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Essential Living Foods Diet Support + Wild Protein + Superfood Smoothie Mix Review

Essential Living Foods

Overall Rating: images

I’ve been a fan of Essential Living Foods for a while now. They are one of a few different brands I look to most often for all of my organic & raw superfoods. Their products range from cacao powder to quinoa bars to superfood blends formulated for weight loss. I love trying their products and am always intrigued by how their concoct their blends. You can read my thoughts on the cacao powder, “keenwah” bars, immune formula & athletic fuel mixes here:

http://runonorganic.com/2015/02/10/essential-living-foods-organic-superfoods-review/

About Essential Living Foods: 

“At Essential Living Foods, we believe you deserve only the best of the best. We travel the world the year round to bring you only the most nourishing heirloom superfoods emerging from indigenous cultures and unspoiled ecosystems.

Our Farms

It’s shocking, but in most cases when you walk into a supermarket and spend your dollars on superfoods, only pennies actually go to the farmers whose dedication and labor made it all possible. We know there’s a better way. We cut out the layers of middle-men and work directly with farmers. This means we can guarantee the quality of the superfoods you’re putting in your body, and we can do it more sustainably.

Our Mission

Our mission at Essential Living foods is to improve the health of the planet, its people, and their communities.

We work in close collaboration with small farms and indigenous groups to supply our customers with the purest, most nutritious Superfoods on Earth. Our global trade partnerships help nourish sustainable agricultural practices and support meaningful development. 1% of profits are donated back to the communities who supply our exceptional products (via our partnership with 1% For the Planet).”

Essential Living Foods is dedicated to fair, ethical, and holistic business practices with vendors, customers and investors and to maintaining a healthy, rewarding and values-driven work environment for employees and partners.”

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Diet Support

About:

“Diet support is a formula designed to assist with making life changes, manage eating habits, and enhance healthy body composition. Sencha Green Tea, Green Coffee, Ginger and Raw Cacao help speed up the metabolism, gently suppress the appetite, and will boost energy levels while creating an euphoric sense of well being that motivates individuals towards their goals. Perfect for anyone trying to adapt to a new diet or lifestyle.”

Superfood Smoothie Mix

About:

“Make a smoothie with a scoop of this sweet, satisfying, all-natural superfood powder, and discover how delicious good health can be!

Made with seven potent organic superfoods, this unique blend of superfruits and nuts is one of the most powerful sources of nutrition you can add to your daily routine! It’s incredibly rich in complete protein, cell-protecting antioxidants, heart-healthy omega-3s, cholesterol-balancing phytosterols, and an array of immunity-supporting bioflavonoids, minerals and natural vitamins — an energizing, hunger-satisfying formula that also supports natural vitality and well-being.

Drink a glass of nourishment — your body will thank you!

  • Total superfood nutrition in a delicious, easy-to-use smoothie mix.
  • Packed with protein, antioxidants, and a bounty of whole-food ingredients.
  • Sweet, nourishing daily nutrient boost, goes great with juices, smoothies, and water.
  • 100% Organic ingredients from sustainable and socially-conscious farms and cooperatives.
  • Carefully produced to maximize nutritional benefits.
  • No traces of dairy, soy, nuts or gluten.
  • No chemicals, fillers, or artificial sweeteners.
  • Low-glycemic ingredients for minimal impact on blood sugar.”

Wild Protein

About:

“Organic, with no added sugar, this delicious plant-based formula combines revered vegan protein sources to nourish every cell in your body without spiking blood sugar.

Sweetened with stevia and mesquite, this pure vegan blend is formulated for optimal digestion, and is loaded with protein, omega-3s, vitamin A, iron, fiber, and the power of traditional herbs and superfoods.

Each ingredient is minimally processed at low temperatures to deliver a treasure-trove of nutrients to your body the way nature intended. Built on hemp, moringa, and spirulina, this formula also adds the cleansing magic of milk thistle and burdock root, plus the creamy sweetness (and medium chain triglycerides) of magically freeze-dried coconut milk!

What’s in every scoop of this superfood powerhouse?

  • Protein: 10 grams of protein per serving.
  • Amino Acids: All 8 essential amino acids vital to protein synthesis and cell function.
  • BCAAs: Branched-Chain Amino Acids: vital to stimulating muscle regeneration and growth.
  • Omega 3s: 1,000mg of Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids from Hemp and Spirulina. Hemp also contains high levels of Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA), an omega known to support optimal metabolism.
  • Fiber: over 30% of your RDA!
  • Antioxidant Vitamin A: over 30% RDA…food for your eyes!
  • Iron: blood-building goodness…also over 30% RDA!”

