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Helio Today: Ketogenic Meal Replacement + Greens Powder Review

This post is a review + my experience with Helio Today ketogenic friendly protein & greens powder.

In 5 years of living in Kansas City, I’ve met some neat, healthy-minded brand owners coming out of this seemingly low-key midwest town. Helio Today is one of the cooler ones! I like this brand a lot because these products fit into my approach to eating quite well.

I tend to dial up my plant based fats and dial down my carb consumption when I’m looking to get leaner without sacrificing optimum performance in the Crossfit gym. I’ve learned that an adequate amount of good fats give me sustained energy that keeps me going all day.

About Helio Today

The Brand

Our name is an homage to Galileo. For nearly a century, the people of the time neglected Copernicus’ Heliocentric model. Galileo knew it to be true, and with the invention of his telescope, he was able to prove that we, Earth, do in fact go around the sun, by showing the revolutions of Venus’ moons around it.

This is not only a story of perseverance and belief, but also of wit and progression.

Once the Heliocentric model was proven, everything began to shift. We started to question our place in the heavens like we never had.

Similarly, we are on a quest to flip the assumptions, choices, and options in the food and nutrition world.

Health is simpler than you probably think. Three square meals and shiny spoons are both symptoms of a system that has created an unbelievable amount of dis-ease, illness, and obesity.

By shrinking your eating windows, by becoming a qualitarian, by making wise macro decisions, and by flooding your body with a ridiculous amount of nutrition, it is absolutely possible to live vibrantly.

Join us in our quest to be alive and bright; like the sun.

The Lab

Before we started this company, all of us are coming from within the nutrition industry. We all knew that the holy grail of nutrition quality and control comes with manufacturing in-house.

Our ability to test, touch, taste, and tweak our products has allowed for exponential progress that we pass on to you, the consumer; flavor, texture, quality.

We started formulating in 2016, and by now, 2 years later, we are so proud of what we are making for you, and shipping to you.

Our Team

Founded by friends, and health pioneers in their respective rights, Helio is a people company above all else.

Benton (left) is an adventurer, world traveler, product formulator, nutrition tinkerer, herbalist, student of iridology, and solar powered human.

Miles (center) is an athlete, strategist, Olympic hopeful, digital student, experienced lifestyle designer, and efficiency expert.

Kirk (right) is a doctor of chiropractic, father, applied kinesiologist, acupuncturist, blood chemist, product formulator, outdoorsman, and skier.

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Here are the two products I tried:

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Dawn: A Meal Replacement Shake for the Carb Conscious

About: 

By prioritizing plant nutrition in the form of fat, protein, and fiber, Dawn provides energy, alertness, and convenience to the smart and productive individuals who choose to use it.

The morning ritual is becoming a dead horse in the success communities. You must have one. Nourishment is at the top of the priorities list.

 

Dawn is a combination of non-GMO, gluten, soy & dairy free plant ingredients. The macro-priorities are fat (22g), fiber (6g) and protein (30g), and very limited carbs (3g net).

By jumpstarting cognition with the fats, internal cleansing with the fiber, and lean muscle retention and development with the protein, Dawn ticks all of the boxes that we should expect from food.

Life will be better with Dawn in your routine. Give it a try.

Suggested use: every day.

 

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Helio Greens

About:

Helio Greens is a Non-GMO Vegan Superfood Blend of over 50 ingredients from all around the world.

This powerful product provides 20 servings of vegetables and fruits in every serving, which is more than double the recommended daily intake by the CDC.

Additionally, Greens provides 30 billion probiotics, digestive enzymes, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals in every scoop.

The 30 billion probiotic cultures promote healthy gut flora, and the digestive enzymes aid in your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. By incorporating these greens into your daily routine, you provide your body with the micronutrients it needs to boost your immune system, detox your colon and liver, clear up your skin, balance your hormones, increase your natural energy production, fight sugar cravings, and improve your overall quality of life.*

Helio Greens accomplishes all of this while maintaining a delicious taste. Mix with 12oz of water and enjoy.

