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HealthForce Superfoods Organic, Raw Supplements Review

HealthForce Superfoods

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About HealthForce:

“#1 Source for Raw, Vegan, Bio-compatible Nutritional Superfoods.

HealthForce is a 20-plus year, 100% hard-core, Vegan, therapeutic superfoods company. HealthForce was co-founded in 1990 by Jameth Sheridan, D.H.M. (Doctor of Holistic Medicine) and Kim Sheridan, Naturopath, ethical Vegans and hard-core herbal medicine researchers. HealthForce empowers individuals to experience dramatic health improvements with verified Truganic™, Vegan, Raw, SuperFood products formulated and selected by Dr. Sheridan for vibrant health and wellness.

Truganic™ is a purist, hard-core quality standard for sourcing and production significantly beyond Organic. The Truganic™ standard was created by Dr. Sheridan to verify absolute purity. At HealthForce, we are on a mission to provide the absolute best products at the most affordable prices.

The foundational products are Vitamineral Green™ – Vital Healing Food™ with a companion of Vitamineral Earth™ – Sacred Healing Food™, both designed to support excellent health, energy, and balance.”

Super Foods

“Vitamineral Green™ – Vital Healing Food™

The original, purist, hard-core nutrition-dense green superfood complex with green leafy vegetables, hard-core algae, sea vegetables, enzymes and probiotics. Nutritionally supports detoxification, liver, kidneys, blood, bones, colon, circulation, digestion, and more. Therapeutic support with nutrient-dense superfoods.

Vitamineral Earth™ – Sacred Healing Food™

The perfect companion product to Vitamineral Green™ for full-spectrum nutritional and cleansing support. A grounding, nourishing herbal broth consisting of nutrient-dense roots, barks, and seeds. Supports digestion, blood sugar, immunity, normal cell division, and so much more.

Green Protein Alchemy™ Magic Mint/ Green Protein Alchemy Desert Sun Blend

Green Protein Alchemy™ (previously Green Sage Protein™) is unlike ANY protein you have ever had. It is 100% complete protein, 100% whole food and 100% superfoods, with benefits far, far beyond any other protein in existence.

Purity Protein™ Pure Vanilla and Purity Protein™ Natural

Purity Protein™ was created for one reason: Dr. Sheridan saw the need for truly pure, non-toxic, complete and balanced supplemental protein.

ZeoForce™ – Most potent energized form of zeolite available!

Most potent, energized form of zeolite available – an awesome value! Nutritionally supports detoxification of heavy metals and chemical residues from the body. Detoxify daily with ZeoForce™ powerful volcanic mineral clay in powder and capsules. Suitable for internal/external use (baths, masks, poultices, teeth).

Oxygen Extreme – Powerful and safe bactericide, virucide, and fungicide

Helps to oxygenate the blood, increasing cellular energy production and thereby supporting both detoxification and athletic performance. Oxygen also has potent antimicrobial properties and Oxygen Extreme™ thus provides potent immune support and antiseptic activity.

Liver Rescue™ – Supports liver function, cleansing, and regeneration

A therapeutic combination of herbal extracts to support liver function, cleansing (phase I and II), healing, and regeneration. An essential component of the HealthForce Healing Cleanse™ for liver support and detoxification.

Warrior Core™ Foundation

Perfect Grounding Complement to Green Foods. Foundational, Therapeutic, Hard-Core, Primal, Whole Food Herbal SuperFood Complex for Deep Nourishment and Balance. Unlike ANY SuperFood you have EVER had! (equivalent HealthForce product = Vitamineral Earth™)

Spirulina Manna™ and Spirulina Azteca™ – The Ancients’ Revered Power Food

The ancients’ revered power foods. Spirulina is a complete food packed with amino acids (65% protein), chlorophyll, B vitamins, vitamins, and minerals. Spirulina is possibly the most nutrient dense, and certainly the most ancient superfood on the planet. Nutritionally supports kidneys, brain function, detoxification, and is nature’s protein powder.

Chlorella Manna™ – Hard Core Broken Cell Wall Green Algae

Chlorella is the only plant on the planet that can quadruple its growth in less than one day. It contains Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), which is a potent phytonutrient comprised of amino acids, beta glucans, nucleic acids, peptides, and polysaccharides. These micronutrients work together to help regenerate cells faster than normal.*

MacaForce™ Vanilla Spice / MacaForce™ Dark Mint – Longevity, Rejuvenation, Endurance

Enhanced with enzymes, probiotics, and herbal synergists, MacaForce™ is raw maca at its best, delivering maximum bioavailability for maximum results. Supports endurance, strength, and hormone balance for men and women. MacaForce™ is available in Dark Mint and Vanilla Spice.

