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DrinkMe Organic Raw Blended Juices Review

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DrinkMe

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Drink Me:

“Drinkme was founded in 2007 when Christina Paganelli began making kale smoothies to satisfy her own health regime. From the Canadian prairies to the booming California market, drinkme rose to the top of the market in both Canada and the USA in 7 years. Brand Story, passion, science, innovation, and rock solid products have led their way to success for this organic and “Kale-roots” growth company.

Drinkme has pioneered the HPP technology in Canada, and has positioned as a first to market company in the fast paced, high growth beverage space in the USA.

We strive to be the best, most nutritious drink on the market. Cliché? We truly put only the most authentic, raw ingredients into our bottles. Read our labels, you’ll see. Every ingredient breathes light and positive energy into our delicious creations and you can feel the life as you drink.

We strive to create a business model that is sustainable. We have grown the organic and grass roots way, and know who we are!

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Christina’s Story:

“My journey began when I was in the prime of my life, finishing years of university, getting married and starting my career. Suddenly, my vision blurred and I was seeing double. One eye went wall-eyed and I couldn’t see. If I tried to open my eyes I would fall over with dizziness. This introduced me to the medical system, and ultimately was sent to a “specialist” who diagnosed me with multiple sclerosis. Six months later, 4 ½ months pregnant, and still reeling from my last diagnosis, I was dealt another blow, I had thyroid cancer. In my fifth month of pregnancy, I underwent major surgery to completely remove my thyroid, and soon after, I was radiated. That’s when I found out that the cancer had spread to my lungs. Another radiation treatment, six months later made me very ill, but the results were the same. The cancer tumors were still the same size, at stage 4 and I was sent home to “wait it out” with cancer and MS.

I began taking an immune suppressant drug to help decrease the effects of the MS. After struggling a month to inject myself, and suffering with side effects, I was informed that the drug company would not allow me to take this drug because I had cancer too. What a waste of time, money, and added stress.

At age 26, I had been poked and prodded long enough. It became apparent that something was clearly wrong with the chemistry of my body. I decided to take my health into my own hands! I attended a health seminar about enzymes, probiotics, and raw foods, and I decided that I would try to heal myself. I made up my mind that I would heal and then I would use my story to inspire others too. My husband and I, and baby Antonio committed to changing our lifestyles and eating habits. We discarded every food from our cupboards, and replaced all of it with only raw organics foods. Then, our diet consisted of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, oils, and top quality enzymes, probiotics, and other raw supplements.

The first few days and weeks of our new lifestyle proved very challenging. While my body detoxified, I experienced severe migraines, fever, and blurred vision. Twenty six years of processed and chemically laden foods finally came out of my body. I shed a pound a day and within 3 weeks of adapting to this new lifestyle, scar tissue began healing. Amazingly, I no longer required my prescription glasses.

 

For the last ten years, I have not required any subsequent medical procedures for either disease. Against all odds, I am still thriving. We even had another healthy child Giulia, who is now 7 years old. I attribute my recovery to my new lifestyle, food choices, and pro-active care. Today, my diet consists of at least 50% raw food, with all else as a secondary. drinkmeTM Beverages are an integral part of my day. I visit an endocrinologist yearly and thankfully, everything is normal. I have never felt better in my life, and I am committed to helping others.

A quote that influenced me, is…. “The only thing I drank was a cup of reality, with a shot of appreciation.”– Kermit the Frog.

The truth is, sometimes one has to hit rock bottom before one can bounce back. I am truly grateful for the life journey that I have been through the past ten years. When I hear people say, “I’m sorry for all that you have been through”, I respond, “don’t be sorry…it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me!”

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My Thoughts:

If you’re on the hunt for a raw, organic, cold-pressed juice, you’re likely to come across a handful of brands that are accessible at your local health food store. Many of them are great options and are highly nutritious.

What sets DrinkMe beverages apart from the world of juices is that these drinks are BLENDED, not JUICED. Thus, the naturally occurring fiber in the fruits and veggies used is intact in every bottle of DrinkMe. This makes each bottle more satisfying, more detoxifying and more in line with how nature intended us to consume it.