*statements have not been evaluated by the FDA*

Ingredients:

Super Fruit Blend
Organic Acai Berry Powder, Organic Mangosteen Fruit Powder, Organic Wolfberry (Goji) Fruit Powder, Organic Pomegranate Fruit Extract

Greens and Vegetable Blend
Organic Spirulina Algae Powder, Organic Barley Grass juice, Organic Alfalfa Grass Powder, Chlorella Cracked Cell Wall Powder, Kelp Powder, Carrot Juice Powder, Spinach Leaf Juice Powder, Parsley Leaf Juice Powder, Kale Leaf Powder, Organic Beet Root Powder, Broccoli Juice Powder, Cauliflower Bulb Powder

Phyto-Nutrient and Herbal Blend
Green Tea Leaf Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Grape Skin Extract, Strawberry Fruit Powder, Blueberry Fruit Powder, Raspberry Fruit Powder, Blueberry Leaf Powder, Flaxseed, Licorice Root Powder, Cinnamon Bark Powder, Stevia Leaf Extract, Milk Thistle Seed Extract, Turmeric Root Extract

Resveratrol Blend
Polygonum Cuspidatum Extract (root) 50% Trans-Resveratrol, Red Wine Extract 30% polyphenols

Micro Blend
Acerola Cherry Fruit Powder, Aloe Vera Leaf Powder, Quercetin Dihydrate, Moringa Leaf Powder

Other ingredients: Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Monk Fruit Extract, & Stevia Extract
Contains NO: Soy, Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Preservatives, MSG, Shellfish, Artificial Colors, Flavors, or Bad Vibes

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My Experience

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, My biological make-up and specific body type really thrives off of a higher plant based fat diet. I’m learning that more and more individuals are finding their bodies so as well. Keto is turning into a buzz work of sorts, but for good reason. Low fat diets are becoming a thing of the past.

I REALLY enjoyed the flavor of both the greens powder and the Dawn shake mix. I like drinking my greens powder mid day in place of a caffeine fix right before an afternoon workout. I was impressed with how good it tasted and how rad the ingredients are (milk thistle for liver health? CHECK) and that’s just naming one ingredient. There are many more energizing superfoods in this blend, not just greens.

The satiability of the Dawn mix is awesome–I love how full and replenished I feel after a meal higher in plant based fats. It provides me with sustained energy to tackle anything and everything I have ahead that day. With a bazillion ways to prepare this mix, I don’t think you could ever get bored with it. I personally prefer just throwing it into a blender bottle with some hemp or almond milk. But, as you can see in one of the above photos from the Helio site, it would be excellent as a smoothie bowl base, especially because of it’s thickness.

Give this brand a try and check out all the radness they’re putting out on social media:

Helio Today Facebook

Helio Today Instagram

Helio Today Twitter

Helio Today Website

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Garden of Life Grain-Free Protein GIVEAWAY!

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Garden of Life

This is a review and giveaway for Garden of Life Grain Free Protein.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Garden of Life’s Grain Free Protein:

Organic Plant Protein is a Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified plant protein supplement that is different to any other protein in the Garden of Life line. Organic Plant Protein is uniquely formulated to have superior taste and texture, ideal for anyone looking for a clean protein supplement that is free of common allergens such as gluten, grains, dairy and soy.

Key Benefits:

