Although you know I believe in eating whole, minimally processed foods, I’m a sucker for convenience and LOVE drinking smoothies. I regularly use vegan protein powders and drink mixes in my fruit and veggie smoothies to up the nutrient intake, especially during marathon and ultra training. I have a few go-to powders I love the taste of (Vega, Everlast and Sunwarrior), but am always up for trying something new and sharing my thoughts about it here on the blog.
Kaeng Raeng is a wellness company based in the U.S. that makes natural supplements and cosmetics. Although they lost points with me by selling “natural detox cleanses” on their site, I was genuinely interested in their line of cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics and their green energy drink mix, which is essentially just a TON of freeze-dried fruit and vegetables plus probiotics. If you weren’t hitting your recommended daily intake of fruit and veggies, one of these blended up in a smoothie or mixed with water would be better than nothing. Just take a look at the nutritional info:
Verdict: I blended up half of my sample into a small smoothie and the other half shaken up in the nifty Blender Bottle they sent me with just water. The smoothie was delicious (1 cup coconut water, 1/2 cup frozen berries, Daily Green Energy drink mix, ice and a touch of vanilla), but the drink mix blended with just water had a strong aftertaste I wasn’t a fan of. I find most green drink mixes have a weird aftertaste unless blended up in a smoothie, so I was disappointed that this mix was no different. The first few sips tasted like blueberries, but I couldn’t get over the other mingling flavours in the aftertaste.
That said, if you’re looking for a convenient way to get your greens in and have $35 to spare for a pack of seven drink mixes, I’d recommend giving it a try.
Disclaimer: Wellness company Kaeng Raeng sent me a sample of their Daily Green Energy drink mix and a nifty Blender Bottle in return for an honest review.