On top of the fact that these drinks are fiber rich, they are also entirely organic, raw and nutritionally rich. There are fewer ways to ingest such a hearty dose of healing nutrients in a short amount of time. A bottle of DrinkMe is ideal to grab on your way to work, with lunch or for a quick energy boost.

The frozen smoothie packs are an excellent way to store a healthy meal in your work’s freezer, or simply keep at home for a quick whip-up. The flavor of them is so fresh and delicious that I didn’t need to mix them with anything. I just let them thaw a bit before I drank them. Refreshing and delicious!

My experience with DrinkMe has been nothing short of spectacular. Christina is so generous, passionate, kind–and I absolutely believe in the products that she has created. My local Whole Foods has these products, making it easy for me to re-stock on them. For you guys and gals, DrinkMe makes it easy to find a store near you that carries DrinkMe. I’d recommend these to anyone looking to make a great, daily investment in your health. These drinks can help take your nutrition to the next level!

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Acure Organics Hair & Body Care Review

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Acure Organics

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Acure Organics:

“We believe that each and every one of us can make an enormous impact on the world. By making small changes in the items we use, the purchases we make and the way we approach each day, we all really can change the world! Each day you vote with your dollars, supporting the companies that share your values.

We believe in creating a sustainable company culture, one where each decision is carefully weighed based upon the impact

We believe in pursuing a triple bottom line. People and planet are just as important as profit.”

I have reviewed a few of Acure Organics’ facial products prior to these; I loved them. You can read that review here.

Body Wash: Pure Mint + Lilac Stem Cell

About:

“Don’t get bummed by body breakouts! Keep those blemishes and dark spots at bay with this energizing, clarifying body wash. Lilac stem cells are shown to help reduce breakouts and imperfections, while sea buckthorn, CoQ10, and Argan Oil help keep your skin soft and ultra-hydrated.

Ingredients:

Organic Euterpe oleracea (acai) berry, organic rubus fruticosus (blackberry), organic rosa canina (rosehips), organic punica granatum (pomegranate), Organic Fair Trade Certifiedâ„¢ rooibos, organic aloe barbadensis vera leaf juice, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate (from coconut) , 100% naturally derived betaine (from sugar beets), vegetable glycerin, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate (from coconut + amino acids), sodium cocoyl glutamate (from coconut + amino acids), cocoglucosides hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride (sugar conditioner) , sodium levulinate (from corn), guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride (guar gum conditioner), potassium sorbate (food grade preservative), organic agania spinosa (argan oil), Organic Fair Trade Certifiedâ„¢ olea europea (olive) oil, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) seed oil, attalea speciosa (babassu) oil, chenopodium quinoa (quinoa) protein extract, ubiquinone (CoQ10) , Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Stem Cell Extract, mentha peperita (peppermint) and rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) essential oils.”

Body Lotion: Mandarin Orange + Moroccan Argan Stem Cell

About:

“Rough day? Late night got you feeling like a zombie? Break out of that funk with this uplifting lotion that restores brightness and rejuvenatues your spirits. Non-greasy formula so that much needed coffee won’t go flying out of your hand! Vitamin C you later stress! Advanced Triple Moisture System of Organic Argan Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, and Organic Olive Oil provide serious hydration.

Ingredients:

Organic Curoxidant Blend [(Organic Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Organic Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile), Organic Fair Trade Aspalanthus Linearis (Rooibos)], Organic Camelia Sinensis (Mango Ceylon), Organic Aloe Barbensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Organic Fair Trade Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE (Vegetable Derived), Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Infusion of Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower in Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Glucono Delta Lactone (Fermented Sugar), Citrus Reticulata (Red Mandarin) Oil, Argania spinosa (Argan) Stem Cell Culture, Marrubium Vulgare (White Horehound) Stem Cell Culture, Echinacea Stem Cell Culture, Fermented Resveratrol Extract (Probiotic), CoQ10, Olea Europea (Olive) Leaf extract, D-Alpha Tocoperyl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Organic Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Potassium Sorbate (Food Grade Preservative), Syzygium Aromaticum (Clove Bud) Oil.”

