Orgain is an organic protein powder which uses plant-based products to provide a high quality blend of protein, vitamins and minerals.
What makes Orgain diffrent from other brands is that its ingredients come from natural sources. Their proteins come from hemp, rice, and others.
The idea behind this product to provide the user with high quality proteins, without any type of allergens. So it doen’t contain, gluten, soy, milk, etc. It is USDA certified and has Non GMO components. So anyone can drink this.
This particular product was created by a doctor named Andrew Abraham. He was diagnosed with Cancer, which pushed him to follow a healthier lifestyle. The problem he faced was that every organic protein shake or powder he found was full of unhealthy ingredients like GMOs, hormones, antibiotics, artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, genetically modified soy, etc. So instead of looking for a great product, he decided to create one that could be truly healthy, and this is how Orgain was born.
The difference with Orgain products is that their source materials are plants, unlike most other shakes that have a lot of artificial or synthetic formulas.
Orgain is an organic protein rich powder which contains 21 grams of USDA certified organic plant plan based protein on each serving. These proteins come from hemp, rice, chia and peas. By doing this Orgain strives to be the best organic plant-based protein powder.
This particular property sets Orgain apart from any other protein powder, because it is absolutely vegan. So anyone following a vegan diet can benefit from it.
Why is a vegan powder important?
First of all don’t be deceived by its name, it can be consumed by both vegans and non vegans, and both will see good nutritional results. The important part here is that plants are one of the few non-dairy sources of protein. Whey and casein protein are both dairy byproducts, so anyone with lactose intolerance my feel affected by non vegan protein powders.
One common problem with vegan protein powders is taste, and this one is no exception, however it is not an offensive taste but a non existent one. I’ll talk about it more in the “my experience” section of this review.
- Organic Vegan Nutritional Shakes
- Organic Nutritional Shakes
- Healthy Kids Organic Nutritional Shakes
- 25g Organic Protein Shakes
Who would benefit from taking it?
Anyone can consume them. Orgain markets its products towards differents groups of people.
- Moms On-The-Go
- Busy Professionals
- Weight Management
Now, in the case of athletes, it is important to note that this is not intended for muscle growth but for better nutrition. Orgain delivers essential vitamins, nutrients, and proteins when your body needs them most. Meaning that if you are looking for a muscle growth protein powder then this is not the right product for you. It will help you get lean though.
9 out of 10
$21.11 for 2.74lb on Amazon.com
- Made by doctors
- Doesn’t contain soy, gluten, dairy, lactose and GMOs
- Contains organic plant based protein and fiber, chia, aminoacids
- Low fat
- 1g protein, 13g carbs. You can either drink as is or add to it
- Good fiber at 5g.
- Very little sugar and sodium
- Good price compared to other vegan protein powders
- If you are on the go, it helps you feel full with one or two glasses, and will bring good nutrition to your body.
- Helps you get lean (although it depends fully on your diet)
- 99% of complaints are about bad taste.
- Not intended for muscle growth
- Although it contains good nutrients, I personally get a better boost from other products.
A long time ago, before I even found out I’m celiac, I used to go to the gym a lot and took many protein shakes and nutritional supplements meant for body building and muscle growth. So I am quite familiar with that kind of products and know a lot of brands that have really good quality.
After years of practicing different kinds of disciplines like Yoga, I felt like going back to the gym or at least doing calisthenics. With this I started to look for good protein powders, and this is where the nightmare began. The first ones I tried and that I was already familiar with started to give me negative celiac reactions, specially skin problems (which has always been my most recurring symptom), so I began looking for protein powders that actually had a gluten-free label and this is where I hit a brick wall. I searched in body building forums looking for a good review about any effective gluten free protein powder and could find almost nothing.
Someone in there recommended this product, however they did advise that it is not intended for muscle growth, but was one that could actually help people with almost any kind of allergies, and it will however help you to get lean. I had already seen it at costco but never paid attention to it, so I went back and read everything on the labels and chose to give it a try.
My first approach was to drink it as it is intended, fully vegan, so I used only water… as you can imagine the taste was extremely awful, it tasted like a was drinking water with sand. I couldn’t stand it, and it was difficult to get it to mix fully. But since I have already tried many things that have worse taste (like epsom salts), I was willing to keep trying.
My next appproach was using regular milk and a blender and the taste was way better now, it tasted almost like any other shake, and it also mixed perfectly. However I wanted to give it yet a better taste, and so the next time I added a bannana. It tasted even better now but I felt that it lacked a little sweetness, so the next time I added a little honey and the taste got just perfect for me. Sometimes I use honey, other times I use cinnamon, either way the taste is not an issue for me anymore.
Then my next approach was to go back and make it a vegan shake, so I tried almond milk once, coconut milk an other time, and I also tried rice milk (I didn’t try soy milk because I always get negative reactions to it), all those added with a banana and cinnamon or honey.
I’ve never been a fan of almond milk, so even if the taste was good, I didn’t appreciate it much. Coconut milk gave a good result, but cooconut milk is a little “thick” for my taste, so it made the shake fill too “thick” or “heavy” in my mouth. Then I when I tried it with rice milk, I loved it. Rice milk is too watery, not very concentrated, so the first times I drank it, instead of using one bannana I added two, or I added half more of scooper spoon.
Now that I’m used to drinking it with rice milk, I don’t need to add anything else than a bannana and a little honey, just as I do with regular milk.
Most of the times I take this with my breakfast, or as a dinner substitute. I did notice feeling fuller and lasting for a longer time without feeling hungry during the day, which for me is great. I also found that using this as a dinner substitute allowed me to lose weight (which was not my intention), get leaner and to sleep better. So overall I find this product really handy. I take it every day, and now I feel weird when I don’t.
Do I recommend it?
Absolutely. This is the only Orgain Product I have tried, so I can’t tell you about all the others, however if they are as good as this one is, I wouldn’t see a problem in adding them to my daily rutine. The thing is that in Costco I only find this product and a new vanilla flavor, and since Costco is pretty close to where I live, (3 minute car drive) I haven’t tried to buy anything else from this brand online.
Here is a link to where you may find them.
If you are not looking for a muscle growth protein shake, but want to get good organic nutrition, then this is a great product for you. You can read what other customers are saying at Amazon.com about it and you’ll find that the most complaints are about taste, which as I stated earlier, you can improve by adding regular milk, a bannana and cinnamon or honey, and if you are vegan and don’t want to use regular milk then rice milk gave me the best taste, however you may need to add a little more powder or bannanas.
If you find this information useful or if you have any questions, don’t hasitate to leave me a comment. I’d love to talk to you!