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Taste test: Chocolate protein/nutrition drinks

Skipping meals may not be healthy, but the practice has generated a thriving industry of replacement drinks and shakes. We put seven brands from local grocery stores to the test with some satisfying results.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product serving Carnation Instant Breakfast

11 ounces

Muscle Milk

11 ounces

Right Size

8 ounces

Special K

10 ounces

Calories

Fat / Fiber / Protein

260

5g / 1g / 14g

240

11g / 2g / 22g

150

3g / 4g / 8 g

190

5g / 5g / 10g

Judges' comments Like 2 percent chocolate milk — refreshing and yummy! Thick, rich and fairly pleasant flavor, said another judge. "Not too sweet." "This tastes like Baileys Irish Cream," said one judge who raved about the smooth texture. "Like a chocolate milkshake," said another. Thick, sweet and smooth. "Where are the fries?" asked one panelist. A couple were turned off by the reddish-brown color. The most like chocolate milk, judges agreed. It was rich and thick with an appealing color.
Shopping information $5.48 for four 11-ounce drinks from Wal-Mart $7.99 for four 11-ounce drinks from Sweetbay $10.99 for four 14-ounce drinks from Publix $5 for four 10-ounce drinks from Publix
Product serving Carnation Instant Breakfast

11 ounces

Muscle Milk

11 ounces

Right Size

8 ounces

Special K

10 ounces

Calories

Fat / Fiber / Protein

260

5g / 1g / 14g

240

11g / 2g / 22g

150

3g / 4g / 8 g

190

5g / 5g / 10g

Judges' comments Like 2 percent chocolate milk — refreshing and yummy! Thick, rich and fairly pleasant flavor, said another judge. "Not too sweet." "This tastes like Baileys Irish Cream," said one judge who raved about the smooth texture. "Like a chocolate milkshake," said another. Thick, sweet and smooth. "Where are the fries?" asked one panelist. A couple were turned off by the reddish-brown color. The most like chocolate milk, judges agreed. It was rich and thick with an appealing color.
Shopping information $5.48 for four 11-ounce drinks from Wal-Mart $7.99 for four 11-ounce drinks from Sweetbay $10.99 for four 14-ounce drinks from Publix $5 for four 10-ounce drinks from Publix

ALSO SAMPLED: EAS Myoplex ($10.99 for four 14-ounce drinks from Publix); Slim-Fast ($7.29 for six 11-ounce cans from Publix); and Atkins ($6.99 for four 11-ounce drinks from Publix).

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian with Pinellas County Cooperative Extension; Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; Jim Yockey, aesthetician at Anu You Institute; and Times food critic Laura Reiley. All foods were tasted blind.

Taste test: Chocolate protein/nutrition drinks 07/17/09 [Last modified: Friday, July 17, 2009 5:30am]

    

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