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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.

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Natural Force Organic + Paleo Workout Supplement Review

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Natural Force

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Natural Force:

“Our mission is to tap Mother Nature’s bounty of raw superfoods to provide you with the highest quality training supplements ever created.

Just like you, we strive day after day training to improve our bodies and quality of life through hard work and proper nutrition. We formed Natural Force® because we were frustrated with the supplements available to us. We realized that the products we were using contradicted our principles of good nutrition with fillers, artificial flavors, and ingredients our bodies just didn’t need.

Natural Values

Here at Natural Force, we value quality and honesty above all else. Our products are always comprised of the purest, highest quality, all-natural and organic ingredients. They never contain any coloring, flavoring of any kind, and no unnecessary fillers. Each and every one of our products has been carefully and intelligently designed to deliver superior performance for a specific purpose. In doing so, we strive to create a base of loyal and knowledgeable, lifetime Natural Force customers.

A New Approach

Next time you grab your favorite supplement, take a look at the container. Look past the flashy label to the list of ingredients. Do you know what all of them are and what they do? At Natural Force we are dedicated to using only the best ingredients directly from nature that provide you with the performance you need. Period.”

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Raw Tea

About:

Natural Force Raw Tea™ is a unique blend of natural herbs, roots, fruit extracts, and superfoods to help give you a naturally powerful energy boost unlike any other supplement on the market. Although it is natural, don’t let that fool you… its extremely powerful ingredients will help provide you with the energy and endurance you need to meet the demands of your grueling workout. It will nutritionally support a sustained vascular pump and improved sense of well being hours after you work out!

NATURAL FORCE RAW TEA IS DESIGNED TO:

  • Improve blood flow and circulation to the muscles for increased power and endurance.
  • Build, harden, and protect lean muscle mass by providing essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Utilize stored fat as an energy source to decrease body fat.
  • Increase mental concentration to keep you focused on your workout and goals.

CERTIFIED PALEO!

The first and only Certified Paleo Pre-Workout on the market. Certified by The Paleo Foundation. Train like a caveman!

MADE WITH ORGANIC INGREDIENTS!

Natural Force is proud to offer the first line of training supplements ever made with organic ingredients.

100% BS FREE.

There are a ton of pre-workouts on the market, but lucky for you, you have found the cleanest one ever created. Period. Natural Force Raw Tea is entirely whole food based and contains no flavoring whatsoever. What is the point of a great diet if you continue to poison your body with chemical filled supplements? You don’t need fancy flavors or synthesized vitamin powders to get a great workout. In fact, we think using them does more harm than good, so switch today and make your training sessions 100% BS Free™.

FLAVOR:

Natural taste of herbal tea. No flavoring added… Tastes Great!

CONTAINS NO:

Coloring, Flavoring, Unnecessary Fillers.”

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Iskiate Endurance

About:

Natural Force Iskiate Endurance™ is a unique blend of superfoods designed to help provide you with sustained energy during your workouts.  It will nutritionally support intense physical endurance and help delay muscle fatigue so you can train harder and longer.  Let’s be honest: nothing is worse than running out of gas before the finish line.  Drinking Iskiate Endurance before you get there will help your mind and body stay completely fueled and operating at peak efficiency… no matter what you throw at it.

NATURAL FORCE ISKIATE ENDURANCE IS DESIGNED TO:

 

  • Help provide sustained energy for the body and mind from whole food sources.
  • Nutritionally support the delivery of energy efficiently through B-vitamins and minerals.
  • Assist in combating muscle fatigue by providing a full range of amino acids.

CERTIFIED PALEO!

The first and only Certified Paleo Pre-Workout on the market. Certified by The Paleo Foundation. Train like a caveman!

MADE WITH ORGANIC INGREDIENTS!

Natural Force is proud to offer the first line of training supplements ever made with organic ingredients.

IS KIA WHATY?

Alright, so we know it is hard to pronounce… but this stuff is the bee’s knees! Our Iskiate (IS-kee-ah-tay), is a traditional blend of the finest organic chia seeds and honey, plus some other cool stuff for a Natural Force twist. This incredibly refreshing drink is inspired by the Tarahumara, a tribe of super athletes who would drink Iskiate during their runs of up to 200 miles on end without stopping. That is running for two days straight… talk about some serious endurance! The power of Iskiate lies in the carbohydrates, omega-3’s, and amino acids provided to help prolong physical endurance to a remarkable level. You can talk the talk, now make like the Tarahumara and walk the walk—or should we say RUN THE RUN!

FLAVOR:

Natural taste of honey & chia seeds. No flavoring added… Tastes Great!

CONTAINS NO:

Coloring, Flavoring, Unnecessary Fillers.”

