A Closer Look at Bolthouse Farms Juices

A Closer Look at Bolthouse Farms JuicesYesterday I took a look at Bolthouse Farms smoothies to break down each flavor based on a few factors, such as calories, sugar content, fiber, protein, etc. Today I’m going to do the same thing, but with some of the Bolthouse Farms juices. While I personally haven’t tried any of the Bolthouse Farms juices, I was curious to see how they stacked up to the smoothies from a health standpoint.

Just like the smoothies, the serving size for all the Bolthouse Farms juices is 8 fl. oz. which is 240ml. In terms of calories, the Bolthouse juices with the least calories for an 8 fl. oz. serving are the Mango Coconut Splash with 60 calories, 100% Carrot and Organic Carrot with 70, and Daily Greens with 90 calories. Acai Pomegranate and Passion Orange Guava have the most calories per serving at 170, with the rest falling somewhere in the middle.

Interestingly, some of the Bolthouse Farms Juices are sweetened, either with cane sugar or with stevia, while others are not. The Bolthouse Farms juices with the least amount of sugar are 100% Carrot, Organic Carrot, and Mango Coconut Splash with only 13g of sugar each, with the Mango Coconut Splash being the only of the three that’s sweetened with stevia. Acai Pomegranate has the most with 37g of sugar, next is Passion Orange Guava with 33g, and Mango Lemonade trails behind those with 32g of sugar, though Mango Lemonade contains cane sugar as its second ingredient with water being the first.

Taking a look at dietary fiber now, Tropical + Carrot has the most with 5g of fiber per serving with Acai + 10 Superblend, Super Greens, and Mango Ginger + Coconut close behind with 3g of fiber per serving. The rest of the Bolthouse Farms juices have little to no fiber. Similarly, none of the juices are packed with protein, with Orange + Carrot and Organic Carrot containing the most fiber with just 2g per serving.

As I said at the top of this post, I haven’t tried any of these Bolthouse Farms juices before, so I can’t comment on the taste of any of them. What I can say is that the Mango Coconut Splash has definitely piqued my interest. It sounds like it could be good drink to have post-workout, made from mostly water, coconut water, and sweetened with stevia.

What is Stevia?

What is Stevia?Stevia seems to be all over the place lately. It’s mentioned on commercials, touted as being an ingredient in organic and natural sodas and drinks, and you can even buy it in a bag. Clearly it’s a substitute for sugar, but what exactly is stevia, and is stevia healthy compared to other no-calorie sweeteners like aspartame?

Stevia is part of the sunflower family, actually. Grown in North and South America, it’s a green leafy plant also known as sweetleaf or sugarleaf. While it may seem like the latest fad in low-calorie and healthy-conscious food products, it’s actually been around for centuries. In Japan for instance, it’s been available on store shelves for decades. In North America however, it’s only recently gained in popularity.

Stevia glycosides are what makes the stevia plant sweet, so sweet in fact they can be anywhere from 40 up to 300 times sweeter than traditional sugar. But unlike sugar, they don’t affect the blood glucose level, and contain virtually no calories at all. As such, stevia is a very attractive alternative to refined sugar and artificial sweeteners for those who suffer from diabetes but want a healthier, natural, non-chemical way to sweeten their foods and drinks.

When shopping for stevia, ideally you’ll want to look for something that’s organic and all-natural. Truvia—the second most popular no-calorie sweetener in the United States—would appear to be a healthy choice, but it’s not. Developed by Coca-Cola (that’s a red flag right there!) the process of making Truvia includes steps that utilize a variety of chemicals like methanol, ethanol, and isopropanol. Don’t be fooled by the slick marketing. Stevia can be a healthy alternative to sugar, but look for a product that is both natural and organic.

New and Improved Onnit T+ Recipe

New and Improved Onnit T+ RecipeI got an email from Onnit the other day saying that the T+ testosterone booster supplement is now back in stock. Some people found it to be a little too sweet for their tastes, and it sounds like Onnit has listened to them. A new recipe is used and it now has an improved taste. I can’t comment on this as I haven’t tried the new and improved T+ but when I get my hands on some, I’ll post a review. If you haven’t yet tried it out, or if your current supply is running low, you can head over to the Onnit website and order some up.

Onnit has also created some bundle packs for those of you who like saving money. The Muscle Builder pack includes T+ and the Hemp Force protein powder at nearly $15 off. The 30 Days to Six Pack bundle has Bullet Proof Upgraded coffee, Bulletproof MCT Oil, two jars of Shroom Tech Sport, and T+ at a savings of nearly $30. There’s also a new non-T+ bundle called Powerful Pantry, which saves you $10 and includes a box of Tanka bars, a bottle of stevia sweetener, a jar of pink Himalayan salt, and a jar each of the new Walnut Almond Cashew butter and the Macadamia Cacao Cherry butter.

How to Make Your Own Onnit Hemp Force Protein Powder

How to Make Your Own Onnit Hemp Force Protein PowderOne of the cool things I originally liked about Onnit when I first heard about the company on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast was how it provides a list of ingredients for many (all?) of its products on its website. That way, as Joe would say, if you wanted to make your own at home, you could. I can say now that I think they do this knowing that there’s no way you’ll be able to replicate their products 100%.

What I set out to accomplish was to make my own Hemp Force protein powder. As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, I found a local source for maca root powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, and stevia. I then purchased some Manitoba Harvest hemp protein powder since hemp powder wasn’t available in bulk form. Finally, some vanilla extract completed the ingredients list. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any vanilla extract powder either, so the liquid variety would have to suffice.

Over the course of the next five days I concocted two shakes per day trying to replicate the undeniably delicious Onnit Hemp Force recipe. Some of my shakes were overpoweringly sweet, no doubt due to using too much stevia. Others had too much vanilla or cocoa taste, thanks to too much of those ingredients, obviously. Some simply just didn’t offer much in the taste department, likely because I was being too modest with the cocoa, stevia, and vanilla. This proved to be much more difficult than I had anticipated.

In the end, what I learned is that I couldn’t replicate Onnit Hemp Force protein powder. While I did have a list of all the ingredients, I didn’t know what ratio to use them in. Ultimately, it was cheaper to just spend the money on buying the real thing rather than trying unsuccessfully to make my own. It’s also easier, cuts down on prep time, and you have the peace of mind knowing exactly what you’re getting. If you managed to breakdown the Hemp Force recipe, please comment with the ratios because I’d love to try it!