I used to get several emails a week asking how to get dairy-free protein. Now vegan powders are abundant, but I’ve still felt a lack of whole food options. Many contain isolates and additives that don’t always sit well. Premium Organic Superfood Smoothie and Protein Mixers are the answer to my low sugar, no funny business, nutritional desires.
Essential Living Foods offers several whole food superfood smoothie mix-ins, but the following are ingredient blends that we trialed:
Wild Protein: Pure Whole Food Formula – Unlike so many dairy-free protein powders, the Wild Protein is not overly sweetened. It has just hints of stevia to brighten while nicely taming the hemp and relatively mild greens. The quality shines through in the taste, which is actually quite mellow (perhaps due to the freeze-dried coconut powder base) and goes nicely in my frozen banana smoothies. I was surprised since their are so many healthy foods packed in, including chia, moringa, spirulina, milk thistle, and burdock root.
Superfood Smoothie Mix: Acai & Goji Boost – This superfruit blend has more of a mellow, earthy flavor than the Wild Protein, with less sweetness (they use just a little coconut sugar rather than stevia) and a rich blend from the fantastic additions – like lucuma and mesquite. Despite the name, this still packs a nice dose of protein from hemp and brazil nuts. The subdued taste of this superfood smoothie mixer made it a nice fit for cacao, carob, or berry smoothies, in my opinion.
Coco Mojo Energy Elixir: Vegan Chocolate Drink Mix – This isn’t a protein powder, but it is still a healthful superfood smoothie or beverage mix-in. In terms of taste, Coco Mojo is a rich, pure, smooth cocoa mix. It has a very deep flavor with mild sweetness thanks to the amazing combination of coconut sugar, cacao powder, lucuma, mesquite, guarana, vanilla, and Himalayan sea salt. It didn’t whisk easily into cool nut milk, but responded well in the mixer, blending into a nice frothy drink. I used the full 2 tablespoons in just ¾ cup milk and didn’t find it the least bit strong or overwhelming. Subtle in fact. But, the chocolate flavor came alive when I blended in a frozen banana – it was intense, perfectly sweet, and downright delicious. Coco Mojo can also be made into a healthy hot cocoa beverage, but I would still blend it and gently heat for best nutritional results.
In terms of textures, I didn’t find either of the protein powders to be gritty, but I did blend them with frozen fruit, so they were suspended in rather thick, spoonable smoothies. The Coco Mojo was perfectly powdery for enjoying in “milk”, but it did immerse better when blended, as noted above.
I really like the “eco-packaging” that Essential Living Foods is using; it is 100% recyclable, yet completely practical. The canisters are perfectly sized (filled right up – no wasted space!), easy to open, reseal, and store.
Price: $17.50 per 11-ounce canister to $27.99 per 16-ounce canister
Certifications: Essential Living Foods Superfood Smoothie Mixers are certified organic, certified vegan, certified gluten-free, and non-GMO verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Essential Living Foods Superfood Smoothie Mixers are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Select varieties are nut-free. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Essential Living Foods website at www.essentiallivingfoods.com.