Review and Giveaway: VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake

When training for a marathon, I looked at my diet closely and saw that I was really lacking in protein for my increased activity level (35-40 miles per week, plus cross training). I also noticed when I got protein in my system an hour after a workout, the next day’s workout felt *way* better.

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When only running four days a week due to the summer heat, each workout is really important- and you want to make the workouts count. To get extra protein during training, I started drinking protein shakes- something I never did consistently in my years of working out.

I started out with store-brand whey. After all, the bodybuilders say it gets to your muscles fastest post workout, so why not? Pretty bland, so I added Jello pudding mix to form high protein concoctions. I felt weird adding Jello pudding mix and chocolate syrup into a shake I wanted to be healthy- and it tasted like artificial sweeteners.

Along with whey, I tried casein protein. I consulted Coach Google (ha) and found that it was helpful before bed as it was slow digesting. Unfortunately for me, it was *no-digesting*. I had some of the worst stomach pains ever (my digestive tract can be pretty finnicky). Needless to say, I only drank casein protein once. Even that was one time too many.

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I don’t eat meat, and even though I consume dairy products and eggs, I was curious about vegan protein powders. Some of my speedy and strong vegan friends use them, and I pride myself on being “powered by plants” most of the time.

Shortly after my marathon, I jumped on the opportunity to try Naturade’s new VeganSmart All-in-One nutritional shake, a plant based shake free of dairy, soy, gluten, cholesterol, trans fat, and GMOs. Even more impressive is what the shake contains- 20 grams of protein (160 calories), 6 grams of fiber, probiotics, digestive enzymes, whole food complex, omega 3, essential amino acids, and a slew of vitamins and minerals.

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Depending on your goals, the VeganSmart All-in-One nutritional shake can be a post-workout treat or a meal replacement. It’s a LOT cheaper than private-label supplements, and you don’t have to buy through a provider. You can buy online (retails for $34.99) and at other retailers, including Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, and Amazon. The container has 15 2-scoop servings- just over $2 a serving.

I was sent a container of the vanilla flavor and first tried it out after a BodyPump weights workout- it’s pretty important to get protein right after lifting weights. I opened the container and immediately found the scoop- automatic win!

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To get a true taste of the VeganSmart shake, I mixed it with ice and unsweetened vanilla almond milk, then blended with my immersion blender. The shake powder in the container was a bit lumpy, but it blended very well- better than whey powder and MUCH better than casein. I didn’t have to scrape powder from the blades of my blender or the bottom of the cup- so I didn’t feel like any of the powder was “wasted”.

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The best part was the taste- absolutely delicious. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk is basically tasteless, but the blended shake was great. It wasn’t chalky or powdery, and it didn’t taste bland or “green”. I tasted no hints of artificial sweeteners- because it doesn’t contain any. I also tried it blended with just purified water and ice, and that was also excellent; every other shake I’ve tried was barely palatable when mixed only with water.

I’m sure it tastes great blended with anything, but it’s nice that you can drink it with ice and water, too- especially after a hot, sweaty run. I’m drinking it after hard runs and after weight workouts.

Since my first two experiments, I’ve also blended the VeganSmart All-in-One Nutritional Shake with frozen bananas (almost like banana pudding) and frozen blueberries (added antioxidants never hurt).

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Of course, no one drinks protein shakes simply for taste; results are important too. On the training front, I’ve made it a point to drink the VeganSmart shake four times a week, and I’m seeing results in my post-marathon recovery. I’m lifting more weight at BodyPump classes without being super sore the next day. I’m also back to running 30-35 miles per week (5 days per week) and seeing some speed gains.

As far as tummy troubles go, I’ve experienced *zero* digestive discomfort drinking the VeganSmart shake. I think the probiotics and digestive enzymes may be helping as well. The protein fills me up until my next meal, I’m not craving junk, and I’ve had no painful cramps or bloating.

When my tummy’s happy, everyone’s happy.

