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Parachute Shakes Review | High Protein US meals

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Parachute Shakes

Parachute Shakes is the high protein alternative to Soylent in the US. Born in Denver, Colorado it is a small company trying to make room in the bigs dogs table. With convenient individual sized bags they are the ideal meal to take on the go and consume around outdoor activities. Let’s see what they have to offer in this Parachute Shakes review.

Parachute Shakes at a glance

Worth Trying
68%
Worth Trying
  • Nutrition
  • Price
  • Enviro Friendliness
  • Product Range

Our Opinion

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We Like

1.High protein content. It is good to see more high protein medium carbohydrate offers in a market (US) dominated by the Soylent model (low carb high fat) and also particularly rich in keto options. This is one of the few US born shakes with this feature and adapts really well to a more active lifestyle.

2. Multiple sized individual pouches. From a ecological standpoint they might not be the best, but the convenience they bring along is undeniable. On the go, while hiking, in the gym or at the office you can find the right size for your meal with Parachute Shakes.

3. Clean design of the website and the pouches. Making the user trust your website is often a hard task, however, having a professional looking site is the first step. Parachute shakes has a visually clean site that is easy to navigate, even if there is some information missing.

4. Bulk discount. The price is one of my concerns, but it is true that going big (both in the amount of meals and pouch size) pays off, with a final discount over 50% off (when comparing with the smallest purchase).

5. Low barrier of entry. The initial purchase can be as low as $15 (starter kit) or $27 for eight 400kcal meals. While the price per meal is high, the barrier to entry in terms of investment is low for the newcomer, making it worth trying it out.

 

We Dislike

1.Price is a little too high, particularly at the small purchases. I understand that most new enterprises might not be able to compete with the pricing some of the bigger companies might be able to put (e.g. Jimmyjoy); however, the smaller bags are pretty expensive for what they offer. 8 bags of 400kcal cost you $3.8 each. That is double and triple the cost of some of the competitors out there. Yes you can get bulk discounts, but for most users this are not going to be accessible.

2. Nutrition needs polishing. Particularly the fat content, which is too high in monounsaturated fatty acids and too low in polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly the essential fatty acids. No meal replacement is complete if some of the essential nutrients are missing.

3. Information on the website. Arguably this is something that it will improve with time, but currently there are key areas missing, such as: shipping and return, FAQ, nutrition… In fact,  they are currently working on it, so I hope to see major improvements in this  area.

4. Only available in one flavour. It is true that the market has yet to see its full potential, but newcomers need to make serious offers and start with a wider offer, in my opinion. Particularly in the flavour department, where you might alienate a lot of people with a single flavour. 2-3 options would be more interesting.

 

Improvements

1.I think I have made a good argument to see more affordable prices, but this is always something the customer will ask for, and perhaps, the company will not be able to deliver.

2. Inclusion of omega-3 fatty acids. This is more important, in my opinion. There are few perks that I am not very fond of from a nutritional point of view (maltodextrin, lack of choline…). However, their sole reliance in high oleic sunflower oil makes the shake short in omega-3s, which I believe they should look at improving.

3. Clear information in the website. As I previously mentioned, I expect this to be delivered soon, but I strongly believe the user should have the full information with easy access.  In this case Shipping& Returns and FAQ sections need to be improved.

4. More flavours.  Self explanatory.

 

What PRODUCTS does Parachute Shakes offer

Parachute Shakes, formerly Mi Mix, offers a single plant based product in multiple sizes. The actual shake comes in a single flavour, but is available in individual pouches of 240kcal, 320kcal, 400kcal, 500kcal and 600kcal.

All to ensure you have the perfect sized meal for any occasion.

 

Mi mix review
Parachute Shake
  • Meal Replacement
  • Powder
  • 400kcal/meal
  • 47C/28/25F % of Energy from
  • 1.67g of sugar/083g of saturated fats per meal.
  • Price without subscription: $3.8/400kcal
  • Lowest: $2.34/400kcal
  • Soy, may contain Milk

Starter pack

Parachute shakes offers a starter kit with 2 pouches of 400kcal and a free blender for $9.99 (sale price). The price of the meal is pretty high if you do not take the shaker into account, particularly if you add $5 for the delivery. However, $15 is a good point to get to try Parachute Shakes. I just wish they included one more pouch, perhaps.