Greener Grasses™ Alkalizer – Alkalizing Grass Blend

A unique, alkalizing, mineralizing superfood complex that contains 100% pure grass juice powders, produced without any carrier agents that would dilute the product (such as maltodextrin and brown rice).

Truly Natural™ Vitamin C – Superior absorption from whole food!

Whole food acerola cherry extract, 100% absorbable, non-toxic.”

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My Thoughts:

I don’t really know precisely where to start with HealthForce. I truly marvel at their products, the ingredients lists, the quality, the standards.

I was so happy to discover Health Force. I had tried a few samples here and there prior to Expo West, but hadn’t fully dove into the full spectrum of their products until then. I was literally watching around the Expo on a health high–largely due to the fact that I consumed a huge amount of HealthForce sample-drink-shots.

They appear to have one of the most discerning eyes in regards to ingredients, how they are sourced, etc. I was particularly intrigued and inspired by watching this video by Dr. Jameth Sheridan of Health Force discuss their cleanse products in comparions to others out there.

Basically, I have a superfood party in the kitchen every morning when I concoct my smoothies and shakes for the day. With this spread from Health Force (I just used up the last bit of it), it was a superfood party on steroids! From nutrient rife sea greens like spirulina, to detoxifying minerals, to balancing superfoods like maca, these blends in combination have taken and kept my health to a whole, new, well-rounded place.

I feel nourished, healthy, able-bodied and able to tackle tough 2-a-day workouts on nearly every day of the week. I know with certainty that my ability to perform, grow and recover is because of the large dosage of nutrients, good fats and protein that go into my body.

I’m ultra-aware of the fact that write about a TON of superfoods brands and I just two thumbs up to a lot of them. I’d say of them all, Health Force is the most unique. Their blends are in a category of their own in regards to diversity and the range of what they offer is very rare. Just take a look at the ingredient lists on their products and you’ll see what I mean. For instance, here are the ingredients for the Vitamineral Earth Powder:

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You’ve likely heard of many of these ingredients, but having them all put together in the same blend creates synergistic qualities (which enhances absorption of the nutrients) and is hard to come by.

Because of the incredible list of powerful herbs, spices and superfoods, Health Force provide you the opportunity to cleanse, detox and alkalize your body is a very deep, effective way. Dr. Sheridan discusses this in more detail in the above video–I encourage you to watch it if you want a more in-depth look at their products.

My favorite products of this bunch (though very hard to choose!) ended up being the Green Protein Alchemy, Vitamineral Earth & the Purity Protein (brown rice + hemp blend). The products that were an entirely new idea to me and were the most intriguing were the Zeoforce & Oxygen Extreme.

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ProBar Organic, Gluten Free Nutrition Bar Review: Part 2

Pro Bar

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

I immensely enjoyed sampling Pro Bar’s “Bite” bars prior to this goodie bundle. You can check out my thoughts on those bars here: Bite Bar Review. They are incredibly delicious! I also appreciate that Pro Bars are 70% raw, as well as organic.

My eyes got really big when I opened this assorted box of Pro Bar awesomeness. I especially go bonkers for their Base protein bars. They taste good, they’re more macro balanced than most nutrition bars and they pack a good punch of protein.

I see the Fuel bars as more of an intra-workout snack boost for when I need a source of carbohydrates that my body can quickly tap into. I

The Meal bars are perfect to pack in my gym bag when I need a well-rounded, convenient “meal” at my fingertips when I’m leaving the gym. They’re satisfying and make me feel like I’ve ingested enough to tide me over until I get home and have the kitchen to prepare in.

The Bolt energy chews are not something that I see as a necessity in my daily routine, but I did recently find them super handy to hand out to the players on my 12-year-old elite volleyball team mid-tournament. They loved that they resembled candy (except they’re worlds healthier in reality), gave them a boost and tasted yummy. I can see myself taking these with me for a mid-run refuel for a longer race (at least half marathon length), I just don’t do that as often as I used to. I’m more often in the gym lifting and doing higher intensity circuits to stay lean and strong. These chews would combat the fact that I try to limit extra sugar, so I would only consume them as needed during a grueling, endurance workout or race.

I totally dig on the tee & water bottle they threw in! I’m impressed with their range of products and suggest you give them a try if you are apprehensive about bars–the flavor & quality will get you on board!

