A few weeks ago I was invited to a really fun dinner and local product tasting event for bloggers. It was hosted at Nuba, one of my fave restaurants here in Vancouver, so I knew I had to go, because if nothing else, I was at least going to get a tasty meal. Of course, the focus of the night wasn’t on the dinner, but on the product – Ra Energy.
Ra Energy is a “unique organic blend of shelled hemp, unhulled sesame and sprouted buckwheat,” (plus flax seeds and chia seeds) that “contains quality carbohydrates to sustain energy throughout the day, complete proteins to build stronger muscle and essential fatty acids to support heart health and give you that Ra Energy glow.” (direct from the product website!)
Basically, it’s a seed mix packaged in a convenient shaker container that you can add to, well, anything and everything – shake some on your soup, salad, yogurt, oatmeal, or even your fast food meal..?! (Their doing, not mine).
It’s marketed as an easy way to boost the nutrition in your meals and snacks, which I don’t disagree with – you’ll definitely get a dose of fibre, omega-3’s, iron, magnesium, and more by adding a 1 tbsp 3 times per day to what you are eating. It won’t necessarily make your burger and fries healthier, but it will give you some extra nutrition.
Ra Energy comes in 3 flavours – original, garlic, and naturally sweet. The naturally sweet version uses monk fruit powder as a sweetener. What’s monk fruit you ask? It’s an Asian fruit that is naturally very sweet, that has recently seen it’s popularity rise as a sugar or sweetener alternative. I guess you could call it the new stevia?
Another interesting thing about Ra Energy is that it is almost completely homegrown. All of the ingredients, except the chia seeds and monk fruit extract are grown here in Canada, and even the plastic shaker containers are made locally here in Metro Vancouver.
While dining on tasty Nuba eats (such as hummus, baba ganoush, chicken skewers, soup, etc), we had an opportunity to chat with the company president Carl Svangtun, and their chef partner Adam Hart (author of The Powder of Food). It was really great talking to them, and seeing the passion they have for their product. It was also awesome to have conversation with my fellow foodie and health bloggers from around Vancouver. Not only did we learn about the product, but we were able to make connections and have some really insightful conversation.
They also mentioned to us that part of their marketing campaign asks people to try the “7 Day Ra Energy Challenge”, which basically involves adding 1 tbsp to each of your 3 meals for 7 days (this is approximately 1 shaker container worth of product). After the 7 days, you may expect to experience better blood sugar control (less highs and lows), better energy, and less food cravings. I do think this really depends on your starting point, because if you are already eating a balanced diet with minimally processed foods, chances are you are going to experience those same things. That being said, I’m game for experimenting myself – what’s the harm in adding a few extra seeds to my diet, really? So I’ve decided to give it a go. I started yesterday with a big ol’ tbsp on my cranberry oatmeal.
I went with the naturally sweetened flavour, and it added a nice crunch to my oats. I can’t say I noticed much of a sweet taste from it, but it definitely works in oatmeal. I also sprinkled some on perogies and green peas that I had for lunch, which was interesting. I think I enjoyed it better on the veggies than the perogies to be honest.
I do know that I probably won’t quite succeed in actually taking it with all 3 meals every day (for example – I went out for dinner at Vij’s last night, and I wasn’t about to sprinkle anything on that amazing Indian cuisine – I just wanted to experience that meal for what it was). But I still think I’ll at least be able to give it a good go, see what foods I enjoy adding it to, and even trying out some of the recipes on their site.
If you are interested in trying out Ra Energy for yourself, you can get it at any of the Overwaitea Food locations (this include Save-On Foods, Urban Fare, Pricesmart, Cooper’s Foods, etc), located in the produce section. And I see if you go to the Ra Energy website, you might even be able to download a coupon 🙂
I’ll let you know how my Ra Energy experiment goes, and please share with me if you have tried it and what you think of it in the comments!
Disclaimer: This product was provided to me free of charge, with no obligation to blog about it. All opinions are, as always, my own.