Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Mocha
MRM Veggie Elite is one of 2 main vegan protein powders that MRM sell. I’ve tried both, and this is by far the better one.
I’ve broken down the review into 4 more sections, each with their own score. The scores are calculated objectively in the first 3 categories.
You can learn more about my testing methodology here if you’re curious.
The nutrition score is calculated using this simple formula:
Only the number of calories coming from protein, as well as the total number of calories in a serving, need to be input.
The higher the overall protein content, the higher the nutrition score.
Let’s take a quick look at the nutrition label to get these numbers:
There’s 24 grams of protein, accounting for 96 calories, out of 130 total calories.
When you plug those values in, you get a nutrition score of 21.15.
That’s substantially above average for vegan protein powders.
Looking at the full ingredient list for the chocolate mocha flavor, there’s nothing too unexpected, but the enzyme blend may help you if you have stomach issues with other protein powders:
To evaluate pricing, I give each protein powder that I review a score from 0 to 25.
A score of 25 means that it’s very cheap, while a score closer to 0 means that it’s expensive.
To calculate the “pricing score”, we first have to look at the different sizes that MRM Veggie Elite is sold in:
|Size||Cost (USD)||Cost per 100 gram|
|555 g / 1.22 lb||20.99||3.78|
|1.11 kg / 2.45 lb||26.00||2.34|
Most protein powder companies have at least one size closest to 2.2 lbs, so I take the price per 100 grams of the size closest to 2.2 lbs.
Then, I plug that in this simple linear formula:
That yields a pricing score of 21.5, which means that it’s on the cheaper side, which is another strong point for this powder.
It is more expensive in Canada, but still a reasonable amount (although there are quite a few other options that are cheaper).
The mixability score tells you how well a protein powder mixes in an actual shake.
To test this, I start by adding 450 mL of almond milk to a shaker bottle, as well as 35 grams of protein powder.
Then, I shake for 45 seconds, and pour the shake through a strainer. The mesh is very fine, so it catches even small chunks.
I weigh the strainer before and after to measure the weight of the chunks (“remnants”).
That weight is then plugged into this formula:
In this case, the protein powder mixed perfectly, so it gets a score of 25.
This was surprising to me since I reviewed MRM’s other protein powder, which mixed incredibly poorly.
Taste is the one big weakness of MRM Veggie Elite in my opinion.
Albeit subjective, I try to assign the taste scores consistently using the guidelines in this table:
Amazing, would drink for enjoyment alone.
Drinkable, not really good or bad.
A bit of a struggle to get down
There were a few big issues I had with this taste.
The first that it had a fairly chalky texture. This bugs certain people more than others.
Now the taste itself seems okay at first, but it has a bad aftertaste that completely ruins any possible enjoyment from the shake.
MRM’s other vegan protein powder also has a bad aftertaste, so it’s just something in their products I suppose.
Considering all that, I gave this powder a taste score of 10.
MRM Veggie Elite ends up with an overall rating of 78, which is very solid.
The big issue to me was that the taste is not very good, even though the nutrition and pricing is good, and the mixability is great.
If you’re really not picky about taste, or simply want a solid, cheap protein shake that you can chug down, I think this is a decent option to try.
Otherwise, I do think there are better alternatives out there with similar nutrition, price, and mixability, but better taste.