RAW Meal Organic - Chocolate
Finally, a healthy food mix that my wife likes!
I have been looking for something that my wife will take that is healthy and can be taken more than just once and then left in the "forget me" pile.
This is a fairly long review, so I'll give a short opinion for those who don't want to read the details: If you can handle the ingredients in this product, GET IT. It has a lot to offer. There are also other flavors. Just bear in mind it's not candy, so expect some level of acquired taste. The price is fair in my opinion for what it does. There's my $ 0.02. Thanks for reading my review! :)
First of all this stuff has so many, good-for-you things in it, like organic veggies and fruits. There are also enzymes and probiotics as well. Now secondly, for chocolate-lovers, well, that's in here too.
Sadly I cannot have any shape or form of anything with caffeine in it, and that includes chocolate. :( But, on the positive side, I won't steal any from my wife! Fortunately for me, and others like me, there are other flavors, like vanilla! :)
This is indeed a meal replacement, because if you take the suggested amount, there's a good chance you might feel full; and that it true for both my wife and I. I would not use this alone to replace all foods for the rest of your life, but I would consider this as a very healthy single meal "pick-me-up".
My wife finds practically all "health-food" items unpleasant to take, so I got her one of those shaker cups with a ball-whisk in it, filled it about one-third full of CHOCOLATE MILK :( for her, then used just 1 scoop of this healthy mix, shook it all up, then served it. Viola! She has taken this more than once! Yay! For me, I just use another flavor of this without chocolate, and used sweetened coconut milk, or almond milk, and used the same mixing method.
Now I must warn you, if you are expecting this meal replacement to taste exactly like a milk-shake or something like it, then you might be disappointed by this, even mixed with chocolate milk or something. But, I will say that doing so might make taking something like this bearable. It did for my wife and me.
So if you want something that has a lot of healthy things in it, is a fair price for the amount available, has chocolate in it, can be mixed with other things, like milk, or coconut milk, this brand has been one of my favorites, and maybe it can be for you too! :)
July 6, 2014
Awesome for smoothies
We now drink our breakfast! Fast and tastes great. Distilled water bananas and frozen fruit in a blender for an awesome breakfast.!!
April 13, 2014
Not for me
I can't even comprehend how anyone could consume this based on taste and texture it ranks somewhere between wallpaper paste and mud. I was very pleased with the quality of ingredients and the list of ingredeints but as for flavor I'd compare it to a grass smoothie with a spoonful of chocolate syrup mixed in. Mmmmm..NO! but for a diehard vegan, it must taste like a pint of ice cream! I am happy for anyone who wants to eat this healthy.
I was looking for a high protein high quality meal replacement....this was... but optimally I'd like it to be palatable at a minimum and it just wasn't.
February 28, 2014
I thought I would weigh in on some of the other comments. This powder tastes as good or better than any other PLANT BASED powder out there. Nothing wrong with the flavor. It's good! I know part of the appeal is tht it is vegan, but if you mix it in with some regular 2 percent milk it tastes pretty smotth and creamy. Haven't tried it with soy, rice, or almond milk, but I'm sure that would be pretty good too.
As for effectiveness, a single shake with 2 scoops in 2 percent milk keeps me satisfied for 4 hours easily. As a meal for lunch it has eliminated all my snacking before dinner that was causing me a lot of problems with the added colories.
I'll be buying more when this batch is finished.
February 21, 2014
Effective product, tastes good!
Raw Meal helps my elderly father get the nutrition he needs and to keep weight on. It tastes good, like chocolate malt. He mixes it with whole milk so he is getting both plant and animal protein. This stuff is great!
December 20, 2013
Great raw nutrition!
Good for those who normally do not eat many vegetables. Very satisfying. Keeps me full for about 3-4 hours if I use 2 scoops w/16 oz of water. Swanson's price is about $10 less than most health food stores on this product.
November 27, 2013
Does not even resemble chocolate flavor!
ok, i am a huge fan of this product line, but this chocolate one is just YUCKY! does not even resemble the flavor of chocolate! i give the actual raw meal product a very high rating because it is a phenominal product, i just detest this particular flavor!
November 25, 2013
Beat Tasting Meal Replacement
I have been using this for a very short time and I am so happy with the product. It is so easy to mix and tastes fantastic!!
October 9, 2013
This gets a little "gummy" after it is blended. There are much better products out there, in my opinion.
September 10, 2013
Best Quality Product
This product is filled with so many raw, organic ingredients that you need look no further. The recommended dosage is 2 scoops but I can only use one because of the thickness of the product. I solved this dilemma by taking one scoop pre-workout in the morning and the other scoop just before bedtime. My body has lost an incredible amount of fat and my energy levels are through the roof! My only complaint is the taste. The chocolate flavor does very little if anything to improve the taste. I simply add organic pasteurized apple juice for flavor and it tastes great. This product is truly worth buying.
August 29, 2013
Not so hot...
