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In middle and high school, it was always difficult for me to fathom when one of my friends would say, “Oh I never eat breakfast.”

Wha?? How on earth did they find the energy to churn out essays, listen to interminable lectures, and just function in general? I ate breakfast every day, yet was still always excited for lunch. (Perhaps part of that excitement was because it afforded us a break from the aforementioned interminable lectures!) I guess my friends, who complained they didn’t have enough time for breakfast, weren’t alone; that’s why products such as Carnation Instant Breakfast exist.

.Today’s post is related to Carnation Instant Breakfast in that it’s also about a chocolate powder you mix up and drink to get some quick nutrition into your body: Vega’s “Choc-a-Lot shake and go” powder.

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The powder also comes in tropical peach, vanilla almond, and berry. But let’s face it: nothing ever beats chocolate :). (Kudos to coconut for putting up a good fight.)

Each serving of Vega Shake & Go Smoothie includes:

  • Two servings of veggies
  • 2500 mg Omega-3-6-9
  • 11 g complete protein
  • Only 100 calories
  • 1 billion probiotics cultures

1 billion probiotic cultures?  Yikes bikes! Sounds impressive to me.  But then again, I have no idea what number one is supposed to consume in the average day. The smoothie powder is also high in protein, with 12 grams.

In any case, I tried the smoothie according to the directions: Put the powder in a glass with water, shake, and go.

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How did it work?

Hopefully by now y’all know that I will never lie about my true thoughts on a product even if it was given to me for free. On that note, I did not like this powder when made with water. It tasted like watered-down chocolate milk. And as for the “shake” part, it didn’t do a very good job of dissolving, when simply stirred with a spoon.

But, I decided to give the Choc-a-Lot a second chance. Ignoring the package directions this time, I added the powder to almond milk and used a Magic Bullet short cup to blend. The verdict? Much, much better!

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Katharina says:

    I love your nail art. KATIE 🙁 I wish we lived closer and we could hang out and paint our nails–gosh that sounds soo girly lol. Ooof mixing powders with water is usually a bad idea. Milk/milk alternatives are a much much better idea. And banana would be awesome I bet 😀

    Oh! And coconut does put up a good fight 😉 Coconut-Covered Katharina here, over and out!


  2. Danielle says:

    I went to that post and I’ve already commented! lol I’m all over your website…

    Dear VEGA,
    Send me some smoothies please!!!

    After reading THRIVE, I really want to try them 🙂

  3. Sarah L. says:

    Great giveaway, I just entered! I try not to jump on the whole ‘instant’ bandwagon but there are days when it’s necessary and something that guarantees a good source of nutrients to start off your day is always good by me.

  4. Stefanie says:

    I saw that powder and thought it would be perfect in a banana soft serve sundae or your chocolate pancake recipe.

  5. Jennifer - jcd says:

    I have a similar vegan instant shake powder at home. It turns to pudding if you make it with nondairy milk and put it in the fridge overnight. I wonder if the Vega one does too? I’m not really a protein/nutrition shake kinda person either… but nutrition-packed chocolate pudding, now we’re talking.

    I won’t enter the contest because I won the last Vega giveaway and want others to try their stuff. Good luck, all. I’ll buy a sample of Vega shake powder this weekend and try it. (Vega is Canadian!)

  6. Katie says:

    Hi love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your nail art is always awesome! Love your nails! I have not painted my nails in forever, I need to!! Some pink color would be nice!!!

    THis powder looks amazing! I really want to try it, I am doing vegan powders now, I got my sunwarrior yesterday and it was yum in my oats! I have to try it in a smoothie to really get the full taste effect!!!!!!! WIll keep ya posted!!!

    My fave instant breakfast would be a bowl of cereal with almond milk, its easy and I always love abowl of cereal! I wish I could make a smoothie in the morning on wekdays but my lover is sleeping and cant wake him!!! My blender is LOUD as ever! I need a vitamix!!!

    Love u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. I’m not big on protein/probiotic/supplement powders but I’d maybe give it a try with almond milk and banana…although I’m still skeptical, lol. I still remember the nasty Slim Fast “shakes” I used to drink back in HS!! eek!