 

Nutritional Foundation

Parachute Shakes Nutrition featuresParachute Shakes aims to bring plant based high protein meals in an easy manner. The main nutritional characteristics are extremely low sugars (1g but 0g of added sugar per 400kcal), 30g of protein per 400kcal and very low saturated fat content.

It is worth noting that Parachute Shakes Original uses soy protein isolate, similarly to Soylent and Jimmyjoy; but as opposed to Superbodyfuel and Huel (all which are sold in the US).Parachute Shakes Ingredients

Energy

The macronutrient split for Parachute Shake is 47C/28/25F. Interestingly, this makes Parachute Shake meals one of the few that sits within the USDA recommended ( as well as EFSA, WHO and Canadian authorities).

This means that the energy from carbohydrates is between 45% and 60 % (European guidlines); while the energy from fats is below 35% (both US Government guidelines and EU).

Parachute Shake Macros

Protein

Per 400kcal:

  • Total protein: 30g (60% of RI).

Soy protein isolate is the main ingredient of the whole shake. 30g per 400kcal is a lot of protein, that will allow you to get up to 150g per day. This is about 1.87g of protein per kg of bodyweight for a 80kg person (4.12lb per kg of bodyweight for a 176lb person).

Thus, it should be plenty for those looking to build some muscle mass, or replenish after exercise.

My only issue with soy protein isolate is that is lower in certain essential amino acis (EAA) than other animal derived protein sources, such as whey. However, the sheer quantity of protein should be able to upset this deficiencies (Gorissen and Witard, 2018).

Furthermore, soy protein isolate has a protein digestibility corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS) of 1.0 (maximum). While not the perfect tool to measure protein digestibility, it is a good measuring tool.

Plant protein BCAAs
Mean (± SEM) leucine (a), isoleucine (b), and valine (c) contents (% of total protein) of various dietary protein sources and human skeletal muscle protein. White bars represent plant-based protein sources, grey bars represent animal-derived protein sources, and black bar represents human muscle. Dashed line represents the amino acid requirements for adults (WHO/FAO/UNU Expert Consultation 2007). From Gorissen et al., 2018.

 

Carbs

Per 400kcal serving:

  • Total Carbs: 50g, 19% of RI.
  • Sugars: 1.7g, 1.8% of RI (based on EU).
  • Fiber: 5g, 25% of RI.

Surprisingly, the main carbohydrate source is not oats or maltodextrin; but tapioca maltodextrin (also used in Huel RTD). Tapioca maltodextrin is also known as tapioca starch (EU labelling) and it has a lower GI.

Nevertheless, the second source of carbohydrate is maltodextrin itself (3rd ingredient), which has a GI of 85. It is often seen as “bad” due to its processed nature and impact in blood glucose. This is, there might not be many sugars in the mix, but the shake might impact your blood similarly.

Regarding the actual glycemic index of the whole shake, I have no data yet, but I would expect to be between 50-70 (medium).

On another note, the amount of fiber in the shakes is in the lower end for meal replacements. 5g per shake will provide you with 25% of RI, which is enough. The source of fiber is not oats but soluble corn fiber.

Fats

Per 400kcal serving:

  • Total Fats: 11.7g. 27.1% of the DRI.
  • Saturated Fats: 0.8g. 4.2% of DRI.
  • Monosaturated (MUFA): 8.5g. This is 19.1% of the calories per serving.
  • Polyunsaturated (PUFA): 0.7g. This is 1.5% of the calories per serving.

Sunflower oil powder (made of sunflower oil, food starch-modified, sodium silicoaluminate and natural tocopherols) is the main source of fats. Sunflower oil is a fairly standard fat source in the industry, but it is high in omega-6 fatty acids (low in omega-3s).

Where are the omega 3 fatty acids?

