Updated: 01/10/2018

Spiru-Tein Review - 6 Things You Need to Know


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 . . .

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“It Tastes Gross”–A Concern?

As a meal replacement shake, Spiru Tein protein powder 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.

The Consistency–Another Concern?

After going through many Spiru Tein protein powder reviews, 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.

What Users Are Saying

"”This is the best-tasting meal replacement you can buy at a reasonable price. My family and I have been using this product for over 20 years. My husband swears by it, citing that when he drinks it for breakfast daily before work, he doesn’t catch near as many illnesses as others and when he does catch something, he gets over it quickly. I cannot get him to take any vitamins or even eat vegetables so this is perfect for him.”"

"”It is ok, but I could not use it because of the high soy content.”"

"”This was gross and gave me bed protein gas.”"

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.

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What You Should Know

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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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.

Summer Banks Dietspotlight Author
About the Author:

Summer Banks, Director of Content at Dietspotlight, has researched over 5000 weight-loss programs, pills, shakes and diet plans. Previously, she managed 15 supplement brands, worked with doctors specializing in weight loss and completed coursework in nutrition at Stanford University. full bio.

136 Spiru-Tein Reviews

  •  new taste is terrible
    dakota seals (Verified User)

    Thank goodness that I found out that they have changed the Formula of Spiru- teen because I have drinking this for years and I hsve Loved it so I orderedit on line and whrn I tasted it I was disgusted with the taste, it was way too sweet tasting, I though I got a bad can so I threw it away and I ordered another can snd it was just as bsd. Please go back to the old formula, thank you

  •  Donnovan Taylor (Verified User)

    It’s not 16 servings its only 13 servings I add blue berries and a banana I love it alot of the other powders have aspartame and sucralose I’m allergic I like that it has no sugar

  •  Strawberry Spiru-Tein Tastes Great
    Frank (Verified User)

    Strawberry flavored Spiru-Tein is the best IMO. I mix a scoop of granola cereal in the blender with it to add some crunch. Delicious! Just adjust the amount of milk you add to make your shake thick or thin.

  • Am I allergic to it?
    Bobi (Verified User)

    I have tried several different flavors of this brand. I don’t mind the taste mostly. However, there is something in that makes me sick. I am not sure what it could be? I get SEVERE sinus headaches along with mild fever. I am not sure what I could have an allergy to? But its almost like I get a sinus infection within hours of consuming. I have tried different flavors to see if maybe its the ingredients in the ‘flavor’… any ideas???

    • Yedy Torres

      Hi Bobi,

      We recommend to discontinue using Spiru-Tein and consult your physician in regards to your side effects.

  • Is the sugar content in the form of sucrose? Is it considered high in one scoup?
    Ellen L. Fried

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

    • Angela

      Sucrose is not mentioned in ingredients list on can.

      • robert

        Sucrose is sugar. It is listed. 8 grams per scoop

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Ellen! For more ingredient details, please refer to the Spiru-tein official website for more information.

  • 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?

    • 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.

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Andrea! For detailed product and usage instructions, please refer to the Spiru Tein official website for more information.

  • Is Spiru-tein for weight gain?
    Brenda Benton

    Is Spiru-tein for weight gain?

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Brena! For detailed product instructions, please refer to the Spiru-Tein official website for more result information.

  • Need more information about the ingredients

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

    • Anonymous

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

      • 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.

  • Marian

    I use original unsweetened almond milk with the vanilla and chocolate mixtures. I think they taste good. I add yoo hoo packets with the vanilla and add sugar free hazelnut with the chocolate. I drink one for breakfast and one for lunch. To me it’s only a cup, but they keep me full and I have no side effects. I’ve also had the chocolate peanut butter fudge and cookies n cream. I noticed with this new batch the consistency is finer. The vanilla smells like cake batter and the meal is a nice smoothie texture. The chocolate is lighter and doesn’t smoothie up like it had before.

  • Debra - New Jersey

    I’ve been using spirit-tein shakes for over 16 years. There great when you do different things when mixing. I started out with chocolate and added bananas with skim milk and ice to make a smoothie. I also mix the vanilla with fresh strawberries also with skim milk and ice and both smoothies are very refreshing. I do like the strawberry better but all in all they are both good. I use as a meal replacement for both breakfast and lunch. I highly recommend them as they are also very high in protein. Along with vitamin intake and 100oz of water a day I have so much energy. I also work out three times a week. Try it, you may just find it works for you as well!

