A while back, Oriya Organics sent me their protein powder and green powder to review, which made me giddy with glee for so many reasons, namely:
-I’ve been chugging smoothies every morning before school
-Depending on what we’re cooking in the classroom, I can’t always depend on balanced lunch meals
-I’ve been paying more attention to purchasing organic and gmo-free food
-The ingredient lists on these are beautiful.
So let me talk about their Superfood Protein Medley first, since I’m featuring it in a recipe today. Not only does it blend a few protein powders that are allergen-free (brown rice, chia, hempseed), the chia seeds and brown rice protein are sprouted for maximum digestibility. How cool is that?
In addition to those ingredients, this protein blend contains chlorella and spirulina, which are high-protein, super-nutritious sea plants. Because of this, this protein powder has a slight green tinge, which is a-ok with me since I usually drink green smoothies anyway.
What I absolutely love about this protein powder is that the nutrition you get out of it stretches far beyond just protein – in one serving, you’re also getting chlorophyll, omega-3’s, and lots of vitamin A, C, E, K and iron, among others. In this way, this powder is really more like a whole food as opposed to just isolated protein. And it definitely doesn’t skimp in the protein department, as each scoop contains 18 grams of the stuff.
I can also highly recommend their SuperGreen Medley powder, which is a blend of wheat and barley grass, chlorella and spirulina. It’s nice because I’m really not a big fan of spirulina’s flavor, but when it’s in a mix like this it’s totally fine. I like adding a spoonful of this to my morning smoothies – it tastes great in the following recipe if you don’t mind a vibrant, emerald green hue to your smoothie.
And did I mention that both of these powders are raw (in addition to being certified organic, certified gmo-free, vegan and gluten-free)? Score!
I like to balance the coldness of this beverage by using frozen peaches and fresh banana, but you can feel free to use all frozen fruit, or all fresh – just adjust the almond milk for the right consistency.
1 medium banana, peeled
Generous 1/2 cup sliced frozen peaches
1 cup almond milk, homemade or store-bought
1/2 scoop (2 tablespoons) Oriya Organics Protein Medley
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (optional)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Fits perfectly in a 16-ounce mason jar to take on the go.
This smoothie has a pale green tinge from the protein powder that I find gorgeous, but if you’re really opposed to that you could mask the color with some blueberries. I love the flavor combo of banana, peach and vanilla, to the extent that I’m excited to wake up in the morning just so I can eat this. 🙂
I’m a big fan of smoothies, but you can also blend the powders into a juice, or even straight-up water. I don’t enjoy drinking protein powder mixed with water, but I bet it could be nice blended with some sweetened non-dairy milk. I’ve also been playing around with the protein powder as a flour substitute in raw treats – hopefully I’ll have a recipe up for that soon.
So there it is, guys – I really have nothing but good things to say about Oriya Organics, and I urge you to check out their website for more details. Their products are on the pricey side, but I do think it’s worth it for the quality of the ingredients used.
And for those of us who live in Canada, the raw online store Upaya Naturals (Toronto-based) does carry these products. I can personally vouch for the awesomeness of Upaya, since I bought my juicer from them several years ago.
So there you have it! Catch you folks later.