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Recovery Nectar

About:

Natural Force Recovery Nectar™ is a unique blend of all-natural plant-based ingredients formulated to help maximize recovery, decrease soreness, and recharge your body. No other supplement on the market can give you a cleaner, more direct way to infuse your body with the nutrients it needs after your intense workouts. It will help you feel completely refreshed and revitalized.

NATURAL FORCE RECOVERY NECTAR IS DESIGNED TO:

  • Help repair torn muscle fibers through clean plant-based protein.
  • Assist in replenishing depleted glycogen stores, lost electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals to decrease recovery time and soreness.
  • Help recharge your body with nutrient-dense superfoods.
  • Aid in combating inflammation of joint tissues and boosting immune function.

MADE WITH ORGANIC INGREDIENTS!

Natural Force is proud to offer the first line of training supplements ever made with organic ingredients.

A WORD ABOUT COCONUT WATER…

We use only the finest Organic Freeze Dried Coconut Water as the base for our Recovery Nectar. So you may be wondering, is coconut water the same thing as coconut milk? And the answer would be: not by a long shot. Coconut Water is the liquid inside a young, green coconut before it matures. It is at its peak electrolyte content when harvested during this specific period. In fact, Coconut Water contains over five different electrolytes (sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorous) and has even been used intravenously during World War II to hydrate and save lives when medicinal saline was not available! Coconut Water is hands down the best natural sports hydration and recovery drink that Mother Nature has to offer!

FLAVOR:

Natural taste of coconut water. No flavoring added… Tastes Great!

CONTAINS NO:

Coloring, Flavoring, Unnecessary Fillers.”

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My Thoughts about what Natural Force calls “The Natural Stack”:

Such a breath of fresh air! This brand has wow-ed me from the beginning. In a supplement market ridden with garbage (for lack of a better word), Natural Force truly stands out to me. Organic ingredients (reading the label, you’ll see that these products are made up of one organic item after the next) and they are even Paleo friendly. Ok–where do i start?!

Trying out these products couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I’m training for my first full marathon, which will take place in a few weeks! I have been using these supplements daily, before, during and after my runs & workouts.

Here’s the thing about workout supplements (specifically, pre workout supplements). In writing about them, maybe you are expecting to hear that you drink this and you are just bouncing off the walls full of energy, ready to rock and roll. In reality, these organic supplements (specifically, the Raw Tea) have a much more practical, desirable impact on my body. It provides me with a steady uphill incline of energy and alertness. Theres nothing jittery about it & no skin-crawling feeling (strangely enough, I have experienced that with others that are full of malarky and sweetened with Sucralose). It provides a similar feeling for me that coffee does–but with even more vitality as a result of how nutrient dense the Raw Tea is. Supplements, perhaps, effect everyone differently. That said, this one does exactly what I would want it to–give me a gradual increase in energy and intensity. In regards to taste, it is herby with a subtle sweetness–pretty good!

I’m typically not a huge fan of refueling during training runs (during a race is a different story). When training, I want my body to be burning off fuel. Yes, my performance (pace) might suffer, but I train that way to stay lean. I have been using about half of the recommended dose of the Iskiate Endurance powder to experience it, but to not completely replenish myself. It tastes awesome and provides me with a noticeable refueling feeling. I am excited to use this on the day of my race–if I have any left! 🙂

Both the Iskiate endurance powder and recovery nectar taste especially delicious.

When I finish a run, I’m not generally very hungry right in that moment, but my body does feel in need of hydration and vitality replenishment. This recovery nectar is perfect for that. I mix it with water in a blender bottle and gulp it down within 10 minutes of concluding my run/workout. In regards to effectiveness, my energy is not as depleted as I feel it would be without taking it. I also have been running the most mileage and doing intense weight lifting & plyometic exercises without feeling the need for a recovery day. I can’t help but think that these supplements are to thank for that. And–how awesome to have peace of mind knowing that the ingredients are not crappy! So elated to have discovered this great brand–I HIGHLY recommend it!

OMG Organic Meets Good Protein & Superfood Supplement Review

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“OMG” Organic Meets Good Supplements

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

I’m always intrigued and immensely interested in trying new, organic supplements. I learned of this brand, “OMG”, after searching on Twitter for new, high quality options. I was immediately impressed with all of the literature I had found on these products. Here is a bit of information about this company and what their mission:

“Who We Are:

It all started with a group of passionate globe trekkers who traveled around the world in search of the finest organic superfood ingredients. We developed uniquely formulated blends, creating some of the healthiest and tastiest products on the planet. All of our items are made with passion, a strong sense of social-consciousness, and nutrients that are beneficial to your well-being. We strive to make living organically and actively much simpler. We invite you to try some of our products and superfood your day!

