Syntrax NectarI ordered a mix pack of Syntrax Nectar Whey Protein, so I can taste all the flavors. More companies need to take a cue from Syntrax and offer the option of buying single serving packets of all products. It’s frustrating to shell out $30 for a big canister to find you don’t like the taste. Why would the companies care? One: It’s a waste if you don’t like the product and have no one else to pass it on to. You could try selling it, but it’s hard when the product is open. Two: Many of us will opt not to buy anything at all than spend a pretty penny for a giant canister.

Rather than creating a bunch of individual entries for each flavor, they’re all here. Every single item here has 90 calories per serving, 23g protein, ZERO carbs, ZERO fat, 100mg sodium and 120mg potassium. I mention the last two items because these can help with those suffering Charlie horses like I am. You can mix a serving with 8 ounces of water or milk.

Wow… the first one I tasted turned out to be the best one (Strawberry Mousse) and it was downhill from there.

Of course, you can get creative and add fruits, fruit juice, Crystal Light and so on. I wanted to try these plain as I’d do the mixing adventures later when I’ve bought a container of my favorite flavors.

Important mixing tip: When I first mixed Nectar, it clumped somethin’ awful. The trick: Use lukewarm water to mix. Add after after mixing. Or use a blender. Some folks say the blender causes foaming. But when I blend the powders with milk and ice, I didn’t run into them foam problem.

Side note: I don’t like Syntrax’ Flash-based site. It’s too much work to use it and it makes you wait too much while it loads its latest Flash page.

Comparison of EAS AdvantEDGE Carb Control Ready to Drink and Nectar

This chart uses Nectar Strawberry Mousse and EAS Strawberry Cream. Beware that all the drinks are identical in nutrition value — but they’re close. The only reason I use Strawberry is because it was the first flavor I tried of the Nectar. Why is there a third column? Read on.

Info Nectar EAS Nectar & almond milk
Calories 90 110 130
Fat 0 3g 3g
Cholesterol <5mg 20mg 0
Sodium 100mg 260mg 280mg
Potassium 120mg 440mg 310mg
Total Carbs 0g 2g 2g
Dietary Fiber 0g 1g 1g
Sugars 0g 0g 0g
Protein 23g 17g 24g

Nectar leads in most categories. As you’ll see from the Strawberry Mousse, the drink tastes better with unsweetened vanilla almond milk than with water. So add on the calories and nutrition facts from almond milk and things change as the third column shows. Nectar has more flavors available than EAS, which comes in French Vanilla, Chocolate Fudge, Rich Dark Chocolate and Cafe Caramel.

Apple Ecstasy: This is SO not ecstasy unless making bitter-face counts. The apple tastes the most sour and bitter of ’em all. I mixed this with lukewarm water to see if it tasted like an Apple Jolly Rancher. Ach, no. That’s it, no more experimenting with this flavor. Nutrition facts: 90 calories, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 60mg sodium, 120mg potassium, 23g protein. Rating: 1/5

Caribbean Cooler: One of the more popular flavors — and I can see why. It doesn’t have the aftertaste and does give you a nice coconut flavor. I don’t taste the pineapple or anything else when I mix it with unsweetened vanilla. Definitely make it with your favorite milk product. The water version just doesn’t measure up, but it tastes better than most of the others. While I like the flavor, I wouldn’t buy a canister of this because it’s not a flavor I would want to drink on a regular basis. Nutrition facts: 90 calories, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 60mg sodium, 120mg potassium, 23g protein. Rating: 3.5/5 with almond milk. 2.5 with water.

Cappuccino: First attempt used lukewarm water and ice added after mixing. It tastes just like a watered down, and slightly too sweet cappuccino. Just didn’t work for me. Second attempt with unsweetened almond milk. MUCH better! It’s like having a light frappe. If you want whey frappe, Gold Standard’s Mocha Cappuccino beats this one. Nutrition facts: 90 calories, 60mg sodium, 120mg potassium, 0g carb, 0g fiber, 23g protein. Rating: 1/5 with water; 3/5 with almond milk.

