein, folic acid, biotin, iron, niacin, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin K. A dietary assessment link is provided on the official website for convenient review. There is a toll-free 1-800 number posted on the website for orders and inquiries.

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Advantages

  • Spiru-tein supplements offer a convenient alternative to eating a traditional meal.
  • All of the ingredients found in these food supplements are listed out on the official website.

Disadvantages

  • Purchasing Spiru-tein wafers, bars and shakes on a regular basis could get expensive.
  • There do not appear to be any weight loss ingredients incorporated into these food supplements.
  • The actual prices for these products are not provided on the website.

Conclusion

In the end, a great deal comes down to whether or not you wish to purchase meal replacement supplements or not. While these bars, shakes and wafers do offer nutritional value, they do not appear to assist with thermo genesis, appetite suppression or calorie burning. This may make Spiru-tein supplements unappealing to some individuals.

84 User Reviews About Spiru-Tein

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  • 1
    carol palser

    I have been on the shakes for 10 days now one in the morning for breakfast and 1 at lunch time and a 500/600 calorie meal in the evening , and am working out 6 times a week cardio , strength and Abbs i weigh 130lbs and am only 5ft i lost 1kg (2.2lb ) in the first week and have now put that back on this doesn’t seem to be working for me what am i doing wrong i have the shake with 1005 coconut water can anyone help .

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    Dee

    I started drinking the chocolate after my gastric sleeve surgery. I mix it with 8 oz of 1% milk and add 2 ice cubes…I have the drink for lunch or dinner depending on my day…I make the drink before I leave for work so when I do drink it the power has dissolved and it is thick like a milk shake… I use other protein drinks but find they are too watery and not as filling…

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    Marya Zimmet

    It’s delicious! The unsweetened version is healthier, but not very tasty. But the regular version is delicious! I use the vanilla or banana, blend it up in my blender with unsweetened soy or almond milk and a banana. Yum yum yum.

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    Donna

    I love this supplement, but only the unsweetened, you add frozen fruit, and 8oz of organic apple juice, and it tastes great. Unfortunately it appears that they are discontinuing the unsweetened…so I will have to find a new protein shake, so disappointing.

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    Teddy and Me

    The reason they could be discontinuing the unsweetened is that it contains a chemical similar to MSG (to sweeten). It is not without side effects, one of them being cystitis as it can irritate bladder walls (personal experience). I have used the Sweetened (original) for years and love it. It seemed the the “unsweetened” smelled strange as well.

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    Cindy

    I love the taste and am using it with milk. You just need to use a good blender. If it is too thick – add more milk!
    One of the better tasting shakes that are out there on the market. One downside, it has a bit too much of sugar – 8 g!

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    Steph

    If you don’t like the vanilla flavor, I definitely recommend you try the chocolate. It does blend easily (I use the aerolatte mixer, which is not a pain to clean like larger blenders.) I use unsweetened almond milk (30 calories/8 ozs). The thickness is slightly less than a milkshake, and it is not gritty like some of the protein shakes I tried. I wish it had more fiber, but I started adding 1 tbsp of chia seeds (50 cals) to help me feel full. I also got the strawberry flavor, which blends to a different consistency, more foamy and thicker, which I guess is a texture some people don’t like, but to me it feels heartier and more pudding-like (aka more filling and dessert-like!) I can’t believe I didn’t think to try this sooner, as a busy mom of 2 small kids I was eating a lot of grab-on-the-go convenience foods and my weight loss had stalled. This is just as convenient and in some ways much easier for me as now I can just focus on making foods the kids will like.

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    Sharon Hayes

    I start using Spiru-tein foe 1month along with takin Colonic every two weeks along with sit up leg exercises t I drink spiru-tein 3 days out of a week I have lost 9 pounds I mix it with almond milk

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  • 8
    Kay

    I have been taking it since March and have lost 42 lbs, but in the last month I have lost a considerable amount of hair. Could this weight loss be causing the hair loss.

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    T

    Perhaps you should have blood work done to check your iron levels? I began losing a lot of hair after almost a year of dieting and it turns out I made myself iron deficient. Low iron levels does contribute to hair loss. I’m now on iron supplements and eating more iron rich foods and the hair loss is under control.