 

KonaRed Non-GMO Hawaiian CoffeeBerry Drinks Review

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KonaRed

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About KonaRed:

“THE KONARED® STORY

KonaRed® is uniquely sourced from Hawaii Coffee, where it has developed for over 175 years. Kona’s coffee growing region is only about fifty square miles in all, and is farmed largely by small landowners. In order for coffee plants to thrive, the region in which they grow must meet six climate elements: rich soil, proper elevation, sunshine, cloud cover, rain and a moderate slope for proper drainage of roots. Like much of Hawaii, Kona offers all six of these ideal climate conditions for growing coffee, allowing for the creation of award-winning coffees and the antioxidant powers of KonaRed®.

But there is something different about the Kona coffee cherries produced, earning this coffee a worldwide reputation for excellence. The difference could lie in the care with which Kona coffee is hand picked, ensuring that only the highest quality coffee cherries are harvested for coffee production. Or maybe it is simply the fact that 100% Pure Kona Coffee is rare and sometimes hard to find.

The power of KonaRed® comes from the coffee fruit that surrounds the coffee bean. The fruit surrounding and protecting the seed (or bean) is removed, dried and condensed into a liquid that we blend with other delicious fruits to create this amazing beverage. KonaRed’s Hawaiian CoffeeBerry® consists of only the ripe red fruit, the whole fruit and nothing but the fruit.

KonaRed® provides you with antioxidants that are absorbed at the cellular level which helps your brain and body function more efficiently. And because we use natural ingredients you can follow the drink from where the ingredients are sourced, straight to the bottle. This ensures that the strength and power of the Hawaiian culture is in every bottle.”

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Superfruit Powder

About:

“KonaRed’s powder tub is a convenient way to enjoy KonaRed® at home. Mix it with water or your favorite juice, or add it to a smoothie for extra antioxidant power!”

Coconut Water

About:

“We blend our KonaRed® Hawaiian CoffeeBerry® with Coconut Water from young green coconuts that are picked at the earliest stages of maturity when they have the highest level of electrolytes and potassium, giving you all the benefits of Hawaiian CoffeeBerry® fortified with the wellness and hydration attributes of Coconut Water.”

The Original Superfruit Juice

About:

“The Original Superfruit juice provides your body with countless nutrients for a healthy you. The core ingredient in the Superfruit juice is the Hawaiian CoffeeBerry®, which is the main source of the antioxidants in each bottle.”

Green Tea

About:

“We blend our KonaRed® Hawaiian CoffeeBerry® with Organic Green Tea, giving you all the benefits of Hawaiian CoffeeBerry® fortified with the wellness attributes of Green Tea.”

Superfruit On-The-Go Packets

About:

“The KonaRed® On-the-Go Packs are filled will the same great taste as well as all the nutrients you receive in every bottle. We’ve just made things more convenient for those who are a little more active than others. The packs allow you to have multiple KonaRed® drinks with you at all times without taking up space with the actual bottle.”

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My Thoughts:

This review is a bit different than most for me because for some reason. In doing my research on this product & where the ingredients are derived from–it really struck a cord within me. I was watching the video from Greenwell Kona Coffee Farm on the big island of Hawaii (where KonaRed gets their coffee berries) and was so touched by the family atmosphere and obvious passion that is put into the farming efforts, harvesting, processing, etc. They may sound like minor details, but my husband and I have also been to Hawaii before (fell head-over-heels in love with its majestic beauty) and have a black lab named Kona. Naturally, KonaRed was of interest to me.

I’m really wanting to love and rave about this brand–but I’m not quite there. Here’s why: in a superfood product, I’m really looking for organic and raw. KonaRed is unfortunately neither of those things. I love that the idea behind their product is to harness the antioxidants and powerful nature-given properties of the coffee plant and put them into drink and powder form that’s easy and convenient to consume. I am, however, one of your most discerning individuals when it comes to supplements. I want organic and raw because that assures me that I’m getting pure goodness that’s untampered with.

I have learned that KonaRed products are all non-gmo (rad–good step in the right direction). I am still corresponding with Greenwell Farms to learn more about their pesticide use (or if they use any). I will update this post to reflect their practices as soon as I have that information. They provided an inspiring look at their farm via video, but I didn’t pick up on anything in regards to chemical use.

Taste-wise, all of these products are good (and I will say this–they are a MUCH better alternative to big-box sports drinks) and my husband even enjoys them. I just find myself wishing they were organic & raw, as I know of several other brands that offer an organic & raw choice for post workout replenishment.