  • Unique Protein Blend – Organic Plant Protein is made with a new different innovative blend of certified organic proteins which gives it an exceptional smooth and creamy texture… with no gritty texture
  • Tastes Delicious – Designed for superior taste and texture when mixed just with water. Available in 4 mouth-watering flavors…Smooth Chocolate, Smooth Vanilla, Smooth Coffee (with Marley Coffee) and Smooth Energy (with Guayaki® Yerba Mate and added vitamin B12). All flavors are natural and organic, no artificial ingredients are used. Also tastes incredible with 8oz unsweetened almond milk.
  • Grain Free and Gluten Free – all Garden of Life proteins are labelled gluten free, however Organic Plant Protein is unique in that it does not contain any grains or brown rice, and is therefore the only GOL protein that is considered both grain free and gluten free.
  • Highly Digestible – Organic Plant Protein delivers highly digestible grain free plant protein with 13 enzymes and 1 billion CFU of probiotics. This is important for those people who have difficulty digesting grains.
  • USDA Organic Farms – Garden of Life is working closely with and supporting several family farms in North America and Canada to produce high quality clean proteins. Organic Plant Protein is made with a unique blend of seven nutritious plant proteins, five organic American seed proteins — organic pea seed, organic flax seed, organic cranberry seed, organic chia seed and organic pumpkin seed. We work with our farmers to ensure that these ingredients are top quality and the cleanest available.
  • 2 African Super Foods – Moringa and Baobab are rich in protein, minerals and antioxidants. We purchase them through the African Hub to guarantee Fair Trade.
  • Excellent Source Protein – 15 grams of quality plant protein per serving with Complete Amino Acid Profile – ideal for growth, building muscles and repairing tissues.†
  • Over 3g Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). Great for athletes, pre- or post-exercise, and anyone who wants to boost protein intake.
  • Less than 1g Sugar*, 2g to 4g of Fiber and Only 100 Calories per Serving – ideal macronutrient profile for the health conscious and for weight management.†
  • Cleanest protein on the shelf with DUAL Certification – All Garden of Life proteins including Organic Plant Protein are dual certified, Certified USDA Organic, and Non-GMO Project Verified (Independent, third-party verification). This is a gold standard for Garden of Life, yet it is surprisingly rare in our industry at present.
  • Vegan Certified, Kosher – No Dairy, No Soy. No Artificial or Chemical Ingredients.”

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My Thoughts:

Oh man…..I was SO excited to hear about this new product from Garden of Life. In case you are new to ROO, I’ll let you know now that Garden of Life is one of my very favorite supplement brands. Not only do they make amazing organic & raw products, but they are based in my hometown of Jupiter, Florida (West Palm Beach).

Grain free appeals to me because I just find that I feel better, more clear and less bloated when I limit my grain intake. I don’t seem to have a problem with Garden of Life’s brown rice protein, but I love changing up my protein game–giving my body a different array of nutrients each time.

Briefly, I also think that most problems with grains are the quality and source of the grain and whether it is sprouted or not. In other words, I don’t think grains are horrible. Most mass-produced grains are junk because they are genetically modified and hard to digest. However, is a grain is organic, non-gmo and sprouted, I do see it as having some positive benefits when consumed in moderation (not a huge part of the diet). With cruddy grains being so rampant, sometimes it is indeed helpful to pick grain free options to steer clear of the genetically modified, hard to digest grains that are most common.

The flavor of these Smooth, Grain-Free blends is sublime. It truly is smooth! You don’t need a mixer other than water, if you’re asking me. But, it makes it even more over-the-top rich and creamy when mixed with coconut or almond milk.

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GIVEAWAY!

This brand is always so generous and eager to get new people to try their products. Now is no exception, as they want some of your to give these grain-free proteins a try!

To enter:

1. Leave me a comment filled with some positivity–anything you wish! 🙂

Joulebody Cleanse Review

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JouleBody

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Joulebody:

“Joulebody was created to support the founder’s, Yvette Rose’s philosophy based on the concept of RADICAL BALANCE. In Yvette’s words, “You can still have chips and a cocktail if you eat your greens and move your body. Treat your body like an investment and it will reward you greatly.”

Energize: Acai Berry Juice

About:

WHY WE LOVE IT: We needed to make something sweet yet beneficial to your body as you explore the idea of juice cleansing. Filled with anti-oxidents, this juice is great as a morning “healthy option” drink. A smoothie filled with berries, greens, chia seeds and of course our signature Joulebody Cleanse Mixture. Our juices are different because they are infused with herbs like turmeric and cayenne as well as blended seeds and whole food veggies, for a full balanced liquidized meal!