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  • 9
    Angelica

    The Red Velvet is so good!! First flavor I tried and can’t wait to try the cookies and cream. I mixed it with some water to make a pudding consistency and warmed it up for a minute. Soo delicious and makes for a good and non-conventional way of consuming your protein drinks. Makes me feel like I’m “cheating” 🙂

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    Hap Wallace

    I battle a muscle disease-Polymyoistis-and in my ninth year. I take strong pain meds which make me sensitive to many foods, causing heart burn and other problems. I tried your protein drink and it is better then taking anti-acid meds. I do have a question-I know strong pain meds will cause toxi to build up in one’s body and I feel sluggish, headachy, over all lousy. But I notice it seems to remove the toxins for I have much healthier and more regular movements. Does it remove toxins from your system?

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    cindy anderson

    Oh i realy love i drink it when im at work i mix with orange juice and water most of favor are good, i walk may three times a week ive lost weight its easy and taste good try it by the ive lost 43 pounds with no stress

    k

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  • 12
    A rando lady

    I love chocolate and I just mix it with water in a shaker cup. I have never had any problems. I like that it is not overly sweet. Also, HELLO!!! ONLY 1 WW POINT per serving! I eat a banana and then pound one of these after working out!

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  • 13
    Cynthia Goodson

    Picked up 5 indiv. packages and health food store. This is was a waste of money it didnt mix chumpy. Tasted bad. Very disappointed.

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    ronnie

    You have to use a blender it taste great with milk

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    Your NameRenee

    I have used this in the past and just now getting back to it. I love the vanilla. I mix it with vanilla soy milk and frozen strawberries and bananas and if it is too thick just add more milk. I put it in my blender and it is fine and tastes great.

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  • 14
    Susan Weston

    Love my spirutein. Icky question, but has anyone noticed darker stools due to the spirulina? Also, I have found, by trying many things, that if I use a little more than the one cup of milk, and add the powder slowly to the milk while stirring it briskly, that it mixes beautifully – without the muss or fuss of blending. In fact, blending, for me, gives it way too many air bubbles. I’m hooked on the peach and the tangerine flavors.

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    Jackie

    Your stool will be darker because of the spirulina. No big deal 😉

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  • 15
    Susan

    Directions say 1 scoop per serving. WHat if someone who is over 200 lbs to someone who is only 130 lbs and wants to lose 10 lbs? Can I just do 3/4 scoop?

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  • 16
    Anonymous

    Use a shaker cup with a ball….I had the same problem

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    Lawrence

    Hi, you mix it with 1/4 cup of water first. Then gradually add more. It goes from a paste, to a cream, to a drink. Get rid of the lumps before adding more water. Make it slightly thick. Not too much water. DO NOT use soy. It defeats the inject. Soya milk is BAD. That’s why they use ‘fermented’ soy protein.

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  • 17
    kelle

    I have only been drinking this for about a week. I LOVE the taste and have been using it to replace my usual breakfast. I blend 1 scoop with ice, 1 cup milk (or 1/2 cup milk, 1/2cup OJ) and a tiny bit of cinnamon. I work out 4-5 days a week with a mix of crossfit and cardio. Can anyone tell me how long it took for results to be seen with Spiru-tein? I eat a balanced lunch and supper, but I’m not sure if I should replace one with another shake. I’m really looking to loose about 10lbs, but want to do it in a healthy way. I appreciate any feedback.

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    kelle

    I use the vanilla flavor.

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  • 18
    marisme

    I use Spiru-tein before and after workout in the morning (1 scoop before, 2 after)it has helped me with burning fat and keeping muscle, I do 2-3 days cardio and 2 days 1 1/2 hr Crossfit, it helps you if u use it as a meal and not as a snack, the best is to replace breakfast with this along with nuts(pecans, almonds or walnuts)or dinner with a small salad or steam-grilled vegetables.

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  • 19
    Lesley

    Of the numerous powder supplements out there, this one is great because its all/or mostly natural. Its extremely easy to blend without a blender or ice. The trick is using a very cold beverage to mix it with. So if you don’t have time to use a blender or add ice you can use a shaker bottle, although I use a shaker bottle that has a little whisk inside of it. I also have a great recipe that is very filling and delicious. Using a scoop of the vanilla, start with 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (organic preferably), 1 scoop of “Green Vibrance” powder also available at health food stores (all natural, loaded with vitamins and greens), add 8oz of very cold water, and then add your scoop of the spire-tein and shake it. Add more water if you want a lighter consistency. Sip slowly… Very very filling and if I’ve done my math right its about 215 calories total, with 5g of fat, 19 carbs, 7g of fiber, and 20g of protein. (if you use all of the ingredients I mentioned.) I’m not a nutritionist or dietician so make sure to check with your health care provider first before starting any meal replacement or meal supplement program. For me however, I really enjoy this and have found it leaves me feeling energized, healthy, and satisfied. Good luck!

