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Sprout Living Organic & Superfood Protein Rave!

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Sprout Living

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Sprout Living:

“Whole Food Ingredients That Taste Real Because They Are.

We’ve carefully handpicked only the highest quality, complete plant proteins for their comprehensive protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies. They provide a full spectrum of essential and non-essential amino acids with a robust concentration of BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine), which is absolutely critical for maximizing protein synthesis. These whole food powerhouses provide so much more than just protein. Sacha inchi seeds and pumpkin seeds bring a wealth of essential omega fatty acids, and cranberry seeds offer a wide range of antioxidants from Cranberry Seeds, among so much more.

The exotic superfoods that we source are revered for their ability to strengthen immune systems, support digestive systems, increase energy levels, reduce stress and generally promote an overall well-being in the mind and body. Our search for these nutrient-dense whole foods has led us to all parts of the world. Over the years, we have uncovered some of the most powerful and nutritious superfoods that our planet has to offer. From South America to Madagascar, the ingredients combine to create the finest products on the market.”

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Original

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Original starts with our organic plant proteins, which are handpicked for their balanced protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies. The nutrient-dense combination delivers 26 grams per serving of complete proteinin a pleasant flavor with a silky smooth texture that easily dissolves in water. Complementing the blend with nutrients such as omega fatty acids from Sacha Inchi and a wide range of antioxidants from Cranberry Seeds, in addition to countless others, creates a powerful fuel that maximizes your body’s ability to synthesize protein, recover from strenuous workouts and grow lean body tissue. Delicious on its own or blended with your favorite fruits and veggies, it is an ideal addition to your healthy, active and fit lifestyle.”

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Green Kingdom

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Green Kingdom starts with our organic plant proteins, which are handpicked for their balanced and complete protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies and provide 20 grams of complete protein per serving. Our potent blend of land and sea plant life includes Spirulina, an antioxidant-rich blue-green algae with supplies of protein and vitamins A, K and B; Kale, which is high in vitamins A, C and K and has a superb calorie to protein ratio; and Indian Moringa, or the “Clarifier Tree,” an incredibly nutritious plant that has significant quantities of calcium, protein and vitamins A, B and C, resulting in an incredibly dynamic, superfood-enriched protein powder that will help boost and strengthen your body.”

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Vanilla Lucuma

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Vanilla Lucuma starts with our organic plant proteins, which are handpicked for their balanced and complete protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies and provide 19 grams of complete protein per serving.Lucuma, the “Gold of the Incas,” is a deliciously sweet, potent source of beta-carotene and niacin that is paired with Vanilla Bean, which adds an unmistakable flavor as well as a natural compound called vanillin, a powerful antioxidant. Baobab, the “Upside Down Tree,” then provides numerous naturally-occurring phytochemicals as well as high levels of vitamin C, resulting in an incredibly dynamic, superfood-enriched protein powder that will help boost and strengthen your body.”

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Chocolate Maca

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Chocolate Maca starts with our organic plant proteins, which are handpicked for their balanced and complete protein content, natural bioavailability and rich nutritional synergies and provide 19 grams of complete protein per serving.Cacao, the “Food of the Gods”, provides a wealth of antioxidants, flavonoids and a rich supply of magnesium, while Maca Root, known for its hormone balancing and energy stimulating properties, offers well-rounded adaptogenic support. Accenting the blend is Ceylon Cinnamon, a powerful source of antioxidants that has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels and promote healthy circulation. The result is an incredibly dynamic, superfood-enriched protein powder that will help boost and strengthen your body.”

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 My Thoughts:

I just cannot possibly, ever (ever) say enough good things about Sprout Living, the crew behind the brand & their protein. I am absolutely enthralled with the quality of their products, the nutrition in them and how they stack up against other protein brands. They pretty much blow most everyone else out of the water. Plant based protein has been done before–but Sprout Living’s protein is unique in that contains health boosting superfoods & the protein sources they use (Brown Rice + Sacha Inch + Cranberry Seed + Jerusalem Artichoke) are unique and aren’t often found in that combination often (from my experience).

The taste is excellent–I find that I can mix any of these proteins with just water and they are satisfying, yummy and have a pleasant aftertaste. What I do most days, though, is mix a few tablespoons (I don’t measure exactly) into a blender bottle along with some almond or coconut milk, add some hemp oil & chia seeds & then slurp! I also love to make an extra drink and pack it in my work bag.

MOST important of all, this is what they can boast in regards to quality:

-Organic

-Raw

-Vegan

-Non GMO

-Gluten Free

-Nut Free

-Kosher

SO impressive. I’m HOOKED.

