Who doesn’t want/need more energy? This product has highlighted on their packaging “GUARANTEED BURST OF ENERGY” I was working 2 jobs and a single mom of 3 kids and was always feeling run down…so of course this caught my attention.
Just so that we are all clear on this, THIS IS NOT A MEAL REPLACEMENT SHAKE.
This is a vitamin, mineral and protein energy shake (supplement). It uses isolated soy protein from NON- GMO (not genetically modified) soy beans.
* 25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol MAY reduce the risk of heart disease. A serving of Source of Life Energy Shake has 6.25 grams of soy protein.”* (as stated on the packaging)
Vitamins, minerals, lipids, bioflavonoids, enzymes, plant pigments, amino acids, nucleic acids and herbs. Whole brown rice, spirulina, bee pollen, young barley leaves, sunflower oil, carrots and black currant seeds are included to work synergistically and result in that “guaranteed bust of energy”
Astralagus root, ligustrum berry, schisandra fruit, young barley leaf, Echinacea root, irish moss and thyme leaf.
Non-GMO isolated soy protein, 100% pure crystalline fructose, vitamin C, spirulina, natural vanilla flavor, natural graham flavor, calcium aminoate, magnesium aminoate, vitamin E acetate, guar gum, folic acid, psyllium, potassium amino acid chelate, zinc aminoate complex/picolinate, Spanish bee pollen, sunflower oil, choline bitartrate, calcium pantothenate, lemon bioflavonoid complex, beta carotene, rice bran, black currant seed, Korean ginseng, iron aminoate/ascorbate, niacinamide, bromelain, quercetin, inositol, papaya, rutin, pyridoxine HCl, betaine HCl, thiamine HCl, riboflavin, vitamin B-12, apple pectin, manganese aminoate complex, PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid), selenium aminoate complex, biotin, hesperidin complex, Irish moss, thyme, astragalus, echinacea, schisandra, young barley leaf, ligustrum, chlorophyll, copper aminoate complex, amylase, lipase, eriocitrin, vitamin D, octacosanol, chromium aminoate complex, kelp
*DO NOT TAKE WITH SULFONAMIDE since PABA interferes with the activity of the drug.*( The SULFONAMIDE class includes several groups of drugs used in the treatment of bacterial infections, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, edema, and gout.)
I’m going to stop there with the ingredients, the above list is whats listed on the package, there is also a whole break down of “the blends”- bioflavanoids, nucleic acids, enzymes, lipids, plant pigments, highly active nutrient base..but I could go on and write a book with all the information there is on those, so if you would like to see the FULL break down of those I will include the website at the bottom of this review.
You add one Packet (1.4oz) to 8fl.oz of milk, juice or water. Mix or shake until smooth.
You can take this at any time of the day but, I do not suggest taking it in the evening as it can keep you from falling asleep!
NUTRITION FACTS: (using skim milk)
Calories 196 Sodium 70mg
Fat 0 Potassium 50mg
Cholesterol 0 Total Carbs 16g
MY EXPERIENCE ….AND HOW DOES IT TASTE
I first tried this product years ago..but just this week we purchased it again for my husband to use. He works construction and is always looking for a boost!
It is very easy to shake/mix…unlike a lot of other shakes I’ve tried. I mix it with milk because it is GRANOLA FLAVORED (yep sounded weird to me to!)
Let me first prepared you for the color!! The powder is a light green, when you add it to the milk and start shaking, it gets darker and darker till it’s a bright dark green. I remember thinking to my self “I have to drink THAT??” It looked a lot like blended broccoli!! The taste …well what can I say…it’s different. It DOES taste like a bowl of granola cereal with milk . The consistency of the shake is pretty thick and it is creamy, I guess it is about the same as a milk shake would be. At first it was a little hard with the color, taste and consistency combination to get down. Although it is not a meal replacement it is filling. Also, I did NOT find this to be gritty at all, and I did get use to the taste ..it’s just not something I would sip on for enjoyment !
Now the first time I used this, I was working(Wild Oats) and it was about lunch time. I was so out of energy . I bought this (single serve packet) and an 8oz milk and drank it…about half an hour later I DID feel the boost. It is a natural feeling energy kick…not one of those buzz types but it most definitely gave me some legs. It lasted for hours, and there was no “crash “ (so many of those energy things that are popular now days come with the crash that leaves you worse than before you took it!)
MY HUSBAND’S EXPERIENCE
My husband doesn’t drink coffee so he decided to try it in the morning before work.
He had a really hard time with the taste, he described it as “awful”.
He said that he didn’t notice any extra energy. The next day he went to work without drinking any of the shake. He said that he seemed to get worn down feeling faster than the day he DID take it. So the next morning he started taking it again.
He usually uses the Monster energy drink, I noticed that he has stopped taking that to work.
I’m not saying this is the cure all for a lack of energy but I do believe that it helps.
Source of Life offers this in tablet form, I tried it once and for me the shake just seemed to work better/faster. They also offer these in the larger can sizes 1.1lbs, 2.2lbs
They can be expensive so I suggest trying the single serve packets to see if this is something you like before buying the larger sizes.
I paid $2.36 for each single serve packet at our small natural foods store in town.
WHERE TO FIND IT
Any natural foods market will have this. I have also seen Raley’s carry it in the natural section. It is also very easy to find online.
Final recommendation is that it's a good one to try if you are looking for a long lasting, natural energy boost to help you get through the day...also great for that energy boost before a work out!