Monday, August 24, 2009

Cover Up Your Shame: Naked Protein Zone Smoothie


What was that word I was going to use to describe the Naked Protein Zone juice smoothie?

Oh, yes. DISGUSTING.

Okay, maybe that was a little harsh. It's not quite to level of chugging the contents of the grease jar, for example. Not quite. But it isn't good.


It sounded good - pineapple, banana, orange. But it also has soy and whey isolates, which packs in 30 grams of protein (as much protein as a hamburger patty with a slice of bacon), but also seems to give those delicious fruit juices purees an awful grainy, powdery texture. Think undissolved granules in a fruit sludge thickly layering your thirsty tongue.

Bleah.

I'm not even sure why I decided that what I needed to drink today was a protein drink. Protein drinks are for the muscle-aspiring, the workout fiends, the athletes. Not the desk worker squeezing in lunch during a conference call. In other words, not me. I think I had the vague idea that more protein would fill me up until dinner since I had a long afternoon of work ahead of me.

Instead, I got a long afternoon of work ... with grainy mouthfeel.

I would have fixed it with a much more delicious and refreshing Naked Blue Machine juice smoothie, but did I feel like giving that company another $4? I did not.

42 comments:

  1. Hi Ladygoat,
    Yeah, I feel the same way about protein drinks!

    Though, I have to tell you, I had a shot made w/ one of the Naked Juices, Berry Blast. But maybe it was the mix w/ vodka that made it delish?

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  2. I've enjoyed most of the other Naked Juice drinks. Maybe that's why I was so disappointed with the protein one - the other ones were pretty good.

    Of course, mixing anything with vodka can help tremendously.

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  3. The Odwalla drink is equally as bad. In fact the Vanilla Protein drink rates high on my Barf-o-Rama meter. Nadine

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  4. Anonymous5:36 PM

    I agree. It was nasty. Even though I paid over $4 for it, there was no way I could finish it.

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  5. Anonymous3:37 PM

    I opened my protein drink expecting a great treat, however the powdery aftertaste on my teeth made me want to throw the drink away. Very dissapointed.

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  6. Anonymous11:24 PM

    I opened a bottle of this stuff and I was hooked from word go. I love it!!! I have to drive 49 miles to get it and it is worth the trip. I buy a months supply at a time. I cannot get enough of it and for the texture....love that also. It also give me great energy in the mornings to start my day and can honestly say that I have lost 25 pounds over a period of about 4 months since including it as part of my daily healthy diet. I will buy it all. I could almost live on this stuff. I am totally hooked on it.

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    1. Anonymous8:57 PM

      I feel the same way and I have no idea why people often that this flavor is disgusting. I was hooked from go also, but the other flavors I can very easily do without. most healthy smoothies that I taste are terrible this was just the opposite. Lady goat this review taints your credibility IMO

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    2. Anonymous10:19 PM

      I love most of their drinks. My favorite is green machine. But holy cow i thought the protein one went bad or something. it was disgusting

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    3. Anonymous12:29 PM

      I am definitely hooked, and am afraid that I am drinking too much. For me, anything that tastes good is usually bad for me -- so I'm worried. Has anyone out there gained weight on the protein drinks?

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    4. Anonymous11:03 PM

      I love the way Protein Zone tastes. I've been drinking it since I was a kid. It was called Protein Pickup. I don't think it was Naked Juice back then, but it tasted pretty much the same. What I can say is that you shouldn't drink the whole thing at once. I drink about half the small bottle in one sitting or a quarter of the large bottle.

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    5. Anonymous7:12 PM

      I really like them too. I tried the green boost lastnight and I wasn't sure for a while if I could do it but I opened it and it was delicious. the protien in grainy but not terrible in taste. I'd drink it again. if we all think about it protien is powdery and grainy and soy is probably too. sooo yeah in conclusion I'd still drink it.

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  7. Anonymous9:38 PM

    previous anonymous you sure you dont work for the company...

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    1. Anonymous4:56 PM

      I was about to say the same. I just grabbed this today because i thought i should try a new flavor since the rest were all good. God was i wrong for doing that. Once i opened it, ugh what the hell was i drinking? sand paper? I rate this a -.05, i'm actually being generous cause honestly it doesn't even qualify for a rating.That's how bad it is.

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  8. Anonymous12:50 PM

    I love it. Yes, there is a powdery texture to it, and a somewhat weird after taste.

    Suggest a readily available drink that I can find at publix / kroger with protein that tastes better.

    "Even though I paid over $4 for it, there was no way I could finish it." -> I'll take it :)

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  9. Anonymous5:10 PM

    I've lost 50lbs in 4 months and Naked Protein Zone was a big part of that(calorie counting was the biggest part though). The taste was weird at first but now i love it. The protein in this allows me to minimize and somedays eliminate meat from my diet, which helps me watch my fat intake. I love these now and the Double Berry is great.