  • Ira

    I have been using Vanilla Spiru-tein almost daily for breakfast for over 20 years. I alternate adding it to two blender smoothies: some days to organic apple juice with frozen organic strawberries, and other days to vanilla Rice Dream rice milk. Both versions are delicious. HOWEVER, the most recent can I bought last week (Feb 2017) has a CHANGED formula… it’s a much finer powder (not a problem), but it smells BAD and it tastes BAD. The only indication of change in the product was a small blue triangle on the front, “With Methylcobalamin.” A quick comparison of my old can with the new one does show a different nutritional breakdown and a different ingredients list. TOO BAD! They really messed up a good thing. So, I went back to my local store and picked through their inventory and bought all of their remaining “original” Vanilla cans. I’m planning to call Nature’s Plus tomorrow and COMPLAIN.

    • Heather

      Ira, Can you please post a picture between the 2 and indicate the new and old? I just got a delivery and was wondering which one I got, I throw out the old can. Thanks

    • Annie

      I too hate the new formula! Oligofructose. Tastes like Stevia. Yuck. Been using this product since 1990! Every time they mess with the formula, it disappoints. I have tried the unsweetened formula, but needs flavour.

  • jerri

    This came recommended by the health food store, to gain weight, I’m female 5’3 85 lbs. I dont care what it looks like, tastes like, or smells like, i just want it to work. So it’s a toss up, weather I gain 🙂 or lose. 🙁

  • Betty Stroud

    I love these shakes, i mix mine with almond milk and they taste great!!! energy level seems to be increasing after 1 week

  • Kait

    The chocolate and cookies and cream are delicious. Vanilla is one of the nastier ones.

  • Renee

    They changed its formulation I now will not buy it! Too bad because I have been using it for 3 yrs.

    • sylvia

      i’ve been drinking spiru-tein about 10 yrs. has had the same white color(vanilla) and same flavor the whole time.

  • Hal

    Hi~ Eater beware. Isn’t Spiru-tein made in China. Yikes! If this is true, this should be a concern given the recent problems with processed food items from China?

  • M cline

    I love it too. I use vanilla with Almond milk, little apple juice, blueberries or half banana. Strawberries or few blackberries good too. Keeps me full. Reminder to keep shakes cold, they raste better.

  • Michael

    I.Love Spiru-Tein and have taken it for at least 10 years now. I mix 8 oz pineapple juice, 8 oz water, two cups of Spiru-Tein and add a banana which makes two drinks…one for me and the wife each morning before a workout.

  • Kim Stephensour Name

    I’ve been drinking this for 2o years, and now it tastes horrible!!!! Why wouldn’t anyone warn us they’re changing the flavoring??

  • Leila

    Really? It tastes bad? I have been using Spirutein forever. I never thought it tasted bad, this is the first I’m hearing about it? I add a scoop of the unsweetened original vanilla with plain greek yogurt, a banana, some berries, raw kale, seeds, almond/coconut milk and water. Mix it up and drink it every morning. I think it tastes fine, and as a vegetarian it’s really nice to get in all of my B vitamins and a big dose of protein (between the greek yogurt and the spirutein) first thing at breakfast time. I’m losing weight so this helps a lot because it’s also relatively low cal. Yum!

  • Your NameLinda

    I have been using Spiru-tein cherries jubilee for years, I am 67 year young and i drink a 8oz glass of Silk soy milk with a scoop of this protein every morning. I feel good and because I am not a big breakfast eater, this fills me up until lunch. I would not go a day without it. I would recommend using this product. Many flavors to choose from, but cherrys jubilee is my favorite

  • Your Namrita shimonishie

    i haven’t used this for a long time but I bought the vanilla at gnu because they didn’t have strawberry which I had used many yearsxago.I decided to try it again as I am having a hard time getting over a viral illness.I have no appetite and things taste weird so I am not eating .need energy .I tried spiriting many years ago when I was recovering from mono.so I found this product helped me recover from that illness by providing something that I could eat and not worry about getting enough nutrition. In a form I liked.the strawberry is good .I tried the vanilla before good with added banana .I would recommend this product to others.as with all powders of this type it is personal taste and texture that you will or won’t like.dome textures are too alumni find this brand fluffy and frothy.

  • Sue B.

    I’ve just started using Spiru-Tein, strawberry flavor & it’s been great so far! I drink it for breakfast & it keeps me feeling full until lunch time ….so easy to use! I mix it in my Blender Bottle with 2% milk & it comes out nice & thick & smooth & it tastes great! I would highly recommend this product! Oh & on an added note, it gives me incredible energy, couldn’t ask for more!

  • Your Namekim

    I have used the chocolate flavor for years and loved it and the consistency which was more like flavored milk if you put in enough milk. However, now, since they changed the formula I absolutely hate it and the consistency. It has even put such a bad taste in my mouth that when I drink water afterward the water tastes weird. I will be taking it back. I called the company and they changed the chocolate, and a few other flavors. I was told they put in a different sweetener; oligofructose and changed the B12 to methylcobalamin. Soooooo sad about their horrible changes.

