After our initial review of their product last year gave them low marks for lack of variety due to only having Chocolate flavored shakes, the folks at Premier Nutrition have really stepped up their game, introducing a tasty Vanilla option earlier this year and now they have added a Strawberry flavor. They were nice enough to send us a few to try out for our readers.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should say that I am not a fan of Strawberry flavored shakes. Not protein shakes, not milkshakes, not anything strawberry flavored that isn’t a real strawberry. The best strawberry protein shakes taste like Strawberry Quick and the worst taste like some horrible mutant strawberry slurry. So, for this review, I will be rating the Premier Protein Strawberry Shake in comparison to other strawberry flavored shakes rather than on my own biased taste buds.
This has always been the biggest strength of the Premier lineup of shakes. You can snag an 18 pack of shakes at your local Costco for less than $25, making them much less expensive than Muscle Milk, EAS, or Atkins. If you drink a lot of protein shakes, this is the best deal going.
Another high point of the Premier line of shakes is their powerhouse nutritional offerings. Like their chocolate and vanilla offerings, the Premier Strawberry offers a whopping 30g of protein, almost double most other ready to drink shakes that have 15-17 grams. Premier Strawberry also offers 25-50% of a whole host of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Phosphorus, and Vitamin B12. I can’t recommend these shakes enough for those going through the required diet before weight loss surgery. When you’re that calorie restricted, every extra gram of protein and percentage RDA of vitamins and minerals you can get count and Premier maximizes both.
The flavor of the Premier Protein Strawberry Shake is pretty much the average for protein shakes. It’s not as bad as the worst of the strawberry offerings, but it really doesn’t differentiate itself much from the pack. The shakes are very sweet and the strawberry flavor is standard artificial strawberry flavoring. If you like Strawberry Quick or inexpensive strawberry ice cream, you should be satisfied.
Overall, I’d give the Premier Strawberry Shake a B+. While strawberry isn’t really the flavor for me, if it’s a flavor you’ve liked in other protein shakes, you’ll like the Premier Strawberry shake as well. There’s nothing new here in the flavor department. As with all Premier shakes, the real selling point is the almost double dose of protein over comparable shakes and the extremely low cost.
You can purchase Premier Protein Strawberry Shakes at most Nashville area Costco stores.