Last week I did a dumb thing. I went to Whole Foods while I was hungry. And we all know what happens when you go to the grocery store hungry.

bolthouse soy protein drink Right. You end up noticing all sorts of interesting foods you've never seen before and decide to give most of them a try. It was then that I noticed some dinks from Bolthouse Farms in the refrigerated produce section. Most of them reminded me of Odwalla fruit drinks. But one in particular caught my eye: Vanilla Chai Tea with Soy Protein.

I studied the bottle for 30 seconds or so but still had no idea what it'd really taste like. But I was in a hunger induced state of food promiscuity, so I put it in my basket and moved on.

Imagine my surprise when I sipped the first small glass of it at home and immediately realized that it was an amazing egg nog substitute.


And only 160 calories per 8 ounce serving.

Posted by jzawodn at January 11, 2006 11:01 AM

Reader Comments
# Alex Moskalyuk said:

Costco now sells them too. They also sell the Bolthouse Farms carrot juice, which is just great.

on January 11, 2006 11:35 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

I've resisted joining costco for no good reason for years now. Maybe I should Just Do It.

on January 11, 2006 12:38 PM
# Kevan Emmott said:

"hunger induced state of food promiscuity"... awesome.

Sounds good, I'll have to try some.

on January 11, 2006 01:44 PM
# Rob Sanheim said:

Damn, I was hoping this would be a nice "egg nog-ish" protein shake. The macro profile isn't quite there - too much sugar (21g) and note enough protein (10g).

Sure beats the regular egg nog stuff, though.

on January 11, 2006 02:06 PM
# Tom Becker said:

My thoughts exactly. I was drinking some a few days before xmas and came to the same nog conclusion. I load up on this and the Odwalla Superfood at Costco but the Bolthouse supply seems to vanish for months. It sure is a lot cheaper than WF though.

on January 11, 2006 02:25 PM
# jim winstead said:

i was very happy when i discovered over the holidays that silk makes a soy milk egg nog. very yummy.

on January 11, 2006 02:49 PM
# antrix said:

Chai tea.. hehehe. How's that for redundancy: chai means tea in Hindi :-)

on January 11, 2006 04:25 PM
# mitch said:

I tried choking down regular soy milk in various flavors and concoctions for the health benefits, and just couldn't stick with it. Then I discovered this a couple of months ago at Winco, and have been hooked ever since! Great stuff. The Bolthouse juices are good too, and much more affordable than Odwalla.

on January 11, 2006 05:38 PM
# Ben Margolin said:

No, what happens when you go to Whole Foods hungry, is you leave *poor*. Man, I love that place's offerings, but cheap it ain't.... but most weekends I do say a silent prayer that the grody Safeway 2 blocks from me burns down and a Whole Foods springs up in its place (simultaneously putting the tiny Molly Stone's out of business 1 block farther away... and that a really good indie wrecka stow goes in there :-)

on January 11, 2006 06:17 PM
# Anna said:

eggnog is not good for you at all.
You are very funny:)

on January 12, 2006 12:31 AM
# Rob Steele said:

Food promiscuity, Hi larious.

on January 12, 2006 07:18 AM
# Luke Melia said:

I also enjoyed Silk's soy nog over the holidays... especialy the packaging that said, "Not for use as infant formula. Or infant nog."

on January 12, 2006 07:59 AM
# Keith Lea said:

Depending on what state you live in, you can get ingredients for an awesome egg nog at Whole Foods. In some states (like California) you can get raw colostrum (the milk a cow produces for its calf when it's first born) and raw cream and raw unheated unfiltered honey. You can get some cool eggs and blend 3 eggs, a few tbsp cream, equal amont of colostrum, and 1-3 tbsp of honey. It's enough food to last me the whole day, and it's super good for you.

on January 12, 2006 10:15 AM
# Scott Francis said:

Yeah, I found this at Whole Foods about a while back. It's great stuff.

The strawberry-banana, green-flavored (I don't recall the exact name), and berry-flavored (again the name escapes me) are pretty good, too.

