OWYN, Plant-Based Protein A Win For Those With Food Allergies

A couple of months ago I came across an advertisement for OWYN protein products and my interest was piqued.

This company that makes plant-based protein products is taking America by storm.  They’re products are even touted by fitness gurus and sports celebrities such as five-time Olympic medalist Nastia Liukin according to the company’s Facebook page.  Add to that OWYN products have the FARE (Food Allergy Research Education) Proud Supporter label and this sounded like a product and company I needed to get to know.

A husband and wife duo, Kathryn Moos and Jeff Mroz, who are both athletes wanted to make a clean, simple, and delicious protein option that would both feed and nurture the body.  Because of their time and effort to that cause, OWYN was born.

So, who is OWYN?  The company’s acronym stands for Only What You Need and they are dedicated to making plant-based protein drinks, powders, and bars that boast high vegan omega 3, a unique superfood blend, high fiber, and low sugar.

Why should OWYN be something the food allergy community needs to hear about?  In addition to winning the FARE Proud Supporter Label, this husband and wife duo and their children know first hand what it is like to live with food allergies.  Although I always appreciate the efforts of anyone who at least tries to accommodate those with food allergies, I feel that a person who has actually walked that path always brings something special to the table.

The company is rather transparent about testing for the presence of allergens in their products in a statement on their website, “Every lot of finished goods is tested for the presence of Top 8 allergens using accredited 3rd party laboratories. OWYN won’t clear final product for shipment until documentation is received verifying that the finished product contains no cross-contact with any Top 8 allergens.”

If you’re wondering what constitutes the “presence” of an allergen, they address that on their website too.  “Except for gluten, there is no FDA standard for allergen thresholds for any of the Top 8 allergens. OWYN requires all ingredients to contain less than the lowest established detectable amount of the Top 8 Allergens, except for Gluten. The lowest detectable amount varies by allergen, and can be reviewed on our allergen testing chart below. Gluten is required to contain less than the FDA gluten-free standard of 20 parts per million.”

Now that I’ve shared with you a bit about the company and what their stance is on food allergies, let’s talk about the products themselves.  OWYN makes the following products:

  • 100% Plant-Based Protein Drinks:  Dark Chocolate, Cold-Brew Coffee, Smooth Vanilla, and Strawberry Banana
  • 100% Plant-Based Protein Powders:  Smooth Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, and Strawberry Banana
  • 100% Plant-Based Protein Bars:  Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Chip & Cranberry, and Tart Cherry & Lemon

When I inquired about OWYN’s products, they were kind enough to send me free samples of all four protein drink flavors.  In return, I promised to do a product review with my TRUE opinion.  I received no monetary compensation for writing this review.

In the spirit of honesty, I didn’t get to taste all the flavors because my son who has food allergies and runs high school cross country (and needs a ton of protein) pilfered them before I had a chance.  So the review you’re reading is a combination of my own and his.

At first we were a little surprised that the drink had a thinner consistency that what you usually think of when it comes to a protein drink.  That said, the amount of flavor in each sip is robust and not thin at all. Although we really liked all the flavors, the Strawberry Banana drink was my son’s favorite…and that would be the one flavor I did not get to taste.  Go figure. 

Of the other three, my favorite was Dark Chocolate, then Smooth Vanilla, and then Cold-Brew Coffee.

Especially for my son who is an athlete, fast access to a safe, healthy, and tasty protein source that is also portable isa HUGE win!  The drink itself is quite filling with close to twenty grams of protein which can be great for muscle recovery after a difficult workout.

Bottom line:  I do believe this is a product we will be using again in our household…especially during my son’s cross country and track seasons.  Even though I am far from being an athlete, I enjoyed the drinks as well and think they are absolutely perfect for a working woman or busy mom that is constantly on the go.

Now, here’s the really exciting part!  The folks at OWYN were kind enough to give you, my reader, a special discount code of FLAVORS20 which will get you 20% off of orders $25 or more when you order online here.  Thank you, OWYN!

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A Few Of Our Favorite Things

Every December, we rush about buying presents for loved ones and friends in anticipation of seeing their eyes sparkle with joy when they open our gift.  But the older I get the more I realize that the very best presents, Christmas or any other kind, aren’t those that cost the most, but those that require a great deal of thought and sentiment.

In my family, food allergies have been a part of our world for almost fourteen years so we are always on the look out for things that can make that journey safe and fun.  So as the Christmas shopping season gets into full swing, I thought we’d share a few of our favorite food allergy related things in hopes that they might also bless you or someone you know too.  Enjoy!