Shampoo: Pure Mint + Echinacea Stem Cell

About:

“Intense Volume

For Normal to Fine/Limp Hair

Build dynamic volume without stripping natural oils or creating build-up. For hair that feels thicker, fuller, and uplifted. Quinoa protein extract supports keratin. Babassu oil provides lightweight moisture for root and scalp maintenance. Echinacea Stem Cells promote cellular regeneration at the root level. Safe for color treated hair. Forget the neighbors…turn up the volume!

Ingredients:

Organic Euterpe oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa canina (Rosehips),Organic Punica granatum (Pomegranate)Organic Fair Trade Certified Rooibos, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Vera Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate (from Coconut), 100% Naturally-derived Betaine (from Sugar Beets), Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (from Coconut + Amino Acids), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (from Coconut + Amino Acids), Cocoglucosides Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Sugar Conditioner), Sodium Levulinate (from Corn), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar gum conditioner), Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil,Organic Fair-Trade Certified Olea Europea (Olive) Oil, D-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin E), hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) seed oil,Attalea speciosa(Babassu) oil, Chenopodium quinoa (Quinoa) protein extract, Ubiquinone (CoQ10),Echinacea angustifolia (Echinacea) Stem Cells, Mentha peperita (Peppermint) and Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Essential Oils.”

Conditioner: Lemongrass + Argan Stem Cell

About:

“Keratin Building Complex

Daily Nourishing Conditioner

For All Hair Types

This daily nourishing conditioner provides vital moisture to combat everyday tangles and buildup. Promotes shiny, soft, healthy, clean hair. Organic Argan Oil, Argan Stem Cells + CoQ10 help support hair keratin and strengthen the follicle connection. Organic Fair Trade Certified Cocoa Butter provides moisture. Safe for color treated hair. Voted “Best Conditioner Ever” by my Mom. Thanks, Mom!

Ingredients:

Organic Euterpe oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Fair Trade Certified Rooibos, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearylkonium Chloride, Vegetable Glycerin, Glucono Delta Lactone (fermented sugar), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside (from corn and glucose), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (guar gum conditioner), Glyceryl Stearate (vegetable-derived), L-Arginine (amino acid), Organic Fair Trade Certified Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Sorbitan Olivate (from olives + sugar), Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Cellulose (plant derived), D-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin. E), Lactic Acid (vegetable derived), Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Argania spinosa (Argan) Stem Cell Culture, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass), Lavendula Dentata (French Lavender), Evernia Prunastri (Oakmoss), & Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Essential Oils.”

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My Thoughts:

I have completely and thoroughly enjoyed trying every single one of these Acure products. I also really loved their skin care products that I’ve previously reviewed, especially the exfoliating scrub.

These ingredient lists look pretty stink in’ awesome, yeah?! I’m impressed with Acure’s ingredients and also how accessible this brand is. I have seen them in several of my local health food stores.

This shampoo and conditioner combination is fantastic. The shampoo is clarifying and gives my hair body (love the minty smell)–and the conditioner detangles and smoothes hair like a dream. The lemongrass scent of the conditioner really gives your shower experience a kick of zest.

I typically do not use body wash. I look to bar soap, as it lasts longer. However, body wash is nice sometimes to squirt onto a loofah and get scrubbing. This body wash cleans well without stripping my skin.

The mandarin orange is, quite seriously, one of my very favorite lotions of all time. I just can’t say enough good things about it. I looked forward to using it just because of the smell. But, on top of that, it is nothing short of dreamy on skin. It soaks into your skin just enough and leaves the top layer of your skin fresh and moist feeling.

This review kind of feels like floating along on a river, no complaints. I use these products daily and would recommend them to any of you. The ingredients are organic merely top to bottom and they perform like they should. Good things, Acure!

