Review: Teeccino

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After recently quitting caffeine, I had a void to fill in my morning routine where my coffee used to be. While the caffeine boost was part of the reason I drank coffee, I also liked the morning ritual. Even though I enjoy herbal teas, I wanted something with a fuller, more robust flavor. In looking for an alternative to coffee, I discovered Teeccino.

Teeccino is a blend of herbs, fruits, grains and nuts that are roasted and ground to brew and taste like coffee (more here).

I ordered a sampler pack of their coffee ground form and tea bags of the French Roast and Hazelnut flavors.

So far I have tried the Almond Amaretto, Chai, French Roast and Hazelnut flavors. I enjoyed all of them, but the French Roast is my favorite and so far is the one I plan on having as my everyday coffee.

The coffee grounds were able to brew just like coffee, although I would recommend having your coffee pot drip as slowly as possible to get a richer flavor.

When it comes to the tea bags, make sure it sits for a couple of minutes before adding in your milk/plant milks. I tried adding coconut milk to it right away, and the flavor didn’t end up as strong that time.

Overall, I would recommend this product to anyone looking to cut back or cut out coffee, or people who just want to try a new interesting warm beverage.

You can buy it online at Teeccino’s website, Amazon, health food stores and some regular grocery stores.

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Review: Vega Protein & Greens Powder (Vanilla)

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Recently I tried out Vega’s protein powder out of curiosity. Normally, I stick to whole foods and get my protein from beans, nuts and seeds. While it is relatively easy to meet protein recommendations on a vegan diet, protein powders are a convenient way to give your protein a boost if you are looking to do that.

What I Like About Vega Protein & Greens:

  • Gluten-free, soy-free and vegan. This makes Vega a good option for people with allergies as well as vegans.
  • Decent percentage of calories from protein. 72% of calories come from protein.
  • Contains 2 servings of greens.
  • Good source of calcium and iron.

What could be better:

  • I thought there was way too much stevia in this. I would have preferred much less or none at all. The sweetness part may be because I blended it with a banana.
  • I would prefer if Vega listed all of the micronutrients. While it says it contains 2 servings of Vega’s greens blend, it doesn’t list all the micronutrients on the nutrition label. I also didn’t see any products on Vega’s site selling just greens, so I couldn’t figure out the micronutrients from that either.

Overall, I think this is a good option for anyone looking to boost their protein intake in a convenient way. This is especially good for vegans and people allergic to ingredients in other protein powders, like dairy and soy.

Vega’s website