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:
- Corn syrup
- Saturated fat
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 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!
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.
As always, you can gain a few additional entries (leave one comment per entry for the additional ones to count):
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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!