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New Amazing Grass Products Review

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Amazing Grass: New Products!

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About Amazing Grass:

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Raw Reserve: Greens & Protein- Chocolate

About:

“Greens & Protein

Raw Reserve includes a blend of AFA’s, spriulina, chlorella and sea vegetables like kelp and sea lettuce, from the coast of Maine.  Offering an arrayof free readical fightling plants and herbs, each ingredient in Raw Reserve is raw, vegan and of the highest quality.  Plus, each serving contains over 25 billion live probiotics at time of consumption.  Nothing short of Amazing.”

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Raw Reserve: Greens & Protein- Vanilla Spice

About:

“Greens & Protein

Raw Reserve includes a blend of AFA’s, spriulina, chlorella and sea vegetables like kelp and sea lettuce, from the coast of Maine.  Offering an arrayof free readical fightling plants and herbs, each ingredient in Raw Reserve is raw, vegan and of the highest quality.  Plus, each serving contains over 25 billion live probiotics at time of consumption.  Nothing short of Amazing.”

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Green Superfood: Tangerine

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“This zesty citrus flavor is a great health plan to reform your pH balance and strengthen your immune system.  Tangerine Green SuperFood Immunity Defense is a powderful blend of nutritious greens, phytonutrient packed fruits and veggies, digestive enzymes and probiotics with a delicious, tangy twist.  This blend contains organic mushrooms, herbs and vitamins delivering powderful immune-boosting antioxidants and tastes great.

• Naturally detoxifies & boosts your immune system
• Probiotics and Enzymes to aid digestion & absorption
• Complete raw food with powerful antioxidants
• Alkaline green plant foods balance acidic pH levels
• Nitrogen packed for freshness.”
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Green Superfood: Watermelon

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“Enjoy the cool, crisp taste of watermelon with a blast of natural, plant-based energy.  Watermelon Green SuperFood Energy is a powderful blend of nutritious greens, phytonutrient packed fruits and veggies, digestive enzymes and probiotics with a delicious, cool twist.  Each serving provides a powderful dose of whole food nutrition and 85mg of plant-based caffeine equal to a small cup of coffee.

• Infused with a kick of energy from yerba mate & matcha green tea
• Helps you achieve your recommended 5 To 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables
• Boost energy levels with natural stimulants
• Contains plant based caffeine
• Contains probiotics and enzymes to aid digestion and absorption
• Contains over 70% organic ingredients
• More organic whole leaf greens per gram than other green superfoods – not from juice
• Featuring Sambazon açai powder
• Featuring Guayaki yerba mate.”
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My Thoughts:

This post will be brief and to the point, as I’ve review Amazing Grass products several times before and believe they are one of the highest quality lines of plant-based supplements and whole food sourced products available.

These greens packets (the Tangerine Immunity and Watermelon Energy) are my favorite flavors that Amazing Grass has come out with yet. The tangerine and watermelon flavors, respectively, do such a great job of masking the robust, greeny flavor. As always, these greens are loaded with organic ingredients and are incredibly nutrient rich. I love to mix them with water in a blender bottle and consume them pre or post workout. They’re not too heavy in your stomach like some protein shakes can be. I like that the Watermelon Energy contains a small amount of caffeine, which provides you with a little boost if you choose to consume it like I do, around workout time. It’s always a great idea to eat foods that boost and maintain a strong wall of immunity. Thus, I love that the Tangerine Immunity contains immune boosting antioxidants from plant sources.

