Happy Viking Review at Latestfuels

Happy Viking Review | Venus William’s Secret Meal for Success?

We are keeping the new content coming so far in this early part of the year! Today, in this Happy Viking review we will take a look at the meal replacement created by the incredible Venus Williams.

Similarly to the last reviews, this is also a “superfood meal”, in the same vein as Huel Superblend, Ka’chava, and VitaHustle.

What is a superfood meal? They are meant to be the healthiest meal replacement shakes you can buy, with all the essential nutrients plus a blend of superfoods, adaptogens, and digestive enzyme to further boost your digestive, immune system and overall health.

In this case, Happy Viking contains over 60 superfoods and 21 vitamins/minerals. You will also get 20g of protein, 14g of carbs, and only 2g of sugar in 160kcal shakes.

On paper, it has a lot in common with other top brands that dominate the space, like Lyfefuel or Ka’chava, but is it actually better than them? Is it worth spending the extra money for the Happy Viking meal replacement?

Venus Williams Happy Viking Superfood meal

Playing tennis? Here are LatestFuels quick takeaways:

  • Happy Viking is a superfood meal replacement.
  • It is vegan, and contains no animal, dairy, soy or gluten.
  • It comes in 7 different flavors, and also offer travel packs and RTD
  • Strawberry Smoothie & Cookies & Creme were both tasty
  • Mixed poorly with water, but well with milk.
  • Each serving has 20g protein, 14g carbs & 5g of fat.
  • Subscription discount is $15 per canister, shipped every 4-6 weeks.

Happy Viking at a Glance

Flavors: Vanilla Bean, Triple Chocolate, Strawberry Smoothie, Greena Colada, Cookies & Creme, Tropical Smoothie & Iced Coffee


Honestly my first question was….what’s the deal with this name??

I guess I’m just used to everything being super something, or some kind of fuel, or named after something from a long defunct language. Well turns out, the aim of the product, from the queen herself, Venus Williams is “happy gut & viking strength”. Not exactly what I’d come up with if asked, but hey…its her baby, not mine.

That said, it is a clear illustration of what this meal shake it’s for: boost your health and provide you with an improved nutrition for a better self.

Happy Viking

1. Interesting flavors. Lots to choose from. Ones you likely wont find elsewhere

2. Tastes good. Both flavors tested were surprisingly good.

3. Varied offerings. Canister, travel packs, and RTDs are available

4. Worthwhile to subscribe. $15 off per canister equals $1 per serving.

Unhappy Viking

1. A bit chalky with water. Mixing with milk helped a lot

2. Price is just a bit too high. Don’t love it at $4/serving

3. No omega-3 amounts stated.

Nutritional Breakdown

Time to dig into what makes this viking happy, and find out what’s actually in this stuff.

Happy Viking is a plant-based superfood meal replacement. It contains no soy, no artificial sweeteners, no gluten, and no dairy.

Happy Viking Nutrition Overview

Macros (C/P/F)31/44/25
FeaturesSoy Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Includes ProbioticsYes
Artificial SweetenersNo
Synthetic AdditivesYes
Contains All MicronutrientsYes
Controversial IngredientsNone


Per 160kcal serving:

  • Total Carbs: 14g, 5% of DV.
  • Net Carbs: 4g, (Total Carbs – Dietary Fiber – Non-digestible Carbs)
  • Sugars: 2g, 4% of DV
  • Fiber: 5g, 18% of DV.

This is another superfood shake that is light in the carb department, with only 14g total per serving. That number drops to 2g of net carbs when you subtract the 5g of fiber, sourced from soluble corn fiber and organic buckwheat, and the 5g of added sugar alcohol, in the form of erythritol.

While fiber is CRUCIAL part of a healthy diet, the jury is still out on sugar alcohols, in particular erythritol. Some benefits include not spiking blood sugar, having fewer calories than sugar and being better for your teeth. However, some experience GI issues like bloating, cramping and diarrhea.


Per 160kcal serving:

  • Total Protein: 20g, 30% of DV
  • Source(s): Yellow Pea & Brown Rice

Nothing new or exciting about the protein. Same sources, same amounts of protein, but at least at 160 calories, protein will make up 44% of the calories.

Pea and rice are often used together in plant-based meal replacements because they offer a complete amino acid profile that way.

Happy Viking nutritional elements


Per 150kcal serving:

  • Total Fats: 5g, 3% of DV.
  • Saturated Fats: 3.5g, 18% of DV.
  • Omega-3s: ?

What’s almost as bad as omitting those very beneficial omega-3s? Including them and not listing how much or the source. In this case, we do have the source (algal oil) but its a black box as to how much are present. I always say, if you can measure, you can’t manage.


Happy Viking contains 21 vitamins and minerals, most of which are 20% or greater of your daily recommended values.

