Pranin Organic PureFood Smoothie Boosters – are they worth it?
To be honest, I’ve been a lover of Pranin Organic pretty much since its conception. They are a Canadian company (yay us!) that make “100% organic, non-gmo nutritional products made entirely from plants“. Entirely from plants…how can that not make you smile?!?
Ready for an honest review on PureFood Smoothie Boosters? Here we go…
Mister mailman graced me with the package from Pranin Organic last week. I raced up to my condo to blend my little heart out and give these little nutritional powerhouse packages a try!
Introducing PureFood Smoothie Boosters…
First up is this super fine Super Berry. I blended it along with coconut milk, raspberries, collagen powder, ground flax, and ice cubes. There is really no need to add much else since the booster has, well…near everything you could nutritionally want!
All A-listers, the ingredients are listed as: “Apples, beets, Moringa leaves, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, carrots, red seaweed, spinach, cabbage, kale, collard, alfalfa leaves, spirulina, annatto seeds, guava leaves, amla berries, parsley, cilantro, lemon, holy basil, Portobello mushrooms, Icelandic kelp, sesbania, mustard seeds, horsetail.”
Greens powders are always tricky! You love them because they are incredibly nutrient dense but trying to incorporate them into smoothies sometimes risks the taste (and enjoyment) of the smoothie. Over the years I’ve found that either pineapple or raspberry based smoothies do the best job! Thankfully the boosters have a fine powder consistency which allows them to blend well. There is no chalky greens after taste! #winning
The mighty mighty Greens Original ingredients are listed as: “Apples, carrots, Moringa leaves, spirulina, annatto seeds, beets, spinach, cabbage, kale, collard, red seaweed, alfalfa leaves, amla berries, guava leaf, lemon, holy basil, Portobello mushrooms, parsley, cilantro, Icelandic kelp, sesbania, mustard seeds, horsetail.”
My absolute favourite of the bunch! Seriously no surprise there since it tastes like chocolate though…doesn’t everyone love chocolate? This girl does. Seems like I mix cacao everything into my smoothies and breakfast bowls on the regular!
The ingredients are listed as: “Raw cacao, apples, red seaweed, Morninga leaves, guava leaves, Portobello mushrooms, Icelandic kelp, lemon, amla berries, sesbania, holy basil, Annatto seeds, spirulina, carrots, beets, spinach, cabbage, kale, collard, alfalfa leaves, parsley, cilantro, mustard seed, horsetail.” Drooling yet?!?
The long and short of it is…
- It is real food.
- Entirely from plants. Perfect! Vegan.
- 100% Organic and raw.
- No Added Colours, Flavours, Sweeteners, or Preservatives…no crap.
- No Synthetic Nutrients.
- Free from gluten/yeast/soy/dairy.
- Fine grain and easy to blend.
- Individual packaging making it easy to travel with.
- Price 59.99$ Cdn per box (12x30g servings per box): Let’s be real, it’s 5$ per smoothie booster which does seem like a lot until you take a look at the ingredients and realize the quality/nutritional value is really beyond compare. It costs over 5 bucks for that oh-so-trendy-yet-horrible-for-you super frothy sugar filled frap at most coffee shops…so spending the same on something like this nutrient rich PureFood Smoothie Booster is a win in my books. It simply boils down to what you personally want to spend and how often you’d use them. Keep an eye out for the sales!
- The greens taste: Again, if you ever tried a greens anything powder supplement…you know there’s that taste associated with it. If you’re not used to eating greens it may be something to simply be aware of. Pranin Organic does an excellent job here in getting that greens taste down to a minimum. I actually only really picked up on it in the Original Greens version of PureFood Smoothie Boosters.
At the end of the day…
So, are they worth it?
Personally, the answer is yes. I’ve been doing my best to bounce back from adrenal insufficiency (aka burnout) all year and having nutrient dense real food products like this really help keep my health optimal. 🙂 To each their own though and at the end of the day you have to do what’s right for you!
Wishing everyone a fabulous summer!
Girl Gone Good Says: As with all supplements and vitamins, I’m an advocate for only using them if your body actually requires them and as discussed with your health care provider. If you’re unsure, ask. Remember: Real food first, forget trends, seek out science, listen to your body, and follow advice from health professionals.