As such it is often paired with flaxseed, canola oil or another source richer in omega-3 fatty acids (essential). However, there is none listed on the ingredients, raising questions about the omega-3 levels in the shake.

This is very important since, omega 3 to 6 ratio between the 1/1-1/4 range has been linked to to less risk for cardiovascular diseases (among other positive health effects).

However, as Parachute shakes only uses high oleic sunflower oil, they only contain 0.7g of polyunsaturated fatty acids, from which most are going to be omega-6. Only 1% of sunflower oil is omega-3.

Saturated fatty acids low, MUFAs too high and PUFAs too low

Saturated fatty acids are kept low and instead replaced with  MUFA and PUFAs. MUFA>=PUFA>SFA diets have been found to be less obesigenic.

However, the levels of monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids are quite unbalanced. 85% are MUFAs which contribute 19% of the calories per shake. WHO recommends at least 6-11% of the energy to come from PUFAs, which in this case falls really short (1.5%).

 

Micronutrients

Each shake (400kcal) provides with 20% of 24 vitamins and minerals. This should ensure that you get all the micronutrients that you need per portion. Some brands, like Huel or Soylent, will have another 2 extra micronutrients (Choline and Biotin).

Choline, for instance, is essential to keep the structural integrity of the cells and it is also used as a precursor for neurotransmitter production. Thus, addition of the extra micronutrients would be beneficial.

Surprisinly, you wil see that in the labels for the 240kcal, it says 10%. However, this is due FDA regulations, and it actually contains 12%.

400kcal Nutrition label

Nutrition Facts 240kcal

 

Allergens

Parachute Shakes is a plant based meal replacement, therefore, the only allergen it contains is soy. However, due to manufacturing processes it might contain some milk.

Nutrition in Short

For those too lazy to read the whole thing:

  • Macronutrient split of 47C/28P/25F; which means that fits within the recommendations.
  • Main carbohydrate sources are tapioca starch and maltodextrin. Likely it has a medium-high GI.
  • Only fat source seems to be high oleic sunflower powder, which means a lot of MUFA, not enough PUFA and not enough omega-3.
  • 30g of soy protein isolate per 400kcal are plenty even for the most ambitious.
  • 20% of the daily recommended for 24 vitamins and minerals. No choline or biotin added.

 

More info about Parachute Shakes

Quin Patton and Porter Williams founded Parachute Shakes in 2017 (Mi Mix), after both realising the needs of a convenient healthy meal to have on the go. Both often found themselves on the road eating junk food or missing meals due to work.

Thus, they created Parachute Shakes, and created packaging of different sizing, so anyone could find the right fit for the right moment. No more worries about the amount of fats, sugars or calories. Just the right Parachute Shake for each moment.

More about the Founders
Quin Patton Co founder Parachute
Quin Patton Co founder Parachute

Quin Patton studied at Davidson College, before doing a Master of Science in Food Science in North Carolina State, which allowed him to work in PepsiCo as a senior scientist. He then decided to do a MBA at the University of Virginia, before founding Parachute Shakes.

Porter Williams Co-Founder Parachute
Porter Williams Co-Founder Parachute.

Porter Williams studied civil engineering and work in the industry (including for the Army Corps of Engineer), prior to studying a MBA at the University of Virginia, as well. After working as a consultant for a couple years, he moved on to funding Parachute Shakes with Quin.

Packaging

Parachute Shake bagsParachute Shakes offers individual packaging only, single servings of different sizes. The sizes available are: 240kcal, 320kcal, 400kcal, 500kcal and 600kcal. They do not have any bigger packaging options, such as,  tubs. This is due to:

You have a unique set of energy and nutrition needs, so we created a product that is personalized specifically for you. While other stuff out there takes the mantra that a one-size-fits-all food product is good enough, we believe you’re too important to use anything less than a product optimized for your body. We created Parachute so you can always perform at your best, even when you’re on-the-go!

While I agree that the individual packs are very handy, particularly when you are on the go; they create more waste than bigger, multiple serving bags. These bigger bags are often more convenient to store big quantities, too. However, if none of those is of your concern you will find them really handy.