I had the pleasure of meeting part of the Sprout Living crew at Natural Products Expo east this year and was impressed at how friendly and knowledgable they are. My experience with this brand has been nothing short of completely outstanding. I just think they are a bunch of rockstars creating an amazing product that I believe in. GO CHECK THEM OUT! They’ve even been gracious enough to feature me on their Experts Page.

 

 

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

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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

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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

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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.”

 

Midori Organic & Raw Matcha Powder Review

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Midori Matcha Powder

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Midori Matcha Company:

“Matcha is made from freshly picked green tea leaves that are stone-ground into a fine powder. With its rich flavor and creamy texture, it’s considered one of the world’s healthiest beverages. In fact, just one bottle of Midori matcha is equal to ten cups of ordinary green tea! From our perspective, it’s just about the nicest thing you can do for your body.

Energy and Focus

Matcha provides steady, crash-free energy for up to 6 hours. The secret is in its high concentration of L-Theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid that sharpens focus and lifts mood.

Detox & Rejuvenate

Matcha is packed with vibrant green chlorophyll which helps the body cleanse itself of harmful chemicals and toxins. Matcha also has dietary fiber which helps with digestion, controls appetite and stabilizes blood sugar.

Strength and Fat Loss

Matcha contains more antioxidants than any fruit or vegetable on the planet. These powerful nutrients strengthen your immune system, boost metabolism and promote fat loss.”

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About the Powder:

– 100% USDA Organic Ceremonial Grade matcha
– 30 servings
– Non-GMO
– Zero sugar
– Zero artificial sweeteners or preservatives

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My Thoughts:

I’m always eager and looking to try new superfoods and supplements that I believe can help boost my health in some way. To be honest, getting me to swap out coffee for matcha tea was a bit of a struggle at first. I love my coffee ritual–everything about it. But, in my mind, I got to a point where there was no denying that green tea matcha powder potentially has a whole-heck-of-a-lot more antioxidants, vitamins and minerals when compared to coffee that has been brewed. Thus, I decided that I’d certainly give matcha its fair shot.

Midori seems to be a fantastic brand that has focused their efforts solely on products that highlight and focus on matcha powder. This is a neat idea because it’s essentially an organic, plant-based brand that has harnessed the rejuvenating effects of matcha to serve as a natural energy drink. Not only do they sell this pure matcha powder, but they’ve also created cold-brew matcha drinks that will be on sale soon. I was lucky enough to try one of their little cans of green goodness.

So, here’s where I really get “picky” about it. In my ideal world, this powder would be raw AND organic. It’s clearly labeled as organic, however it’s unclear whether this powder has been processed with heat. This is huge deal to me because there is a major difference in nutritional value when you compare a raw food to a cooked/heated food. It’s just not even close. There is such a significant health benefits from raw plants; you won’t get those same benefits with a product that’s been heat treated.

I was recently excited to hear that Midori’s matcha powder and drinks are both considered raw. They provide a great explanation of how their drinks are made using cold pressure processing on their website. That’s refreshing to know that Midori is organic & raw. Well worth the money, in that case!

In regards to preparation, the can of matcha powder suggests that the powder be mixed with hot water. I understand that tea is traditionally made with hot water, but–I try to do things as raw as I can, as often as I can. So, instead of using their method, I mix a small amount (I don’t measure, but I’d say it’s about a teaspoon) in my morning superfood drink–along with other goodies like cacao powder, turmeric, cinnamon, etc.

I find that it does indeed provide me with a noticeable energy boost (not jittery, just a good & sustained feeling). Some days, I consume the matcha instead of my morning coffee. Matcha has a naturally occurring caffeine content similar to that of which occurs in a cup of brewed coffee. The difference is that matcha provides more brain boosting power and antioxidants to your system. I like incorporating both matcha and coffee in my diet (you can also find green coffee powder!). For those who don’t drink coffee, matcha may the perfect everyday energy solution.

 

Garden of Life: Organic, Whole Food, Kind Vitamins Giveaway!

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Garden of Life

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

I’ve been very fortunate to try and review many Garden of Life products. These products are made in West Palm Beach, FL–the same city that I was born in. I’ve always enjoyed the quality of the products they make; I also feel great about supporting a south Florida business. You can read my prior reviews here:

http://runonorganic.com/2014/03/13/garden-of-life-wild-rose-detox-raw-fit-review/

http://runonorganic.com/2013/10/29/garden-of-life-organic-supplement-review-new-products/

http://runonorganic.com/2013/10/15/garden-of-life-organic-supplements-giveaway/

http://runonorganic.com/2013/07/28/garden-of-life-supplements-organic-non-gmo-raw-vegan-dairy-free-gluten-free-soy-free/

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My Thoughts on Kind Vitamins:

Garden of Life’s newest product line, Kind Vitamins, has been a very exciting thing for me. I do not just taken any ol’ supplement. I believe that you should take organic, whole food based supplements whenever possible. If they’re not organic and readily digestible by your body, you may be wasting your time and your money.