    • TissF

      I totally agree. I’ve been eating the chocolate one for breakfast (and fast lunch) for years. For a gluten intolerant person like me it s been a blessing . But recently I ve tasted a strange flavor , like fennel gone bad. Its the new sweetener I guess. So disapointed. It was a bad move

      • Vera

        Methylcobalamin is a GREAT change as this form of the vitamin is far more bioavailable!

    • Diane

      From what I’m reading the methylcobalamin is a good form of B12; however, I agree about the new sweetener, weird aftertaste and it’s harder to mix up (and it was never easy). I sent the company an email complaining about the changes.

  • Sher

    Personally, I love Spirutein. I prefer the Cherry flavor but I sky drink the vanilla and banana vanilla. I use fat free milk with a whole banana too. To me, the taste isn’t chalky at all. I mean, to do “healthy” one must actually “give up the lure of SWEET. This drink, unless one is actually diagnosed allergic to soy, is great!! I give it a total thumbs up!! ????

  • Aimee

    I LOVE it. I mix a scoop with Vanilla Almond Milk and shake in a shaker bottle and yummy. It really fills me up and is an awesome meal replacement. :0) I am even losing weight.

  • Babar

    I use one scoop of spirutein strawberry flavour with 8ounces of cold sparkling water, 150 Grams of frozen raspberries and 10ml flax oil which makes it very smooth and delicious, very filling.

  • Phil

    I just started using the chocolate few days ago. Its delicious and I have lost 3 pounds already. I have used it replace either breakfast or dinner. It fills me up and I have plenty of energy for an hour long cardio workout.

  • LisaV

    My husband and I have the vanilla daily and have for years. We blend it with fresh or frozen strawberries or blueberries. It tastes great and has no artificial sweeteners. Chocolate is great too!

  • Debbie

    For the past couple of decades I have always drink the spirutein vanilla or strawberry meal replacement drink, which I loved very much in my brown rice milk ,lately I have purchase these products and it’s now has a disgusting after taste in the back of my mouth, I am reading on here how many complaints you are having on that new sweetner you changed to, can you please go back to the original sweetener that you had in it, it was a delicious meal replacement and very healthy, that I looked forward to drinking it instead of cringing. Plz change it back you are gonna lose so many customers that really loved the flavor of your original product 🙁

  • Rebecca

    I love the chocolate Spiru-tein whey shake. I have it with cold almond milk. I have a bowel disease and severe allergies which affect my whole digestive tract. Because a lot of times I am unable to eat solid food, this shake supplies the nutrition I so desperately need, and I find the thickness and “sliminess” to be extremely comforting and healing to my inflamed digestive tract.

    I only buy this protein shake when it’s on sale for half the price or less. I can’t afford to buy it at full price. 🙁
    I came across this article by doing a search for the chocolate whey shake: hoping to find a sale online somewhere. 🙂
    I wish the company would give me a lifetime supply of the chocolate whey. That’d be such a blessing. 🙂

  •  It's right on target for me !
    Your NameJacqueline (Verified User)

    Its right on target for me. If the green color bothers you….use this recipe: milk of choice, orange juice, water, or coconut water, ice blend…tastes like an orange juilius. Experiment. ..don’the give up on Spirutein. It’s gluten free and has everything you need to loose weight and stay healthy.

  •  I can not drink this !
    serena (Verified User)

    I got the cannister really really CHEAP,vanilla flavor and decided to try it.
    the powder looked fine, was white, so one scoop went in and then some water and it turns green ?
    this is how i wound up here. I was wondering if there was something wrong–GREEN ?
    pictured on the cannister is a lovely white shake…LOL
    I CANNOT DRINK THIS STUFF and it’s due to the GREEN color.their picture on their “can” is misleading and obviously not true.’sure this might be a great product but there is no way in hell, i can drink IT.
    many thanks to the one stating this–“it’s green etc.
    and my drink was not thick either.

    anyway, best regards and GODSPEED to all seeking health via a weight loss.

    • Stephen (Editor)

      Spirulina, contained in Spiru-tein, is a form of algae that is normally invisible in the powder. Once you add milk and blend it, the chlorophyll in the algae breaks down and the green color is made apparent in the drink. Others do not drink it for this reason.

  •  Doesn't seem to be working for me !
    carol palser (Verified User)

    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 .

    • Your Namedlowe

      Your no eating enough calories. So your body is still storing everything it gets. You need to provide your body with more daily calories if you want it to be able to keep up with the weight loss and you want it to alsonworkout

  • Started it after gastric sleeve surgery.
    Dee (Verified User)

    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…

  •  It's very delicious !!
    Marya Zimmet (Verified User)

    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.

  •  I love this supplement.
    Donna (Verified User)

    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.

    • 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.

    Cindy (Verified User)

    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!

  • Spiru-Tein
    Steph (Verified User)

    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.

    • beverly

      Almond milk with spirutein is very thick & clumpy, even mixed well in a blenders.