Parachute drink
Ideal to keep some bags at the office.

Shelf life

According to Parachute Shakes each bag has a shelf life of 1 year if left unopened. Once opened I would try to consume it within a day, even before if it is already mixed.

Shipping and Return policy

The information about the shipping and return policy is not very clear. The shipping seems to be a flat rate of $5 for all the USA. They currently only ship to the United States, but they are looking to expand to Canada, as soon as possible.

Regarding the return policy, Parachute Shakes offers a 30-day period to return all the bags that have been unopened. However, they will not take care of the cost of returning your items.  Return address:

714 Eudora St

Denver Colorado

US 80220

Pricing & Subscription

The pricing is a little hard to workout, since the bigger bags (500, 600kcal) are cheaper per kcal than the smaller bags (240, 300kcal). Furthermore, Parachute Shakes offers a bulk discount (that is not shown) for buying more than 8 meals.

Parachute Shake Price
Pricing for each buying option. The prices displayed ($) are whan 400kcal would be worth. You can clearly see that buying bigger bags works out cheaper.

Not only a bulk discount but Parachute Shakes also offers a monthy subscription with a discount of 10%, fairly standard for the industry, but great when combined:

Parachute Shake Cost subscription
Similar table to the one above but applying the 10% discount.

You can save more than 50% when combining both.

Parachute Shakes FAQ

1- Where is the product manufactured?

The product is manufactured in the US and it is delivered from Denver, Colorado.

2- How do I prepare Parachute Shake?

Each sized bag will require different amount of liquid. I would recommend adding 300ml of water (10oz) to a 400kcal shake. For the smaller shakes, 250ml or 8 oz of water might be enough; whereas the bigger shakes might require up to 18oz (500ml).

3- Can Parachute Shakes help me lose weight?

Parachute Shakes can prove really helpful to lose weight, because it will help you to track you calories really easily. Furthermore, the smaller variations will ensure you have a clean small meal that will fill you up.

However, take into account that the micronutrient content is designed for a 2,000kcal diet, thus you might need to supplement or have nutrient rich foods on the side.

For more information, I recommend reading how to lose weight with meal replacements.

4- Can I use Parachute Shake to gain weight?

Similarly to losing weight, Parachute Shakes can be ideal to put on some. Particularly if you are looking to put some muscle mass, due to the high protein content in the shakes.

I would look to consume the higher calorie shakes and ensure that you are on a caloric surplus in order to get the extra pounds.

5- How long will Parachute Shakes last?

12 months if the packaged is closed. After that, the nutrients will start degrading (particularly the micronutrients); thus, you might not be getting 20% of your daily values.

6- Is Parachute Shake Gluten Free?

Parachute Shake Original does not contain any ingredients with gluten, therefore YES it is gluten free.

7- Is Parachute Shake GMO free?

No, Parachute Shakes are not labeled as GMO free and they might contain ingredients with GMO origin. This should not indicate lower quality ingredients, though.

Parachute Shakes on the go

Parachute Shakes vs

One of the things I want to do in this Parachute Shakes review, it is compare it to other meal replacements in the US. I have talked about how I think that there are not that many US brands competing in the market and how European brand are taking over.

It is hard to see who it is competing against, but I will compare it to 3 products:

 

Parachute Shakes vs Soylent Powder – Parachute for active people

The US product that started it all (Soylent) vs the high protein US born alternative.

Soylent Powder

Soylent Powder is a high fat low carb shake with soy protein isolate as a source of protein. It was the first Soylent product and still favourite of many Soylent enthusiasts.Soylent Powder

Soylent Drink

Soylent Drink and Soylent Cafe (caffeinated version) are Soylent’s the golden eggs. The RTD format has had a huge success and it is sold in many retail stores including Walmart, Target or 7-11. Nutritionally, they are very similar to the powder version.Soylent Drink Review

Soylent
Parachute
FromUSUS
Ships toUS & UKUS
$/400kcal$$$$$
C/P/F38/19/4347/28/25
AllergenSoySoy
kCal/meal400400*
Serv/day55
SuitableVeganVegan
Flavours31
Products31
Subscription5%10%