Luckily, Garden of Life’s Kind vitamins are certified organic and are made of whole food components. They are the highest quality vitamins that I have ever seen on the market. I have been taking them for about a month now and have felt energetic, spry and revitalized. Everything in regards to your health is better when you have adequate levels of nutrients in your body.

If you are going to invest in supplements, invest in these. Better yet, comment below and you will give yourself a chance to win them for yourself! Garden of Life describes them as the “First Whole Food Multivitamin.”

To Enter:

-Leave a comment below sharing why you look forward to trying these vitamins!

That’s it! Good luck! I will e-mail the winner this Friday (10/17)!

My Protein & My Vitamins Review

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My Protein & My Vitamins

Overall Rating: 2 Stars

About My Protein: Impact D Whey

“What is Impact Diet Whey?

Impact Diet Whey is a great tasting supplement which contains a unique blend of Whey Protein and Milk Protein Concentrate combined with a low carbohydrate content sourced from low GI (Glycaemic Index) carbohydrates. Impact Diet Whey also has a number of added ingredients including Green Tea Extract, Acetyl-L-Carnitine and Essential Fatty Acids.

Impact Diet Whey Benefits

Impact Diet Whey has a high protein content that will contribute to the growth and maintenance of lean mass. The added Instant Oats are a healthy source of low GI (glycemic index) carbohydrates providing a sustained energy release which help to maintain normal blood sugar levels. The beta-glucans from the oats will contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and to the reduction of the blood glucose rise after it is consumed.

Ingredients:

Protein Blend (Whey Protein Concentrate*, Milk Protein Concentrate*), Ground Oats, Cocoa Powder (chocolate and cookies & cream flavours only), Whole Psyllium Husks, Flaxseed Powder, Flavouring (flavoured options only), Glutamine, Malt Extract (latte flavour only), Colouring (Beetroot Red [strawberry flavour only], (Curcumin) [Banana flavour only]), Acetyl L Carnitine, Green Tea Extract, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Sweetener (Sucralose®), Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid). *From Milk.”

About My Vitamins: True Woman Thermo

“True Woman Thermo is a unique and powerful blend of nutrients combined in one premium supplement to help you achieve your weight management goals.

The cutting-edge blend of ingredients brings together some of the most widely researched body shape ingredients such as Chromium, Caffeine and Green Tea Extract. True Woman Thermo uniquely combines different styles of weight management ingredients to include thermogenic, energy producing and fat mobilising concepts.

Taken around exercise, True Woman Thermo can help you achieve your body shape goals through a unique and convenient formula.

Each 3 capsule serving provides:

Green Tea Extract (95% Polyphenols): 356.25mg
Thermogenic Blend (Caffeine, Raspberry Ketones, Cayenne Powder) : 300mg
Black Pepper Extract: 5mg
L Tyrosine: 200mg
L Theanine: 125mg
Vitamin B6: 5mg (357% RDA*)
Vitamin B12: 21mcg (840% RDA*)
Chromium: 120mcg (300% RDA*)

*Recommended Daily Allowance

Ingredients:

Green Tea Extract, Bulking Agent (Microcrystalline Cellulose), Capsule (Gelatin), L-Tyrosine, Caffeine, L Theanine, Raspberry Ketones, Cayenne Powder, Anti Caking Agents (Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide), Vitamin B6, Black Pepper Extract, Chromium Picolinate, Vitamin B12.”

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My Thoughts:

Here’s my overarching thought about these vitamins and this protein: I feel like they will help you become skinnier, but not healthier. Unfortunately, I think many people go for this.

Believe me, I love the idea of superfood concoctions that naturally aid weight loss. However, these products have no organic ingredients and contain bulking & anti-caking agents. Ick–no thank you.

The protein powder tastes good (if that’s of the utmost importance to you) and the vitamins go down easily and don’t leave a bad taste behind.

If these ingredients lists looked cleaner, I’d be all-about these products because they are convenient and the protein powder has a dessert-like taste to it. Unfortunately, I’ve tried many protein powders and discovered many natural metabolism boosters that are completely organic, making these two products fall far behind.