In my quest to find the best vegan protein powder, I’ve been trying as many vegan protein shakes as possible. I reached out to Free Soul who very kindly sent me some of their Vegan Protein Blend to try.
I’ve tried lots of protein shakes over the years and many of them can only be described as revolting! I know how frustrating it is to spend a big chunk of money on a huge bag of protein powder that makes you want to retch.
That’s why I’m giving only my honest opinions on whether these vegan protein shakes are worth your money or not.
In this review of Free Soul vegan protein shakes, I’ll give you my honest opinion about whether these protein shakes are any good, so that you can decide whether to go ahead and try them.
You’ll find my review summary below, then you can scroll on to learn all you need to know about Free Soul Vegan Protein Blend…
Free Soul Vegan Protein Shakes Review
Free Soul vegan protein shakes are some of the best protein shakes out there. They taste wonderfully smooth and creamy and with no grittiness or weird aftertaste.
As well as 20g of lean protein, each shake is packed with vitamins and minerals to support female hormone balance, boost mood and increase energy.
Who is Free Soul for?
Free Soul is a UK company that makes protein shakes, meal replacement shakes and apple cider vinegar gummies.
The company focuses on the unique nutritional needs of the female body, working with UK nutritionists to create vegan and whey-based shakes that are specifically targeted towards women.
Free Soul vegan shakes are also gluten-free and soy-free.
What ingredients are in Free Soul Vegan Protein Blend?
One of the reasons why I like Free Soul vegan protein shakes so much (aside from the yummy taste and creamy texture) is that they contain so much more than just protein!
When you drink these protein shakes, you’re not just increasing the protein in your diet (something I struggle with as a vegan), but you’re also increasing your energy levels, bone health and giving your hair, skin and nails a nutrient boost.
Each 30g serving of Free Soul Vegan Protein Blend contains:
- Protein (20g)
- Calcium (13% RDA)
- Magnesium (27% RDA)
- Iron (43% RDA)
- Thiamine (27% RDA)
- Riboflavin (29% RDA)
- Niacin (30% RDA)
- Pantothenic Acid (30% RDA)
- Vitamin B6 (29% RDA)
- Biotin (90% RDA)
- Folic Acid (30% RDA)
- Vitamin B12 (32% RDA)
- Peruvian Maca – To regulate hormonal balance and improve mood
- Siberian Ginseng & Guarana – A natural stimulant to boost energy
- L-Carnitine – A natural amino acid to boost metabolism
The shakes are also very low in sugar (1.2g) and fat (2.7g) and each shake has 120 calories.
The protein comes from peas and white hemp. In combination, these deliver a complete amino acid profile. There’s no added sugar, no GMO and no artificial sweeteners or colours.
What do Free Soul vegan protein shakes taste like?
So, we know that these protein shakes are full of all the good stuff, but let’s get on to the taste. For me, that’s the most important thing. Because a protein shake can be full of all the nutrients in the world, but if it tastes bad, I’m not going to drink it.
I tried two flavours – Vanilla and Strawberries and Cream. You can also get Chocolate and Salted Caramel.
My favourite flavour of the two was the strawberry. I’m not a huge fan of strawberry flavoured things, but this was really nice and easy to drink.
I did also enjoy the vanilla flavour. I found it a little boring, but I suppose that’s the point of vanilla, right? It didn’t taste of much really, but it certainly didn’t taste bad. If you like to chug your protein drink down in one rather than sip it, this could be the flavour for you.
The strawberries and cream flavour shakes smells really good – you can definitely smell the strawberries over the protein smell. The vanilla shakes don’t smell of much, maybe a little protein-y but not bad at all.
I can’t stand a gritty protein shake so I’m pleased to report that Free Soul vegan protein shakes have no lumps or gritty bits. Yay!
You certainly don’t need a blender as you do with some other brands. If you don’t already have a shaker, then the Free Soul Steel Shakers are ideal.
How to mix Free Soul protein shakes
The packet recommends that you add 300ml of water to two heaped tablespoons of powder (30g).
I’m never quite sure what a ‘heaped tablespoon’ looks like and how much you should heap onto the spoon, but I estimated and it turned out well. To be honest, I’d rather that than ending up with a drawer full of plastic scoops!
You can actually add more or less water depending on how thick and flavoursome you want the shake to be, so I’ve perfected it with a little trial and error.
For a more substantial and creamy-tasting shake, you could use your favourite plant milk instead of water. You could even add some fruit and make a smoothie or add the powder to oats to make protein oats if you wish.
I would definitely recommend Free Soul protein shakes to any woman who’s looking for an easy-to-drink dairy-free protein shake that contains added vitamins and minerals.
If you sometimes have protein shakes because you don’t have time for breakfast or lunch, then I’d recommend that you also take a look at Free Soul meal replacement shakes.
As well as protein, these Dual Use Blend shakes contain all of the macro and micronutrients your body needs. When mixed with oat milk, these can keep you full for three to five hours.
Whether you want to lose weight or gain weight, a meal replacement shake can help. Take a look at my comparison of the best vegan meal replacement shakes to see how Free Soul compares to the others.
Free Soul FAQs
Free Soul protein shakes taste great. As well as protein, there’s lots of good stuff in the ingredients with a whole range of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to support your body.
Free Soul makes two kinds of shakes – meal replacement shakes and protein shakes. The meal replacement shakes are dual-use, so they can be used to replace meals or as a snack.
Free Soul protein shakes are formulated for women. If men drink them they will come to no harm, but men may prefer to choose a shake that contains more of the nutrients that male bodies require.