  8. Mo says:

    Ooh, this sounds great! I’ve actually never had a carnation breakfast because they never appealed to me but the powders would be a great addition to morning smoothies. 🙂

    Now going to answer the question. 😉

  9. Demelza says:

    Yay, I already answered the question on the other page. :]

    As for this one, though, I did try the Carnation Instant Breakfast packets in the past,
    but they were certainly not for me either. :/ Seemed like they never dissolved, and were just gritty and unpleasant tasting. :s Glad to hear the VEGA powder got a second shot and redeemed itself, though.

  10. jcd,
    Aww, you’re so sweet :).
    And I’m intrigued: What’s the brand of powder you have? Mention the word “pudding” and I’m hooked!

  11. Christin L. says:

    I answered the question! 🙂

  12. I LOVE YOUR NAILS! I do the same with mine except with red/pink. I always feel like I look a little sick with blue nails, but they look pretty fly on you! 🙂

    And yum! for the smoothie. Usually, with just water, things like that don’t really cut it. I’m always apprehensive on trying them out so I love you review!

    1. Jessica,
      LOL you should see me with yellow nails. AWFUL!!
      (Actually, yellow in general looks awful on me.)

  13. Agnes says:

    mmmh that smoothie sounds delish, I’ve been wanting to try it!

    If I’m rushed in the morning and don’t have time for my usual vegan overnight oats, I go for a banana and almond butter – fast and filling!!

  14. Meg says:

    YOUR NAILS! Can I have them? Ok, maybe that’s a no, but can you paint mine for me? 😀

    That smoothie looks + sounds amazing, I’m sure the taste is quite comparable too 😉 Aaaand I’m about to run over and check out that giveaway and get involved, woohoo!

    p.s. thanks for the shoutout – I’m headed to Abercrombie later on to see what kind of fruit jewelry they’ve got on sale 😉


  15. mapledreams says:

    Amazing nails!!
    I was never a morning breakfast person up until about a year ago!! xx

  16. jqlee says:

    my fav instant breakfast as a kid used to be cereal for sure. cereal is so good!! and im pretty sure i always ate breakfast too either at home or at school. you’re right, i NEED the brain power to get through class. otherwise i’d be dosing off to sleep 🙂

    my fav instant breakfast now though is nuked egg whites w/ketchup. it takes like 3 minutes!! or sometimes i’ll just put some instant oats w/hot water (we have a boiler) in a container and get in the car, in a few minutes, it’s ready to eat!

  17. Jo says:

    I could never miss breakfast – I love it! I always make sure I’ve got time for a decent breakfast.

    I am not keen on “Substitute” foods – it was funny because i was reading your post and just thinking, wouldn’t it be better to have some actual food that contains protein than some chemicals in a packet when you wrote: “(Not that this was a selling point for me, as I get enough protein from real foods without powders.)”

    I just think we are asking for trouble eating ‘unnatural’ foods – my philosophy is a little bit of something does you no harm but that its best to try to stick to real, unadulterated food. Who knows what is safe anymore! When I was little I was allergic to all artificial additives and although I have grown out of it and am ok now I still try to avoid them where I can. I mean, just because my body has got used to them doesn’t mean they are any good for me.

    1. Jo,
      I love your comment! And I was allergic to sweet-n-low as a kid too! (I’m sure I still am.) I would put it in my iced tea, because my mom said it dissolved better than sugar. But I kept getting horrible stomachaches, and my doctor told me to try cutting out the sweet-n-low. Worked! 🙂

  18. Krystina says:

    I’ve been wanting to try this product for SO long. Definitely entered the giveaway 🙂

  19. Jennifer - jcd says:

    Katie –

    The nutritional shake powder that turns into pudding is made by Arbonne. You have to order it through an agent, of which there are plenty in America. If you want more information let me know. Otherwise, do the pudding test with the Vega mix. I’m interested to see what happens.

    1. jcd,
      Thanks! I’ll definitely try it with the Vega, and maybe look into the agent thing (although I am lazy about buying things online). Experiments are always fun… especially when chocolate is involved :).

  20. looks like I already answered the 1st question on that post, but just answered the 2nd question! I’ve been wanting to try vega products but haven’t gotten to them yet. Thanks for the tip on milk vs water!

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