At first I was happy about the change from Active to Big Bag - both because of the changed macronutrient ratio and because of the larger package volume. But now that I’ve had my first few meals, I’m not that impressed anymore. The texture of the new recipe is very grainy and coarse. The stuff is coating my mouth and throat and I have to wash it down with water afterwards (the previous recipe was much more drinkable). But what’s worse is the big, solid pieces of… whatever that is. It looks like it could be coarsely ground oats. They do not dissolve and are pretty firm. They are so big that I feel like I have to chew them. Please consider doing something about this, as Plenny Shake Active used to be the only brand of complete meal powder that met my macronutrient ratio needs, tasted and felt good and was affordable. For me personally, you have now removed the “taste and feel” bit, and I’d hate to return to going without actually healthy convenience food.
The big bag’s have perfect texture for me. I know extremely well what “big, solid pieces” mean as I have tried Huel. Huel is not drinkable right after mixing it as it has big bits in it that don’t mix and you have to chew it. Huel needs a blender to be drinkable.
I have never encountered anything remotely similar with the new Active but something is indeed coating my mouth but I haven’t seen that as a problem, it is food after all.
Haven’t experienced this either. Been smooth. Make sure to add more water if necessary
Hi @chaoscommander! Thanks for posting, good point you’re bringing up. We had a shipment of flaxseed that was not as smooth as we’re used to, which is the reason some shakes can contain pieces of ungrounded flaxseed. In the future we’ll be working with a super fine flaxseed product again, so it should’t happen again
As for the coarseness and general structure of the shake, it can help to leave a prepared shake in the fridge for a an hour or two. It gives all the ingredients time to really soak up the water and dissolve, after which you can just give it a good shake ,maybe add some extra water if it’s become too thick for ya, and enjoy it.
As for the overall taste of the new Active formula, I can imagine you feel it’s less tasty when you’re used to the regular Plenny Shakes. There are a few reasons why the Active version could be perceived a little less tasty compared to the regular Plenny Shake. The one with the most impact is that we removed maltodextrin entirely from the Active formula.
Maltodextrin is a carbohydrate source that has a smooth texture and pretty sweet taste. Removing this automatically changes the texture and taste of the overall shake. By doing this we have changed the macro split to have more protein, fats and fiber. We’ve added more soy protein isolate, flaxseed and inulin (fiber source) which also affect the taste (but less). While the Active is designed to fulfil the same purpose as the regular Plenny Shake, they cater to different people with different needs.
Please keep in mind that we’ve only recently launched the new Active, and are always trying to improve the formula. Behind the scenes we are already working on new formula iterations, flavourings etc.
Also,something that’s worked really well for myself is adding honey, which I feel works really well for a bit of more sweetness. Especially with the Chai flavor, this is one of my favorite combinations. You can also try using a different liquid than water, like oat milk or my favorite: rice milk.
Hope this helps!