Tastes so-so, but it's very healthy!
Almost every single one of the negative reviews on here has to do with the taste. Ok, it's been well established that this stuff tastes bad. I don't think it's the worst I've ever had, but it's certainly not delicious. However, it's a taste you get used to very quickly, and it only takes 1 minute to choke down. That 1 minute of pain will bring you hours of vibrance. That's the way I look at it.
April 19, 2013
I was actually advised that this product should be eaten with a spoon, not as a smoothie. I think this is where consumers may go wrong. If you keep this aspect in mind, it's not such a 'consistency' issue.
March 31, 2013
Tastes Like Mud
The directions say two scoops per 8 oz glass. I did one scoop for the 8oz. glass and had trouble swallowing it down. Next time I'll try a half a scoop and see if gets any easier. It did take the hunger pains away so it does work, it just tastes like MUD!
February 21, 2013
Tastes flat- works great.
First off, this product works! My health and digestion have greatly improved. I wanted a high quality meal replacement to assist me with shedding excess pounds. This product satisfies my hunger and keeps me energetic throughout the day.
What I was disappointed with is the taste and consistency of the shakes. The taste is flat if you use water. I used orange juice and that helped a great deal.
My other issue is the recommended dosage of 2 scoops is way too much for the amount of liquid suggested for a serving size. The powder absorbs the liquid quickly. It gets so thick you cannot drink it, I used one scoop per serving and then drank another serving 2 hours later.
I like how this product works but, will order the flavored variety next time.
October 16, 2012
I like It!
Blends up real well in my smoothies. Really feeling good since I started this have gotten so much accomplished in my house.
September 22, 2012
I got it thinking it was a 'shake', not realizing what 'meal replacement' meant. As a meal replacement, the texture is good, soft, like baby food, it tastes blandish, sweetish, and kind of green. I can't stand eating baby food day in and out so I use it as a 'shake'. I mix half the recommended amount with some juice and an herbal ice tea and it becomes thick like a smoothie. It would blend really well with frozen fruits and some ice and almond milk, but I like the flavor of it with some juice in it. I have a whole host of allergies that I deal with and find this is really better tasting and it has a lot of good things on the label that I feel are helping me. I have noticed I'm not as hungry as I was before. I can coast on to a late lunch and not eat as much for dinner. I have more energy and feel overall improvement in my day to day. I am a variety eater and I find it a little monotonous having it every day for breakfast, but it's good and I like the benefits of it.
August 12, 2012
I saw this product and was excited to have a raw meal powder for smoothies. Something that would be high in nutrition. But it ends up that you have to take 2 large scoopers to give you a small amount of nutrition. If I used that much I would have to eat it with a spoon, it swells up quite a bit. So I use 1 heaping tablespoon, which gives me very small amounts of needed vitamins and minerals. I will use it up because it is very expensive. But I won't buy it again. Too bad, it was a great idea.
August 9, 2012
This is a great meal replacement shake, but I agree that the taste is less than desirable! I have found that mixing it with Almond Milk, Banana, a lot of ice and a big straw really helps get it down! I have used other fruit as well, but the banana helps the most for some reason. I actually look forward to drinking it now! I don't get hungry for hours and the nutritional value is fantastic!
July 26, 2012
Try the Vanilla flavored version
Raw Meal is an awesome product but the one offered by Swanson is the unflavored one. Go find the vanilla flavored Raw Meal which is sweetened with organic stevia. It tastes good and is even great with just 16 oz of water. I drink it for breakfast and it keeps me satisfied for 5 to 6 hours and it gives me energy so that I no longer need coffee in the morning. It has really helped with my weight loss efforts. I can shake it up in my Raw Meal shaker cup and drink it on the way to work knowing that I am having a wonderfully healthy breakfast. Haven't tried the chocolate flavor yet but the vanilla is more versatile for adding other ingredients like fruit.
July 17, 2012
This product has everything you need for a meal replacement. Me and my hubby love this for on the go food. It has increase my metabolism. It has such awesome ingredients. I am using it to shed a few lbs. I dont feel as hunger in th middle of the day when I have a drink for breakfast. The taste is not all that bad nothing that I cant stomach. My health is way more important than taste.
April 29, 2012
Raw Meal is awesome!
Sure it's "mealy" and doesn't taste like a bottle of lab-fabricated chocolate cookie protein shake, but that's part of what's great about it. Mixed with vanilla soymilk it actually takes on somewhat of a green tea latte flavor, but thick.
Another great aspect is the sustained energy and fullness it provides. I had it for breakfast at around 9am and wasn't truly hungry for a meal until 1:30pm.
I also love that I don't have to be a slave to the juicer anymore. It's a lot of money and time to juice frequently - but with this I know I'm getting just as healthy of intake - if not healthier because of all the sprouted contents.