You're right, this stuff is basically a different brand of Odwalla or Naked. It's slightly cheaper than Naked, though.

on January 12, 2006 10:38 AM
# Rick F said:

Egads.. I'll have to try some of that if my local Costco carries it (greater so-cal stores). I love egg nog but realize that it isn't that great for you and will always buy the low-fat variety during the holidays which is just fine for me.. However, I can't get myself to even try anything with Soy in it (e.g. Silk et-al) as a milk substitute (I'm addicted to Milk I'm afraid) -- I'll stick with the real stuff.. In the meantime, I need to drop my Cholesterol level quite a few points before my Doctor starts forcing me to take pills -- I guess I should keep far away from traditional egg nog for now huh? I would hope this drink doesn't have the bad side effects of egg nog (e.g. lotsa fat & cholesterol).

P.S. Loved the comment about the Infant Nog!

on January 12, 2006 12:50 PM
# Rick F said:

Ok.. I just popped over to my local Costco down the street (in Hawthorne) and they don't appear to carry it.. I looked everywhere that they had any sort of drinks, but didn't ask as I couldn't remember how the mfg's name was spelled. I'm assuming this is a refridgerated product? Perhaps I'll drop by my local WF just to get a taste of it and see if I can't find a cheaper source if it pans out.

on January 12, 2006 01:40 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Yes, it's refrigerated.

on January 12, 2006 05:27 PM
# Sandeep said:

Soy is bad for males if taken in sufficient quantity. It decomposes into isoflavones (similar to the female hormone estrogen) and causes depletion of muscle tone.

Enjoy it... but dont drink it for health benefits - use whey instead.

on January 12, 2006 10:09 PM
# Joe Zawodny said:

Vanilla Chai Tea with Soy Protein looked interesting??? You realize that you are doomed to spend the rest of your days living on the West Coast. May God have mercy on your soul.

on January 13, 2006 05:21 PM
# Robert said:

I found Bolthouse Vanilla Chai Tea by accident when a neighbor's cousin left some in the refrigerator after a visit. He brought it over and said this looks like something you would drink. I tried it and loved it! It's pricy here in Virginia at $3.59 per liter bottle and mainly passed over by sticker-shocked unsophisticated rednecks that proliferate here.. If they did supermarket taste tests, they would make customers...

on April 24, 2006 05:57 AM
# Shane said:

For those trying to find it their is a store locator on the WM Bolthouse Farms, INC website:
Some common places include WALMART and SAM's CLUB

on June 15, 2006 03:59 PM
# Lorcan Dempsey said:

You may already have seen the - new to me - Bolthouse Farms drink:

"Perfectly protein: mocha cappuccino with whey protein"

whey protein, coffee, cocoa, vanilla

Seriously addictive!

on July 30, 2006 07:36 AM
# Leon said:

Chai tea is great. However it should be noted that Bolthouse Chai is not in fact chai tea. It is actually just Green tea with milk, soy, and sweeteners. While chai does literally mean tea it also refers to a specific black tea that originated in India.

on August 23, 2006 07:13 PM
# said:

"hunger induced state of food prosmicuity" sounds like a state of real food craving after an orgy ?

on December 25, 2006 01:43 PM
# jsean said:

"And only 160 calories per 8 ounce serving."

Who the fk drinks 8 oz's of anything? You know you pounded that 15.2 fl oz's like a Taliban fatty cooking in the back of a truck with 50 other guys leaning against you wishing they could escape to the outside where it's a brisk 120f instead of licking every salty morsal bead of sweat that rises up and onto your backside.

on February 19, 2007 08:45 PM
# said:

I just invented this and when I googled it I ended up here on this site. It makes a great green tea eggnog like substitute. its almost better than eggnog and it has no eggs in it.

I am releasing it into the world here >>>>

1 cup reduced fat milk (soy or rice would probably work too)
1 heaping tbsp of sugar (I used organic unrefined cane sugar)
~1/2 tsp cinnamon
~3/4 tsp matcha green tea powder
sprinkle nutmeg
sprinkle powdered clove

>put in blender until milk gets frothy

on December 2, 2009 09:39 PM
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