Run Oregon Test Kitchen: Core Organic and Rebel Kitchen

Company: CORE Organic

  • Peach Mango
  • Watermelon Lemonade
  • Pomegranate Blue Acai
  • Orange Clementine
  • Coconut Colada
  • Orchard Pear

Price: Pack of 12 for about $24; Available in Oregon at 7/11, Safeway, and Albertsons.

It’s important to stay hydrated during the summer. Water is fantastic, but every once in a while, when Idrink water all the time, I just need a little something different. While that sometimes leads to a local beer, a product that is a little more practical, for my calorie intake and hydration, is CORE Organic drinks.

There are a variety of options in their line, but these new fruit-infused antioxidant beverages are Certified Organic and ring in at just five calories each. No artificial ingredients or excess sugar – just a refreshing and guilt-free option. I was sent a sample box to try and was pleasantly surprised by the diverse flavors.

While these have no added sugar, it is important to know that a Stevia extract is used in it’s stead. I know some people don’t mind this, but others (like my wife), focus on the unique taste it provides and can’t stomach it. I personally don’t care too much either way. I will say that I found the Orange Clemantine as having the most prominent Stevia taste, but others like Coconut Colada and Orchard Pear had no taste of the sweetener. Just beware when purchasing.

Overall, this is a good hydration option when you are looking for some flavor without adding addtional calories.


Company: Rebel Kitchen

Dairy free coconut mylk made with love. We’re keeping it real with simple ingredients, direct from nature. Our mylks are dairy free, contain no refined sugar, additives or preservatives. They are suitable for vegans, those following a paleo diet, and are gluten, nut and soy free.

Product: Coconut Mylk

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Chai

Price: Taster pack of 3 for $12 or pack 8 for $32; (You can also buy single drinks on Amazon as an “Add On” item for $4-5 each)

As someone who really has trouble with coconut water (unless it is flavored and mixed in a smoothie), I was concerned that my venture into coconut milk (or more accurately – Mylk), was a bad decision. I needn’t have worried, as Rebel Kitchen really does a great job at combining good ingredients to promote a healthy lifestyle, with a taste that makes you feel like you are cheating.

The above order of the products is organized by my favorite from first to last. The chocolate is surprisingly rich and flavorful, and the coffee ranks right up there with an iced java. The chai was actually fine tasting – I’m just not a huge fan of chai in general. I don’t think that an enjoyer of chai would complain. Rebel Kitchen Coconul Mylk is not overpoweringly coconut-ty. In the chocolate version, I probably would never have guessed this right off had I not known what I was drinking.

Overall, the samples I receieved disappeared off my shelf faster than I anticipated they would. The taste is absolutely on point and allows those with different diets to enjoy some really solid drinks.

About Matt Rasmussen (1568 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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