REVIEW: Garufood Black Sesame Whole Food Shake

Garufood Review | Plant Based Toronto

Garufood is a whole-food, plant-based shake which was waiting for me upon returning home from a trip to Nova Scotia. 

A blessing when your fridge and cupboards are empty after a week of travel.

The first thing that struck me was the packaging, which is modern, sleek and has a matt finish.

Garufood Review | Plant Based Toronto

This was the 30g single serving of Black Sesame. Their first flavor to market. 

I gave these a test drive for two weeks every couple days in the mornings after the gym.

On an average day I fast until 10 am, have something light to eat, then I have a larger meal for lunch where I load up on healthy carbs and greens.   

So these were perfect for that 10 am meal and it had a smooth (not chalky) texture plus a nutty flavor caused by the black sesame which I really enjoy.  

I tried them on their own with water, then on their own with a plant-based milk.

While I liked it on its own without any extras, I’m also obsessed with peanut butter and banana, so I started tossing it all in my bullet. 

1 Package Garu Black Sesame

1 Cup of Plant-Based Milk or Water

1 TBSP Peanut Butter

½ Banana

What I appreciate most about Garu is that it is not a supplement or an isolate, it is a whole-food, plant-based shake that is quite literally, powdered food.

It has some interesting ingredients as well! Such as black mouse eye bean and sea asparagus.

Don’t get to say that too often.

I had to know more.

I caught up with the founders of Garufood Stephen and Kris to find out more about their product!

Hello Kris! So what makes Garu different from other powdered nutritional shakes?

We focus on quality over quantity and believe nutrition from whole-food is best. Garu is food, not a supplement.

Not only that, it’s a balanced nutrition with all essential amino acids, complex carbohydrates and healthy fat like omega 3 and 6, it also contains phytonutrients, fibre, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron etc as a result.

Per 30g serving

130 calories
8 grams of complete protein with all essential amino acids
16 grams of carbohydrate
4.5 grams of healthy fat (omega 3 & 6)
100% sprouted seeds and greens
15% DV of fibre
10% DV of iron
20+ vitamins and minerals
Free of: dairy, soy, preservatives, artificial flavours, preservatives, gluten, GMO, added sugar or stevia

 

Tell us more about the black mouse eye bean. I don’t believe I’ve heard of it before.

Black mouse eye bean is from Korea and is also the ingredient which makes it possible for Garu to contain such a high protein content for a 30g pack.

Black Mouse Eye Bean Nutrition Facts(Per 100g)

Carbohydrates 32.30g
Fibres 17.10g
Protein 34.70g
Lipid 15.90g
Ca 143mg
Phosphorus 516mg
Iron 8.60mg
Zinc 2.70mg
Sodium 5mg
Potassium 1237mg
Vit B1 0.32mg
Vit B2 0.24mg
Vit B3 2.20mg
Vit B6 0.54mg
Vit E 0.83mg

I see sustainability is something you take seriously. How did you incorporate sustainability into your farming and manufacturing processes?

We believe sustainable nutrition includes every process from farming to manufacturing to consumption, in one cycle. All the ingredients in Garu Black are contract cultivated from small farms that practice sustainable farming.

All our ingredients are certified origin, minimizing the eco-footprint as much as possible. Our simple process of soaking, sprouting, steaming, roasting and drying use only heat and water, no chemical processing involved.

Our main protein sources are pulses that are the most sustainable protein on earth. Pulses are not only using less water and producing less Co2 than animal protein but also they put nitrogen back into soils and improve soil quality!

Where can people get your products in Toronto?

We are in the process of retail launch in Toronto and hopefully, we can announce retailers soon. Currently, you can buy Garu Black online at garufood.com

Ok, thanks for the info!

So there you have it, the story of Garu.

I’ve tried it and it’s a tasty little product, with a sustainable, and healthy vision which I support.

I like their whole-food approach and I’m looking forward to trying new products from them once they’re available!

See you at the next meal.

Plant Based Benoit
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