Happy Wednesday all you beautiful people out there!
Today I have a special review post for you today. I was contacted a few months ago by North Coast Naturals to try out a few of their products and I was thrilled. As I am struggling to wade my way through school and understanding the supplement world, I’m not going to lie, I have only become more and more confused. There are so many options out there, some vegan, most not. And while I am starting to find brands and products I trust, I am always on the look out for a company that embodies the ideals I hold most important.
I had heard of North Coast Naturals before, but really didn’t know very much about them. However upon further research I got insanely excited. Not only do they do vegan protein powders, greens powders, smoothie mixes and vegan l-glutamine (this is SO HARD to find), they are Canadian! Needless to say I jumped on the opportunity to test their products out and review them for you here.
Deryn was my contact at NCN and she was so generous. I got to try:
· Organic Brown Rice Protein
· Organic Hemp Protein
· Raw Hemp Smoothie (Chocolate)
· Fermented L-Glutamine Powder
· Ultimate Daily Greens
· Hemp Seeds
· Ultimate Daily Cleanse
This post is going to focus on the products and little protein blend to get you all started! Coming soon will be some smoothies and delicious chocolate peanut butter protein bites!
So I will get the negative out of the way first then go into the products I loved (which were all but one…)
Ultimate Daily Greens
I really wanted to like this product, but I was skeptical. There is only one greens powder that I have really liked, and the rest always seem to fall short in some way.
I do think this greens powder is great quality and has wonderful ingredients like fruit powders, greens powders, sea vegetables and sprouted grains. It certainly presents an easy way to get in some fruits and veggies for the day.
Where it fell flat for me was the taste. I tried it in smoothies and in water and I just found the taste of the stevia to be overwhelming. I am, however very sensitive to the taste of stevia (I have trouble with a many products that use stevia as a sweetener), so I wasn’t particularly surprised. So while this product is not for me, you might like it.
I tried the Organic Brown Rice and Organic Hemp Protein Powders and I really enjoyed both of them. It was actually really nice to try a brown rice protein that had nothing else added (my previous experience is with Sunwarrior which some flavours have stevia, some MCTs) and found it smooth and creamy and just disappeared into the smoothie. The hemp protein, interesting to note is non-grit hemp protein meaning it is triple=screened to remove large particles, making it smoother than others. And I definitely found that to be the case. No surprises here, it tasted quite grassy. So what I ended up doing was combining the 2! 1 tablespoon of each protein was able to soften the taste of the hemp protein and gave me access to a wider variety of nutrients from each powder! This inspired me to create my own superfood protein blend!
Raw Hemp Smoothie (Chocolate)
This was a delicious delicious product! It is made to be a complete smoothie add-in, not just a protein powder. The chocolate one contains hemp protein, fibre complex, cocoa, spirulina, probiotics, sea salt and cane juice solids and it really tastes amazing. Simply blend some with just almond milk, add a banana or other fruit if you desire and you are good to go! My one qualm with it, is the addition of cane juice solids. While I’m sure that is what made it taste so good (as opposed to no sweetener or stevia), it does take away from the wholesomeness. That being said, there is so much other good stuff in there and tons of fibre so I do feel the blood sugar response to the sugar would be dampened.
Ultimate Daily Cleanse
This product contains 5 sources of fibre including soluble and insoluble forms: flax, chia, psyllium, chicory and brown rice bran. It mixed easily into smoothies and actually worked fairly well as an egg substitute. It was nice to know that I was getting fibre from a wide variety of whole food sources and it was preground which made my life so much easier!
Their hemp seeds are delicious. I sprinkled them on salads, on top of smoothies, put spoonfuls in smoothies, and basically on top of anything! I also used them in some peanut butter chocolate protein bites which I will share soon!
Fermented L-Glutamine Powder
It might seem strange, but as a budding holistic nutritionist, this was the product I was most excited to try. L-Glutamine is such a wonderful healing nutrient, especially for healing the gut and recovering from exercise. However, most L-glutmaine is sourced from shellfish and often is cut with fillers. This one is made with beets (vegan!) and is a pure powder which is easy to absorb and utilize, which is just what you want with someone with weak digestion/someone who needs help recovering from exercise. I have found my digestion is so much better with this product.
Phew! That was a lot of products!
While I loved most of these products, I was finding it a wee-bit time-consuming to scoop all of these things into my smoothie in the morning. That’s why I decided to create my own vegan protein superfood blend! Just ¼ cup and you get tons of nutrients! It also tastes delicious and blends right into your smoothie. I used mesquite powder , cacao and lucuma to help give flavor as well as tons of nutrients and anti-oxidants and incorporated some of my favourite NCN products- Brown rice protein, hemp protein, daily cleanse, and L-glutamine. I LOVE this and am so inspired to mix my own blends from now on! You get exactly what you want out of a blend and can adjust the flavor and texture to your liking!
Customized Vegan Protein Superfood Blend (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free)
Ingredients (4 cups (~16 1/4 cup servings))
- 1/2 cup Daily Cleanse (NCN) or your choice of ground flax, chia, psyllium, etc.
- 1/2 cup brown rice protein (NCN)
- 1/2 cup hemp protein (NCN)
- 2 tbsp mequite powder
- 2 tbsp lucuma powder
- 1/4 cup fermented L-glutamine powder (NCN)
- 1/4 cup cacao
- 1/2 tbsp vanilla bean powder
- optional: green stevia powder ~1/4 tsp
Mix it all up! Use in 1/4 cup servings in smoothies!
Have you guys ever used North Coast Naturals' Products? Ever made your own protein blends?
Have a great rest of your week!