The product uses a vitamin/mineral mix but is supplemented by the inclusion of many foods such as carrot, tomato, broccoli and brussel sprouts. There are also many included fruits so the antioxidant content should be pretty good.


Happy Viking is allergen free, and contains nothing that causes concern.

Happy Viking Health Benefits Reviewed

As with many other meal replacement shakes, including all the vitamins and minerals in your diet, and avoiding UPF alternatives, it’s already a great boost to your health.

In fact, meal replacement shakes are a healthy way to get protein, omega-3, fiber and micronutrients that are hard to get through diet (like vitamin B12 for vegans).

In this case, with the addition of “superfoods”, Happy Viking also claims to hellp you with:

  • Build Lean Muscle
  • Give you brain power and sustained energy
  • Support your immune system
  • Act as digestive aid
  • Promote hair, skin, and nail health
health benefits of Happy Viking shake

Are This Benefits Real? Does Happy Viking Work?

Yes and no. Some of the benefits in Happy Viking are exaggerated.

It will provide you with plenty of protein to help you build muscle, and the fiber will help your gut microbiota. However, it is hard to know the quantities of many of these superfoods, therefore we don’t know if they are present in high enough quantities to help you.

They will provide with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents to support your immune system, but many of these superfoods need to be taken in large quantities to be effective.

That’s why often they are consumed aside as green powders.

When compared to some of the best meal replacement shakes, Happy Viking is also a little low in micronutrient content. It would have been great to see some more vitamin B12, for example.

Taste Test

Been dealing with subzero wind chills and a 2-day snowstorm, but I’m ready to test our flavors. I’m glad I got different flavors other than vanilla and chocolate, but would have really liked to try Greena Colada and Tropical Smoothie….but beggars can’t be choosers.

Testing Happy Viking Meal shakes
Yup, that’s over a foot of snow!

Strawberry Smoothie

Let’s start with this ACTUALLY having strawberry in it! Thank goodness! Turns out every flavor contains strawberry, but I’ll take it.

Mixed well with milk or water, though water was a bit chalky, while with milk it was pretty smooth. Flavor is solid, very light fruit flavor, which I’ll take over artificial flavoring.

Cookies & Creme

I really don’t understand this flavor and why companies insist of having it. It tastes 98% like their regular chocolate offerings 🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️

Anyhow, it was also decent. Can’t say that it tastes like Oreos, or that its remarkably different from the Triple Chocolate flavor they also sell, but for what it is worth, it’s also very drinkable.

Happy Viking Strawberry
Johnny testing Happy Viking
Happy Viking Cookies and cream

Taste Conclusion

As mentioned, both were pretty good, definitely above average. I think the kicker was that they were both sweeter than I expected, but not too sweet. Pretty sure that’s what makes it good. Texture was good with milk, but I can say I wasn’t full too long.

I’ve noticed those shakes under 200 calories will leave you ready to snack, not too long after drinking.

About Happy Viking

Happy Viking logo

Transitioning to a plant-based diet changed Venus Williams’s career after she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Her comprehensive shake recipe helped her get back on the court stronger than ever.

Happy Viking backers
Founder, Venus Williams & Happy Viking Investors

Since her launch in 2020, Venus has brought on an all-star team of investors, including Serena Williams, Megan Rapinoe, Michelle Wie West, Kevin Durant, Robin Arzon, Isaiah Hartenstein, Collin Sexton, Rich Kleiman, Harrison Phillips, and Reily Opelka.


Happy Viking can be purchased from their site, as well as from Amazon. Their subscription discount is $15 off per canister and the product ships in intervals of every 4 or 6 weeks.

At Amazon, the retail price appears to be $50, which is $10 less than the site, and works out to $3.33 per serving

ProductTotal Price
Serving Price
1 Canister (15 servings) $60/$45$4/$3

Is Happy Viking Worth It?

So, it’s Happy Viking worth the price?

At $4 per 160kcal, it’s definitely one of the most expensive meal replacement shakes. The quality and the superfoods certainly provide you with more benefits than standard shakes. So if you are on the lookout of a premium meal replacement shake, Happy Viking can be a good option.

However, some of the premium alternatives offer more for the price.


Happy Viking offers free shipping with the purchase of two canisters. Buying a single canister will incur as $9 shipping cost via UPS Ground shipping.

Other Products

Happy Viking has a few other ways to enjoy their product, including travel packs and an RTD!

Happy Viking travel packs
Happy Viking RTD

Amazon Reviews

Here is a synopsis of reviews coming from Amazon. Amazon customers are paying $10 less per canister.