I’d recommend these drinks to someone looking to chuck the sports drink they’ve been drinking for years. KonaRed is a big step up from that!

 

Botan Non-GMO Pea Protein Drink Review

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Botan

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About Botan:

There’s nothing like a bottle of BOTAN.

BOTAN Protein Drink is an innovative plant-based beverage that delivers 12 grams of soluble vegetable protein and vitamin goodness, with just 110 slim calories, in every bottle. At BOTAN, we believe that plant-based nutrition is the key to health—for your body and for the planet. BOTAN beverages provide sustainable protein and vitamins—nature’s powerhouses that won’t weigh you down, are easy for your body to assimilate, and will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied.

Our Mission and Vision.

We believe plant-based nutrition is the sustainable choice for the future—for the future of our food, the planet, and for more than 7 billion inhabitants. Our vision was to create the ultimate plant-based beverage designed to deliver the highest quality soluble vegetable protein to everyone who cares about their health and the health of the planet—and we’ve done just that with BOTAN. So whether you’re a surfer, cyclist, or yoga enthusiast looking for a pre- or post-workout performance drink, or a busy person on the go who wants clean fuel for your body, choose BOTAN—it’s the pure choice. Our mission is to provide the finest nutritional plant protein beverages unlike any other—beverages that are delicious and refreshing, without compromising on our commitment to your health or to the health of the planet.

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What’s in the Bottle?

First, notice the glass bottle. More expensive than plastic, but it’s sustainable and it won’t contaminate the nutrients or flavor of our BOTAN beverages. We never compromise, and we don’t think you should have to, either. Our unique formulation makes BOTAN’s patented plant protein 100% soluble. We blend this vital plant goodness with essential vitamins B-6, B-12, and C, in three tasty flavor combinations: Strawberry Cucumber, Cherry Tomato, and Pineapple Coconut. GMOs, soy, whey, dairy, gluten, artificial flavors, and preservatives? Never! At BOTAN, quality is in our DNA. Our distinctive beverages combine the best natural ingredients to quench your thirst, refuel you after a workout, and give you a nourishing boost of protein to keep you energized throughout the day. Our proprietary formula makes BOTAN the first and only ready-to-go nutritional beverage to use soluble vegetable protein. Great for vegans, vegetarians, or anyone who wants a healthy alternative to beverages made from ingredients that are hard to pronounce. BOTAN offers hydration, nutrition, and botanical protein as pure and delicious as nature herself—BOTAN, Healthy…by Nature®

Our Commitment to Sustainability.

We believe that the future of health and the future of food go hand-in-hand. We are doing our
part to ensure that our future is a sustainable one and this is one of the many reasons we chose plant-based nutrition for BOTAN. In addition, we chose glass for our bottles—it’s clean, renewable, recyclable, and reusable—and it will not change the flavor of BOTAN’s delicious protein beverage. The future of our world is dependent upon clean food, air, and water and at BOTAN, we believe plant-based nutrition is the only sustainable option. As a conscious consumer, we know you share these values, too. That’s why we offer you the finest plant-based protein beverage in convenient glass bottles—it’s nutrition as nature intended.

Ingredients:

Filtered water, Organic Apple Juice, Concentrate Pea Protein Powder, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Organic Fruit and Vegetable Juice (Color), Stevia Extract, Monk Fruit Extract, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Vitamine B12 (Cyanocobalamin).”

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My Thoughts:

Though these may seem like any ol’ drink, Botan drinks are actually pretty unique. It’s a drink that has a juice like consistency, yet has a significant protein content (via pea protein).

The taste of Botan drinks is definitely unique and unexpected. Pea protein (to me) has a pretty pronounced flavor–and you can taste that it’s in there. The Strawberry Cucumber takes the crown in terms of flavor, with Pineapple Coconut in second place and Mini Tomato in third.

I like the fact that you can drink one of these and not feeling like you just guzzled loads of sugar. It’s got a balanced amount of carbohydrates and protein, and that’s not always easy to find in a drink.

I also dig on the fact that they’ve chosen to bottle in glass. That’s how I’d do it!

The things I do not like about this drink are:

-The use of “natural flavors”–I have an aversion to seeing that on a label. What the heck is it? Label it accordingly! Tell me what it REALLY is.

-How all of the ingredients are not organic

-None of the ingredients appear to be raw (meaning less nutritional value)

I truly love the idea of this product, the taste is pretty good (though to be honest, it may an acquired taste), but I’d like to see all raw & organic ingredients for me to be a regular customer.