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. Fortunately, Essential Living Foods Superfood Smoothie Mixes are an answer to my low sugar, no funny business desires.
Tasting Notes for Essential Living Foods Superfood Smoothie Mixes
In terms of texture, I didn’t find these protein powders to be gritty, but I did blend them with frozen fruit, so they were suspended in rather thick, spoonable smoothies. Here are my additional notes by product.
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.
More Facts on Essential Living Foods Superfood Smoothie Mixes
Price: $7.99 to $27.99 per 6- to 16-ounce package
Certifications: Essential Living Foods Superfood Smoothie Mixes are Certified Organic, Certified Gluten-Free, Certified Vegan, 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.*
For More Product Information: Visit the Essential Living Foods website at www.essentiallivingfoods.com.
Good quality and energizing
These go above and beyond with ingredient quality. I love that they use whole foods, go light on the sweeteners, and spike with some interesting foods, like lucuma, mesquite, spirulina, and acai. I was impressed by the taste and naturally energized by each variety.