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  • 20
    Sharon

    I was told at GNC my husband should never take this because of its ingredients, is this true?

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    Anonymous

    GNC wants to sell their own product! For the price, product, and taste, I’d stick with Spirutein.

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    Kels

    Soy isnt good for men! it messes with hormones, raises estrogen levels etc. look into it more. This contains soy isolate! and fermented soy. I know that my hubby opts out if using mine. Instead he uses whey only. I mix my whey and banana spiru-tein together with almond milk.

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    Jackie L.

    I love it! When I did it before I went from 165 to 145 in a month. I had the vanilla flavor with a banana, milk, ice, emergen-c, and cortislim. And I was also working out at curves mon-fri and running for 20 mins on tbe treadmill tues and thurs. I’ve just started again on the shakes with slimirex this time. Unfortunately I have a lot more weight to lose this time:/

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    Pamela

    Can you please tell me how you used the oroduct to lose 20 lb? breakfast luch shake and good dinner??? breakfast dinner shake and good lunch please advice?
    thanks

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    p. knapp

    i put the unsweetened one in blender with fruit , yogart,and ice water and it is delicious.

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  • 23
    J. Dunlap

    In spite of the statement on the High Protein Energy Meal packets that it “mixes instantly”, nothing could be further from the truth. I cannot get the powder completely dissolved in either cold or hot beverages even after considerable stirring.

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  • 24
    Living the Good Life

    I like Spiru-tein because of the energy that it gives. By mixing it in the morning with fruit in a blender, it gives some amazing nutritionally sound energy. It’s sad to say, but the fast food people eat doesn’t have any vitamins or minerals in it. Spiru-tein makes the best protein shake I have ever taken.

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    Pah

    Do you excercise before or after drinking it?

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  • 25
    Angela

    I really like the Vanilla with Light vanilla soy milk. I, also, add 2 tsp of olive oil in the blender. It is MUCH smoother this way. Not sure about the weight loss but I really just wanted something to help with energy so I will feel like working out. Since this is a GF product, I decided to try it. No, I’m not a Celiac but I have Hashi’s thyroiditis and therefore like to develop other autoimmune diseases like Celiac.

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  • 26
    Nikita

    Hi, I have a question for you all. Has anyone had any allergic reactions from the Spirutein? I am 23 years old and I used to drink a little Spirutein when I was younger and I always liked it. I started gaining a little weight so I decided to buy some as help with curving my appetite, but also for the health benefits with all the vitamins and stuff in it as I don’t have a healthy appetite and don’t ever take vitamins or remotely like that. So I made myself half a glass drank it and I noticed I started to feel somewhat weird, then I went to sleep and that was that. Next night I tried some more and didn’t even drink that much and started feeling really weird. Kinda an anxious feeling and sick to my stomach and just plain weird feeling. Now please bear in mind I have absolutely no food allergies at all. As for anything else, I am allergic to medications, ceclor, sulfa, pennicillian, and compasine. I have some health issues, but nothing that would have anything to do with this (that I know of), Interstitial cystitis and Elhers Danlos. Has anyone else known of anything like this to happen? And if so what could be causing me to feel like this? Any feedback would be great, I love this stuff and would like to continue to use it but am hestitant. Please help!

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    John

    Last evening I mixed an envelope of Spiru-tein Cappuccino with 8 oz of Soy Milk. About an hour later I got real dizzy, then after a while I threw up everything I had drunk. I have not thrown up for years, and have no health problem. I will be very leery of any Spiru-tein drinks from now on, as the soy milk has not been a problem.

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    Marianna

    I love is I tried it years ago and now went back to it you can add anything to this and it always taste great and is great for you

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    Heather

    My doctor said I was heading toward serious high cholesterol so I hired a trainer to lose weight and am in month 2. I am finally ready to begin the diet portion of this now that I am actually going to the gym several days a week and my co-worker suggested a meal supplement with amino acids that will help with muscle recovery. Day 7 and I lost 3 pounds, tons of energy. I bought vanilla and chocolate. I mix it with different flavors found in the baking aisle, like Root beer flavoring. No lie, the vanilla tastes like a root beer float when mixed with milk – no after taste. I mix the chocolate with “True Orange” found in the mixers aisle in the grocery store. I have tried rice milk, soy, regular milk, water, all work great. I am a huge fan, I think this is a great product. It appears expensive, but you are replacing a meal with it. What would you pay for steak and baked potato? That is what this is replacing – oh and for me it is probably heart surgery, talk about a bargain!

