A Stonyfield Organic Protein Smoothie is a fun way to start the day. I’ve got the the scoop on this new product – the good and bad.I recently joined the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club! My first assignment as part of this great group is to sample the new Stonyfield Organic Protein Smoothie and tell you all about it. How fitting since I just finished my simple smoothie series!
If you’ve been around here long you know that my newest little one is very sensitive (if not allergic) to dairy. Which means I couldn’t try the OP Smoothies myself.
But my family sure has been enjoying them!
My daughter says they taste like milkshakes. She really loved the chocolate.
My son can only have limited dairy, so I let him try a very small amount of the strawberry smoothie. In his three year-old description: “Yum! It tastes like strawberry.” He was sad when I told him he couldn’t have any more.
My husband says they are “easy to drink and not too sweet.” The not too sweet part is a big bonus for my family! Normally any kind of store bought yogurt tastes sickeningly sweet to us.
My first choice when it comes to smoothies is always to make them myself. Put raw milk, coconut milk and/or yogurt, strawberries and a bit of honey in a blender. In two minutes you’ve got a nutritious smoothie with no strange ingredients.
But there are seasons and events in your life when you need easy…as in grab it out of the fridge easy. Like when I had morning sickness…these smoothies would have been handy for my family (and myself!!). OP smoothies would also be great for when you are on vacation.
There are a few things I love about the OP Smoothies:
- No artificial flavors
- No artificial colors
- Real fruits and vegetables added (to the strawberry flavor)
- Lots of vitamins and minerals
- Organic ingredients
There are also some things that I don’t like as much:
- Low fat milk instead of full fat/only 2g of fat in a whole smoothie
- Erythritol – I had to look this up. It’s a sugar alcohol that is hard to digest. I wish they had stuck to all plain cane sugar.
- Milk protein concentrate – Another ingredient that I’m not really sure what it is. I assume that is where the protein boost comes from.
- Natural flavor – This seems to be in every organic product but it can have many sources. If it is so natural I wish companies would just say what it is! It’s important for those with allergies.
- Carob bean gum – Any kind of gum can be hard on the digestive system.
The new Stonyfield Organic Protein Smoothie tastes great. It doesn’t have any artificial ingredients. Plus it is very convenient. I love that.
On the flip side, the smoothies contain a few questionable ingredients (things I wouldn’t normally let my kids have). Plus they are unbalanced in their protein/fat/starch ratio. If I were drinking one I’d definitely pair it with extra starch and fat, like a piece of sourdough bread with lots of butter and even some sea salt.
I personally don’t think we need large amounts of protein. So a smoothie that boasts protein isn’t a huge draw for me. But balanced with some other nutritious food it can be a great addition to your diet.
A Stonyfield Organic Protein Smoothie would be a nice treat once in a while for a lunch. It comes in vanilla, strawberry and chocolate to please any taste buds.
If you need a quick protein boost in your snack or a simple breakfast option when you can’t make something at home, try a Stonyfield OP Smoothie.
I am working with Stonyfield to blog about the OP Smoothies. I have been compensated for my time commitment to review this product. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.