As of late, I have been incorporating more organic whey protein than any other kind. But, I understand that whey is not comparable with vegan diets, hence Amazing Grass has smartly created a product (using plant based proteins) that will satisfying vegans and most meat eaters, alike. I really love the idea of getting a serving of greens and protein in one healthful, good-tasting packet–it’s a very unique product. In these Greens and Protein blends, Amazing Grass uses brown rice protein, hemp protein, quinoa protein and pumpkin seed protein. My assumption is that this combination is used to form a complete amino acid profile, making these proteins more digestible and bioavailable to the body. The only one of these four that I take issue with is the brown rice protein, as I aim to steer clear of grains (most of the time) and grain-derived proteins. But, I love the use of hemp, quinoa and pumpkin seed proteins. The Vanilla Spice is my favorite flavor of the two and I like it best with a half & half mixture of water and coconut milk in the bottle that’s pictured–it does a great job of breaking up the clumps. Any blender bottle will work. The Chocolate flavor is enjoyable, too, and boasts a similar nutritional profile to the Vanilla Spice blend.

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Source Organic Whey Protein Review

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Source Organic Whey Protein

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Source Organic:

“Convenient, wholesome protein is one the most difficult things to incorporate into a busy and active lifestyle, but is also one the most important.

Where your food comes from is important, and what goes into making the purest whey protein available is just as important as what does not. Source Organic Whey Protein starts with the finest raw ingredients and does as little to them as possible.

We start by working with farmers who believe in the welfare and humane treatment of their animals. Our farmers’ cows are a heritage breed called Jersey cows. These cows graze year-round on fresh pasture of clover, rye, and other native grasses.

The milk they produce is naturally high in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA’s), lactoferrin and immunoglobulins. Our USDA Organic Certification is our guarantee to you that our cows have never been given hormones, antibiotics, steroids, or genetically modified feed (GMO).

For the process to convert liquid whey to a powdered form, we use industry leading techniques of cold-processed microfiltration and small batch drying to ensure the most nutrient dense protein.

Each bag is hand packed under the direction of a certified organic processor. Our packaging is done in an environmentally conscious facility. Once packed, our bags are shipped directly to you.

To meet the request of our customers who use our Source Organic Whey Instant protein, we add less than 1% organic sunflower lecithin (not soy lecithin) to allow for the protein to mix instantly in any liquid. Our Source Organic Whey Classic protein contains no lecithin and mixes best when blended in a blender.

Process

We start with organic milk from four family owned local dairies, all within 90 miles of our whey processing facility.

Climate
The temperate climate allows cows to graze year-round on fresh pasture of clover, rye, and other native grasses.

Sustainability
With 100% of our milk coming from local dairies within a 90-mile radius, we greatly reduce the energy costs of transporting milk. The whey plant itself employs energy recovery systems, saving 43% on the energy required to dry the protein. Millions gallons of water per year and electricity are saved through water recirculation and electrical updates at our facilities.

Jersey Cows
Our farmers raise a heritage breed of cow know as a Jersey cow. Jersey cows have a 20% lower carbon footprint than the Holstein cow, the mostly widely used breed by dairy cow.1

(1) (J. L. Capper and R. A. Cady. A comparison of the environmental impact of Jersey compared with Holstein milk for cheese production J. Dairy Sci.95:165–176. (2012))

A2 Milk
Jersey cows produce A2 milk, whereas Holstein cows produce A1 milk. Recent research suggests that the protein structure found in A1 milk may play a negative role in certain health issues.

Filtration and Processing
Liquid organic whey undergoes cold-processed, ultra-filtration and a short-duration, low temperature drying process, to produce a powdered organic whey protein.

Acid- and Bleach-free processing. Independent testing for impurities, including heavy metals.

Did you know?
For every 1000 lbs of whey, 10 lbs. of our organic whey protein are produced.

Packaging
Our resealable packaging is free of phthalates, heavy metals, and genetically modified (GM) components.”

My Thoughts:

This brand of whey protein is one of a few different whey protein powders that I’ve been trying out and implementing into my marathon training routine. This protein by Source Organic is delicious and tastes real (because it is) unlike many other protein brands that taste chalky and fake.

