well tried it with water
all I have to say is
well, that might be a bit harsh
Is it better with soy or rice milk?
That was pretty much my reaction when I first used it. Blech! (It did taste very "healthy," but in a way that most non-vegans probably think vegan food tastes!)
It took me a long time to use up a canister of it, and that was mixing it with other stuff, including juice. Definitely do NOT do it with just water (gag!).
I think it's the combo of the chlorella (the most likely culprit--since the Vega bars taste fine, and don't contain it) and the hemp that give it that 'yuk' flavor.
I've worked up to tolerating more hemp and green foods by making my own mix: juice as a base, then maca powder, hemp protein powder, another protein powder (either pea or pea/rice), mangosteen powder, some green supplement powder, aloe vera juice, frozen fruit and sometimes a sprinkle of stevia if I feel it needs sweetening. (If I feel I want more chlorella, I'll take the tablets!).
When I first made this concoction, I had to go really low on the green powder (1 tsp.) otherwise, it tasted bad to me. Now, I use about 2 Tbsp. + of the green stuff, and it tastes fine (especially if I use a citrus juice as a base, which seems to cut the 'green/grassy/dirt' flavor).
Last time I tried Vega (I tried a sample pack this time), it didn't taste too bad! (And that's much better than my first reaction.
You can start with a smaller amount of Vega, then gradually add more.
Or try different juice bases, or a ripe banana, or something else to cut the flavor. Also, try all three (www.veganessentials.com
has single serving packs---actually not, though, because they are 1/3 of the actual serving size) so you can try them. You might find that one flavor is more tolerable than the others.