 

 

Food Should Taste Good Pita Puffs Review

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Food Should Taste Good

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

I’ve previously reviewed Food Should Taste Good’s chips before–you can read that review here. Here are the pita puff flavors that I tried:

Chive

About: 

“Enjoy the mild onion flavor of chives baked into every bite of this crisp and airy snack.

Ingredients:

Wheat Flour, Sunflower Oil, Whole Wheat Flour, Corn Starch, Sea Salt, Whole Rye Flour, Oat Fiber, Honey, Yeast, Wheat Gluten, Wheat Bran, Natural Flavor, Chives, Whole Oat Flour, Whole Triticale Flour, Whole Barley Flour, Olive Oil, Whole Brown Rice Flour, Molasses.”

Cinnamon Sugar

About: 

“Cinnamon and Sugar make this crisp and airy snack the perfect sweet and salty combination.

Ingredients:

Wheat Flour, Sunflower Oil, Whole Wheat Flour, Sugar, Corn Starch, Cinnamon, Whole Rye Flour, Oat Fiber, Honey, Yeast, Wheat Gluten, Wheat Bran, Natural Flavor, Whole Oat Flour, Whole Triticale Flour, Whole Barley Flour, Salt, Sea Salt, Olive Oil, Whole Brown Rice Flour, Molasses Powder, Molasses.”

Pesto

About: 

“We bake basil into every bite to create our twist on this Italian favorite in a crisp and airy form.

Ingredients:

Wheat Flour, Sunflower Oil, Whole Wheat Flour, Maltodextrin, Corn Starch, Natural Flavor, Whole Rye Flour, Oat Fiber, Honey, Yeast, Wheat Gluten, Wheat Bran, Salt, Basil, Whole Oat Flour, Whole Triticale Flour, Whole Barley Flour, Garlic Powder, Sea Salt, Onion Powder, Olive Oil, Sugar, Whole Brown Rice Flour, Yeast Extract, Molasses.

Multigrain

About: 

“Enjoy our twist on the traditional multigrain pita in a fun crisp and airy form.

Ingredients:

Wheat Flour, Sunflower Oil, Whole Wheat Flour, Corn Starch, Sea Salt, Whole Rye Flour, Oat Fiber, Honey, Yeast, Wheat Gluten, Wheat Bran, Natural Flavor, Whole Oat Flour, Whole Barley Flour, Whole Triticale Flour, Olive Oil, Whole Brown Rice Flour, Molasses.”

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My Thoughts:

I’m really steered away from regularly snacking on chips as a means of satisfying cravings. Thus, these pita puffs were a bit of a change. I do occasionally eat some wheat products and do not have major digestive issues–though I feel more energetic and light when I limit wheat and most grains.

These pita puffs taste good, with good ingredients (but not great). I like that the ingredient list items are all recognizable, but it is not indicative of a brand that is using organic ingredients. Organic is what I strive for, needless to say.

Comparatively speaking, these snacks are unique (shape, texture & light crunch) and contain better ingredients than the majority of the chips and snacks you’ll find in your local grocery store, as their ingredients are non-gmo. I’d say their above average taste-wise and quality-wise, but not the best.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.

Kevita Probiotic Drinks Review

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Kevita

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Kevita:

“KeVita® Sparkling Probiotic Drink is delicious vitality in every sip. At the heart of KeVita is its proprietary culture with four strains of live probiotic. KeVita is handcrafted in its own facility in Southern California. Enjoy a variety of low calorie flavors including Coconut, Mango Coconut and Pomegranate. KeVita is certified organic, non-dairy, non-GMO, gluten free and vegan.

Refresh yourself daily with KeVita. Enjoy delicious vitality and love in every sip!”

