Cacao Essentials 14 G. Protein (beverage)
Good - Good +
Weight: 12 fl. oz. (355 mL) in 1 bottle
Calories: 200 calories in 1 bottle
Cost: $4.32 for 1 bottle
Purchased from: CVS Pharmacy, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate Breakfast Theme Week.
Today's Cacao Essentials "protein-based wellness shake" was from Remedy Organics (Englewood Cliffs, NJ); and it was a great way to start the day. It was relatively light but with a rich natural taste. And it contained enough protein to stave off hunger until lunch.
Aroma notes for this vegan beverage with 14 grams of protein included plant (nut and seed, fresh green peas) and chocolate (pudding, custard).
The texture was relatively smooth (almost velvety) for a high-protein beverage. Protein drinks often have a grainy taste or mouthfeel. There was a very slight granular, astringency in the finish, but it was not bothersome.
The flavors tasted fresh and authentic, and similar to the aroma, with plant (nut and seed) and chocolate pudding notes.
This offering (and other Remedy shakes and shots), developed by holistic nutritionist Cindy Kasindorf, exemplify changes in public preferences and how protein "health" bars and beverages have evolved in the last few decades.
Today's organic protein drink was made without refined sugar, gluten, dairy or artificial colors or ingredients. It was 100% plant-based (vegan). (It did contain vegetable gums, which are used as thickeners and stabilizers.) And it wasn't too sweet (thank you).
Ingredients: Organic almond milk (water, organic almonds), organic pea protein, organic coconut sugar, organic cocoa powder, organic hemp seeds, organic dates, organic natural flavor, organic acacia fiber, organic cinnamon, organic sunflower lecithin, vitamin blend (calcium derived from seaweed, vitamin A, vitamin D2), gellan gum, organic maca, organic ashwagandha, guar gum, sea salt, organic stevia powder, organic prebiotic fiber (derived from tapioca).
Allergen-related information: "Contains tree nuts." (Made without gluten or dairy ingredients.)
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