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When my vanilla VeganSmart All-in-One nutritional shake runs out, I’ll definitely buy more. I’ll be buying the chocolate and chai flavors when I get paid, too. The added vitamins and probiotics give more bang for your caloric buck, and the extra nutrition can replace a daily multivitamin, probiotic, and fiber supplement.

If you’d like to try VeganSmart’s All-in-One nutritional shake, I’m  giving away 1 container of the vanilla flavor to a lucky reader here at TheTinyTerror.com.

Here’s how to enter:

  • Mandatory Entry: How do you refuel after a workout? Any favorite protein shake recipes or combinations to share? Leave your answer in a comment!
  • Optional: Subscribe to TheTinyTerror.com via email, WordPress reader, or RSS. Leave a comment letting me know how you subscribe.
  • Optional: Like Naturade on Facebook, then comment here letting me know you did.
  • Optional: Visit VeganSmart’s website, then comment here with something you read or learned or another product you’d like to try.
  • Optional: Tweet “I want to be powered by plants with @Naturade and @ProudPatriot07. Enter to win VeganSmart shake at http://wp.me/px2QG-1YN”. Leave a comment on this post.

Be sure to leave a comment for each entry method. The giveaway ends October 30.

Good luck!


I strive to review only products I trust and believe in. I received one free container of Naturade’s VeganSmart All-in-One Nutritional Shake in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated monetarily for this post.

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69 Responses to Review and Giveaway: VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake

  1. Virginie says:

    After my body pump work out or a long run, I usually get a homemade one scoop greek yogurt plus frozen berries and almond milk! Or for a hard work out, proud of myself, a European breakfast, homemade chocolate milk (lindt 85% molten!!) and coconut or almond milk 🙂 with homemade bread toasts and confitures (favorite: marmelade) and after??! Nap lol

  2. Kristina Johnson says:

    I have been using BSN dessert protein for two years, although I rarely drink them. I’ve tried Cinnabon, Chocolate Fudge and Whipped Vanilla! I prefer the vanilla because I can add peanut butter and it taste so yummy. I drink them with water sometimes but prefer non fat milk. I never drink them because I’ve heard to effectively work you must drink them right after a workout and anything after isn’t that beneficial and honestly they don’t fill me up and I worry about eating and drinking a shake in fear of gaining weight! Have you read up on any of that?

  3. Amy says:

    Great giveaway, Amy! I need to get better at consuming protein directly following a workout so I would love to try this! I love bananas + yogurt + berries + OJ and powder as a shake.

  4. Amy says:

    And I subscribe to you via RSS.

  5. emarie24 says:

    Oh me me 🙂 I actually quit drinking protein because I don’t like all the ingredients and I felt so bloated after. So I’d be curious to try this and probably will even if I don’t win! I used to mix coconut milk with it and that was typically all with chocolate, or add vanilla in smoothies. But I like it for the weight gain, and especially with running where I don’t live, it’d be nice to have some in the car!

  6. emarie24 says:

    I follow you on both blogs of mine! No idea what RSS is. And I don’t have twitter!

  7. I’m always looking for Vegan substitutions in Protein Powders. Chocolate sounds right up my alley!

  8. Steph says:

    I workout mainly in the evenings, so when I get home, I usually eat dinner. After long runs…pancakes! 🙂

  9. Evelyn says:

    Great article! I have been curious of vegan proteins. Have you considered doing a vegan protein roundup review? This sounds like a fine choice, I will definitely be trying it.

    I normally take protein powder and amino acids after strength training. After most runs I am not immediately hungry, so I try to eat a fully balanced meal 30-60 minutes post cardio. Sometimes I’ll splurge and drink chocolate milk after a run, but I haven’t done that in months.

  10. Erin says:

    Post workout I almost always go for a banana with almond butter, but I made shakes (with whey protein) pretty frequently when I had a tub. Unfortunately it ran out, and I haven’t gotten any more since… I’d definitely be interested in trying this kind!