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My Thoughts:

I truly feel fortunate to know about an overflowing-handful of brands who have created an expansive line of organic, raw superfood products. (You may have gleaned that I am a superfood fanatic, if you regularly follow ROO). Superfoods for the win! They are the one thing (alongside probiotics) that I would suggest adding to your diet to take your health to the next level.

Essential Living Foods is one of these brands that I am delighted to work with. The variety of raw, organic products and superfood blends they provide created blows me away.

Here’s where the highly-ingredient-driven-discerning consumer comes out of me (and the explanation for 4.5 stars, instead of 5). I noticed in the mixes that not all of the ingredients are raw. Here’s the thing–I REALLY, really, really value a brand who abides by “when you know better, do better.” Thus, in this case–raw is obviously something that’s valued, so why not make every last ingredient raw? Raw guarantees optimum nutriton–so to me, it’s huge. I understand the complexity of sourcing ingredients and how it’s very hard to solidify a supply chain of certain raw materials that are organic, however, I demand the best for my body. When I see that some ingredients are raw and some are not, it just leaves me wanting a product that’s 100% organic & raw.

Okay–got that out of the way. Again, I have a VERY discerning eye for ingredients. These products are about 348587 times better than 99% of every other supplement you’ll find. But, I find it to be my duty to be frank and divulge all thoughts to you guys.

I am actually really enthused about these products. They are pretty close to being full-blown awesome. I love what they’ve done with Diet Support product. They’ve harnessed the metabolism boosting benefits of green tea, green coffee, ginger and paired them with antioxidant-rife cacao. Great product idea!

The Wild Protein (if entirely raw) would be an absolute rockstar product. I am so excited that they added spirulina, moringa (both combatting malnutrition) along with burdock root & milk thistle (strong liver detoxifiers) to the superpowered hemp protein base. Totally awesome.

The Superfood Smoothie Mix is a good one–it’s brown rice protein combined with various superfruit powders (some raw, some not–all organic). I add about a tablespoon to my shakes/smoothies for an added boost of antioxidants and natural energy.

You get to try some too, as Essential Living Foods is offering free supplement sticks to anyone who signs up to their email list.

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Navitas Naturals: Chili Lime Coconut Chips & Cacao Hemp Almonds Review 

Navitas Naturals

Overall Rating: images

Here on ROO, I write a whole stinkin’ lot about superfoods. This is because I truly believe in them. I live it,
I love it and I’ve seen the impact that they’ve had on my overall health.

Navitas Naturals is one of the superfood brands that I look to when I’m stocking up on the good stuff. Their quality is always excellent and I can expect to get organic ingredients from them (and the majority of the time, they are raw, too–the coconut chips are an exception). It’s such a neat thing to have a “go-to” brand like this one that you can look to with trust that they’ll provide an incredible product that doesn’t sacrifice quality for profit.

Not only is Navitas Naturals a leader in clean superfoods, but they are also a favorite of mine in regards to taste. They are masters at mixing several nutrient-rife foods/ingredients and creating a truly decadent, satisfying and rich flavor profile. I find myself turning the bag upside down to get every last morsel!

The way these chips could improve is it they were optimized for digestion (raw & sprouted, preferably). These snacks would not be considered “raw” as some heat and/or light toasting is used in creating these snacks. This is done to add a crispy, roasted flavor. However, nutrient-wise, I don’t think you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck, so to speak.

Chili Lime Coconut Chips

About:

“Chile Lime Coconut Chips are made by toasting premium coconut slices at low temperatures to create a rich buttery flavor and unique chewy crunch. These organic “Handfuls of Goodness” are a good source of energy, fiber and healthy fats that tame hunger. Chile Lime Coconut Chips are more than just a satisfying snack – try them on salad, in curry, with trail mix or wherever your culinary creativity takes you!

The chewy coconut in this snack is a good source of energy, fiber and healthy fats. It also contains minerals such as iron. Coconut is well known for its content of medium chain triglycerides (MCT) – healthy fats that are burned quickly by the body for energy and are not stored as fat. In particular, coconut contains lauric acid, a MCT that is known to offer many potential health benefits.”

