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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! 🙂

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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.

Prime My Body Plant-Based Protein Review

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Prime My Body Protein

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About Prime My Body:

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

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

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

Real Moments Require Real Food.”

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My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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