Flavor Tried: Fruity Cereal
Price: $34.99 for 12 shakes ($2.91 each)
Nutrition: 140 Calories, 3.5g Fat, 9g Carbs (6g Sugar), 20g Protein
Alani Nu has built a very strong brand over the past few years, and they have a very loyal fanbase at this point.
A couple of years ago I tried the Alani Nu protein bars after hearing rave reviews (for the most part, although some people do seem to loathe them as well), and here’s how it went:
Here was my summary of the Alani Nu protein bars after giving them a try:
Well, this is the outcome that I was really hoping to avoid. This is a perfectly average protein bar. It isn’t total trash, but it isn’t the best protein bar I’ve ever had. Those are the only two things I was hearing from people. These are right down the middle, so I give these a five out of ten. I’ve tried a lot of protein bars so I have a wide palate… If you’ve never had protein bars and these were your introduction to them, they’d probably taste better.”
That was my last experience with Alani Nu, but because of that review, I had similar expectations for these Fit Shakes. Going into this review, I fully expected this to be an average protein shake.
My hope was that it wouldn’t be terrible, but I wasn’t expecting it to be amazing, either.
However, I did hope that it would at least resemble fruity cereal in some way.
Nutritionally, Alani Nu Fit Shakes are less impressive than others like Premier Protein or Ghost.
While the Fit Shakes are pretty low in calories and fat, the protein content is also lower than most other shakes out there, which tend to fall in the 25-30 grams of protein range.
And while the carbs are still low overall, 6 grams of sugar is higher than most other shakes out there. Generally speaking, protein shakes tend to contain only about 1-2 grams of sugar. I’m not afraid of a little sugar, but I know that might be a deterrent for some people out there.
The important question: does this actually taste like fruity cereal?
Yes, it definitely resembles fruity cereal. While it may not be the best flavor in the world, if I were doing a blind taste test, I would know right away that this was a fruity cereal protein shake.
The flavor itself resembles Trix more than something like Fruity Pebbles or Froot Loops because it’s much more fruit-forward. But it passes the accuracy taste test (and the smell test, too).
Flavor aside, this shake left my mouth feeling really slimy, which is a big negative for me when drinking protein shakes. When I tried the Muscle Milk protein shake, that was the same experience I had.
Luckily, the Alani Nu protein shake is nice and smooth, so the drinkability was decent, but that slimy mouthfeel is extremely offputting if you’re trying to sip on your protein shake. If you’re just planning on chugging the shake post-workout, then you may not care about that sliminess, but then again, you probably shouldn’t be paying top dollar for protein shakes in that case, either.
All-in-all, I consider the Alani Nu Fit Shake to be extremely similar to the protein bars; in other words, just an average protein shake.
It is certainly not bad, and I’ve tried worse shakes out there, but I’m not running out to buy these again.
I’ll try to get my hands on other flavors to see if any of the others are better, but for now, I’ll consider Alani Nu Fit Shakes to be an overall average protein shake.