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  • 29
    D

    I mix 1 scoop vanilla with 1 cup 1% milk, 1/2 banana, and either 1/2 c frozen blueberries or strawberries and 1/4 tsp. flax oil (around 300 calories) and then drink an emergen-c packet. The combo of omega 3, vitamin c, and all of the nutrients in Spirutein have allowed me to lose over 20 pounds in 6 weeks by just drinking this shake for either breakfast or lunch and sticking to between 1200 and 1400 calories total during the day.

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    andrea

    Now I’m reading of all the people that have lost weight being on this product….do you mean you only drink shakes as meals? or are you incorporating solid foods as well?

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    E

    I noticed that as well…I started drinking the shakes because I was looking for a low-calorie, post-workout meal that is high in protein, and I have to say I like the chocolate shakes a lot for this (I’ve tried the strawberry and vanilla as well, and didn’t really like the taste of either.)

    I think it just depends on what your physical activity is. I’m currently in a pretty intense marathon training group, so replacing an entire meal with a 200-calorie shake that doesn’t really have much in the way of carbs would probably result in me passing out in the middle of a run. So as a recovery shake, I like it ok. I’m still experimenting to find the best one.

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    Tay

    Forgot to add that now, I put 8oz of lowfat milk in my shaker-cup, a level scoop of Vanilla Spiru-tein, a scoop of vanilla instant coffee, and 1/2 cup of oats. 🙂 Yummy-yummy!!!

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    Robbin

    I use it as a fruit smoothie in the morning. I mix Pom Pomegranate juice with frozen fruit berries and a fiber one yogurt. I put psylium husk, vitamins and flax seed in it and it is delicious. I lost almost 40 pounds.

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    Tay

    I have used Spiru-tein for almost a month. I have one scoop in fat-free milk every morning. When I started using it, I was 185 now I am 169 and I feel more energetic! I recommend this to all my customers (at GNC) and they love it too! My favorite flavor is the Cookies N’ Cream, but I only buy the day packs for that because it is a little higher in calories. Otherwise, I stick with the vanilla. 🙂 I highly recommend using a shaker-cup as it blends extremely well. Just had my morning shake! yum

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    Debbie

    Have been using the vanilla powder in my smoothies for years and LOVE IT! My neighbor keeps sending me e-mails about the horrors of soy. What about the soy protein that is in Spiru-tein. Should I be concerned?

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    Vicky

    I have used Spirutein throughout my life and love this product. I love its taste and I agree with previous posts about using a blender and ice cubes!!! Yummmmmy! The best thing is that if I am in a hurry and hungry I don’t resort to foods that are easy to grab but high in calories! I just blend and enjoy!

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    Hether

    I have been on Spiru-tein for only 3 days and I have already lost 3.5 lbs! I love the flavors and the convenience. I was guilty of missing meals because of my work schedule…now I feel better and I am loosing weight! I plan on being on this product for a long time!

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    Mary

    I usethe chocolate Spiru-tein mixed with light vanilla soy milk and I TBSB peanut butter and it’s delicious. My question is: is it safe to be drinking these shakes for 2 meals/day?? I’d appreciate the feedback.

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    heidilove

    I drink mine with rice milk which does have a little more calories than the soya light milk, but it is easier to digest and tastes sweeter (even unsweetened) and a frozen banana-blueberrys and/or strawberrys. I have tried different flavours of the powder and I enjoy best the Vanilla sweetened one. in a blender with the above and you will find it hard to find a tastier milkshake. I plan to drink only these for a week, then to add one meal per day. I need to lose 30 pounds but would like to lose the first 5 during a week of only having the shakes. I do munch on fruit and veg if i get hungry though.

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    Stephen

    These do work. This is the second time I’ve used the products, I felt charged after the first drink. I stick with the shakes and use them for breakfast and lunch replacements. The really are delicious. I drink mine with 1% milk. 50 Pounds to go!

