Please note: One flavor of the original and one coco contains juice from wheat grass. Wheatgrass is technically gluten free because gluten is found in the seed, not the grass. But personally I avoid it because there is a risk of contamination.
There are 9 flavors of ALO original, 3 flavors of ALO light, and 2 flavors of Coco Exposed (an aloe vera and coconut water beverage). I was not sent a Coco Exposed sample, but I tried three flavors of the original and one flavor of the light.
The ALO original drinks were delicious. I really liked the aloe flavor, and the other juices added to it, such as the watermelon and peach flavor which contain real watermelon and peach juice, were so tasty! What I didn’t like was the amount of sugar in them. I eat very little sugar, and so 15 grams per serving is a lot for me. Of course, it way less than soda and many other beverages. I got around this problem by mixing the ALO drinks with other unsweetened beverages and smoothies.
My favorite way to drink it is combined with my homemade kombucha. I know I haven’t written about kombucha before, but it is a fermented sweet tea. As the tea ferments, the sugar is consumed and mine often ends up being very sour and vinegary. Mixing it up to half and half with ALO was delicious, and the kombucha added some carbonation to the drink.
I also used it for a second fermentation, which means that I bottle the kombucha with juice or fruit. It continues to feed off the sugars in the juice or fruit and becomes more bubbly. Plus, it gets the added flavor. The original ALO drinks worked perfectly for that, except one with honey, which is not supposed to be used in making kombucha.
If you don’t make kombucha, that’s okay. You can still enjoy it’s benefits combined with the benefits of ALO by purchasing kombucha. If sugar is a concern, be sure to check the label. I have seen a range of sugar content from about 3 grams to 12 grams.
And if you simply don’t like kombucha, try mixing ALO drinks with any black or green iced tea. About a 50/50 mix is good, or to your liking.
These beverages do contain aloe pulp, which are rather large chunks of aloe. I don’t mind them at all, but my husband doesn’t care for them. I strained them out of his kombucha, but another way to get around the pulp is to use the beverages in smoothies.
I make my smoothies from a lot of veggies and add very little fruit. When using the ALO beverages, I leave the fruit out completely and add a little ALO drink to flavor and sweeten the smoothie. It’s delicious.
I thought I would like the ALO light varieties since they contain less sugar—7 grams per serving. However, they do contain erythritol and stevia and had an artificially sweetened taste. I mostly used the light ALO in smoothies.
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