Product Review: Garden of Life Raw Protein & Greens

Garden of Life Raw Protein & Greens in Vanilla - nutritional benefits, low sugar, high protein, vegan, green powders, organic

A key to the success of a healthy lifestyle is making meals and concocting snacks that are tasty and as packed with nutrients as you possible. Making your recipes work for you means you’re nourishing your body and mind without depleting your precious physical and emotional energy. One way to do this is to through smoothies, which is why you see the onslaught of smoothie recipes on this site and in our social feed.

As a nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free practice, we are always on the hunt for vegan protein without nuts or soy that can be integrated into a variety of meals and snacks, like – you guessed it – smoothies!

A veteran dilettante of vegan protein powders, we were thrilled to see the repackaged and re-formulated Garden of Life Raw Protein & Greens during a foray of shopping to restock our own inventory!

Raw Protein & Greens Powder? Here’s the scoop #punintended ūüôā

  • HIGH PROTEIN: 20 grams of raw organic plant protein from Organic Peas and Sprouted Organic Grains, Seeds and Legumes plus 6 organic greens and veggies
  • POST WORKOUT RECOVERY: Help your muscles recover with a clean nutritional shake powered by organic protein and nutrient-rich organic green energy
  • GREEN SUPERFOOD DRINK: This delicious vanilla protein powder is power-packed with green energy from raw, organic greens and green juices
  • PROTEIN POWDER WITH PROBIOTICS: Tasty, smooth protein shake with 1.5 billion CFU probiotics and 13 non-GMO enzymes for easy digestion
  • VEGAN PROTEIN POWDER: Organic, gluten free, vegan, dairy free, soy free, Informed Choice Certified (Trusted by Sport), non-GMO whole food protein

Our Take

The vanilla flavor is subtle and not too sweet. The smell and flavor is almost identical to the Garden of Life Raw Vegan Protein Powder we’ve grown to love with only a subtle earthy smell, attributed to the greens. The relatively high vegan protein content has additional benefits of sprouted greens and grains and is organic, as well, with low sugar (<1 gram). Even with the sprouted grains and legumes, this protein powder is gluten-free and gentle to digest for those with aversions to beans.

It’s a perfect add-in to protein pancakes or to a variety of smoothie flavors/recipes with its low glycemic index (you know how we’re off the sugar wagon!), added greens (like alfalfa, spinach, kale, broccoli, carrot and beet – yay!) and versatile vanilla flavor.

One last note: The probiotic content was not a strong selling point because we supplement gut flora with a high dose of probiotics via capsule. Because of the way we use protein powder, which includes smoothies as well as baked goods, the probiotic power is diminished significantly; even used in a smoothie, we can’t vouch for the healthy bacteria making it to the small intestine intact because we haven’t seen or performed the research. If you’re looking to increase your healthy gut flora through Garden of Life products, try probiotic capsules, like these, or explore fermented foods, like kimchi, sauerkraut, or low sugar kombucha.

Let us know how you get more from your smoothies with added greens and protein!

As always, wishing you a week of greens, grace and gluten-free goodness!

New GF Fave & Crave: O’Dough’s Bagel Thins

It’s not always easy forgoing the glutinous goodies, especially when bagels and sandwiches once comprised a good chunk of your diet. And have you ever felt that, no matter how much GF products tout undetectable gluten-freeness, there’s always¬†something¬†that’s just¬†off?

Sometimes, I simply miss the days of authentic bagels & pizza crusts.

You can certainly imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon¬†this new find¬†that truly does give the “real thing” a run for its money!

O’Dough’s Original Bagel Thins (You’d never know it’s not the real thing!) photo cred: odoughs.com

So there I was, at the local grocery store when I found that my go-to English Muffins were once again out of stock. Growing tired of making rice pudding for breakfast and caving to the convenience factor, I grabbed this never-before-seen item in the GF frozen foods section and hoped for the best.

I was delighted by how delicious they were!

The texture and taste are so similar to a NY bagel that it truly made me wonder if I’d picked up the wrong package. (Thankfully, I did not.)

Even better, they are also egg free, vegan, kosher, and all the ingredients are pronounceable. Extra points for being in the regular grocery and thus not requiring an extra trip or a second mortgage. (They were only $3.99 for six!) And you calorie counters might also be pleased to know that one bagel thin is only 100 calories.

Mmmm, so good, and a new fave & crave, I have no doubt!

Looking forward to sampling other goodies in the company’s product line, like pizza crusts, which the Italian girl in me cannot wait to try! If their bagels so closely resemble such a New York classic, imagine what their pizza crust must be like! … I think my stomach just growled.

What are your favorite gluten free goodies?

Peace, Love & Pizza Crusts!