Garden of Life Review – RAW Organic Meal

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As you may know, I recently teamed up with Garden of Life to review their products and host giveaways.

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First I must say that GOL is a company full of amazing people who are kind, funny, and so supportive of everyone they work with; athletes and non-athletes alike! They have integrity with their product and believe in what they produce and sell

My first giveaway was for a tub of the 45 superfoods-containing RAW Organic Meal, which you can purchase in a local health food store or online. If you go the online route, I recommend purchasing directly from Garden of Life’s website!

I am going to go into some details about why this product is one of my favorite products that GOL offers.

1) WHAT IT IS

RAW Organic Meal (previously RAW Meal) is made to act as a snack or full out meal replacement. It is full of amazing ingredients (keep reading) and keeps you full and feeling satisfied. While I like to add things like peanut butter, GOL Perfect Food (review upcoming), or bananas or other fruits, IT ISN’T NECESSARY because it truly is a MEAL and that, in my book, makes it just phenomenal.  We have all been so busy or running late and had to rush out of the house before…well toss a scoop of this into a shaker with some almond milk (or cashew/soy/rice/water/etc) and give a shake and *BOOM* a totally nutritious, healthy, full meal you can feel good about eating on the go.

It also provides 5-6g fiber (depending on the flavor), 1-1.25g fat, 21 vitamins and minerals providing at least 100% of the daily value for 16 vital nutrients!

And it is gluten-free and VEGAN (dairy/lactose-free) ❤

Did I mention it blends and mixes beautifully? Well it does. No blender needed. Just a shaker. I haven’t tested just stirring it with a spoon…if anyone does, let me know how it goes!

2) FLAVOR – IT TASTES AMAZING!

Let’s just be honest here, if a meal replacement, protein shake, etc. doesn’t taste good…I’m not going to enjoy it, like it, talk about it, or buy it. Right? Okay. I’m glad we can all agree on that 🙂

THERE ARE 4 FLAVORS

  • Original aka Unflavored: I love this one when I feel like using a lot of fruit in my shake because it doesn’t take away anything or add anything to the yummy fruit flavors I want!
  • Vanilla: Great flavor & sweetened ever-so-slightly with stevia. I LOVE adding banana to my shake when I use this flavor.
  • Chocolate Cacao: Again, sweetened slightly with stevia, which is always great to see. HOWEVER, I would just like to note that this does not have a super strong “chocolatey” flavor. I typically add in a little bit of cocoa powder to mine to get a heavier chocolate flavor. So, if you are making a switch from, say, a standard chocolate whey protein, this will take a little getting used to. All that being said, I really love the flavor ❤
  • Vanilla Spiced Chai: This one is AMAZING!!!! 😀 I always have this flavor simply with almond milk and sometimes toss in some extra cinnamon ❤

2) PROTEIN

One scoop (about 23g) provides 20g protein. TWENTY GRAMS. This includes all essential amino acids.

“Hey Laura, where the heck do they get 20g of RAW plant-based protein?”

Get ready to be blown away…The protein comes from here:

ORGANIC RAW SPROUTED PROTEIN BLEND • Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Protein • Organic Moringa (leaf) • Organic Amaranth (sprout) • Organic Buckwheat (sprout) • Organic Millet (pearl and sprout) • Organic Quinoa (sprout) • Organic Chia Seed (sprout) • Organic Adzuki Bean (sprout) • Organic Flax Seed (sprout) • Organic Garbanzo Bean (sprout) • Organic Lentil (sprout) • Organic Pumpkin Seed (sprout) • Organic Sesame Seed (sprout) • Organic Sunflower Seed (sprout)

Wow, right? Amazing.

3) ALL THE OTHER GOODNESS INSIDE

Get ready to read! I was blown away when I first saw how many amazing ingredients are in RAW Meal. It made me wonder how I had never heard of this product before!! Now I want to do my part to spread the word.

If you have any protein powder or meal replacement in your house, I encourage you to go grab it and look at the indredients compared to those in RAW Meal. I am certain you will want to try this amazing stuff ❤

ORGANIC RAW FIBER BLEND • Organic Flax Meal • Organic Chia Seed

ORGANIC RAW FRUIT & VEGETABLE BLEND • Organic Spinach (leaf) • Organic Baob (fruit) • Organic Apple (fruit) • Organic Beet (root) • Organic Broccoli (stalk & flower) • Organic Carrot (root) • Organic Tomato (fruit) • Organic Strawberry (fruit) • Organic Tart Cherry (fruit) • Organic Blackberry (fruit) • Organic Green Bell Pepper (bulb) • Organic Brussel Sprout (leaf) • Organic Blueberry (fruit) • Organic Ginger (root) • Organic Garlic (bulb) • Organic Green Onion (bulb) • Organic Raspberry (fruit) • Organic Parsley (leaf) • Organic Cauliflower (flower & stem) • Organic Red Cabbage (leaf) • Organic Kale (leaf) • Organic Cucumber (gourd) • Organic Celery (stalk) • Organic Asparagus (flower & stem)

ORGANIC RAW GREENS BLEND •Organic Spirulina • Organic Alfalfa Grass Juice • Organic Barley Grass Juice • Organic Oat Grass Juice • Organic Wheat Grass Juice

ORGANIC PROBIOTIC & ENZYME BLEND • Lipase • Protease • Aspergillopepsin • beta-Glucanase • Cellulase • Bromelain • Phytase • Lactase • Papin • Peptidase • Pectinase • Xylanase • Hemicellulase • [Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus bulgaricus] (1.5 Billion/3 Billion CFU)

Thank you for reading!!

Be sure to follow both myself and Garden of Life on Instagram (@fitlauraxo/@gardenofliferaw) for Garden of Life giveaways, great recipes, food prep, and fitness!

Eat Well. Live Well.

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