I recently posted about finally finding healthy snack bars that are both filling, great-tasting and gluten-free (See "Gluten-Free Indulgence, July 31, 2015). I had been on a similar hunt for protein shakes and was hoping--in addition to meeting the above criteria—that I’d find a shake that was both gluten- and dairy-free, and not loaded with sugar. When my Send Me Gluten Free goodie box arrived in July, I found nirvana in the full-size CalNaturale Svelte Organic Protein Shake that was included. And not just any shake, but their Chocolate flavor (score!) in a carton that reads “Hello Beautiful.” How could you go wrong?
The company’s website (www.drinksvelte.com) states that Svelte can be enjoyed as a meal replacement, before or after a workout, or “as an anytime ready-to-drink snack.” I usually enjoy mine mid-morning to bridge the gap between breakfast and lunch.
So let’s talk sugar content (my latest obsession): Just 6 grams for an 11fl oz. shake (the sample I received was 15.9fl. oz. and came in at 9 grams). So that converts to just 1.5 teaspoons of sugar, which leaves a bunch of wiggle room for the rest of the day.
Now let’s talk price: I recently picked up a 4-pack of 11fl. oz. shakes for $6.98 at a Walmart in South Carolina. The 15.9fl oz that I received in my goodie box is also carried at some Wegmans. Check Svelte’s website for stores near you.
Svelte's other flavors include Banana Crème, French Vanilla, Cappuccino and Spiced Chai. The Chocolate has a smooth, creamy taste; rich but not too rich. (Think Yoo-hoo for adults, only better!). The shakes are also vegan and made from non-GMO organic soy.
Svelte’s carton boasts that its goal is “to improve health and wellness with the best-tasting, most nourishing foods possible." I would say that they are definitely on their way this product. I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with next--because it's a great time to be gluten-free!
(I received a Svelte Protein Shake as part of a paid Send Me Gluten Free subscription. I was not compensated by CalNaturale or Send Me Gluten Free for this review. For further information on Send Me Gluten Free, visit www.sendmeglutenfree.com.)