Cacao Hemp Almonds

About:

“This chocolaty mix combines magnesium rich cacao and crunchy almonds together to deliver a new level of nutrition and flavor. These dark cacao almonds provide impressive amounts of protein and healthy fats from the almonds and hemp for a rich flavorful crunch.

Our line of Superfood+ snacks combines superfoods with nutrient rich nuts to make it easier than ever for people to gain the essential nutrition they need to power through a busy day. Grab a bag of Cacao Hemp Almonds and go!

This snack combines three superfoods in one delicious bite. Almonds are rich in healthy fats, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Cacao has been enjoyed for its healthy and invigorating properties in South American cultures for thousands of years. Cacao powder is a delicious dark chocolate source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron and fiber. Hemp seeds contain all of the essential amino acids, plenty of omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids and are also a good source of fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. Hemp is also eco-friendly – it’s one of the most sustainable crops on earth!”

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My Thoughts:

Holy freaking awesome superfood flavor goodness. That’s the best way to describe these two bags of heaven.

Navitas Naturals is one of my favorite sources to stock up on superfoods. The majority of their products are raw, while all of them are certified organic. Their standards for quality are up there–& they’ve earned a place on my “go-to” list for that reason. Navitas Naturals is also a very accessible brand, as you can find their products in Whole Foods, Natural Grocers & various other health food stores & markets.

Not only do they make big bags of superfoods like cacao, maca and goji berries, but they’ve concocted delicious & nutritious blends like these that are satisfying and good for you. The Chili Lime Coconut Chips are intensely savory & mouth-watering, with a zip from the chili lime flavor. They make the perfect healthy substitute for traditional potato chips. Being a hemp & cacao fanatic, I absolutely loved the Cacao Hemp Almonds. The bittersweet flavor of the cacao, the earthy taste of the hemp and the rich nutty flavor of the lightly-roasted almonds combine perfectly. I could eat the whole bag of each of these in one sitting. So tasty! (and guilt-free!)

The only thing I find myself wanting to improve with these snacks is that I wish they were raw. When I shop, I intentionally buy and often pay extra for raw coconut chips and raw almonds–this is to insure that I’m getting the biggest nutritional bang for my buck, so to speak. Thus, I find myself wanting these to be raw, even though the roasted flavor is indeed tasty. That said–nutrition is and will always remain top priority to me. Organic & raw is my gold standard.

FAVORITE: Medicinal Foods: Organic, Raw Superfoods & Superherbs Review

raw superfoods by medicinal foods
Potent superfood products by Medicinal-Foods™

Medicinal Foods

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Medicinal Foods:

“I created Medicinal Foods to share what I picked up along my quest for health.  We source from traditional Ayurvedic, Amazonian and Chinese Herbal medicinal wisdom. Combining this ancient plant knowledge with cutting – edge health and wellness technology, we deliver to you:

The Ancient Future of Food:

Superfood Chocolate, Cacao Elixir, Tonic Blends, Micronized Medicinal Mushrooms and more!

Medicinal Foods, slated as one of the next great health and wellness companies, delivers superfoods to support you on your healing journey. The name “Medicinal-Foods” was also born of the popular Hippocrates quote, “Let food be thy medicine and” the 2nd part and more profound”…let medicine be thy food“.

Our products are tasty, easy to use and effective in assisting one in transitioning to a more whole live raw foods diet. “Shaman’s Blend” combines superfoods, super-greens, tonic herbs, mood enhancers, hemp protein into our signature products: Cacao Elixir, Superfood Chocolate Bars, Truffles and Chocolate Covered Hawaiian Macnuts.

These “Mood-Enhancing” chocolate products provide an incredible experience of peace and well-being. We also promote cutting edge health products and lifestyle choices that can make an incredible difference in your life today!

Please enjoy my free gifts below!

In Radiant Health,

~Sky Kubby, CEO, Director of Wellness, Medicinal-Foods, LLC

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CACAO ELIXIR™ Raw Chocolate Powder blended with Superfoods

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CACAO ELIXIR™ Raw Chocolate Powder blended with Superfoods
Medicinal Foods Cacao Elixir™

“A raw chocolate superfood mix to BOOST you on your quest for health! A MUST-HAVE for chocolate lovers and cacao connoisseurs seeking a lifestyle of wellness and deep nourishment!

This tasty raw cacao mix can be blended as a superfood smoothie or to make a nutrient-dense hot chocolate, oatmeal or even ice cream.

