Oriya Organics: Review, and Banana-Peach Smoothie

Hey guys!

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!


Banana-Peach Smoothie
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.

Ingredients:
Serves 1

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

Directions:

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.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06631140173063582288 xvavaveganx

    Great review! The products sound like they pack a major nutritional punch in a pretty green hue! The smoothie sounds great! Love that it's raw, definitely a major selling point! I'll have to check it out!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11490816021651698189 Jolene – EverydayFoodie

    Thanks for the review! I loooove green smoothies!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00589414740603993442 foodfeud

    I miss smoothies! Yrs looks so great. Very pretty table too.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11561353505896101224 Gabby @ the veggie nook

    I just reviewed these products as well and loved them! I love the ingredients list and how clean it is! I am afraid of running out its that good!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17066424084187434409 Joey

    I'm always a bit leery of protein powders, but If you get them into baked goods, I might be a convert!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07286607598775948951 Fiona Contenta

    Actually banana is the staple type of fruit which is originated from India. Banana is a great source of iron. It have many feature, some of them are as follow:-

    High potassium content promotes bone health
    It also helps to stimulate cell proliferation which thickens the stomach mucosa, which is beneficial for the health
    It is also rich in the soluble fiber pectin, which is sometime used for reducing the fat within the body.
    It is used for curing the digestion problem in the body.
    It is also inow as Natural Moisturizer.
    Sometime it is also used as Anti-aging.
    As well as peach also posses some of the properties of banana only the taste is difference.

    I also use banana but in shakes which make me energies, actually i use USP Labs product with it. And this is my daily schedule.