Coconut

About:

“Yum and yum! The first and only certified organic sparkling coconut water is our most popular thirst-quenching flavor. KeVita Coconut is so pure and light, with a taste so divine you might break into song. So come along and enjoy the perfectly balanced blend of KeVita Probiotic Culture and coconut water. KeVita Coconut is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

Strawberry Acai Coconut

About:

“Sweet and fresh, a KeVita Strawberry Acai Coconut kiss! A flavor loved and adored by all ages. The colors so pretty, the flavor so bright, it’s a sparkling delicious and delightful combination. Enjoy our perfectly balanced blend of strawberries, acai berries, KeVita Probiotic Culture and coconut water. KeVita Strawberry Acai Coconut is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

Mango Coconut

About:

“Exotic and delish, KeVita Mango Coconut is a tropical adventure. Drink deeply, a bottle a day just might take the edge away. Enjoy our perfectly balanced blend of mangos, KeVita Probiotic Culture and coconut water. KeVita Mango Coconut is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

Pomegranate Coconut

About:

“Delicate yet complex, KeVita Pomegranate Coconut is refreshingly light. This combination conjures the greatest of myths and the easiest of pleasures. Enjoy our perfectly balanced blend of pomegranate, KeVita Probiotic Culture and coconut water. KeVita Pomegranate Coconut is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

Lemon Cayenne Daily Cleanse

About:

“Spicy and sublime, KeVita Lemon Cayenne Daily Cleanse™ is lightly sweetened with stevia, and contains no added sugar. Delicious between meals, Lemon Cayenne Daily Cleanse is certified organic and non-GMO, low calorie, low glycemic, vegan, dairy and gluten free.”

Tangerine

About:

“Refreshing and light, KeVita Tangerine is our delightfully sweet citrus and creamy vanilla blend. Enhanced with vitamin C and organic green coffee bean extract, Tangerine is sunshine in a bottle. Tangerine is certified organic, non-GMO, low calorie, vegan, and dairy, lactose, and gluten free. Stevia sweetened. Contains no added sugar.”

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My Thoughts:

Kevita drinks are a unique division of health drinks, as they focus on boosting digestive health via a low-calorie mixture that is packed with organic ingredients and probiotics. Digestion is an important aspect of your health because without digestive efficacy, our bodies cannot absorb all of the nutrients that we take in. Ingesting probiotics helps to keep your stomach’s healthy bacteria in balance–which in turn helps keep the lining healthy and ready to do it’s job (absorb).

Similar to kombucha (but not quite as effervescent as kombucha), Kevita offers an expansive range of flavors, each of which is interesting, refreshing and tasty in its own right.

These drinks are suitable for individuals who abide by a plethora of diets, as they are vegan, dairy free, lactose free, gluten free and free of added sugar. Those facts make it easy for me to recommend to a wide range of individuals with specific dietary needs.

Quality wise, you can see on their labeling that Kevita drinks are certified organic and non-gmo–two important specs that I look for in all products that I buy frequently. On top of quality, these drinks are easy to find if you have a health food store like Natural Grocers or Whole Foods close to you. You can locate them in close proximity to kombucha and coconut water in most stores that carry it.

Taste wise, these drinks are tasty and light–not as heavy as fruit juice. The “sparkling” characteristic of the drink makes it refreshing and satisfying, though it only contains about 10 calories per serving. I’d urge soda drinkers to give this drink a try. These drinks provide nutrients via organic ingredients, whereas sodas can’t claim anything close to that. My favorites of the bunch are the Mango Coconut and the Tangerine. They are the perfect drinks to pair with your summer activities.

Though the low-calorie feature is nice, I don’t focus on it–especially if the ingredients are organic and nutritionally robust. That said, my suggested improvement with these drinks is for them to contain a few more ingredients that make them closer to a meal in regards to how filling they are. I also wish the flavors were a little bit stronger and more intense (they likely are not because of the low calorie content).

Califia Farms Review

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Califia Farms

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Califia Farms:

“We’re Califia Farms (Califia, pronounced like California), the better beverage company that squeezes and presses fruits and nuts from the orchards of the San Joaquin Valley to bring you beautifully bottled goodness – all proudly boasting the Non-GMO Project Verified Label. Led by industry veteran Greg Steltenpohl, Califia Farms has changed the game in the alternative dairy industry, introducing a line of Almond milks in chic, modern carafes reminiscent of classic milk bottles. Califia Farms’ instantly iconic packaging now symbolizes quality, great-tasting alternatives to traditional dairy, translated stylishly and deliciously into our Iced Coffees with Almondmilk. Our California Citrus Juices come in 48-ounce carafes of refreshing Orange Juice, Lemonade, and Lemon-Limeade.