Cacao Elixir Benefits:

  • A morning Cacao Elixir can give you great energy for your day!
  • Loaded with antioxidants, nutrients, mood enhancers and plant protein, you can really feel it!
  • Can replace coffee, or be mixed together to make a Mocha
  • Can be used as a meal replacement to begin dropping pounds of unwanted colon matter!
  • Curbs appetite and can also be used for weight loss.

CHI TONIC Wild-Crafted TCM Powdered Energy Herbs Blend

About:

CHI TONIC Wild-Crafted TCM Powdered Energy Herbs Blend
Chi Tonic

“Ancient Taoist and Zen Masters ate these “Superior” herbs, as Superfoods for radiant health of Body, Mind and Spirit. Many of these powerful adaptogens help resist stress, replenishing Energy and Life Force, Tonifying Organs and the Blood.”

LOVE TONIC Women’s Hormone Balancing Herbal Tonic Powder

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LOVE TONIC Women’s Hormone Balancing Herbal Tonic Powder
Love Tonic

“A daily Tonic to nourish the Feminine. Helps build Blood and Upright Chi, while increasing Female “Elixirs”. By building Yin Jing, rather than Yang Jing, a woman can better balance and regulate her hormones and sexual energies.”

SPIRIT TONIC Calming Wild-Crafted Herbal Tonic Powder

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SPIRIT TONIC Calming Wild-Crafted Herbal Tonic Powder
Spirit Tonic

“A potent and expansive “Shen” (Spirit) tonic to help increase self-awareness, enhance relaxation and instill a sense of peace by creating a connection between the Heart, Mind and Spirit.  Ancient Taoists and Zen masters revered these Shen herbs for use on their spiritual path.”

Lover’s Bar – Original All Organic Raw Chocolate Bar with Medicinal Mushrooms

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Original All Organic Raw Chocolate Bar with Medicinal Mushrooms
Original Raw Chocolate Lover’s Bar

“That’s right, we are giving a way a FREE Lovers Bar with ANY purchase! Just use the coupon code at checkout: lovers and the price of the Lover’s Bar will be take off of your order.

Superfood Chocolate packed with Superfoods, Superherbs, Aphrodisiacs, Medicinal Mushrooms, Hemp Protien and Mood Enhancersthis is not your ordinary chocolate bar!  Experience the feeling and alertness that comes with just one bite!”

RAW ORGANIC CHIA SEEDS Protein & Vitamin Loaded Mayan Superfood

About:

RAW ORGANIC CHIA SEEDS Protein & Vitamin Loaded Mayan Superfood
RAW ORGANIC CHIA SEEDS

“A member of the Sage family, “Chia” is the Mayan word for strength. Also called “Indian Running Food” and used by the Inca’s and Aztecs, Chia is loaded in digestible protein, vitamins, minerals, EFAs and is really a superfood of superfoods!

Chia is believed to build strength, endurance, energy, balance blood sugar and be a great colon cleanser!  The Tarahumara tribes run hundreds of miles, sometimes on only a couple mouthfuls of Chia.

By simply replacing one meal a day with a Cacao Elixir mixed with our Organic Chia Seeds, you could flush out 3-5 pounds of unwanted colon matter your first week! Substitute your first meal with the Chocolate Chia Pudding (See Recipes in The Raw Chocolate Diet).

Chia is an incredible source of protein, is a natural colon cleanser and is extremely hydrating to your colon. The seeds are hydrophilic, meaning they can absorb up to 12 times their size in water!”

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My Thoughts:

I am so enthralled by this brand, Medicinal Foods. If I could give this brand infinity stars, I would! Medicinal Foods is the stuff that my food dreams are made of. Seriously. Sky Kubby, founder of Medicinal Foods, really, really, really gets it. He has a passion for healing through food and I can relate to that, big time. He also walks the walk–is a super healthy dude and is enthusiastic about his products, infectiously so. I simply can’t say enough good things about this brand and this founder.

I was lucky enough to receive some goodies to try from Sky and have been enamored with these products ever since.

I have been on the raw, organic cacao train for a while now, seeing it as an awesomely tasty and healthy superfood that can be used a bazillion different ways. Not only does Medicinal Foods use raw cacao, but they use a unique blend of other superfoods and super-herbs in the Cacao Elixir: spirulina, maca, lucuma, chlorella, ashwagandha, mesquite, mucuna puriens, l-dopa.

Okay, so, I’m sure many of you think, “Do you feel different when you eat superfoods? Do they REALLY help?”

