Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Orgain review and giveaway.

Today, I have what I consider a great giveaway for you! But first, let me take some time to provide you with a review of the product.

The Review

I was recently asked to sample and review Orgain, "the world’s first certified organic and physician-developed nutritional shake."  

The drink was formulated by cancer survivor Dr. Andrew Abraham, who has said:
“Two key experiences in my life inspired me to create Orgain. As a teenager fighting cancer, I realized that there simply weren’t any alternatives to the chalky-tasting conventional meal replacements that were full of artificial ingredients. Later, as a family doctor I appreciated firsthand the critical importance of balanced nutrition for optimal health at all stages of life. I used both experiences to create a new kind of nutritional shake that enables everyone – whether healthy or sick - to enjoy the benefits of certified organic ingredients.”
Here's a little more information about Orgain.

One 11-ounce serving contains:
  • Real organic fruit and vegetables - antioxidant equivalence of 10 servings
  • 2:1 ratio of organic complex carbohydrates and organic protein (16g) to provide athletes with sustained energy
  • 24 vitamins and minerals
  • 255 nutrient-dense calories
  • A pre/post workout shake.
  • Perfect as a meal replacement.
  • A nutritious choice for strengthening the immune system during times of illness.
What was left out:
  • Caffeine
  • Preservatives
  • Gluten
  • Corn syrup
  • Saturated fat
  • Hormones
  • Antibiotics
Pretty good stuff, huh? I'd say so!

Anyway, I tried the Sweet Vanilla Bean and the Creamy Chocolate Fudge. Before trying them out, I chilled them (they are shelf-stable so they were room temp.) so I wouldn't have to drink them with ice. I wasn't sure how much I'd like the drink since I've never been a huge meal replacement drink fan. They usually taste too chalky or too thick for me. 

Fortunately, Orgain is not chalky at all. Nor is it too thick. The drink has a milk-like consistency but it doesn't taste like milk at all. Instead, it tastes like a treat. To me, anyway.

I tried the drinks as replacements for my breakfast. I really enjoyed the Sweet Vanilla Bean. The Creamy Chocolate Fudge was good, too, but almost tasted like too much of a treat to have for breakfast. But, both flavors scored high in a key area: They kept me full from breakfast until lunch. That's a big win for a meal replacement drink because, after all, it is supposed to replace your meal. If the drink leaves you hungry, then what's the sense of drinking it?

I also tried the drink after a run and thought that it made a decent recovery drink. For me, it was a bit more than I needed, but I could see the benefit of drinking it if you're doing hard training, like speed work or marathon training. 

You can purchase Orgain at several retailers including Whole Foods, Wegmans, Food Town and Harris Teerter. Other locations are listed on the Orgain web site. You can also order it from Amazonfor $33 a case (12 containers), with free shipping.

The Giveaway

The folks at Orgain have generously offered two cases of the drink for me to give away. So, TWO lucky readers will win and each receive a case of Orgain to try out!

To enter:

Pop over to the Orgain web site. Then leave me a comment telling me what feature of Orgain sounds the most important and/or beneficial to you.

Additional entries:

As always, you can gain a few additional entries (leave one comment per entry for the additional ones to count):
  • Follow this blog or my other blog, or let me know that you already do (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of The Happy Runner on Facebook, or let me know that you already are (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of Orgain on Facebook  (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from Facebook or Twitter (do as often as you'd like, just leave a comment each time)
  • Link to this giveaway from your blog (leave a comment)

This giveaway will run through Monday, November 22nd at 11:59pm EST and the winners will be announced on Tuesday.

Thanks to Orgain for this great giveaway!

Good luck!


  1. I like that the cartons are green (as in eco-friendly!)

  2. Seems like these would be great during marathon training, when I'm not sure I'm eating enough ... Love that they're made with fruits and veggies!

  3. I'm a "Happy Runner" facebook fan!

  4. I like that they're made from organic fruits and veggies! Sounds tasty.

  5. I like that it gives energy without caffeine. I need energy to keep up with the kids but want to sleep at night. :-)

  6. I'm a follower of both of your blogs.

  7. I like that it not only has a healthy balance of proteins and carbohydrates for a meal, but also contains fruit and veggies like kale, pomegranate, bananas, and beets! It'd be great for when I'm out running around and don't have a chance to pack a complete lunch.

  8. I like that it has so many good things in it...the green tea, fruit & veggies and that they are all organic.

  9. I am a fan of The Happy Runner on Facebook.

  10. I'm a fan of Orgain on Facebook.

  11. I like that it's a natural meal replacement with no preservatives.

  12. I'm a fan of the Happy Runner on facebook

  13. I like the fruits and veggies in it and that it's 10 servings...I don't get enough servings of veggies a day.

  14. I want to try this stuff! I LOVE that it's organic!!

  15. I am a fan of The Happy Runner on FB!

  16. As I seem to get sick more often than most, I'm interested in the immune system strengthening!

  17. Posted the contest on FB. Thx. :)

  18. In the "Compare" chart... definitely like the significantly lower sugar. I'm trying to cut my sugar and a lot of these meal replacements just have way way too much sugar.

  19. Wow, the antioxidant equivalent of 10 fruits/veggies is pretty impressive

  20. I have been using Orgain for over a year. It was an instrumental part in my losing over 100lbs in 6mos and is now an ESSENTIAL part of my Marathon and Triathlon training regimen. There's nothing not to like! Great review!

  21. I am constantly on the go and looking for a healthier, more nutrient packed organic (and chemical free) version of Slim Fast because that's the easiest way for me to have a meal a lot of times. I discovered Orgain in NY while running from one place to the other and LOVED IT. I can't afford it right now so I am just skipping meals instead of doing what I know I should be to stay fueled over the course of these busy days and workouts. It's also not as accessible to me here in Orlando, FL, so I love seeing things like this. :-)

  22. All of the qualities listed of the benfits of this drink are great, but for me, it is the taste factor primarily. I tasted the Vanilla Bean a few months ago, and was hooked on these little drinks. Kept me full, and they taste great, because who wants to drink something great for you that tastes like crap? No one. And I think these can even appeal to folks who may not be quite the health or fitness nuts BECAUSE they tatse good....I am thinking children as well. If you can get your on the go youngster or teenager to grab one of these going out the door in the morning willingly because they tatse great...that's half the battle.

  23. My partner and I discovered Orgain by accident at our local health foods store. We tried it and were completely ENTHUSED by the taste and the ingredients. I even put one in my 14 yo daughter's lunch for snack time, instead of the usual. Works AWESOME. It's hard to find it cheaper by the case anywhere, online! boo hoo!

  24. I drink Orgain every day for lunch. It tastes great, keeps me full, and gives me the energy that other's don't. Plus, it's organic. Doesn't get any better than Orgain!

  25. I love the taste of orgain. Even my kids love it. I have used it as a meal replacement, and its delicious and absolutely keeps me full.

  26. I must also say, I raise my kids organically, and I would never have gotten it if it weren't for the organic quality. i was looking for meal replacement and this was the only organic one I found. The fact that it tastes incredible was what made me buy it again and again.

  27. I am already a fan on facebook.

  28. 2:1 carb to protein - just perfect for after those super long marathon runs!

  29. I am a follower of your blog!

  30. I'm a fan on facebook of Orgain!

  31. I'm a fan of The Happy Runner on FB

  32. I like that it is made from organic fruits/veggies

  33. I posted a link to your giveaway on my blog.