I was recently asked to review Aloic Organic Aloe Vera Drink and I was more than happy to oblige! Aloic is a play on the combination of the words “Aloe” and “Organic” which I thought was super catchy. The company’s mission is “to create superior beverages that taste like sea breeze and sunshine” so how can you not get behind that?!
So what is Aloe Vera?
According to Aloic’s website, “Aloe vera is a herb belonging to the lily family. It looks like a spiky cactus, and it grows in hot, dry climates. Although aloe is mostly water, aloe gel also contains substances known as glycoproteins and polysaccharides. Glycoproteins speed the healing process by stopping pain and inflammation, while polysaccharides stimulate skin growth and repair. These substances may also stimulate the immune system. Aloe vera also contains 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids, and amino acids.”
Now I have always been one to put aloe vera on my skin after spending too much time in the sun, but I never considered the option of DRINKING the stuff to reduce the inflammation of your muscles/organs too! These samples could not have come at a better time, because my body is still recovering from surgery and it still a bit inflamed not to mention all the gross colds/flu that has been circulating my college’s campus.
How does it Taste?
Obviously since I write about food most of the time this was a very important factor to me! It tasted great! It was cool and refreshing, not too sweet, but just perfect. I really liked the fact that there was pulp in the aloe drink and the textured resembled one of those Chia Kombucha drinks with some SLIGHT grape flavor. I am stressing this SLIGHT grape flavor because normally grape-flavored things disgust me, but in Aloic’s case, you could just barely pick up the grape flavor which is ideal in my opinion. The drink went down SUPER easy and the little bits of aloe pulp felt so great on my scratchy throat.
Rather than just downing the bottles of deliciousness (which I totally did), I also wanted to incorporate my aloe vera drink into a green monster smoothie. I mean you get a serving of fruit + vegetable + carb + protein, not to mention a TON of important vitamins and minerals all combined in one glass of green, so why not?
Aloe Vera Green Monster
1 frozen banana
1 cup packed spinach
1 cup Aloic Aloe Vera Drink
2 tablespoons protein powder
Throw everything in the blender and blend away!!! This thing took refreshing to a whole other level.
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera
shown to have significant antioxidant activity
boosts you immune system
lowers triglyceride levels
Note: Epicurex provided me with samples, but I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.