Sunday, September 27, 2015

Urban Remedy Product Review

I don't believe in juice cleanses. I need and love food so I'm not giving it up for anybody. I did feel like my body could benefit from a reset after a couple of weeks of traveling and eating out in early August. I had heard of Urban Remedy before and decided to look into their products. Urban Remedy is an organic health food company with an array of raw, ready to eat snacks, meals, and juices.

Their cleanses are pretty expensive. I didn't like the idea of spending north of 180 dollars for only 3 days worth of food, but I really wanted to try some of their meals. Fortunately, you can buy their products individually. I decided to go that route and created a custom reset meal plan.



Drinks/ Meal Replacement Shakes


Chai
This was my favorite drink. It was sweet but not overly so with a nice hint of cinnamon.



PB&J
A close second for my favorite drink was the PB&J. It's not actually peanut butter (I wouldn't have ordered it if it was because I hate peanut butter). It was almond butter, with almond milk, and strawberries. Out of all of the drinks I ordered this was the heartiest.



Matcha Tea Au Lait
This was my first matcha tea experience and all in all it wasn't bad. I knew that matcha had an "interesting" taste before I tried it so in some ways I knew what to expect. The almond milk lent a sweetness to what would have otherwise been a slightly more savory drink. It's one of those drinks that I could probably like even more after getting used to the taste. I would certainly drink it over Chocolate banana or Nourish. 

Cacao Almond Milk
Any chocolate milk lovers, this one is for you. This tasted just like chocolate milk. I quite enjoyed it.

Chocolate Banana
This was my least favorite drink. I found it to be hard to finish with a somewhat bitter aftertaste (possibly due to the cacao, but it didn't bother me in the cacao almond milk).

Nourish
Based on the ingredients this should have been one of my favorites, but it was a huge letdown. I found it to be pretty bland with an odd aftertaste. 

Snacks/Dessert



Carrot Curry crackers
I really enjoyed these crackers. It's an interesting combo but I liked it. I definitely sensed both the carrot and curry flavors.  The crackers aren't the texture of your typical crackers but that didn't bother me at all. 

No bake oatmeal cookies
These were pretty good. The texture is quite reminiscent of an oatmeal cookie, slightly chewy with some crunch to them. They weren't amazing though so I probably wouldn't order them again.

Banana brittle
I loved the banana brittle! It was my favorite snack out of the bunch. Sweet enough to satisfy sweet cravings, with a delicate, crispy texture that would make it a great topping for frozen or Greek yogurt. 



Raw chocolate mousse
This wasn't overly sweet but it also wasn't bitter which I was expecting. The mousse was pretty dense which made it quite filling and satisfying. This would be a great choice to fulfill a sweet craving without having to hit up the bakery section at Publix.

Meals
Fettucine with pesto
This was one of my favorite meals. Very hearty and filling and the pesto tasted like regular pesto not a pesto imitator. They used zucchini ribbons instead of pasta which significantly lowered the calorie count. The whole meal clocks in at 330 calories.

Veggie pad thai
This came with a coconut and almond butter dressing that was divine. As the name suggests, this was packed to the brim with veggies. This was one dish that I'd love to recreate. 

Mediterranean collard wrap
Based on the ingredients I expected to love this one, but it was good not great. The flavors didn't pack a big punch for me. I wouldn't order it again.

Thai collard wrap
This was unremarkable for me. It wasn't good or bad; squarely middle of the road.

Zen salad
This was another low-key favorite. The flavors are simple but as I took more bites I really began to appreciate all of the flavors working together. It also had a nice crunch to it and I find I need my salads to have some crunch. 

Spring rolls
These were pretty tiny and I thought the rolls themselves tasted okay. They do come with a ginger dipping sauce that had a great kick to it. You get a much better bang for your buck with the fettucine or pad thai dishes

What I Would Order Again
Fettucine with pesto
Veggie pad thai
Zen salad
Carrot Curry crackers
PB&J

What I Would Avoid
Chocolate Banana
Nourish
Generally, the wraps. They're pretty tiny so you get less bang for your buck. While the names and ingredients sounded amazing, the taste was a let down.

The Pros
Customizable; buy products individually
You get to choose when you want to receive your product and this doesn't cost extra as long as you meet the shipping minimum ($75).

The Cons
If you don't reach their $75 minimum then shipping is extremely expensive (read $49). They do pack it with dry ice and let you choose your shipping date.
While the nutrition info is on the individual product pages on their website, it would be nice if all of their products contained nutrition information on the actual packaging. Some products did but some did not.

So there you have it. And no this post is not sponsored. I wasn't sent any of these products for free or at a discounted price. I just wanted to share this information in the hopes that anyone considering Urban Remedywould find them useful. The reset definitely helped me feel refreshed. 

Have you heard of Urban Remedy? Tried any of their products? Which ones are your favorites?