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    Shawna

    I purchased the Nature’s Plus- Spiru-tein High Protein Banana mix packet at my local grocery store. I am so go glad that you’re able to buy the serving size packets to try instead of purchasing a big tub and realizing that you hate the product and never using it again. I definitely followed the advice of others by blending the product rather than mixing by hand. I used 6 ozs of soy milk, 2 ozs of 100 % orange-pineapple juice, 4 ice cubes and 1 ripe banana along with the mix. The end result was wonderful. I will definitely purchase the larger container.

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  • 41
    Lynette

    I have been using spirutein for 2 months now and really love all the flavors. I am doing weight watchers and so I started using it in a belly fat blaster shake and it doubled my regular weekly weight loss !! The flavors mix well with fruit and 100% natural, sugar free juices to create a delicious smoothie that I enjoy twice a day as meal replacement.

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    Sally

    I came across Spiru-tein when planning a liquid diet that I would need to go on in January 2010 following jaw surgery. If you are planning to use Spiru-tein to contribute to a weight-loss plan, don’t be concerned that it hasn’t any “weight loss ingredients.” Mixed with 8 oz. of milk, the drink totals only about 200 calories. I have found almost all the flavors to be exceptionally free of artificial undertaste. I did use a blender because it was important for me to eliminate all globules (and in one case, small marshmallows) as my jaws were banded shut and I needed everything I consumed to be completely smooth. If you do put the milk and the powder in the blender, and blend in about another 1/2 cup to 1 cup of crushed ice, the drink will be nice and thick and really chilled. I have found the Spiru-tein drinks to be very filling and satisfying. If you can afford more calories, add some fruit, such as banana; if you are on a liquid diet and aren’t getting enough fiber, add some Metamucil.

    I am able to eat soft solid food now, but I still enjoy a Spiru-tein drink for breakfast and really look forward to it each morning!

    By the way, I have lost nearly 20 lb. Much of this was a too-rapid weight loss after the surgery. I can’t swear that Spiru-tein was a major or sole contributor to this weight drop, but I can say that I am doing fine in my efforts to maintain my new weight and that I can definitely go all morning on a 200-calorie Spiru-tein shake (with that extra ice!).

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    heidilove

    well sounds great. How long were you drinking the shakes for to lose the 20 pounds? Did you add fruit and other things to the powder to blend it or did you just add milk?

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    Sally

    I lost 12 lb. in two weeks. I don’t recommend that anyone try to do this — I didn’t intend to lose that much so fast! The second 8 pounds came off during a period of about a month. I usually added only the milk and ice (as mentioned in my first post). Sometimes I do add fruit, but I had to put everything through a sieve in the early stages of my recovery, so adding fruit was an extra step in preparing the shake because I had to strain out blueberry skins, etc. Bananas, strawberries, and canned mango blend well.I still drink the shakes at breakfast because they are tasty and filling, but I am off the liquid diet now.

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    Kiki

    I just started using the drinks and I’ve lost about 15 pounds in 2 weeks. I’ve also been walking 2 miles a day exercising for 30 minutes. I have so much energy and I feel full after the drinks. I haven’t tried a total liquid diet but instead opted for using Spiru-tein one meal supplement. I have a regular dinner and breakfast and drink the shake for lunch. I hope to lose more weight and I’ll gladly post when I get more results. I also love the variety of flavors. Right now I have the strawberry, banana, cherries jubilee, and the vanilla. I can’t wait to try the other flavors.

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    Z

    I bought a whole can of the vanilla powder. I prepared it with water in a shaker (I can’t do milk). It came out slimy and totally unappetizing. Did I shake it too much? Is it supposed to be green? Please tell me how to prepare it so that it is tolerable. Otherwise I have wasted about $20.

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    R

    All proteins/MRPs I have tried are much less appealing with water, unfortunately. Try juice, milk substitute or another liquid. With SOME of the powders using the same amount of powder to less water sometimes helps improve taste and consistency, haven’t tried this with spiru-tein as I have just started using myself. The amount that you shake should not affect taste, it will help improve consistency by ensuring spiru-tein is well mixed and eliminating or at least lessening large globs. Experiment with it.

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    Lisa

    I put a scoop in the blender with a banana, rice milk and some frozen fruit for a yummy breakfast smoothie.