Our Three Principles:

1. Provide healthy and tasty products
Ready to create some change in your diet? We make it easy. We create organic products with powerful nutritional value and great taste that you can add to simple, everyday recipes for an extra boost. While we work with expert formulators to create products of the highest quality, we understand that there’s always room for new and exciting ideas. This is why we welcome and appreciate your suggestions. We aim to make our products the best they can possibly be because we know that organic should always meet good.

2. Encourage an environmentally friendly and organic lifestyle
Think organic and go green with OMG! We believe that the earth is our home and that we have a responsibility in preserving it. This is why we encourage eco-friendly and organic farming methods, as well as the consumption of organic products. We understand the valuable benefits that a truly organic product has on keeping our bodies and our world clean and alive.

3. Promote global awareness
Pack your bags and come take a virtual journey with us around the world! We want to introduce you to the magnificent regions from which our ingredients come so you can learn more about their rich cultures and realities. After all, we are all just part of one big puzzle called Mother Earth.”

I was lucky enough to sample two of OMG’s superfood powders and even their newly created quinoa based protein based powder.

Quinoa Based Protein Powder

OMG’s Description:

“The first ever quinoa based protein powder. Our formula is organic, vegan, delicious and practical to use. It’s for people who want a protein boost with superfoods like quinoa, hemp, coconut and sacha inchi. It boasts no sugar added, non-GMO, vegan, 100% organic, gluten free, allergen free and with a delicious taste. We do our best to bring the raw materials directly from the source; we import the quinoa and sacha inchi directly from the producers in Peru. There’s simply never been a product quite like this one so help us bring it to the marketplace and be among the first to try it!

The new product will have 10.5 grams of organic protein per 30g serving. It will be available both as a stand-up pouch with 15 servings per package and a box with 12 single serve pouches. It the convenient way to superfood your day with added protein at home or on-the-go.

The combination of ingredients makes it easy to digest. It is the perfect complement to the diet of vegans and vegetarians or people with intolerance to other sources of protein. The powder can be mixed into cereals, smoothies, shakes, bars, and more. But we can’t do it without you so donate and pick your pre-order today!”

My Description & Thoughts:

I feel lucky to have sampled a serving of this protein that is still being tweaked and formulated. It is excellent; it tastes earthy, delicious and satisfying. I mixed it with almond milk in a blender bottle and it was delicious. I am a huge fan of plant based proteins and am excited for OMG to generate more of this power protein concoction!

Check out and support (if you’d like) their campaign to produce more of this quinoa protein blend here.

Maqui Berry Antioxidant Powder

OMG’s Description:

“Add the Antioxidant Powder to a smoothie, dressing, or your daily granola and superfood your day! Maqui Berry has one of the highest amount of antioxidants of any fruit known. Antioxidants may help to remove free radicals from the body, that could lead to a decrease in cell damage, and ultimately assist in the anti-aging process. In addition to the antioxidants from Maqui Berries, our Antioxidant Maqui Berry superblend contains several other amazing ingredients like acai powder and a green tea extract, both of which have beneficial compounds. The green tea extract scored more than 10,000 ORAC units per gram! Together, these ingredients give you powerful and tasty boost for your daily intake of antioxidants.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I’d never heard of this berry before, but it sounds nutritionally dense and full of antioxidants that help keep our cells in tip top shape. It tastes rich and reminds me a lot of a blueberry mixed with a blackberry. I added this Maqui berry powder to my smoothie (with vanilla protein powder) and it was a nice, fruity compliment & antioxidant punch with the protein.

I loved trying this product and I love how easy it is to consume–simply mixed into my daily smoothie/drink. Berry yummy!

Pomegranate Vitamin Powder

OMG’s Description:

“Pomegranate has been consumed for centuries for its magnificent properties. With its high quantity of vitamins, it may help strengthen our bodies’ immune systems.* Our pomegranate superblend combines ingredients like Camu Camu powder, maqui berry powder, and a booster that contains Curry, Guava, Lemon, Sesbania, Amla, Holy Basil and Annato extracts,  providing substantial amounts of beneficial nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, iron, and potassium, just to name a few. Just add the Vitamin powder to a yogurt, shake or any other food in need of vitamins and tasty boost! You won’t be disappointed.

My Description & Thoughts:

This product is similar in texture to the Maqui berry powder and has a sweet, fruit flavor. I am slightly biased to the pomegranate flavor because I am familiar with it and find it delectable.

Like the Maqui powder, this Pomegranate powder goes well in a smoothie or simply with almond/coconut milk. I see it as adding a healthy vitamin boost to my drink. Both of these products have been in the rotation when making my smoothies and I’ve been very happy with both of them.

These OMG products are a dream to individuals who are on the constant search for plant based foods to supplement the current diet.

Share*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.