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Taste Test: Aloha Greens and Protein

Aloha products, protein powders and greens

Aloha offers a variety of plant-based proteins, greens and more.

I’ve always enjoyed having a healthy protein-based smoothie for breakfast. And since being hit by a car in February, my need for easy-to-eat foods that are healthy and nourishing has only increased. Along comes ALOHA, founded in January of 2014 by Constantin Bisanz. Along with his team, Bisanz creates real food products made from simple, pure, sustainably-sourced ingredients, offering accessible solutions for everyone to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

According to the information provided me, his inspiration for founding ALOHA came from studying Ayuryedic medicine in India — a holistic approach to health and wellness centered on the balance of mind, body and spirit — combined with his belief that nutrition is the foundation to overall wellness.

I’ve heard of ALOHA before, but have never tried their products. So, when I was offered a sampling of their products in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at the chance. I was supplied with four of their offerings: Protein powder in chocolate and vanilla, and Daily Greens in original and chocolate. Below I’ve provided my tasting notes and recommendations.

Taste Test Key:

Very Bad – 1 | Bad – 2 | Neutral – 3 | Good – 4 | Very Good – 5

Aloha Daily Greens, Original

Aloha Daily Greens, OriginalI was given three packets of ALOHA Daily Good Greens Food Powder, Original Flavor, to try. I tried mixing it in just water, one of my Slimfast Advanced Strawberry shakes and mixed with ALOHA’s chocolate protein and unsweetened almond milk. In all three taste tests, the greens were not overpowering. They tasted like greens, but not in an unpleasant way.

Overall taste score: 3

Aloha Daily Greens, Chocolate

Aloha Daily Greens, ChocolateI was given two packets of ALOHA Daily Good Greens Whole Food Powder, Chocolate to try. As with the original flavor, I first tried it with water only. It tasted like chocolate-flavored water. No greens taste, per se. Then I tried it mixed with ALOHA’s chocolate protein and unsweetened almond milk. The two together gave it a deep chocolate flavor.

Overall taste score: 4

Aloha Plant-Based Protein – Vanilla

Aloha Vanilla ProteinI was given two packets of Aloha Organic Plant Based Protein Vanilla to try. I tried the first with just water and the second with unsweetened almondmilk. Both had a light vanilla flavor, reminiscent of lecithin I had as a child. They both had a slightly grainy or powdery texture, as well.

Overall taste score: 4

Aloha Plant-Based Protein – Chocolate

Aloha Chocolate ProteinI was given four packets of Aloha Organic Plant Based Protein Chocolate to try. I mixed the first with water only, the second with Slimfast Advanced Chocolate, the third with unsweetened almond mils and the chocolate daily greens, and the fourth with unsweetened almond milk and original daily greens.

When mixed with just water, it tasted like chocolate water and did not satisfy my huger for more than two hours. It pumped up the chocolate factor of the Slimfast shake. When mixed with the chocolate daily greens and almond milk, it made a great dark chocolate shake. And when mixed with original greens and almond milk, it was drinkable.

Each mixture rated anywhere from a 3 to a 5, with an overall score of 4.

Overall Comments on Aloha Products

When mixed with water, all the products were drinkable. None of them tasted bad. When mixed with a flavored shake, the proteins did not detract from the flavor. When mixed with one cup almond milk, the resulting shake was too thick, so you’ll need to mix it with at least 1.5 cups.

I really liked the proteins. They were versatile and highly usable. The greens were OK. I liked the chocolate more than the original, but I still like the greens I’ve been getting from another source better.

In my opinion, if you’re looking for a great-tasting, plant based protein, Aloha is the best I’ve tasted. They are just as tasty as the whey and soy-based proteins I’ve used before.

Who are Aloha products suitable for?

People looking for a tasty, plant-based protein to supplement their diet. If you are trying to avoid soy, Aloha is an excellent option for it is made from hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and peas. They are non-DMO, vegan and free of soy, dairy and gluten. The products contain nothing artificial.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.

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