BENEFITS:

  • A great meal replacement in the AM to help start your day with the right nutrients
  • Blueberries and strawberries research studies show improved antioxidant defenses in body systems
  • A University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center study in mice showed that the polyphenols found in blueberries can break down belly fat
  • Leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting nutrients.
  • Leafy greens are rich in fiber, an important nutrient for weight loss because it keeps you feeling full and helps control your hunger
  • Add in the chia, flax, hemp, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds and get even more fiber and protein the body needs to help remove toxins in the body

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 16oz of Juice

HOW IT’S PACKAGED: PET, BPA Free plant based plastic bottles

GOOD FOR: Antioxidants is what we need if we want to fight any kind of disease. These ingredients are said to be filled with just that so drink up!”

Citrus Juice

About:

WHY WE LOVE IT: Drink up! With our signature juice. Made with a combination of Turmeric, Cayenne, Mint, lemon, Grapefruit, and maple syrup our version of the “Master Cleanse” is sure to have you feeling like you just took an energy shot. Great to drink whether you are cleansing or not.

BENEFITS:

  • A strong antioxidant, lemon juice is also a mild diuretic so by adding lemons to your water it can help support your liver and kidneys in their natural job of flushing out toxins
  • Lemon juice contains high levels of potassium and vitamin C
  • Cayenne has “capsaicin”, which has been proven effective against pain.
  • According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, can be used to relieve pain, for psoriasis, and weight loss

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 16oz of Juice

HOW IT’S PACKAGED: PET, BPA Free plant based plastic bottles

GOOD FOR: ZING! Right to your blood. A little bit of cayenne, a little natural sweetener and a whole lot of vitamins to suppress your appetite while replenishing the body.”

Green Juice

About:

WHY WE LOVE IT: With a combination of leafy greens such as collard, kale, swiss chard and chlorella, you can consider yourself good on getting your daily dose of greens.

BENEFITS:

  • Leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting nutrients.
  • Leafy greens are rich in fiber, an important nutrient for weight loss because it keeps you feeling full and helps control your hunger
  • Add in the chia, flax, hemp, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds and get even more fiber and protein the body needs to help remove toxins in the body
  • Studies show kale has cancer fighting phytonutrients

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 16oz of Juice

HOW IT’S PACKAGED: PET, BPA Free plant based plastic bottles

GOOD FOR: Greens are just that, powerful! And this is filled with all sorts of greens and chlorophyll for a detoxifying feeling.”

Ginger Bar

About:

WHY WE LOVE IT: Our detox meal replacement bars have enough calories to replace a meal, ton’s of fiber and natural plant based protein. All ingredients we’ve chosen in our meal replacement bars help supplement a healthy, anti-inflammatory, and weight loss regime. All of these ingredients have been studied by innovative doctors and said to help our bodies heal at the cellular level. Now has 1 year shelf life. Flavors are robust because we don’t use preservatives – ALL NATURAL

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 6 Ginger Bars

HOW IT’S PACKAGED: Joulebody Bar Box

GOOD FOR: Ginger has been scientifically studied to help lose excess weight. Also help regenerate radiant skin with the anti-inflammatory ingredients of cayenne and turmeric.
No Wheat. No Gluten. Vegan. All Natural.

INGREDIENTS: buckwheat Flour, goji berries, chia seeds, flax seeds, Joulebody Cleanse Mix, Himalayan salt, organic raw sugar, ginger, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, coconut oil, water.”

Watermelon Gazpacho

About:

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My Thoughts:

My interaction with Joulebody has been so pleasant–I’m inspired by the founder’s story (Yvette) and the generous woman I’ve communicated with (Yelena) has been very kind and helpful. I also love the mantra and ideals behind JouleBody: “Yvette Rose’s philosophy based on the concept of RADICAL BALANCE. In Yvette’s words, “You can still have chips and a cocktail if you eat your greens and move your body. Treat your body like an investment and it will reward you greatly.”

