I’m in love with the new trend toward dairy-free functional drinks! Sambazon has jumped on this nutritional train with a whole line of Superfood Smoothies. At last count, they had seven varieties in the mix, including two new flavors: Mocha Java Energy and Blended Breakfast with ancient grains, chia, and fruit.
We sampled those two Sambazon varieties, along with the Supergreens and Protein (Chocolate+Almond+Coconut Milk) smoothies. I think what I liked best is how there was something for everyone:
Energy (Mocha Java) – Tony LOVED this flavor and requested that we stock it regularly. I’m not a coffee fan myself, but this drink satisfied his cravings for a cuppa joe and a sweet, creamy smoothie all at once. He was in heaven. (This flavor is labeled as gluten-free)
Blended Breakfast – Sadly, Kylie couldn’t enjoy this new flavor (poor girl has a banana allergy of all things!), but I can vouch that this smoothie is delicious and really quite the treat! Though blended with ancient grains and chia seeds, it has a nice smooth and fluid consistency, with a bit of thickness to it, much like a freshly blended smoothie. The beautiful purple hue and sweet flavor make this one highly drinkable and awesome when chilled. (This flavor is labeled as gluten-free)
SuperGreens – I sampled this one first at Expo West – after trialing the Blended Breakfast – and its less sweet taste made me think that I didn’t like it. But when I had a few whole bottles to sample at home, it became my new favorite. I quickly got over the kale inside (which is hard to miss visually – thank goodness for the brilliant purple bottles!) and enjoyed the very spicy ginger flavor combined with the acai juice. In fact, it went down quite easy in the morning and became my favorite way to “detox” in the a.m.
Protein (Chocolate + Almond + Coconut Milk) – All three of us thought this was fantastic on first sip, but a few gulps in, the coconut flavor started to overpower a bit. We did like it, mind you, and the bottles were happily finished without a problem, but I think we would have all liked a little more focus on the chocolate and almond than the coconut. Nonetheless, the rich creamy texture and sweet flavor make this a delicious shake for any chocolate coconut fan. (This flavor is labeled as gluten-free)
The only downfall with these smoothies, in my opinion, is that they so contain soy (for those who must avoid it) and are a touch high in sugars. But select varieties, such as the SuperGreens, are sweetened only with fruit juice, and a better option than nutrition-less ice cream when my sugar cravings hit!
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Sambazon Superfood Smoothies are vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, and peanut-free. Select varieties are made without nuts and are labeled gluten-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 Sambazon website at www.sambazon.com.