Chocolate Truffle: The bitter taste came through even with the almond milk. I could hardly admire the chocolate taste with the bitterness in the way. What a disappointment especially since I read one person’s review say it was the best flavor of the bunch. Nutrition facts: 100 calories, 190mg of both sodium and potassium, 1g carb, 1g fiber, 23g protein. Rating: 2/5

Fuzzy Navel: This one is one of the more popular flavors. However, it has peach on the package along with oranges. I hate peach. When I mixed it with water, I could smell the peach. Took two sips for the sake of the review and the peach turned me off. So I won’t give this a rating because of my peachless palate. So much for hoping it’d have more of an orange flavor. Nutrition facts: 90 calories, 60mg sodium, 120mg potassium, 0g carb, 0g fiber, 23g protein. Rating: 0/5.

Lemon Tea: I tried this with lukewarm water and ice added after mixing. It was just as I expected — oversweetened lemon tea. I didn’t bother trying this with milk even though I know some people love milk in their tea. Nutrition facts: 100 calories, 60mg sodium, 160mg potassium, 0g carb, 0g fiber, 24g protein. Rating: 0/5

Pink Grapefruit: I had a feeling this wouldn’t work for me. But I don’t let this thinking get in the way of trying the flavor. Grapefruit is an OK fruit — it’s just hit or miss in picking the right one. So I opt not to eat grapefruit very often especially with the acidity. Mixed with water as there’s nothing else I’d use. Sour. Sour. Too sour. I know grapefruit is a sour fruit, but the drink probably made it worse with the bitterness that many of the drinks have. If you love grapefruit, it might be a different story for you. Nutrition facts: 100 calories, 60mg sodium, 160mg potassium, 0g carb, 0g fiber, 24g protein. Rating: 0/5

Roadside Lemonade: Easy decision to mix the lemonade flavor with water instead of milk. I just can’t imagine milk and lemonade. I love lemonade-flavored drinks. In fact, the one electrolyte drink I like is lemonade-flavored — and I dislike many of the low calorie electrolyte drinks. Not even a hint of sweetness. All sour like the grapefruit. I should’ve added sweetener, but I couldn’t tolerate this. Nutrition facts: 100 calories, 60mg sodium, 160mg potassium, 0g carb, 0g fiber, 24g protein. Rating: 0/5

Strawberry-Kiwi: I think Syntrax plays favorites and it’s with strawberries. The strawberry-kiwi tasted decent. It surprised me because I usually don’t care for strawberry-kiwi flavored drinks. Drinking this with ice, unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a dash of vanilla made it taste like a cross between a slushy and Jell-o. Still, I prefer the Strawberry Mousse’s creaminess over this. I tried the lukewarm water route and it just didn’t cut it for me. The flavor didn’t come through though I didn’t use much water. Nutrition facts: 90 calories, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 60mg sodium, 120mg potassium, 24g protein. Rating: 2.5/5

Strawberry Mousse: Tastes just like a strawberry milk — like chocolate milk. I added crushed ice, but it didn’t thicken the shake. The shake has a bitter aftertaste. However, if you mix it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, the bitter aftertaste goes away. I didn’t even need to add sweetener. The best way to drink this is with the almond milk and it reminds me of Strawberry Quik — only healthier.

I froze the drink to see what would happen. It did freeze up nice for an icy crunchy taste, but the bitter taste remained. From now on, I’ll be mixing Nectar with almond milk. The powder can probably serve as a base for a drink recipe — just don’t drink it alone with water unless you don’t mind the bitter aftertaste. The drinks don’t freeze as well as other products. Rating: 4/5

Vanilla Bean Torte: I wanted this to taste good. I love strong vanilla and that’s what this one sounded like. I felt like I was drinking bitter vanilla. Nutrition facts: 90 calories, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 60mg sodium, 120mg potassium, 23g protein. Rating: 2/5

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