A Few Of Our Favorite Things

  1.  Izzi B’s:  This allergy conscious company makes THE most delicious holiday treats.  My family is especially partial to their fabulous gingerbread house kit and gingerbread cookies.   Mmmmmm!  Be sure to put your order in soon to allow time for delivery.
  2. Hersheyettes:  These chocolate goodies are one of our holiday favorites around here and make a fabulous substitution for m&m cookies.  I’ve found these at Target, Kroger, H-E-B, Amazon, and Walmart.  These are also great stocking stuffers!  Warning:  These usually disappear fast, so make sure you buy enough to share!
  3. SunCups:  My son simply adores these peanut-free versions of Reese’s.  Unfortunately, I haven’t found them locally here in Houston, but my mother-in-law who lives up north has a store that carries them and she ships them to us.  You can also order them on Amazon from the comfort of home. 🙂 These are excellent stocking stuffers as well!
  4. Cella’s Chocolate Covered Cherries:  These don’t last long around our house…like between the four of us we’ve gone through a whole box in one day!  They are sinfully delicious and a decadent treat.  These make great stocking stuffers and are easy to find at Walgreens, Kroger, Amazon, and more.
  5. Liberation Gluten-Free Bakery Unfortunately, this may only work for you if you live in Houston, but even if you aren’t, it’s honestly still worth the trip.  Angela is amazing and her sweet treats are such a treat.  From birthday cakes, to cookies, to just about anything sweet, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who does it better.  Read my past review of the company here.
  6. Stephanie Sorkin’s Nutley The Nut-Free Squirrel This adorably written children’s book makes a great read for kids and a wonderful addition for any teacher’s classroom!  Read my review of the book here.  Better yet, Sorkin donates 100 percent of the proceeds of this book to FARE!  Sorkin has several books including Frenemy Jane The Sometimes Friend and Chocolate Shoes With Licorice Laces that also make fantastic additions to any child’s book collection.

    Courtesy of Stephanie Sorkin

  7. SPIbelts My son has used this handy little belt to carry his epinephrine injector, inhaler, and antihistamine for a number of years.  The rest of the family has a SPIbelt too as they are perfect for holding a few small items during a workout.  You can read one of my past reviews here.
  8. Honor Donation to FARE Organizations that work tirelessly to educate, advocate, and research when it comes to food allergies are truly a gift.  Our family is always honored and grateful when someone makes a donation to FARE on our behalf.  Consider making a donation on behalf of someone you love who has food allergies.
  9. Homemade Advent Calendars:  There aren’t always a lot of choices when it comes to allergy-friendly Advent calendars, but it is a tradition we wanted to incorporate into our family.  So, a few years ago I decided to come up with my own.  This calendar is inexpensive to make and a lot of fun to do each day.  The calendar is also a way to make time for Christmas activities you might not have otherwise worked into your busy schedule.
  10. Gifts To Others:  Food allergies have been a challenge for my family over the years.  Because of the kindness and love from others, we’ve been afforded many opportunities and much hope.  So each year, our family comes together to give to another in need…and not necessarily someone with food allergies, because quite frankly the world is a big place with a lot of hurting people and even if you help just one person, you are giving them the gift of hope.  The funny thing about this gift, is it is one of those gifts that when you give it, you get so much more back than you could ever imagine.

May your holiday season be full of special blessings, immense peace, good health, and lots of love!

Kimberly, The Food Allergy Mom

 

P.S.  Would love to hear what some of your favorites are too in the comments below!

WEGO Nomination for The Food Allergy Mom

Happy Friday, friends!  That’s right…breathe out that sigh of relief.  The weekend is on the way!

I’m so honored and excited!  One of my sweet readers was kind enough to nominate me for a WEGO Health award.  Voting ends at the close of August, so I would be so grateful for your endorsement here.

Here is a brief introduction to what the WEGO Health awards are according to WEGO’s website:  “The WEGO Health Awards program was created to recognize and honor those making a difference in the online health community. It provides the opportunity for community members to thank and support the Patient Leaders and patient-centric initiatives they admire. Since its inception in 2011, the WEGO Health Awards have proven to be one of the best ways to connect the healthcare industry with top patient influencers. It is the only awards program that recognizes Patient Leaders across all condition areas and platforms, with over 2,000 nominations last year alone.”

Thanks to each and every one of you who takes the time to read, learn, and share what you learn with me and each other.  It truly does take a village some days and I’m honored to be a part of yours!

Blessings,

Kimberly

Oriental Trading Company $50 Gift Card Giveaway

You guys…I am SO excited about this $50 gift card giveaway from Oriental Trading Company.

Here is a sample of Oriental Trading goodies from Halloween. So cute! The kids loved them!

Oriental Trading company is one of my favorite places to get non-food gifts and trinkets for holidays and celebrations.  And with Food Allergy Awareness Week coming up in May, it’s the perfect time to do some shopping so you can celebrate and create awareness all month long!

Here’s how you can be entered to win a $50 Oriental Trading Company gift card:

Visit the entry page here and use at least one of the seven ways listed to be entered into the giveaway.  For every additional way you enter, your chances of winning increase. 

But hurry…the contest concludes on May 6th.  Oriental Trading Company will then select the winner and contact you directly to share the exciting news!

Are you still here?  What are you waiting for?  Enter now!!!!

Best of luck to you,

Kimberly