  11. The only workouts I refuel after are my long runs over 15. I usually just drink lowfat chocolate milk. I do sometimes substitute a protein shake for breakfast though and my FAVE is vanilla protein power/blueberries/bananas/sugar free cheesecake pudding mix

  12. I liked Naturade on facebook!

  13. I subscribed to TheTinyTerror.com via email! I had been meaning to do that anyway, LOL!

  14. I want to try the Pea Protein from VeganSmart…sounds interesting! Love all the different ways there are to get protein into our hardworking bodies!

  15. spectacuLAUR says:

    I always go for protein powder which mixes really well in coffee! It’s my favorite way to fuel after a workout. A lot of protein powders don’t mix well with warm drinks so I always go for the ones which do mix pretty well!

  16. Rachel DeVaughn says:

    After I workout I either have banana and water or Shakeology protein drink with water and frozen fruit.

  17. Rachel DeVaughn says:

    I subscribed via email.

  18. Rachel DeVaughn says:

    I have liked Naturade on facebook!! Hope I win!! 🙂

  19. Rachel DeVaughn says:

    I tweeted!!

  20. Rachel DeVaughn says:

    I was reading about this shake on the website and I like that its dairy free and has “Digestive Enzymes Blend – Assists in digesting foods more completely for greater absorption of nutrients and the good health that goes with them.” This is really important to me since I have lactose issues and I actually have to take digestive enzyme pills for dairy and some meat products.. i would love to try this!

  21. Brian M. says:

    Vanilla is good. Chocolate is unbelievable! I usually make mine with almond milk, a frozen banana and a tablespoon of flax seed oil.

  22. I am always looking for a good smoothie recipie to try after a workout, but my favorite is an easy strawberry, banana, green veggie, ice, juice, soy or almond milk mix. 🙂

  23. I liked Naturade on facebook!

  24. I visited the website and I learned where I can buy it! The vitamin shop!

  25. I subscribed by email! thanks!

  26. luvrunlive says:

    I’d love to try this. I usually re-fuel with TIU’s vanilla protein powder.

  27. bkkolota says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

  28. bkkolota says:

    I liked Naturade on Facebook!

  29. bkkolota says:

    I learned that the shakes include a complete protein blend!

  30. bkkolota says:

    I often refuel with a smoothie after working out. I’m loving my Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkin Buckwheat smoothie and Chocolate Cherry Doughboy smoothie. Here’s links to both recipes –

    Pumpkin – http://www.hungrygatorgal.com/2013/09/chocolate-peanut-butter-pumpkin.html
    Cherry – http://www.hungrygatorgal.com/2013/09/chocolate-peanut-butter-pumpkin.html

  31. I refuel after a workout with a protein shake already – and as I’m also vegetarian, I find that this helps up my protein levels for the day. I use the protein powder I got when I signed up with the Fitmixer bootcamp program earlier in the year and it’s also pretty good just blended with water. I’d love to give this vegan protein a try!

  32. allieksmith says:

    After a workout I like to refuel with COFFEE and soy protein mixed with soy milk. Yeah… soy overload for me, but I’m lactose intolerant and it works!

  33. Kit Palmer says:

    I just started following my running workouts with a protein recovery drink. I am currently using Body Fortress Whey Protien (chocolate or vanilla), mixed in unsweetened almond milk. For post long run recovery, I usually add some frozen fruit (bananas, blueberries or strawberries) and chia seeds. It’s not bad, but I haven’t been using it long enough to see significant results yet.

  34. Kit Palmer says:

    Oh, and I already subscribe to your blog through Feedly.