We’re a California-Company through and through, with our Bottling Plant and Operations based in Bakersfield, and our Sales and Marketing Teams working out of our Headquarters in Pasadena. Our name comes from the Spanish legend of  warrior queen Califia who ruled over a kingdom on the mythical island of California. Spanish conquistadors believed they had discovered Califia’s bountiful island when they first explored California.”

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Unsweetened Almond Milk

About:

“Fresh from the fields of Califia comes the purest and tastiest Almondmilk you’ll ever have.  As a grower-owned company we use only varietal almonds from California, picked at the peak of their flavor.

Our simple recipe gives you what you want and leaves out what you don’t – it’s all love at the breakfast table.

Made from non-genetically engineered almonds.

Ingredients: Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds).

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Orange Juice

About:

“Can you feel the sun on your face?  Close your eyes. Take a sip of our Premium Pure Squeezed Orange Juice. Follow your taste buds into our delicious blend of Valencia Oranges and other California varietals. This is the fresh taste of the heart of California, right from our family farm, squeezed smack in the middle of our groves.  Califia brings you the best, freshest, tastiest and most true… and we do it all with love.

Ingredients: California Orange Juice With Orange Juice From Concentrate.”

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Lemonade

 About:

“You have a work of art in your hands. Our Pure Squeezed California Meyer Lemonade is artfully balanced and perfectly refreshing. The Meyer Lemon is the muse to our craft: its sweetness inspires us; its zip makes us feel alive; it lights up our senses with an intoxicating aroma. Califia brings you the Meyer lemon’s beauty in a bottle. We pick our fruit at the height of its season, capturing the taste of summer for you to sip and savor. Enjoy this true Southern Californian treasure, from Califia to you with love.

Ingredients: Water, Lemon Juice, Pure Cane Sugar, Natural Flavors.”

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Lemon Limeade

About: 

“You have a gift from the sun in your hands. Our Pure Squeezed California Lemon-Limeade is a heavenly fusion of two citrus varietals. We pick our fruit at the height of its season, bringing you the sweet and tangy taste of summer in a bottle. Take a refreshing sip… let the summer linger a little longer. Your body will thank you. Enjoy this true Southern Californian treasure, from Califia to you with love.

Ingredients: Water, Lemon Juice, Pure Cane Sugar, Lime Juice From Concentrate, Ginger Juice, Natural Flavors, Monk Fruit Extract.”

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My Thoughts:

I had yet to try any Califia Farms products before receiving these generous coupons from the brand. I typically seek out organic juices and milk. Since Califia Farms is not organic, it was not on my radar, so to speak. However, don’t write them off completely. If you generally buy your citrus juices from a big box grocery store, chances are that Califia Farms juices are higher quality than those. This is because Califia Farms products are all certified non-gmo, which not all juices and plant-based milks can claim.

Obviously, non-gmo AND organic is the goal. These products are most of the way there, with their simple ingredient lists. My only scrutiny is the use of the phrase (natural flavors). I’m someone that would like to know precisely what those are.

Taste-wise, these juices and milks I tried are delicious-with the orange juice and unsweetened almond milk being my favorites. They are also very versatile. I love using the almond milk (I prefer unsweetened because I like to to limit extra sugar) in smoothies, protein drinks and in fruit bowls. The orange, lemon and lemon-limeade juices are great by themselves, or mixed into a frozen, sorbet type of drink (juice + ice then blend).

In conclusion, I think Califia Farms products are good (not great) in that they boast a non-gmo label. I look forward, though, to seeing organic ingredients. In that case, I would become a regular customer, as my local Whole Foods always has plenty available for purchase.