Let me tell you my experience, maybe that will help. Going into weight loss surgery I knew I was going to have to drink protein drinks post-op for the rest of my life. I started drinking one or two a day as a replacement for snacks. I replaced skim milk with unsweetened, unflavored almond milk, There are more advantages to almond milk than skim milk, but that's just my opinion.
I bought the ARO black series natural vanilla from Vitacost. I always have purchased my vitamins from them and their brand is of high quality and very affordable. Plus, buy $25 of their brand of any combo and you get free shipping. NO ONE has paid me to endorse these products! I think they are of good quality and reasonably priced. You can register at Vitacost and receive $10 off your first $30 -- if you buy $30 of Vitacost vitamins or products you get free shipping. That's how I got hooked!
I like the ARO black series. I only tried the vanilla and it has a nice creamy texture and it's not gritty at all. Post-op I make mine with 4 ounces unsweetened, unflavored almond milk and 4 ounces of water. The ARO vanilla has 200 calories per scoop and 20 grams of protein and 7 carbs. It's not PERFECT for a post-op patient, but....it gets the protein in me and the "extra" carbs IMHO are negligible.
I also tried the GNC 100% soy isolate Pro Performance powder. Umm...yeah, not my thing. I am mixing it with the ARO. IMHO the GNC is really for athletes or people who exercise/work out a lot. No matter how much I blend it I always seem to get a gritty taste.
|GNC Pro Performance Vanilla -- 25g protein|
|GNC Pro Performance Vanilla - 25g protein|