Forager Project was introduced to me by a walk past the dairy-free section of my local health food store. It was a new “yogurt” brand that I had not seen before. It is always exciting to find new brands of health foods (most of all vegan). But being a cautious person by nature, I most always research a company before buying a product. I was surprised to find not only the yogurt (known as cashewgurt), but also multiple other snacks and liquids as well!
Reading up on Forager’s principles, I was fond on how short, and direct they were. No fancy phraseology, or quirky lingo leaving the reading perplexed on the transparency of the words written. No, they are simple sentences pointed and precise.
“Organic is best. Taste is the ultimate judge. Less sugar is better. A plant based diet of nuts, seeds, ancient grains & vegetables is key. Ingredients rule. How we make food matters. Be as simple as possible. Embrace innovation. Be humble, grateful, respectful, driven, passionate, curious & honest. Reduce waste. Honor nature. Human impact on the planet is not sustainable.” – Forager Project
But I still always stress the, “Why?” Why organic? Why plant-based? Are they doing it for the sake of a trend? For the purpose of preying on new “foodies” who don’t know quality to price bracket? Again Forager had me covered.
Why Organic? “Better for the planet. Forager believes in honoring nature, so our products are always organic, minimally processed and borne from the earth, as food should be. No pesticides, chemicals, or GMOs in our products!” – Forager Project
Why Plant-Based? “Eating plant-based is the healthiest diet and an easy way to prevent common diseases and extend your life. It takes 1,850 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef, while vegetables take only 39 gallons per pound (A Plant-based diet significantly lowers carbon emissions and energy use, and promotes a sustainable farmland.) Forager is committed to making the best food for you and the planet.” – Forager Project
Forager’s Manifesto includes: Cashewgurt, Dariy-free Milk, Drinkable Cashewgurt, Smoothies, Shakes, Juice, and Pressed Vegetable Chips. In this review I am covering some of the flavors of: Probiotic Smoothies, Cashewgurt, and Pressed Vegetable Chips.
Side note: When my package arrived, it actually had two broken cashewgurts. 🙁 Luckily they were duplicates. I wonder if Forager could find a better avenue of packaging..?
- Strawberry & Banana: My father decided to dig into this smoothie right away! He described it as, “Sweet and fruity. It was smooth without any aftertaste or texture irregularities.” Thanks Dad!
- Nuts & Vanilla: I was expecting a thicker texture from this one. What I was greeted with was a (sort of bland) almond milk with a touch of sweetness. But given the fact that it is technically classified as “Dairy-free Nutmilk Shake”, I think that was the profile they wanted.
- Banana & Date: I absolutely loved this one! Flavor was sweet, but a bit of tang from the banana. And the texture was smooth and thick! Almost like a milkshake. I fell head over heals for this one.
- Strawberry: When you open the lid to this container, you know you are getting strawberry. It was a vibrant color followed by the sweet tangy aftertaste of strawberries. There was also a little nutty taste, but not as noticeable as a coconut yogurt.
- Unsweetened Plain: I was planning on using this in a quick bread or muffins, but they were gone before I got a chance to use them! Unlike regular plain yogurt, this did not have a bitter note to the creamy mixture. It was delightfully subdued.
- Wild Blueberry: The wild blueberry favor was immaculate. It was sweet, yet brought that beautiful berry profile to every bite. Not to sweet, but not to tangy either, Just the right balance.
- Lemon: Oh my! The scent from this cashewgurt alone was enough to make me start salivating. So tangy with a hint of sour was wonderful. Almost like a lemon cream pie. Delicious.
Pressed Vegetable Chips:
- Chipotle: As you all know, I am not a big bbq/chipotle flavor person. And these chips were (if you enjoy those favors) fabulous. They hit the nail on the head with smoky to tangy ratio.
- Wasabi: I was skeptical about these chips. I have a pretty high heat tolerance and find most “hot” foods don’t quench my thirst. But these packed a surprising punch. Like a good wasabi it was there and gone within a flash.
- Cheezy: Who doesn’t love that nutritional yeast cheesy flavor? I get addicted to it. Great crunch, and I was licking that cheesy powered goodness off my fingers like a child. I am unashamed.
I was very impressed my the innovation and creativity of the products I was presented with. The packaging and nutritional information was exceptional, flavors were as described, and textures were “like normal.” I would recommend any of these items for the newly changed vegan, or person just trying to get healthier. Nothing beats whole foods, but these come close. Check out Forager Project for more exciting flavors and products. Thanks for reading!