Label:

Price per 400kcal without subscription:

$– Below $1.5 $1.5 = €1.3 = £1.15

$$– $1.5 to $3 $3 = €2.6 = £2.3

$$$– $3 to $5 $5 = €4.3 = £3.85

$$$$– over $5

Price, product range and flavours: Soylent

This will be a skewed comparison for most cases. Soylent was funded in 2013 and has had time to develop 3 products (Powder, Drink and Cafe). It also offers 3-4 flavours per product, making the options more varied.

On top of that, Soylent Powder is cheaper than Parachute Shakes Original at base prices. Even when applying all the bulk and subscription discounts, Soylent is cheaper.

Nutrition: Parachute Shakes

per servingSoylent P
DV (%)
ParachuteDV (%)
Energy (C/P/F)38/19/4347/28/25
Energy (kCal)4002040020
Fats (g)20261114
Saturated (g)2.51315
Monounsaturated (g)13.08.5
Polyunsaturated (g)4.00.7
Trans fat (g)
0.00.0
Cholesterol (mg)
0.000.00
Carbs (g)41155015
Sugars (g)15.01.0
Added Sugars (g)15.0300.00
Fiber (g)6.0216.020
Soluble fiber (g)4.0
Protein (g)20303059
Sodium (mg)
3201430013

 

Main Ingredients:

Soylent
Parachute Shakes
FatsHigh Oleic CanolaSunflower oil powder
ProteinSoy Protein IsolateSoy Protein Isolate
CarbsIsomaltulose, MaltodextrinTapioca Starch, Maltodextrin

 

Both products might appeal different people, because of the differences in the micronutrient distribution. I, myself, rather consume a diet high in protein to sustain the more active lifestyle that I follow.

In fact, with “only” 20g per 400kcal (100g/day) the deficiencies in certain amino acids from soy protein will be highligthed more in Soylent than Parachute Shakes.

Regarding fats, both use high oleic variants, but Soylent uses canola; whereas Parachute Shakes uses sunflower. The first is higher in omega-3 fatty acids, which gives the edge to Soylent in this aspect.

Mayhaps, when looking to the nutrition facts of both, the sugar content of Soylent might stand out. This is due to isomaltulose, that even if it is classified as a sugar, the glycemic effect is lower than maltodextrin. Despite this, Soylent GI is around 45 which is likely lower than Parachute’s.

Brand image, Customer Service, Availability, Shipping: Soylent

Soylent is perhaps the king in the US in terms of product distribution and marketing. They have their RTDs being sold at important retailers and that makes them readily available.

However, there is Canada, in which Soylent has been banned. If Parachute Shakes is able to distribute their product there, they might get the edge over Soylent in the northern country.

Conclusion

Why Buy Parachute Shakes?

  • You are looking for something with more protein to support your active life.
  • You are trying to avoid sugars, including isomaltulose.
  • You do not want a shake high in fats.

 

Why Buy Soylent?

  • You are looking for a high fat, low carb diet.
  • You do not care about protein content.
  • You are interested in more flavours.
  • You are on a budget (want the cheaper option).

Parachute Shakes vs Huel Powder – Huel is more well rounded

The European protein loaded shake vs the new US alternative.

Huel Powder

Huel is a UK based company with one of the best vegan shakes in the market. It also has 29.5g of protein per 400kcal and it is available in the US in 4 flavours: Vanilla, Berry, Chocolate and Unflavoured & Unsweetened.

Huel Powder Gluten Free

Huel Gluten free is the exact same product as Huel powder but without gluten. It is available in the same flavours, too.