Happy Viking Amazon reviews

Let me start by saying that I’m not a professional athlete or anything but I’m trying to eat better. I’ve tried a few shakes ( non dairy and plant based). And this one is actually good. It’s a tiny bit chalky if you don’t mix it well. Almost to no after taste. Chocolate is good. I’m going to try the other one next. It’s a little expensive but I guess you get what you pay for. Nothing good is cheep. It fills my husband up. I still need a snack but I’d endorse it. Yes, buy it. Sorry if you don’t like it but I think it’s good.

5-stars, Strong Puppy Owner

Happy Viking really helped me curb my appetite and I’ve seen results in my weight loss goals in less than 2 weeks! Packed with vitamins. Everything you need in 12 oz serving. Will order more in different flavors.

5-stars, A. Jenkins

Acknowledging the highs, and lows:

I wanted to love this so much. But the fake sugar taste is soooo strong. I wish these companies would just leave out the sweetness and allow people to add whatever sweet we they want if they want at all. Can’t return or I would. I’ll have to add pb powder, egg whites and maybe instant coffee to try to combat the sweetness, like I said it’s strong, If you don’t mind that stuff then this is for you but I just can’t.

2-stars, Linda Brown

I was so excited about this product, however, I am so very disappointed in this protein shake. I mixed it with plain almond milk with two scoops of powder, it is very chalky tasting. The next day I tried it hot in coffee, it was not as chalky, just a strange grainy feel that just would not dissolve. I do not recommend it and will not buy it again. Sorry Venus!!

1-star, Mary Hiram

Happy Viking vs

How does Happy Viking stack up against other products that share the same category and formulations? Is Happy Viking a good Ka’chava alternative?

VitaHustle is also a low calorie superfood meal replacement with a famous founder, comedian/actor Kevin Hart

LyfeFuel is the OG of this approach, and remains a top pick by us here at LatestFuels.

Happy Viking superfood meal
Lyfefuel Daily Essentials

Comparison Overview

CategoryHappy VikingVitaHustleLyfeFuel Daily
serving price$4$3.33$2.92
Macros (C/P/F)31/44/2526/53/2119/65/16
Protein (g)202018
Sugar (g)213
Fiber (g)531
Fats (g)53.52
Carbs (g)14106
Artificial SweetenersNNN
Synthetic AdditivesYNN
Protein SourcePea, Brown RicePea, Brown Rice,
Pea & Rice
Other ProductsRTDsVitamins, NootropicsPerformance Shake, Bars,
AvailabilityUSUSUS, UK, EU

Happy Viking is arguably the best tasting of the bunch, and I’m definitely here for the all the flavors offered. Its also the most expensive at face value, and does fall a bit short in micros when compared to the others.

Vitahustle is comparable in many ways, but its only slightly cheaper when purchases at their site and has far less flavors. Now, if you can get the Walmart version at only $2.50 per serving, then thats a much more interesting avenue.

LyfeFuel comes in as the least expensive of the lot. With even lower carbs and the most micronutrients, it still remains a great pick and one we’d choose unless the others were marked way down.

While better measured against Kachava, the new Huel Daily Superblend is also an excellent choice. Its has a very strong ingredient and nutritional profile, and a few extra calories to keep you full longer. And at $3.76 per serving its cheaper and better than Happy Viking.

Happy Viking FAQ

Why did Venus Williams start Happy Viking?

Venus wanted to give others the opportunity to be healthy, feel good, and live out their dreams.

What makes our products unique?

We asked customers — 9/10 agree. This is the best-tasting plant protein out there. We’re confident you’ll agree!

Do I Still Need To Take A Daily Probiotic When I Take VitaHustle ONE?

VitaHustle ONE contains both probiotics and prebiotics to keep digestion and immunity high. With 3 billion CFU per serving at the time of manufacture, it provides a perfect dose for overall wellness. For anyone with increased concerns, we recommend continuing to take your daily probiotic along with the ONE.

How Do I Return A Product?

We offer a 60 day return policy with 100% money back guarantee less return shipping and handling. Here are the steps on how to get started with refund process. 

Make sure the email includes your order number and the condition of the product? Is it new? Did you use it? And the reason behind it? So we can understand from your feedback. 

Verdict – Happy Viking Review: Great Taste, Some Shortcomings

So what did Johnny think about Happy Viking?

The taste was on point, and the flavor selection puts it in rare air, as most will leave you with vanilla, chocolate and third that’s basically like the first two.

I certainly don’t dislike it, and feel its an ok option in the right scenario. A scenario such as always opting for milk over water. The texture really doesn’t play nice with water. Also, I certainly wouldn’t be willing to choose it over other products at $4 per serving, its not worth that in world of Huel, Kachava and LyfeFuel.

The inclusion of sugar alcohols will turn off some, and frankly I’m not the biggest fan of them, especially at this price point.

Bottom Line: If you want a sweeter shake with some variety, Happy Viking could fit the bill, but understand you could get better products at or under the asking price.

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