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  10. Anonymous4:22 PM

    I like it. had one last night at a 7 11 near my work. This morning went out just to find some near the house. No luck... Gonna go back to that 7 11... It's that good, at Least to me.

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  11. Anonymous6:10 PM

    Its great to know that it isn't just a bad batch, I was beginning to worry that mine had something wrong. Still trying to figure out a way to finish it.

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  12. Anonymous6:23 PM

    Anyone know if chugging it helps??

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    1. Anonymous7:15 PM

      alittle.

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  13. I know I'm late to the conversation but...

    Any pre-mixed drink with that much protein will have a chalky taste to it. A lot of people I know at my gym who workout everyday prefer it over the mixed smoothies that every gym sells. Naked is cheaper and has better ingredients.

    For all you non-gym/workout/athletes, any pre-mixed drink with 30g of soy isolate and whey IS NOT FOR YOU. Stick with a protein bar and water if you want to have some protein in between meals.

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    1. Anonymous5:56 PM

      Not bolthouse mango protein smoothie.. nice and smooth. No powdery taste like naked protein smoothie. The other smoothies from Naked is very good. I thought my naked protein smoothie was spoiled or something and it was 2 for $5

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  14. Anonymous5:05 PM

    if you drink it slow, its actually not bad. yeah the grainy feeling is weird at first but over time its super delish!

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  15. Anonymous2:21 AM

    God it is f-ing disgusting! The grainy "whey" and "soy" "protein" makes it horrible!!! You do NOT need Soy in ur diet people! and the whey makes it unnecessarily undrinkable! UGH! Do not purchase people!

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  16. Anonymous1:38 PM

    I got the Naked Protein Zone. I froze mine till it was a soft frozen. It was actually pretty good. It still had the whey / soy texture but I was expecting it. I will purchase again.

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  17. I LOVE the Protein Zone Naked juice, it';s my favorite! I drink it as a dessert , because it has 440 calories per bottle which is a lot but the yummy taste is well worth it!

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  18. Anonymous1:02 AM

    I love the protein zone naked juice. I don't know why people say it taste terrible you guys got a tasting problem. Santa Rosa Ca

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  20. Okie, I am tired of all these comments for a post that is three years old.

    If you like this crappy product- good for you (either you work for their PR firm or just because we don't agree with you doesn't mean we don't know what good food taste like).

    I can understand there are people who like this product for what they need- but just because you need this thing for some reason other than being tasty- does not make this yummy... which was the reason for the original post anyways.

    If you feel the need to comment on this again: log in and post: otherwise I am going to delete you.

    Cheers.
    Foodgoat

    Edit: see I can delete posts: I just deleted mine to show you I can and will delete you.

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  22. I think the flavor is pretty great. The gritty texture, not so much. My brother likes to cut his bottles in half and drink it mixed with juice. I'm a college student and the stress sometimes make me so sick that I can't stomach real solid food. I'm hoping these will help on those days.

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  27. I thought it was good I love this drink its actually helped in my weight loss

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  28. The grainy texture is a little bit funny but i actually like protein zone just because of the texture. If you use a lot of protein powders in smoothies, especially when you aren't going to sit down and eat a full mean on a busy day, then you might be more accustomed to the texture. But I get why someone would dislike it also.

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  29. Anonymous11:43 AM

    "awful grainy, powdery texture. Think undissolved granules in a fruit sludge thickly layering your thirsty tongue".... Can you say SOY PROTEIN!!??? that is where that texture comes from, it has nothing to do with anything else on that bottle. Next time you read a label that mentions soy proteins as part of the content of the product, stay away from it or you just might come up with another post like this one.

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  30. I absolutely love these protein shakes! I don't mind the texture at all. I introduced my best friend to these a couple of years ago & we crave them after our early morning workouts! We drink 1/2 bottle after bootcamp. We've tried others but these are the best by far. We didn't care for the smooth protein shakes, we actually love the grainy texture but I could see why some people wouldn't care for it. We're weird I guess! They help us stay thin & keep us from craving crappy foods!

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  31. Anonymous10:58 AM

    This is the best tasiting smoothie I ever had in my life, and in my humble opnion, the best that Naked makes!! I can drink this all day long ...lol

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  32. I love this stuff.. I drink a half in the morning then the rest for lunch.. It's delicious.. I guess everybody has different taste buds. I can't get enough!☺️

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  33. Anonymous8:52 AM

    Drink I are love ems they toodke make mah firms wutnyoy wanna drink some smoothbbut whya chalkchalky? Hmmmmm yah you wanna eat a smooth bit the chalk hahahaha whut I eat a chalk all day and my strong is big. Whut whut. When I skate the brim I eat a chalk all day and then whut?

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  34. Anonymous4:17 PM

    ⚠ taste like ground up flinstone vitamin juice ⚠

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