Berry Green Protein tastes like the real strawberries and vanilla bean we use to flavor it with! It has a lovely smell that you’ll notice right away when you open the container for the first time, and the taste matches the aroma. It has a balanced moderate sweetness with no weird aftertaste, so you can enjoy it in water, or still add fruit in a smoothie and it won’t be “too sweet.”
One of the ingredients you’ll see on the label is “organic natural flavors.” A “natural flavor” means that the flavor must come from a real food source, however companies vary greatly on how these are processed. We start out by using organic strawberries and vanilla bean, which we distill the essence of to get our flavor. Therefore, while you won’t see “strawberries” or “vanilla bean” listed in the nutrition panel specifically, they are represented in the flavoring and those with strawberry allergies should avoid this product.
In regards to the way we sweetened the product, I never liked the way stevia tasted in powders I had tried in the past which was such a bummer because it’s a wonderful low-sugar plant-based option. When I started working on this product, I learned that there are actually different kinds of stevia available, and again, the way they are processed makes a difference in the taste (and frankly, quality).
While many manufacturers commonly use a widely available form of stevia known as “stevia Reb B” we opted for the higher quality “stevia Reb A “- which we also source from organic growers. The common practice is to extract the stevia with alcohol – another contributor in its odd – sometimes “too sweet” aftertaste. Naturally I opted to distill the stevia without alcohol, which means it adds the kind of balanced, mild and natural sweetness to Berry Green Protein, rather than a harsh or overpowering sweetness.
I recommend watching the product reviews as many of the people talked about how it tasted to them, and they are all different.