I made this shake, as instructed on the label, for breakfast every morning for enough days that I went through two 2.7 lb. containers. I only rated it as average because it seemed to change my regularity in a negative way. My father used this product as well with similar results.
August 20, 2013
A healthy start!
Used this as my "breakfast" meal each day when I ordered it. You definitely feel the difference, more energy, like real pure energy. Cleanses your body too making you look and feel cleaner and happier.
August 18, 2013
Being a vegan, I love the fact that there are vegan meal replacements such as this that contain substantial amounts of protein. Not to mention the fiber content and probiotics in this product. A home run!
July 10, 2013
I drink this everyday!
I had researched many different meal-replacement shakes out there before deciding on this one. I'm glad I did because I found a winner! It tastes much better than I thought it would too. It has almost all of the daily nutrition we need and want but best of all, it's raw, organic, gluten-free and vegan. If I am going to be eating something everyday I want it to be the best thing for me. I find it nearly impossible to have a well balanced meal on my schedule, until now. This drink makes me feel full and full of energy. I mix it with 8 oz. of dark chocolate almond milk and the rest water in a large shaker to-go cup. The total amount is a little more than 24 oz. Also, when I am not so on the go, I really like too blend it with ice and a banana.
May 25, 2013
Quality and Taste
The chocolate is terrific. Love this product. I have been using raw meal for 4 months and have always bought the original flavor, but after purchasing the chocolate this is the one for me. So full of nutrition and convenient. I eat it at lunch at work and it is so easy and quick and I feel better knowing I have had a healthy lunch. If you haven't tried raw meal, now is the time to buy it and start a healthier YOU!
May 22, 2013
Just purchased this and am quite satisfied. I mix the full serving with goats milk in a sports shaker bottle. I think it tastes pretty good. You need to drink it quick as it does thicken. The nutritional content is superb. Those that have lived a healthy lifestyle will appreciate the taste. Tastes are acquired. So if your used to eating healthy you will have no problem with the taste.
Those that are used to sugary snacks and the average American diet probably wont like it. Id disregard those opinions as some are looking for a nutritional meal replacement that tastes like a kiddie snack.
May 12, 2013
It's definitely a meal
Amazing ingredients, definitely needs some help in the taste dept. so I add some organic honey, cinnamon and a banana and blend, I also use 1/2 the amount suggested, and extra liquid, I use water to keep calories down. . It is supremely thick if it sits for even a minute.
April 28, 2013
good meal replacement
I need a healthy meal replacement\ after surgery
the MD's office suggested a product with heavy amounts of sugar and fructose sugar
So happy to find this product since I eat a plant based diet with no animal products
April 21, 2013
Plant-based, tastes great!
This stuff taste great! I only do 1 scoop w/8 oz vanilla flavored almond milk, i put it in the blender for 5seconds and its perfect. and drink it fast! If you blend it longer it turns muddy, i couldn't drink it.
April 19, 2013
It really works
I like it in the morning, y sometimes for lunch, really works, I don't feel hungry.
April 2, 2013
I had high hopes for this drink powder. The ingredient list is amazing, but the taste is not. I mix mine with dark chocolate almond milk and the overall taste is just gross. I have had worse tasting, but I have definitely had better tasting. I can get it down, but even with the choc. almond milk, it still tastes chalky and had a 'bitter' note at the end. Will not be purchasing this again.
March 15, 2013
Great Meal Replacement Shake
Have been using this product for 3 months for meal replacements. It provides the nutrients I need, it works great!
February 14, 2013
This product was very affordable for the quantity & pricing!
February 10, 2013
High quaility Protein shake
After reading about how much better pea protein is for our bodies - I went in search of a shake and found this one that makes a complete meal - Ok - I would NEVER expect something with this much nutrition to taste like anything other then the way that it does -actually it tastes a lot better then I expected. I do add some frozen organic fruit (blueberries or strawberries) - get them at Trader Joes - use a about a 1/2 cup of either rice or almond milk with the water and my family LOVES it! We have it almost everyday - so it is GREAT that we can purchase at such a fair price. I suggest Swanson's to everyone I know, including on Facebook! Thank you for your fine company! Daphne Weld Nichols
January 23, 2013
Thick Raw and Satisfying
The ingredients are terrific and the taste is decent; not the most chocolate goodness I've had in a shake, but then it does really fill you up without tasting nasty or too "green".
Tip: the directions state to use 12 oz Water (I used Almond Milk) to 2 Scoops of powder. I put it in a Blendtec Blender on Smoothie mode to mix it properly.
So If you this and drink it immediately, you will not notice much thickness, but if you were to wait for about 15 minutes, the shake will almost be gelatine like and will need thinning down or remixing again with more liquid. Just an observation to adjust to your taste.
This thickness is from all the soluble fiber for sure and probably what will keep you satisfied.
Given that all these food ingredients are raw, organic, and vegan, (but still 34g of Protein per serving), this is a great replacement meal. For about $2.67 per serving, this is pretty cost effective.
September 1, 2012