Incredibly complex and unique is how I would describe these juices, bar and gazpacho. There are so many different flavors going on (all of them so healthy and beneficial to wellbeing). Taste-wise, the flavors are a bit robust and are not overly sweet. I have a pretty accepting palette for all sorts of flavors, but I’d imagine some people might find the flavors interesting. For me, I can tolerate the lack of sweetness knowing that it’s better that my body is getting more nutrients, sans the excess sugar. The gazpacho was particularly awesome in taste–I had a hard time not eating the whole batch in one sitting; it’s fresh, zippy, delicious and a great use of fresh veggies and fruit!

For example, the Acai Berry juice contains berries, greens and a variety of fibrous seeds (like chia, hemp, flax and pumpkin) that truly make these juices a complete, balanced meal. The citrus juice is the one of these three that is a bit lighter, and it meant to be more of a true, detoxifying liquid detox, as it contains lemon, grapefruit and the healing benefits of turmeric. All of them make fantastic additions to your diet and can help you to reach optimum health. I am a huge proponent of plants to heal and nourish the body. I love that my beliefs align with JouleBody’s.

In regards to quality, I was told that the ingredients used in JouleBody are “mostly all organic.” This is good to hear, but I wish that was a bit more transparent on the labeling if that’s the case. As a consumer, transparency is refreshing and I love when a company states, up front, what you’re about to eat/drink. I appreciate that they use mostly organic ingredients, I’d just like to see that confirmed on the label. I love the BPA free bottling–kudos for that. One more thought on the ingredients; an actual ingredient list for each product was hard to find on the website. If I’m someone buying Joulebody drinks for the first time, I’m going to want to see the full ingredient list, since I won’t have the product in hand.

I’d recommend these products to someone needing a healthy reboot. Since the ingredients are mostly organic, JouleBody is above average int he cleanse & detox department. They also offer programs and full meal programs for those interested in incorporating more than just juice and bars into their detox strategy.

 

SuperEats Non-GMO Kale & Chia Chips Review

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SuperEats Kale Chips

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About SuperEats:

“We (Aaron & Charlie; nice to meet you!) have always liked snacking. When Aaron’s dad had a very close call after getting blind-sided with heart disease, his father wisely started focusing more on healthy eating. This hit close to home and we followed suit. It was a wake up call and was time to put our snacking habits under the microscope as well. We were eating healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners but we still ate unhealthy snacks; in particular chips. Why? Because chips are delicious and there were NO healthy options. Chips have the perfect texture, flavor and crunch. So why hadn’t anyone made a truly healthy one?

We set out to create a chip packed with nutritional value and amazing taste. That is a rare combination in snacks these days. We needed the perfect texture, a chip strong enough to dip, amazing taste, and nutrition that you can see. We decided to start with kale and chia seeds to ensure there were no empty calories. After a lot of research and development, this healthy green chip is what we came up with! (Aaron’s dad is now in good health and munching on our chips regularly.)

So you want to know more about SuperEats…

They Are Tastier than Junk Food.

Snacking was a hobby for us.  We wanted to be healthy – but carrot sticks and dehydrated kale just weren’t doing it for us. We liked chips. Our chefs spent many sleepless nights perfecting the SuperEats recipe for a Kale + Chia chip to win over the most critical, demanding, junk food-eating taste testers.

We Achieved the Healthy Snack Bucket List.

We like to know what is in our food and we don’t want ingredients that were invented in a laboratory.  That is why all SuperEats foods are natural, gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher, vegan, paleo-friendly, vegetarian-friendly, etc. You get the point.

SuperEats are Packed with the Good Stuff.

We were sick of simply avoiding the bad stuff in our snacking, so we created a chip that not only avoids the bad stuff, but actually gives your body what it needs. Our chips are stuffed with the antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins of kale, along with the fiber, protein, energy and Omega-3 fatty acids of chia. Your body will thank you for eating our chips. Perfect compliment to any meal or stand great alone.

We hope you like our chips and please feel free to reach out to us! We’d love to hear from you.

Sincerely,

Aaron & Charlie, Co-Founders.”