  35. Amanda A says:

    Amy, I use a chocolate green smart food blend – it’s a chocolate powder blend, similar to a protein powder but packed with other nutrients. It’s tastes awful! But I feel amazing after I drink it. I mix it with almond milk and a banana to make it more palatable, but that gritty texture is still there. I will have to check out this protein powder, I am always on the lookout for one since I eat little meat and don’t get much for whole grains due to the Celiacs. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  36. Colea says:

    After a long run, I refuel with a protein shake (either vanilla Whey or Shakeology) with half of a frozen banana, 1-2 tbsp of PB2 and almond milk.

    I subscribe to your blog via email. I have twitted “I want to be powered by plants with @Naturade and @ProudPatriot07. Enter to win VeganSmart shake at http://wp.me/px2QG-1YN”, liked Naturade on Facebook and wonder how the Chai flavored shake Naturade offers tastes. ((:

    Thanks!!

  37. Colea says:

    *oops… Tweeted not twitted – I don’t like to have spelling errors when I’m posting to you….lol 😉

  38. Yum, i haven’t tried this one. Or heard of it to be honest. Love finding new vegan proteins! Favorite shake is vanilla protein with peaches and a slice of fresh ginger.

  39. I usually eat a banana – and a protein shake. chocolate flavored is best!

  40. I normally workout so that it is meal time shortly afterwords. I have found that works the best since I can just eat lunch right after and not worry about protein shakes. Though back in Oswego when I didn’t have that luxury I did have a protein shake.

  41. I’m subscribed on bloglovin. 🙂

  42. Brooklynn Smith says:

    I don’t work out very heavily, so after my “gentle motion” I tend to have a glass of milk or a protein-laden snack, like cheese. I like having protein smoothies as meal replacers when I am too busy to make a real meal. I do know that I have to make sure I don’t get too much protein in those smoothies, though! I hear it’s bad for you.

    I subscribe to the RSS feed of your blog through Feedly.

  43. Lauren Cole says:

    I usually just go for a plain chocolate whey protein shake after a workout mixed with 1% milk.

  44. After a workout, I like to drink a homemade smoothie like my peanut butter and banana smoothie.

  45. I saw on their site that this powder is carried at HEB. That’s one of the grocery stores where I do my shopping.

  46. Erin from Long Island says:

    I generally work out late, so when i’m done it’s dinner time!

  47. Erin from Long Island says:

    Like Naturade on Facebook,

    ERIN NEU

  48. Erin from Long Island says:

    rss subscriber

  49. Erin from Long Island says:

    i learned the only place i can get it here is the vitamin shoppe

  50. Erin from Long Island says:

    tweeted

  51. Chelsea Ruth says:

    I refuel by eating an apple with peanut butter or a banana with peanut butter!! I haven’t been running that long so I don’t know what works for me and what doesn’t yet!

  52. Lindsay M. says:

    I usually use shakeology! 😀 And I use Cliff bars to refuel after working out.

  53. Have fun doing the giveaway, Amy! 🙂

    Oh, and I just responded to your last post, but I forget to answer your question about parks in the entry. We don’t have water parks or anything like that in my direct city, but we do have a lot of woods and trails… and just normal parks with swings, slides, etc., for kids… or maybe not just for kids. Haha.
    The more exciting parks are found in Columbus, Cleveland, Sandusky, etc.

  54. protein shake : vanilla scoop, 1 cup frozen blueberries, spinach and yogurt

  55. I am the worst at getting any type of fuel in my body after a hard work out. Its the last thing I want to do. But I try and get a banana or some type of fruit in me. I definitely need to try some of these protein mixes though!

  56. Just subscribed to your blog by email, yay!

  57. Got my tweet in @blahmonstergirl

  58. Naturade — Facebook liked. Bam, Pow!

  59. 5 non GMO plant based proteins — say what??? All I needed to know from the website are the words chocolate and chai. Done and done! =)

  60. LilMysNinja says:

    I used to drink protein shakes all the time. Sadly I’ve gotten away from it. I was just recently thinking how I needed to get back into them.

  61. LilMysNinja says:

    I’m subscribed through Bloglovin 🙂

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