I can earnestly, honestly say that I have never ever felt healthier than I do now–and my regimen is high in superfoods. I truly feel super-powered, alive, rejuvenated, healthy, energetic and just plain awesome. It’s worth every last penny to invest in products like these. They will take your health to the next level, no matter how healthy you already feel you may be.

The same thing goes for the Chi, Love and Spirit tonics. It’s actually a bit comical what our kitchen looks like in the morning–my husband can vouch for this. My family calls it “Jesica’s drink station.” I pull out all of my superfood goodies and go into creating mode. I start every day with a tall superfoods drink. Along with these three tonic blends, I add the cacao elixir and whatever else I have on hand (cinnamon, ginger, moringa, turmeric, etc.)

The benefits of each ingredient in each of these tonics are abundant. I just open them up and think “down the hatch!” 🙂 I do my very best to never skip this part of my day because of how good it makes me feel. It’s livelihood and health in liquid form. I simply mix them with water–but you certainly could use any nut or seed milk instead, if you prefer. Almond and coconut milk are both good ones.

The Lover’s bar is exquisitely rich and decadent–and get this: healthy! Its a treat that you can and should feel really good about eating. This is far from your ordinary chocolate bar. It’s loaded with superfoods and super-herbs that will enhance your mood.

Sky also provided me with a bar of their chia seeds, which are a staple in my diet. Here’s how I do it: I fill up a ball about 1/4 full with chia seeds, then fill it to the top with water. Shake it up and then put it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, I have a goopy substance that I can easily add to smoothies and such. This jar full lasts me a few weeks. I view chia seeds as a healthy source of fat, protein and fiber–they also make smoothies even more filling!

If you haven’t grasped what I’d like you to, I’ll say it concisely:

I LOVE this brand and recommend it to EVERYONE.

The healing your body will receive by incorporating superfoods into your diet will be profound. You won’t ever look back–you’ll also wonder how you did it without them. It feels really good to harness and eat the goodness that occurs organically in nature.

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Enjoy these FREE GIFTS from Medicinal Foods:

Get my free eBook “The Raw Chocolate Diet”.  Dive deep into Raw Chocolate and learn: Why Raw? How to cleanse virtually every organ in your body, healthy living tips, recipes and more! Enjoy!
Free eBook: The Raw Chocolate Diet

Also… don’t miss my free protocol on how to ” Remineralize & Regrow Tooth Enamel: Heal Cavities, Naturally”! Learn what one girl ate that healed 48 cavities on 24 teeth!  Available here:
Three Ancient Foods That Heal Cavities.”

 

Clearly Kombucha Review

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Clearly Kombucha

This is a review of Clearly Kombucha fermented, bubbly drinks.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Clearly Kombucha:

“Clearly Kombucha is a low-calorie, low sugar drink that is high in antioxidants and probiotics. It is brewed from Organic, Fair Trade, whole-leaf green tea and is then fermented with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) for 30 days to ensure a smooth taste.

FAQs:

All you’ve ever wanted to know about Kombucha… clearly.

WHAT’S KOMBUCHA?
A fermented tea-based beverage, with deep roots in the cultures of Central Asia and the Far East.

HOW DO YOU SAY IT?
\ˌkäm-ˈbü-shə, -chə\

DO YOU USE KOMBUCHA CONCENTRATE?
Every kombucha maker has to choose between good and evil: either ferment its own tea with sugar and culture, or purchase something called “kombucha concentrate.” You wouldn’t want the concentrate and neither did we. Clearly Kombucha is a force for good.

DOES IT CONTAIN ALCOHOL?
Fermentation of Clearly Kombucha creates a trace amount of alcohol. It’s less than one-half of one percent.

OK ON ALCOHOL; WHAT ABOUT CAFFEINE?
Some but not a lot. Our process starts with high quality brewed tea but fermentation knocks down a portion of the tea caffeine as it is transformed by brewing. Depending on the batch, bottled Clearly Kombucha contains caffeine levels a lot less than a similar amount of brewed tea, and a little more than decaf coffee. We do not add caffeine. If we could figure out where the energy from drinking Clearly Kombucha comes from, we’d bottle it. Oh wait, we already did.

WHY NO FLOATIES? AM I MISSING SOMETHING?
We’ll admit it: we think junk floating around in a beverage is not cool. We don’t think you’re missing a thing!

