Hey everyone, and welcome back for another keto product review! While I could write a lot on the subject of protein powders and fitness supplements, I’m going to keep this one short and sweet for you so I can talk about all of those good things in another full-length post on another day.
Today I’ll be reviewing the Salted Caramel Latte flavor of protein powder from Protein Milkshake (bar?). I’ll be honest with you, I’m not 100% on the brand name because their web URL is proteinmilkshakebar.com but their branding all just says Protein Milkshake. I could have just asked for clarification, but I think that’s something that should be mentioned in this review, as it’s a question others might have, too. Anyways, the company reached out to me to see if I’d like to review one of their flavors and I told them to surprise me, and that they did! So before we start, I just want to give a big “thank you” to Protein Milkshake for this opportunity.
Who is Protein Milkshake?
I would love to tell you more about the founder/team behind the brand, but their website’s About Us page leaves a bit to be desired. They write the same story that a ton of other clean protein/nutrition companies do about finding a breakthrough with good ingredients that help you fix some sort of issue with your body. And, while this might not bother the average shopper, for someone who is comparing these brands to find the right one, this just appears like a lot of noise. There is a name for a founder (Aesha Karunakaran) on that webpage but nothing really about her story. I was able to find a short bio for her on her Amazon profile, though!
Aesha Karunakaran is an author, entrepreneur, and health coach. She founded Protein Milkshake Bar, a company that creates premium whey protein to help women conquer their sugar addictions – and regain control of their health.
I would love to learn more about the founder and her experience/expertise as a health coach. I think it would be beneficial to include some info from her book on the About Us webpage, too, since that book is apparently a foundational piece of her success.
Another thing that I appreciate is when companies are doing something to help the “greater good” AKA doing charitable work. If Protein Milkshake is doing any of this, they don’t talk about it. And if they aren’t talking about it, they should.
My Experience With Protein Milkshake
Most protein powders are notorious for being hard to mix, and this one was no exception. I poured this on top of a glass of unsweetened almond milk, and I don’t know why I was surprised to see clumps. I ended up transferring the mixture to a larger cup and blending it with a mixer attachment and it ended up beautifully foamy and free of clumps.
Another thing I’ve noticed about most protein powders is a distinct “protein” aftertaste. If you’ve had Premier protein or soy protein before, you probably know what I’m talking about. It doesn’t really taste like anything else, but it’s always there, lingering…
Anyways, I was shocked to find out that this has absolutely no aftertaste. Honestly, that’s pretty unheard of in the protein/nutrition world. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with their cleaner ingredients or the fact that their whey comes from grass-fed cows or what, but I’m really impressed with the flavor of this. It wasn’t too thick and I was pretty satisfied after drinking it.
My favorite part of this shake is the macros. One serving is going to give you 110 calories, 3g total AND net carbs, 1g fat, and 22 whopping grams of protein. Throw a little heavy cream in there if you want a thicker shake with some more fat, but honestly, all it needed was some almond milk to be great. I don’t have another shake to test it on, but I kind of think it would be good in plain water, too.
Here’s a link to their webshop: https://www.proteinmilkshakebar.com/collections/summer-collection
And here’s an affiliate link to this specific product on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2GC6ZhT
I really appreciate their lengthy FAQ page which discusses the benefits of the ingredients and an explanation for their pretty pricey products.
The thing I love most about their website is their blog, which includes so many cute recipes using their protein powders. Seriously, I wish I was eating one of their keto sugar cookie cakes or cupcake hot chocolates right now. This is a really great section of their website that I think deserves more spotlight since it really shows how versatile their products are. I would love to see links to some of these recipes on the actual product pages.
RKF Product Score
So good. So, so, so, so, so good. I really can’t think of a way to improve this.
Protein Milkshake is available from their webshop and on Amazon. While that’s pretty convenient, it isn’t as convenient as buying it in person. Also, Amazon subscriptions and shipping aren’t cheap! I would love to see this added to sports nutrition stores and popup grocers to make it more accessible.
You definitely don’t need a protein milkshake to start keto or stay keto but I do want to extend some points for this clean, keto-friendly sweet treat.
At an average of $3/serving, this is way out of my price range. I wouldn’t feel comfortable paying this price unless there was a pretty sweet discount (like a BOGO or something). Typically, I look for products to be in the $1/100 cal range. That would put the preferred cost at a little over $1/serving. I understand that good quality ingredients cost more, but I’d probably just opt for eating something cheaper (like eggs) if I needed protein that bad. The company says their commitment to fresher product–by producing in micro-batches–is the reason for the cost. While they’re willing to list it higher to save on quality, ultimately that doesn’t mean anything to me if I just can’t afford it. There has to be a happy medium here.
Good ingredients with organic designations. No artificial sweeteners.
The back of the sample pack was hard to read and the URL on the website has me a little confused. The navigation menu isn’t very noticeable on the website. There’s definite room for improvement on the About Us page. The blog/recipes page is so cute and I think the rest of the website should match.
NEW CATEGORY: Did it knock me out of ketosis? NO
Bottom line: 6/10 generally recommend
Honestly, if this were more affordable, I’d buy a bag of it right now. I don’t have any affiliate codes for you for their webshop, but I don’t think that would really help the price go down very much. You can check out their rewards program if you want to find a way to save some on their products right now. If you can swing the cost, I say these are worth a try. If not, then you’ll probably be able to find clean protein sources elsewhere.
Want to try for yourself?
Here’s an affiliate link to this powder on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2GC6ZhT
Check out their webshop for more: https://www.proteinmilkshakebar.com/collections/summer-collection
Ready for another product review, but don’t see it listed on my blog? Drop a comment below and let me know what I should try next!
Until next time,