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    Michelle

    I do the same thing, I use a hand blender, water & a banana, and I put in 1 tsp of fiber I get from the grocery store. It’s great! I think it tastes fine blended w/water. No, it’s not going to taste like a yummy milk shake, it’s protein drink and it great taste for one. 🙂

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    Anonymous

    Almond milk tastes incredible with the vanilla powder

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    Dianne

    I put 2 scoops of the Spiri-twin, 1 third cold coffee, 2 tablespoon cocoa, 1 stevia, and fill my class that came with my smoothie maker. It is delicious. Almost like chocolate pudding. I could still drink it.

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    Your Name

    I left off the previous review to fill the class with unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

    Anonymous

    Oh my gosh!! Blend it in the blender with ice and water… add fruit, frozen fruit, almonds, coffee grounds, or whatever you want… You have to use a blender or something like that… it does not dissolve in water and will be disgusting!!!

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    Vicki

    Use the blender with ice…
    7 ice cubes
    1 cup skim milk
    1 scoop spiru-tein
    1 tsp espresso powder
    1 packet equal

    Delicious…makes a large mu full and holds me til lunch.

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    Danelle

    Can you make it with soy or almond milk? It shouldn’t be slimy. I make mine every day with one scoop(provided) and 8oz milk then just blend for 10 seconds. Chocolate is my favorite…I even make a half glass as dessert sometimes. They the soymilk cause it should come out rich and delicious!

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    Scott

    I use all kinds of milk with it, and have a “blender bottle” shaker with a little ball wisk inside. If I don’t want to use actual milk, I’ve done 8 oz of cold water, 1 scoop of spiru-tein, and 3 heaping teaspoons of powdered non-fat milk. It’s a little lighter this way but still tasty.

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    pat

    I use it with almond milk or soy and love it.

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    Jenny

    I’m with Lisa on this, I blend mine with a small banana, vanilla rice milk, a few blueberries and some ground flax, it is delicious!

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    Debbie

    You can add Almond Milk and taste great. I buy the cookies and cream flavor!

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    travis

    can you drink almond milk? i cant drink regular milk but almond milk works well with these shakes. I use a blender to blend mine.

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    Bonita Wilson

    Many complain about the green,it’s the chloryphyl in it I think.It still tastes good.I been using it for yrs and love all of them.You can put instant pudding in as a flavoring to mix it up,like a spoon or so till you like the flavor.I always lose weight on it.Plus I feel good on it.

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    Anonymous

    try using apple juice it works perfect

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    Tracypop

    LoL. Its green because of the spirulina ( algae). Hence the name spiru- tein. Why don’t you try blending it with soymilk or rice milk or almond milk .Pour the milk in first then the scoop and then blend right away. Add 2 to 3 cubes of ice to make it more refreshing and try adding two or three packets of stevia to make it sweeter.
    hope this helps.It will always have a slight greenish hue when the powdered spirulina ges hydrated.
    I love this stuff!!

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    RitaD

    So far I’ve been on Spiru-tein for about 4 days and I’ve lost weight ( 3 to 4 pounds). Its so low in calories that you can really make a shake whenever you get the urge or have low will power. I add coffee grounds and just a little milk and some equal and it tastes like a frappachino. Work with the taste by adding things you like. Great vitamin source and easy digesting fiber. Thumbs up! I’m gonna bye the big tub next time.

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    Ellen L. Fried

    Is the sugar content in the form of sucrose?
    Is it considered high in one scoup?
    Ellen

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    Angela

    Sucrose is not mentioned in ingredients list on can.

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    Brenda Benton

    Is Spiru-tein for weight gain?

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    William Logan

    It works. Period.
    I have been on Spiru-Tein daily (rarely miss aday) since 1988, on the advice of a lady friend who was a registered dietician. When I left California to retire to Florida, I weighed 194 lbs, (an 5’9″) and today, 1-25-10 I weigh 159. Mr Doctor said to me “your blood work is perfect, right in the middle I don’t know what you are doing but whatever it is, keep it up.” I attribute my health to Spiru-tein.
    Bill Logan

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    Mark Elliot

    Spiru-ten does work, and tastes excellent. Plenty of flavors and options to mix in. I think that’s critical so you don’t get bored.

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    sally m

    William thanks for your post about spirutein. Can you tell us how may shakes you take a day? Also what you personally mix with them if anything? Also to lose the weight did you eat solid food too or only the shake? Thanks

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    Ash R

    Anyone that’s lost weight how often we’re you drinking the shake? Can anyone recommend an eating plan for weight loss ..

    Sally have you started it would you recommend anything?

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