I’m going to preface this blog by saying that I am not vegan. Although I’m not vegan, I do understand and totally appreciate both the ethical and health reasonings behind those who are vegan! That being said, I do enjoy vegan food. Actually, if I’m being honest, I really enjoy any food that is “health-oriented,” I guess. I’m drawn to vegetarian and vegan plates because, number one, they really are delicious and full of interesting ingredients I want to try. And, two, I like to convince myself that eating vegetables and tofu means I’m the epitome of health (even though I just had a Monster energy drink and string cheese for breakfast).
So, when we were offered the chance to try the UNICO GEMINI™ Organic Vegan Meal Replacement Shake, I was immediately interested! Not only did the terms “organic” and “vegan” draw me in, but I was also super interested in the meal replacement aspect of it. Not to be that girl, but I really don’t eat a whole lot during the day. Partly because I’m actually not very hungry, and partly because ya girl has some things to do, and I honestly forget. So, to ensure that I don’t completely destroy my metabolism and prevent midday headaches, I usually grab a Premier Protein Shake that can hold me over until dinner. While the Premier Protein certainly does the job, I was interested to try a shake that was actually made to act as a meal. As per the UNICO website, the GEMINI™ Meal Replacement Shake is the “ultimate vegan meal replacement shake” with the following qualities:
- 16g of Protein from 3 Organic Vegan Protein Sources
- The Perfect Post-workout protein-packed power-up
- Comes in three bold, delicious flavors, but with low sugar
- Refuel while at work, or on-the-go
- Made w/ 14 Superfoods like Organic Spinach, acai, and ashwagandha
- The perfect solution to skipped meals – get proper nutrition quickly
- Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, and contains zero artificial ingredients
What’s in it?
Another aspect I was interested in, was what plant protein was used, as vegan obviously has to be made sans animal product. Taking a look at the website, the ingredients used and their countries of origin are displayed in a sliding display bar. The ingredients listed are:
- Organic Pea Protein
- Organic Hemp Protein
- Organic Quinoa Protein
- Organic Sweet Potato
- Organic Coconut Oil
- Cassava Flour
- Steel-Cut Oat
- Flax Seed
- Prebiotic Inulin
- Organic Spinach
- Acai Vida
- Coconut Milk
- Sea Buckthorn
- Camu Camu
- Digestive Enzymes
Initial Thoughts & Use
When the package arrived at our office, my VERY first thought was how much I loved the packaging of the product. I am such a sucker for packaging and my millennial brain LOVED everything from the iridescent pink container to the matte label. I was in love, I even messaged our product photographer to let her know how excited I was for the pictures.
For the actual powder, though, I really didn’t know what to expect. We were sent the Cosmic Chocolate flavor, so I guess I was expecting it to taste like every other chocolate protein shake I’ve had. The instructions say 1 scoop for a snack and 2 scoops for a meal are to be added to your choice of non-dairy/plant-based milk. As a non-vegan, I did have to run out and get almond milk for the sake of trying the shake how it’s supposed to be. I used both regular and chocolate almond milk with the powder.
My first attempt was no bueno – I tried to manually mix the powder with a spoon instead of using a blender bottle or mixer like recommended. The result was clumpy milk with little pockets of powder that would explode when you tried to drink it. Round two was much better with my moms immersion blender, the milk was MUCH smoother, and I could actually focus on the flavor of the shake instead of the texture. The flavor isn’t bad, but the best way I can describe it is like taking an all-natural vitamin or plant-based supplement that happens to be chocolate flavored. I’m not surprised by the flavor, in fact, I think I would have been suspicious if it tasted like Dean’s Ultimate Chocolate Milk and claimed to be this good for you. That being said, if you want to try it, but are wary of the taste, the GEMINI™ shake is delicious mixed with chocolate almond milk!
I ended up using the GEMINI™ Organic Vegan Meal Replacement Shake for the better part of a week and thoroughly enjoyed it. I would feel full after finishing my shakes, and it may be the added superfoods or my brain allowing myself to think I’m super healthy after one serving of vegetables, but I did actually feel better during the day when I drank it in the morning. As a little added touch, I tried mixing in some of my Korent Hemp CBD in vanilla mint. Super good!
The GEMINI™ Organic Vegan Meal Replacement Shake is no joke for vegans and non-vegans alike. Packed with superfoods like acai, spinach, and Ashwagandha as well as a combination of Quinoa Protein Powder, Organic Hemp Protein Powder, and Organic Yellow Pea protein, you’ll feel full and energized all day.
Overall, I would recommend this to my vegan friends, for sure, but to some of my non-vegan friends as well. This is a great way to give your body a little boost of fruits, veggies, and other nutrients for both your physical and mental health!