The popular Garden of Life RAW Meal is marketed as a 100% pure organic raw meal replacement powder which was created for two concurring purposes – to satisfy hunger and provide energy, while also replenishing all of the valuable nutrients you would find in a healthy raw meal.
As with any other powdered formulas, I was initially suspicious of the actual benefits of such a product, mainly because I believe that the core idea behind the raw lifestyle is eating food that is as fresh and unprocessed as possible. However, I have come to believe that Garden of Life Raw Meal is a nutritionally exceptional raw fast food, one that truly caters to the needs of individuals who try to live healthy in today’s hectic world. Preparing your own food from scratch can sometimes be a laborious task, so figuring out a faster and cleaner alternative seems like a logical solution, doesn’t it?
What’s more important is that Garden of Life is a complete food, containing everything your body needs in just the right amounts. The nutritional information list is quite impressive and counts over 25 compounds, including protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, complex sugars for slow energy release, electrolytes and trace elements. Garden of Life is kosher, vegan, gluten, lactose and dairy free; and contains no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, but only the best elements derived from natural sources. The product is produced exclusively from raw, plant-based, uncooked whole foods, which include organic sprouted brown rice, organic fruits and greens, spirulina, high protein chlorella, raw enzyme and probiotic blend, organic raw flax and coconut, and many more.
Since the powder is meant to replace one entire meal, it is an excellent choice at any time of the day. I prefer to eat it for a quick breakfast and gain an extra half hour of sleep. Nonetheless, it makes a great lunch as well, and the container it comes in can easily be taken to the office and stored in drawer. At lunch time, you can quickly whip yourself a healthy meal, fast and easy, and also save a lot of money that you would otherwise spend on unhealthy restaurant food. It can also be eaten at dinner, and since it is rich in fiber and polysaccharides, it provides satiation and keeps hunger locked up until morning. No more late night snacks for me when I have Garden of Life RAW Meal for dinner!
Another advantage of this meal replacement powder that is worth mentioning is that every nutrient is provided to you in exactly the right proportions. We normally do not have such tight control over the nutrients we take in when we consume homemade meals. Each Garden of Life RAW Meal provides you with 33 grams of protein, 14 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of fatty acids, which is a perfect combination for individuals who are concerned about their weight or who are on a diet. Every aspect of this meal is designed to perfectly suit the needs of human nutrition. In the past, I used to jokingly call similar products “space food”, as they keep for a relatively long time and are produced for dietary perfection. However, Garden of Life is more than a nutrient powder – it is an excellent raw vegetable source of all essential amino acids, as well as other substances which may sometimes be lacking in a regular raw diet, such as iron, calcium, and B12. Of course, Garden of Life RAW Meal is only meant to replace one meal of the day, which means that at least 2 of your meals should still consist of fresh organic fruits and vegetables.
On the flip side though, the taste leaves a little something to be desired.