Huel v2.3 Review

Huel US
Parachute
FromUKUS
Ships toWorld*US
$/400kcal$$$$$
C/P/F40/30/3047/28/25
AllergenSoy
kCal/meal400400*
Serv/day55
SuitableVegan*Vegan
Flavours41
Products31
Subscription10%10%

Label:

Price per 400kcal without subscription:

$– Below $1.5 $1.5 = €1.3 = £1.15

$$– $1.5 to $3 $3 = €2.6 = £2.3

$$$– $3 to $5 $5 = €4.3 = £3.85

$$$$– over $5

Price, product range and flavours: Huel

Huel has a wider range of products (Huel RTD and Huel Powder in the US) and more flavours available (Parachute Shakes currently only offers Original).

Price wise Huel is also cheaper than Parachute Shakes, particularly in smaller orders by a fair bit, too.

Nutrition: Huel

per servingHuel USDV (%)
ParachuteDV (%)
Energy (C/P/F)40/30/3047/28/25
Energy (kCal)4002040020
Fats (g)12151114
Saturated (g)21015
Monounsaturated (g)6.08.5
Polyunsaturated (g)3.00.7
Trans fat (g)
0.00.0
Cholesterol (mg)
0.000.00
Carbs (g)42155015
Sugars (g)1.01.0
Added Sugars (g)1.020.00
Fiber (g)9.0326.020
Soluble fiber (g)
Protein (g)29583059
Sodium (mg)
2901330013

 

Main Ingredients:

Huel
Parachute Shakes
FatsFlaxseed, Sunflower oil powderSunflower oil powder
ProteinPea Protein, Rice ProteinSoy Protein Isolate
CarbsOatsTapioca Starch, Maltodextrin

 

On paper both shakes look pretty similar. Parachute Shakes has more carbohydrates, but not more sugars. Huel is a little richer in fiber (often cause of some discomfort to those who are not used to it). However, the type of carbohydrates used makes a difference. Parachute Shakes uses carbs that are absorbed more quickly into the blood stream, thus it has a higher glycemic index.

Regarding the protein content, both are vegan and offer a similar quantity. However, Huel opts for pea+rice protein combo to ensure a more well rounded amino acid profile. Whereas Parachute opts for soy protein isolate, that has a good absorption coefficient.

Perhaps, the fat composition is the most different of all. Huel uses flaxseeds plus sunflower oil powder to provide you with plenty of omega-3 and good omega-3/6 balance. On the other hand, Parachute Shakes is mostly monounsaturated fatty acids and falls short in omega-3s.

Similarly Huel has some MCTs, which Parachute does not. MCTs are a great way for some fast energy, and I think Parachute could do well adding some.

 

Brand image, Customer Service, Availability, Shipping: Huel

It is not a fair fight due to the sheer size of the brands. Huel has a huge support behind, a fully fledge US section and manufacturing process and a lot of money to spend.

Parachute Shakes might get the upperhand in Canada, if they achieve to deliver it there. Then, they would be the only option between the two that would actually be available in Canada.

Conclusion

Why Buy Parachute Shakes?

  • You want to support US born companies.
  • You like soy protein isolate better.
  • You need a shake that will give you energy fast.

 

Why Buy Huel?

  • You want more flavour options.
  • You want a better nutrition.
  • You want to try other products.
  • You are on a budget (want the cheaper option).

Parachute Shakes vs Athlete Fuel (SBF)

Superbodyfuel is a long lasting brand with the cheapest shake in the US.

Athlete Fuel

Athlete Fuel is the option with most protein in the SBF line up  of great shakes. It relies on brown rice protein (with added L-lysine) plus the protein from the milk you add to the shake. Athlete Fuel

Milk Fuel

The cheapest shake in the US, with each 400kcal costing you as low as $0.8. Similar to Athlete Fuel but without the added extra protein.

Super Fuel & Keto Fuel

The low carb options from SBF rely on adding oils to make the shake. Great if you are looking to cut out on carbs.

Athlete
Parachute
FromUSUS
Ships toWorldUS
$/400kcal$$$$$
C/P/F38/19/4347/28/25
AllergenSoySoy
kCal/meal400400*
Serv/day55
SuitableVeganVegan
Flavours31
Products31
Subscription5%10%

Label:

Price per 400kcal without subscription:

$– Below $1.5 $1.5 = €1.3 = £1.15

$$– $1.5 to $3 $3 = €2.6 = £2.3

$$$– $3 to $5 $5 = €4.3 = £3.85

$$$$– over $5

Price, product range and flavours: Superbodyfuel

Because Superbodyfuel is a brand that has been around for a while, they have been able to develop their line up into a pretty full roster. They currently offer 4 shakes directed to different audiences with an average of 4 flavours per shake.