      • BeverlyName

        Use Almond Breeze,not almond milk! Works great!,

  •  I have lost 9 pounds
    Sharon Hayes (Verified User)

    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

  • Eileen

    Spirutein Vanilla has a new formula now and it tastes terrible. I returned the new cans to the vendor for refund, & contacted Nature’s Plus about my disappointment. Too bad. It was great.

  • Weight Loss causing Hair Loss
    Kay (Verified User)

    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.

    • 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.

  •  feel like I'm "cheating
    Angelica (Verified User)

    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” 🙂

  •  Polymyoistis
    Hap Wallace (Verified User)

    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?

    • Your Name

      its the chlorophyll its a very high detox drink i love it

  •  I've lost weight and its taste good.
    cindy anderson (Verified User)

    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


  •  These are working out!
    A rando lady (Verified User)

    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!

  •  Hated the product.
    Cynthia Goodson (Verified User)

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

    • ronnie

      You have to use a blender it taste great with milk

    • 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.

  •  Loved the product.
    Susan Weston (Verified User)

    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.

    • Jackie

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

  • How to use it?
    Susan (Verified User)

    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?

  •  Loved the product.
    Anonymous (Verified User)

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

    • 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.

  •  Loved the product.
    kelle (Verified User)

    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.

    • kelle

      I use the vanilla flavor.

  •  This helped me to burn fat
    marisme (Verified User)

    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.

  •  Most natural supplement for me
    Lesley (Verified User)

    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!

  •   Why?
    Lenna (Verified User)

    I don’t know what they have done to the taste and consistency recently, but its awful. When I mix it with my hand blender it makes a gel-like concoction that is difficult to drink. I have been drinking Spiru-tein shakes for breakfast for over 20 years, until now. September 2017

    • Victoria (Editor)

      Hi Lenna! We’re sorry that you were not happy with this product. Have you looked into other weight-loss alternatives that are in pill form?

    • Victoria (Editor)

      Hi Lenna! We’re sorry that you weren’t happy with the taste of Spiru-tein. Have you looked at other energy supplement alternatives that maybe come in pill form? You should check out !

  •  I love the product!
    Jackie L. (Verified User)

    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:/

    • 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?

  •  Delicious
    p. knapp (Verified User)

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

  •  Mixes instantly
    J. Dunlap (Verified User)

    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.

  •  The best protein
    Living the Good Life (Verified User)

    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.

    • Pah

      Do you excercise before or after drinking it?

  •  Loving Vanilla
    Angela (Verified User)

    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.

  • Anyone experiencing the same issue?
    Nikita (Verified User)

    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!

    • 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.

  •  Love this product!
    Marianna (Verified User)

    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

  •  Product worked for me
    Heather (Verified User)

    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!

  • just drinking this shake for either breakfast or lunch
    D (Verified User)

    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.

  •  Very yummy taste.
    Tay (Verified User)

    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!!!

  •  Spiru-Tein works for me.
    Robbin (Verified User)

    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.

  •  I was 185 now I am 169
    Tay (Verified User)

    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

  • Should I be concerned?

    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?

    • Diane

      They switched to fermented soy which is better for you, doesn’t mess up your homrones, and it’s also non GMO.

  •  I have used Spirutein throughout my life and love this product.
    Vicky (Verified User)

    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!

  • I lost 3.5 lbs in 3 days
    Hether (Verified User)

    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!

  •  I use the chocolate Spiru-tein with milk
    Mary (Verified User)

    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.

  •  I enjoy best the Vanilla sweetened one
    heidilove (Verified User)

    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.

  •  I've used the products, second time
    Stephen (Verified User)

    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!

  • I purchased the Nature's Plus- Spiru-tein today
    Shawna (Verified User)

    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.

  •  I love all the flavor!!
    Lynette (Verified User)

    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.

  •  Loved the product
    Sally (Verified User)

    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!).

    • 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?

      • 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.

        • 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.

  • How to prepare it?
    Z (Verified User)

    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.

    • 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.

    • Lisa

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

      • 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. 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Almond milk tastes incredible with the vanilla powder

      • 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.

        • 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!!!

    • 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.

    • 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!

      • 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.

    • pat

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

    • 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!

    • Debbie

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Anonymous

      try using apple juice it works perfect

    • 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!!

  •  Loved the product
    RitaD (Verified User)

    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.

    • Mia F

      Rita, any further thoughts or updates since your post? How many of the shakes are you having a day and have you changed anything else re the weight loss or is it simply the spiru-tein and substituting a meal with the shakes.

  •  It works
    William Logan (Verified User)

    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

    • 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.

    • 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

      • 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?

        • Jennifer

          Twice a day. I use as a meal replacement for breakfast and lunch and then have a small dinner, plus a few healthy snacks in between and lost of water. I’ve lost over 30 lbs. Now I use to maintain, plus it’s good for you.