Product Review: Herbaland Vegan Protein Gummies

Product Review: Herbaland Vegan Protein Gummies

I really, really struggle with getting enough protein in on a daily basis. For the amount that I am active, I have to make sure that my body is getting enough of the right food and without the help of protein filled drinks or other supplements with added protein, I’d find it really difficult.

Enter Herbaland’s Vegan Protein Gummies. When I first heard about these it was from an Instagram story raving about how awesome they were. I figured I should check them out! Here’s the lowdown on these little guys:

  • Made with a plant-based protein + fair trade ingredients
  • All-natural, non-GMO
  • Low-sugar
  • CGMP certified vegan formula
  • 28g fiber, 10g protein, and 1g of sugar per serving
  • Soy, fat, dairy, and nut-free
  • Comes in 5 flavours (Fantastic Fruit, Wildberry, Papaya Paradise, Banana, and Kiwi and Friends)

You can purchase them in a case of 12 for $40 or individually at $3.50 per package (so, a slight discount if you by them by the case) – this doesn’t account for shipping fees. I ordered directly from Herbaland’s website, but you can also buy them on Amazon, where they do free same-day shipping if you have Amazon Prime (wish I knew this when I first got mine).

What are my thoughts? 

I was pretty surprised that these gummies actually tasted good – I wasn’t expecting much! Most things that have added protein taste like … well, protein. But these ones taste fruity and pretty delicious (I bought the Fantastic Fruit case).

The only downside of the gummies is the texture. They’re not chewing but more of a stiff, hard consistency. They kind of go from a sold to feeling a bit powdery as you eat them, which is a bit weird.

The serving size is quite hefty as well – I used them as a pre-workout snack but ended up eating only half the package. So, I would say for what you pay, you’re getting your money’s worth!

Overall, would I buy these again? Maybe. The texture throws me off a bit, but in comparison to other protein snacks I’ve tried, these are definitely my favourite. Would I try other Herbaland products? Absolutely.

Have you guys tried these or any other protein gummies? Let me know if you have other recommendations I should try!

 

Are “Fast Food” Smoothies Worth It?!

I have to admit – I was a big, self-proclaimed Booster Juice advocate. For about six months I would get them almost every morning before work and felt good that I was having something in the morning (I’ve never been a big fan of breakfast) after the gym and it was a bonus that it was seemingly healthy.

Then one day someone at my company made a comment about my bad (and expensive, $9 a day) habit. He commented on how “bad” Booster Juice was for me because it’s “almost pure sugar”. I had never thought about it before! I figured because I was adding protein powder and it was advertised as a “health drink” that there was no way I could go wrong. How naive, huh?

Well, after doing some research (which is really easy now that companies have to advertise nutritional content), I learned that “fast food” smoothie options from restaurants claiming to be for the health conscious, are really not that good for you.

Here, I compared four popular brands of strawberry banana smoothies (of two different sizes). Check ’em out:

 

My biggest issue with these smoothies is the sugar content. Booster Juice came out being the highest in sugar. Yes, I know that fruits have natural sugars, but Booster Juice also uses fruit juices, which could have added sugar, and they use frozen yogurt as well (another ingredient high in sugar). 64g of sugar is a lot in a drink of that size. The amount of sugar you should have every day depends on the person (I’ll do a separate post on this later) but it’s about 25g of sugar. AKA, 2.5 times your daily sugar intake recommendation in that one delicious serving of Booster Juice.

With the average recommended caloric intake of 2,000 – 2,500 calories (for women and men), some of these smoothies can also eat up to almost a quarter of your calories for the day.

There are lots of healthy smoothie options that you can make at home that are definitely better than the “fast food option”. My recommendation is using real, fresh or frozen fruit, unsweetened almond milk, and protein – cut out as much unnecessary sugar as possible to keep it healthy.

*Note: I am not a nutritionist. Everything I speak to I researched on the internet at the various company websites and here and here