Earlier this year I did a write-up on my experience in meeting Bob from Bob’s Red Mill. They have a super-cool vegan food product out I wanted to try; nutritional boosters. These products are essentially protein powders with additional products like chia and probiotics added to enhance the benefit to your system. There are unflavored items that are simply various forms of protein you can add to your morning cereal or favorite smoothie formulae like Pea Protein, Hemp Protein, or Soy Protein. Additionally, there are several flavor combinations such as chai, chocolate, and vanilla. I’m partial to chai, so chose to do a chai protein powder smoothie review.
Why do you want extra fiber or protein? Perhaps you need more protein because you are consuming a vegan diet and would like to find another type of protein to eat. Dietary fiber aids digestion and makes you feel full faster, so it can help you maintain a healthy weight. These items are kosher and gluten-free too. Depending on the product you choose you can add significant vitamins to your diet as well. The Chai Protein Powder, for instance, has 35% of your daily iron needs in one serving plus probiotics to aid in digestion.
My first try using the products began with sampling one of my flavor favorites. I opened the Chai Protein Powder Nutritional Booster with Chia & Probiotics and was immediately struck with a delicious scent of cinnamon and chai. Who knew that probiotics can smell so good? I tried shaking one cup of almond milk with 1/3 cup of the powder and tentatively sipped. It was sweeter than I expected because of the addition of Monk Fruit Extract in the ingredients and it definitely tasted like chai, but I felt it needed adjusting. Then I put the mixture in a blender with a few cups of ice and blended it into a smoothie. WOW!! That’s the ticket — the powder is absolutely delicious in smoothies (see below).
Featured in the top photo are my absolute favorite smoothie drinking tools; Eco-Jars with Eco-Jars Metal Straws served in an asparagus ball jar. Drinking anything in glass instead of plastic or styrofoam prevents residues from getting into your drinks. The little dessert cup is one of my favorites from the LaRochere – it’s the LaRochere Perigord Ice Cream Cup. Isn’t it cute? I would call the chai protein powder smoothie review a big success. I will be trying many of the other protein powders as a way to contribute to my anti-inflammatory diet. Give them a try yourself by ordering directly from the Bob’s Red Mill website.