March 29, 2012
First of all, I can understand how others may have an issue with the taste and texture. Due to the high quality ingredients in the product, I think it is well worth overlooking. Try mixing a higher ratio of liquid to powder so you can benefit from this wonderful product. You do have a number of ground, whole, raw items in here! I blend mine in a shaker with half high quality, berry blend juice (approx. 4 oz) and half water and the berry is enough to sweeten this up to make it a great beverage/meal. I have added it to just coconut milk or almond milk and find it okay too. I just think my personal taste does not mind this texture or taste. All in all, through tons of research and trials, this is the best product I have used so far for pre or post workout or a quick meal. The quality is unparalled and knowing that spirulina has been added is a huge bonus for me. It also helps to keep you regular and does give you a good energy boost. WELL WORTH trying and, at this price point, is a true steal.
March 19, 2012
A Wobderful Product
This is an excellent overall supplement. I have found it to be fast acting and energizing. Just wish the sugar content were lower.
March 12, 2012
I actually LOVE and crave the taste of this product when I mix it with organic vanilla-flavored coconut milk. I throw in a banana sometimes, and it's extra smooth. When I drink it in the morning, it keeps me from getting ravenously hungry and over-eating all day. Top notch raw product from a spectacular company!
November 13, 2011
Awfulest taste ever
We could not make this palatable. I wanted a liquid to replace vitamins and a meal for my 85 yr-old Mom as she has trouble swallowing. It made her gag. Probably very good stuff by ingredient list but not usable for us.
October 30, 2011
Great addition to diet / health plan
I have been using this product for about a year now, and I love to drink it with Almond milk. It really is a good meal replacement, and / or a good snack! The flavor is quite good, too. You can easily throw this, some almond milk, and blueberries or other fruits in the blender and make an extra healthy snack.
August 26, 2011
Alter Formulation of Product
I would agree with a previous reviewer that this product tastes like baby rice cereal and that is because it is heavy on the sprouted brown rice. I had hoped that this product would include more raw green food but that is not the case. So, I only use this product to sprinkle on food rather than a meal replacement. Use in small quantities and it is palatable but 2 scoops is awful. Need to rename this product or change the formulation.
May 17, 2011
Tastes Very Bad
I ordered this product because I have severe food intolerances and the ingredients list was full of good nutrients. I am disappointed in the taste. I have to mix in fruit juice and agave and a banana to make it palatable. I ordered it for the extra protein, but all I have to add to make it taste OK adds to carbs, calories and sugar. I will not buy this product again. I would say it tastes like bad baby formula.
March 21, 2011
the jury's still out
I'm new to the raw food thing. This was the first raw replacement supplement I've tried. The taste is really not good. I mixed with water and acai/pom juice. I will try it a few more times because I don't think you can get better ingredients or convenience; but, if you can't stomach it???? I'll re-post when I try it with almond milk as suggested on another site.
March 2, 2011
love raw food products
Check this raw meal out. I feel more energetic when I take this product and I think I'm getting real time nutrients from it. Garden of Life is a great brand. May seem a little expensive but look at the ingredients. It works for me. I'm trying to use more raw food products.
February 16, 2011
I was not prepared for the taste. Had to try different approaches to find a blend I could tolerate. I work long hours and don't always eat right. This product was just what I was looking for. I purchased to assist with weight loss and it really works. Feel better overall, will purchase again.
January 9, 2011
Stupendously high-quality fast food
This a stupendously high quality organic, raw, dairy-free, enzyme-rich, complete-protein-packed fast food meal. I use 1 - 1 1/2 scoops (2 scoops = 33 gm of protein, more than I need in one meal). I blend with berries, water, and a little strawberry Omega Swirl and it tastes fine to me. "Raw Meal" is crucial to my effort to get more raw food into my diet.
December 15, 2010
What are you looking for?
Raw Meal (Organic) - means just that - no preservatives - no warm or fuzzies with this drink. I wasn't sure what it was going to taste like, but it has been great for what I needed it for. I've been doing Insanity now for four months. I purchased this as a protein meal replacement to be used after my workout. It has help to decrease the fatigue after an intense workout. It took two weeks for me to actually tolerate it and for my body to crave it. It keeps me from eating everything I see while preparing my evening meal. I've used it with orange/pineapple juice and water - 7:3 ratio. The serving size is 2 scoops with 16 oz of liquid. I found that I can stomach 1 scoop with 10 oz of liquid. It mixes very well and it keeps me regular. Will continue to purchase this item.
November 9, 2010
Really healthy ingredients
But it taste like. It has kind of a bitter taste that's hard to disguise. Probably because of the seeds and raw ingredients. My grandson loves protein shakes, but thought this one taste "nasty". I didn't like it much better, but used it up because of the great ingredients.
July 24, 2010
I love this stuff!
This filled me up and satisfied my cravings---it is FULL of nutrition. Mixed it in a shake with organic cocoa and stevia---yummy. I lost weight with this.
June 15, 2010