I love how thorough the information on the Source website is regarding the process of making whey protein. They really give you a full picture of how they approach packaging organic whey protein. Other that some slight taste nuances between the various organic whey proteins that I’ve tried, I essentially the same overarching thoughts about all of them. All of them appear to be driven by creating a pure, healthy, organic product.

It’s hard to find protein powder that you look forward to using because it tastes so good. I am loving that I can mix this protein with anything I want–the vanilla has gone very well with any concoction I’ve come up with thus far. I like it best blended with almond milk and a few strawberries.

This is not the only whey protein on the market, obviously, but it is absolutely one of the highest quality. There are a few other lines of organic whey protein out there–I am finding that amongst those brands, most of them are comparable. These top organic whey protein brands appear passionate about producing whey protein that you can trust, which is more than what your typical store-bought protein can say for itself. By trust, I mean know that the protein is free of pesticides, GMOs, hormones and artificial junk.

Though I do not include other dairy products, I digest whey protein fine (in high-quality whey proteins, 100% of the lactose has been eliminated, thus it’s resemblance to milk is gone). Performance wise, I am on the top of the game in regards to running, lifting and requiring little recovery time. I believe that including organic whey protein in my diet has been a large part of that.

I also feel good about a brand that voices a concern for how the cows are taken care of and is against artificial hormone injection. The cows and us individuals ingesting the protein both benefit from that.

This protein is best put into a blender or a bpa-free plastic blender bottle. Stirring it with a spoon will not sufficiently break up the clumps. The higher quality whey proteins seem to be that way. The whey flavor goes well with merely any combination you can dream up. Anything that you would typically pair with milk would be a good choice.

I’d recommend this Source Organic whey protein to anyone looking for an organic, high quality whey protein powder to aid in muscle growth, maintaining lean body mass and improved recovery.

Prime My Body Plant-Based Protein Review

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Prime My Body Protein

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About Prime My Body:

“Prime Protein is a 100% natural plant based superfood that delivers the essential amino acids, omegas & proteins your body deserves on a daily basis.

Directions: Shake or blend 1 scoop of PRIME with 6-10oz of coconut water, almond milk, filtered water (our favorite!) or with any other beverage. Within seconds you’ll be ready to consume the best whole foods & plants Earth has to offer. Delicious is an understatement..

Our 100% plant based ingredients aid in detoxification, while delivering the essential amino acids, omegas & proteins a body needs for optimal function. For information regarding our incredible & natural ingredients see our research here.

Real Moments Require Real Food.”

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My Thoughts:

Without getting into a whole discussion on all of the various proteins that are out there, lets just say that finding a protein that I believe suits me best has been a major focus of mine in regards to my diet. I’ve essentially concluded that I feel and perform better (running and weight lifting) when I do my best to limit my consumption of grains. Because of this, I’ve tried to generally dodge protein powders that are derived from brown rice. I am still very much a proponent of hemp protein (which is one of the few plant-based proteins with a complete amino acid profile), which is a part of this Prime protein blend (brown rice protein, pea protein, hemp protein). I would keep this protein in my grain-free routine if it contained only the hemp protein.

That said, I realize that there are many individuals who are vegan or vegetarian and are looking for plant-based protein options. For those people, I’d recommend this protein. Since this protein is non-gmo, it is heads and shoulders above many other protein brands you’ll see in the store. Organic is best, and I’d love to see organic ingredients in this blend (if they are organic, they are not listed that way).

Taste-wise, this blend is very good! You know a blend has a great taste when it’s great mixed with just water (as they suggest). The chocolatey flavor tastes real and satisfying. The drink itself is very filling as well.

I’ve had a very pleasant experience interacting with this company–and that is no trivial thing. They have been very helpful in answering my questions about the protein, which has helped me gain a fuller understanding to their approach in creating this protein. They also happen to ship their protein in the coolest boxes that read “Heck No GMO.”

Like I said, I would consider being a regular customer if they created an only-hemp protein blend! I love the passion behind their product and their stance on overall health.