ARE THERE VITAMINS AND MINERALS IN CLEARLY KOMBUCHA?
There’s research showing trace amounts of vitamins and minerals created during kombucha fermentation. Because kombucha is fermented, each batch is a little different. Likewise, our calorie and nutritional content info may vary a tiny bit from batch to batch. Non-trace amounts of vitamin C listed on the nutrient content panel originate from our terrific flavorings. We didn’t think you would want us to separately add vitamins just for the sake of counting them, so we don’t.

WHY NOTHING HERE ABOUT CURING DISEASES AND ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION?
We decided to treat our customers like adults: no silly claims that we couldn’t support. We didn’t feel it was right to insult your intelligence. If you feel terrific drinking Clearly Kombucha, we’ve done the only job we’ve ever set out to do.

WHAT’S THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION PEOPLE HAVE AFTER TASTING CLEARLY KOMBUCHA?
“Where can I get it?”

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My Thoughts:

Ahhhh……Kombucha. I can’t get enough of this delicious, healthy beverage. This effervescent drink has been a staple in my diet for a few years now, though this is the first time for me to try Clearly. Besides it being enjoyable, this drink provides gut-healing benefits, as it helps replenish and balance the bacteria present in your stomach. This is important because balanced bacteria means more efficient digestion which means your body is absorbing more of the nutrients in what you’re eating.

I was never a big soda drinker, but have heard others who believe it to be a great alternative to soda. Like soda, it has some sweetness (via the organic fruit and the organic sugar that is used in the fermentation process) and packs a bubbly punch.

These three flavors were unique and exceptionally delicious. I enjoyed the Raspberry Ginger the most, with the Strawberry Hibiscus being close second. The Black Currant tastes great in its own right and has the most unique flavor.

Quality-wise, these drinks are certified organic, fair trade, non-gmo and gluten free–making them awesome in my book! I can’t wait to get my hands on more Clearly Kombucha–and am especially excited to try the Raspberry Lemonade this summer!

I also found their FAQ’s to actually be fun to follow!

Evol Foods Review

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Evol Foods

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Evol:

“Our food philosophy is simple: Love what you eat. So, we make REAL FOOD with ingredients that you would find in your pantry. We’re leading change in a challenged food system and encouraging people to connect with food, where it comes from, and how it is produced. Whether it’s made from scratch in your kitchen or a convenient frozen meal on the run, every eating experience should feel good and be worth sharing.


No Anitbiotics
Our chicken, beef, pork, eggs and cheese come from animals raised on US Family Farms WITHOUT the use of Antibiotics & Hormones.

No Artificial
flavors, colors or additives.

No GMOs
in our grains, vegetables & oils.”

Gluten Free Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese

About:

“Gluten free elbow noodles, caramelized onions and chives–All combined with an insanely tasty smoked gouda cheese sauce.”

Gluten Free Uncured Bacon Mac & Cheese

About:

“Gluten free elbow noodles, crispy uncured bacon and peas–All combined with an insanely tasty cheddar cheese sauce.”

Chipotle Chicken Mac & Cheese

About:

“Tubetti pasta, creamy cheddar cheese sauce and tender white meat chipotle chicken–All topped with an insanely tasty corn tortilla crumble.”

Chicken Enchilada Bake

About:

“Tender braised white meat chicken, pinto beans, cilantro lime rice, cheddar cheese and roasted corn layered between authentic corn tortillas–All topped with an insanely tasty green enchilada sauce.”

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My Thoughts:

As a product line that is readily available at most health food stores in the frozen section, Evol makes it convenient for customers to get their hands on read-to-cook meals that are free of GMO ingredients. This is what sets them apart from other lines of frozen dinners–their stance against Non-GMO and their gluten free options.

This array of dinner options was a more viable option for my husband, who doesn’t limit grains like I aim to, most of the time. He was impressed with all of these dishes he tried, with the Chicken Enchilada Bake being his favorite and the two Mac & Cheese dishes as his next preferences.

We have also tried Evol’s frozen burritos, which are hearty, satisfying and tasty. They definitely do flavor right. The obvious scrutiny to me is that they do not use (or indicate that they use) organic ingredients. I also prefer the frozen food I buy to be easily reheated using a toaster or stovetop, not a microwave–which is the recommended way to reheat in this case. I’m sure you could be creative and find a way to skip microwave usage, however, the bowls that these dishes come in seem to be chosen for microwave usage.

Taste-wise, Evol products are pretty awesome. Quality wise, they are a bit above average but require some work to be up to par with my highest standards.