Pricewise they are unbeatable. Thanks to depending on adding milk or oils (extra calories and nutrients) their shakes are among the cheapest in the whole world.

Nutrition: Parachute

per servingAthleteDV (%)
ParachuteDV (%)
Energy (C/P/F)40/30/3047/28/25
Energy (kCal)6302040020
Fats (g)21271114
Saturated (g)105115
Monounsaturated (g)8.5
Polyunsaturated (g)0.7
Trans fat (g)
0.00.0
Cholesterol (mg)
49160.00
Carbs (g)62235015
Sugars (g)23.01.0
Added Sugars (g)0.000.00
Fiber (g)8.0216.020
Soluble fiber (g)
Protein (g)47943059
Sodium (mg)
4702030013

Beaware that Athlete Fuel is calculated with 85g + 2 cups of whole milk, thus milk has a huge influence.

Main Ingredients:

Athlete Fuel
Parachute Shakes
Fats(From Milk)Sunflower oil powder
ProteinOrganic Brown Rice, L-lysineSoy Protein Isolate
CarbsGF Oat FlourTapioca Starch, Maltodextrin

Athlete Fuel is a little tricky because the nutritional output will depend on which type of milk you add to the mix. In here, I will follow the recommended, which is 2 cups of whole milk.

In fact, SBF’s shake relies fully on milk for the fat, which means that it is not optimised. As such, the saturated fats are really high and the omega-3 content will be lacking. Parachute’s choice might be better.

Regarding protein, they both offer a similar quantity. However, Athlete Fuel uses organic brown rice to which they add L-Lysine to cover all the amino acids deficiencies. Soy protein, on the other hand, is more easily digestible, but does not have the full cover.

Finally, Athlete Fuel has the better carbohydrate choice in my opinion. Oats are a good source of complex slowly digesting carbs.

I think both have their ups and downs and certainly room for improvement.

Conclusion

Why Buy Parachute Shakes?

  • You want the easier shake to make.
  • You care about covenience.
  • You are looking for a shake low in saturated fats.

 

Why Buy Athlete Fuel?

  • You love milk.
  • You want more micronutrients.
  • You are interested in more flavours.
  • You are on a budget (want the cheaper option).
Parachute Shakes
Parachute Shakes is ideal for hiking and on the go nutrition.

Verdict

In this Parachute Shakes review, I found out that  it is an interesting company offering a good product with very high protein content. In fact, the whole shake seems to be targeted to people who are more active and need a good energy source. As such, I would recommend Parachute to consume before or after sports. However, there are some issues with nutrition that would not make it my daily shake; plus the price seems to be a little too high for the offer. The individual bags in multiple sizes are a nice touch, though. A brand to keep an eye on if you are from the US.

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Hey! Long time. I personally really like Parachute Shakes. As you mentioned, the super convenient single serve packs, plus I love the super low sugar content. Its one of the smoother mixing CFs out there, and also the most neutral tasting original flavor I’ve had. No overwhelming soy taste, no metallic vitamin taste…..and no aftertaste that I could distinguish. You are correct about the price, definitely not the best, but with every order, I’ve received a thank you card with a coupon code for 30% off. Still not competing with Plenny or SBF in that realm, but I’d say the… Read more »

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Thanks, I gave it a strong rating as I do really enjoy the product. I’m not sure if the coupon code is something everyone will get, or I was just lucky. Not sure, but its def appreciated.

I like what they’re doing, was reading in their blog that they’ve secured a deal with a vending machine company that specialized in healthy snacks. Hoping that deal, as well as expanded exposure will give them the capital they need to crank out more flavors. I like the base flavor, guess I’m just spoiled by Plenny, Queal, Soylent…etc with so many flavors.