Rootz Nutrition's Protein Superfood and Energizing Superfood rated on ingredient profile, taste, and effectiveness.
Rootz Nutrition, a rapidly growing paleo supplement brand reached out to me about becoming an ambassador for the brand. The company's founder, Jack Borenstein, was great enough to send me some samples before I agreed to sign on with the brand.
I received two samples of the protein superfood supplement and two of the energizing superfood supplement. Rootz currently only has those two products, and has one flavor in each: chocolate banana nut for the protein and raspberry lemonade for the energizer.
I used all four samples. First, I took the energizer about 30 minutes before a leg workout and used the protein as a recovery drink. The next day, I drank the energizer in place of coffee and used the protein as a replacement for a snack. I wanted to test the effectiveness of each product in different scenarios.
Both Rootz products exceeded my expectations in the ingredient profile and effectiveness categories. However, I'm disappointed to say that the flavor profile didn't work for me. Keep reading for an in-depth review of each product.
Rootz Nutrition Protein Superfood
Ingredient profile: This product contains several different ingredient blends. There's a protein blend with Egg White Protein, Sacha Inchi Protein and Hemp Protein; an electrolyte blend with coconut and banana; a superfood blend with Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Maca Root, Bee Pollen, Acai, Goji Berries, Blueberries and royal jelly; and a greens blend with Spirulina, Chlorella, Kale, Spinach, Broccoli. The only other ingredients are Natural Chocolate Extract, Natural Vanilla Extract, Stevia Leaf, Cinnamon, Natural Sea Salt. So the ingredient profile is clean as can be, and this product truly does comply with paleo guidelines.
Effectiveness: I haven't taken any protein supplements in a long time (at least six months). It's hard to judge the effectiveness of a protein powder without taking it consistently for at least a few weeks, so I don't feel I can offer a fair score in this category for the protein superfood. However, when I drank it as a snack replacement, it did keep me fuller than a typical whey protein shake would. I suspect that's the plant-based proteins working their magic.
Taste: To be fair, the actual taste of the protein superfood wasn't that bad. It's the texture. It definitely tastes like chocolate banana nut, but the shake is so grainy that it's impossible to focus on anything other than that. I found myself taking big gulps to drink it quickly, and there were a lot of particles left in the bottom of my shaker when I finished.
Rootz Nutrition Energizing Superfood
Ingredient profile: Another impressive, natural, nutrient-packed product. The energizing superfood has a spectacular ingredient profile, and it's totally paleo and vegan. It has an energy and strength blend with Yerba Mate Extract, Guarana, Tongkat Ali Root, Rhodiola, Schizandra Berry, Asian Ginseng, and Ginkgo Biloba; a metabolism stimulation blend with Raspberry, Lemon, Matcha Green Tea, and Yohimbe Bark; a vascularity and anti-inflammation blend with Beetroot, Turmeric, Ginger, Devils Claw, and Cinnamon; and a superfood blend with Goji Berry, Blueberry, Acai, Maca Root, Bee Pollen, and Royal Jelly. The only other ingredients are stevia and vanilla extract.
Effectiveness: Ten out of ten, hands down. I never take preworkout, so I may be a biased sample, but this product got me fired up before my leg workout. I'd already spend seven and a half hours at work, had a half-hour left, and was about to go straight into a heavy 90-minute workout. Evidently, I drank it at the right time because it kicked in just as I was changing into my workout clothes. I lifted heavier than I had in a while and felt great the whole time. The energizing superfood also worked wonders when I used it as a replacement to my cup of coffee in the morning. I drink coffee every day and I'm pretty sure I'd die without it. This Rootz product gave me all the energy I needed and more to power through a full day of writing and working.
Taste: Again, I was disappointed. I was so stoked about this product, but my excitement fell flat when I realized it didn't taste like any raspberry lemonade I'd ever had before. To be fair, it's an all-natural, paleo product, but I can normally deal with some of those earthy side effects. The energizing superfood has a very sharp taste to it, rather than the earthy or grassy flavor you usually get with superfood products. I tried mixing it with more water the second go around, because I thought that might help tone it down a bit. However, I was still disappointed with the flavor.
At this point in time, I won't be signing on with Rootz Nutrition as an ambassador. I always tell my readers I only promote products I truly love, and I intend to stay true to that. Rootz has a wonderful mission and purpose, and I genuinely hope they continue to refine their formulas and expand their product lines, because I'd love to try them out again in the future!
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