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My Thoughts:

These chips are super tasty super eats (hehe). They really taste delicious and could easily replace mine and anyone else’s over-processed, junk-filled chip habit. Each of these flavors (sea salt, cheddar, chili lime, tomato basil) are uniquely delicious, respectively. Even the subtle flavor of the sea salt chips is hearty and pleasant enough to consume by themselves. I enjoyed the cheddar flavor the best out of these 4 flavors.

These kale & chia chips are the perfect healthy pairing to go along with hummus, or other nutrient dense dips. They also make the perfect on the go snack that you can keep in your locker, purse, backpack, car or lunchbox. Unlike generic potato chips, these chips will actually provide you with nutrients while tackling your craving for something salty and crunchy. Also, they are in a category of their own in regards to chips. They aren’t leafy, seasoned, baked kale leaves and they aren’t potato chips. They are a hybrid of the two, if you will. I love the idea!

As always, organic ingredients in regards to food & skin care is what I strive for. The ingredients in SuperEats chips are non-gmo, but they aren’t organic. This makes them a big step up from a bag of your typical big-box brand of chips (not naming names), but they aren’t as good (in regards to quality) as they could be. I look forward to the day SuperEats utilizes organic ingredients. I’d come back for more–many times over!

Navitas Naturals Cashews, Pepitas & Green Coffee Review

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Navitas Naturals

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

I’ve been lucky enough to try loads of Navitas Naturals products in the last few years. They never fail me–the quality is always excellent and new items I try often become new staples in my nutrition routine. You can read some of my other reviews here:

Dragon Fruit, Powdered Coconut Water

Maca

Mulberries, Power Snack & Trail Mix

Green Coffee Powder

About:

“Navitas Naturals Green Coffee Powder is an energizing, antioxidant-rich superfood made from young, unroasted Arabica coffee beans that are handpicked in Peru. Green coffee has been used for centuries to boost energy, support metabolism and aid digestion. Raw green coffee is a healthy source of chlorogenic acid (CGA), the powerful antioxidant linked to many of coffee’s health benefits.”

Maca Maple Cashews

About:

“Integrating superfoods into your day has never been so convenient and so craveable. Navitas Naturals Superfood+ mixes combine our most popular superfoods with nutrient rich seeds and nuts. Our organic Maca Maple Cashews are delicious ‘handfuls of goodness’ that feature our best-selling maca powder, raw cashews and a touch of maple syrup for a praline crunch.”

Chia Rosemary Pepitas

About:

“Integrating superfoods into your day has never been so convenient and so craveable. Navitas Naturals Superfood+ mixes combine our most popular superfoods with nutrient rich seeds and nuts. Our organic Chia Rosemary Pepitas are savory ‘handfuls of goodness’ that feature chia seeds, crunchy pepitas (pumpkin seeds), rosemary and garlic powder.”

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My Thoughts:

This trio of products did not disappoint. The chia rosemary pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and maca maple cashews are both incredibly delicious and unique in their own right. I was bummed when I finished each bag. I could have eaten both of the entire bags in one sitting–they are that good. I love the flavor choices and the fact that they serve as a healthy, good-fat rich snack. I definitely see myself stocking up on more of these.

The green coffee powder was another new product for me to try. I’m an avid coffee drinker, yet hadn’t delved into the realm of green coffee thus far. I added this powder to my morning superfood drink (that I shake in a blender bottle) that contains other superfoods like cayenne, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, maca and cacao. Since green coffee powder naturally contains some caffeine, I have forgone my cup of coffee on mornings when I add this to my drink. I’ve found that it provides a steady increase of alertness and energy, rather than a jolty, jittery feeling that many artificial energy drinks provide. I love the idea of consuming foods that naturally boost your energy levels and metabolism. This green coffee powder will be a mainstay in my routine as a healthy source of antioxidants.

As always, this was another tremendous experience with new Navitas products. I urge you to give them a try if you haven’t already. They make an incredibly diverse range of health products on their website.