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Need A New Power Snack? Get Deliciously, Nutritiously Horchata Drunk With Organic Gemini TigerNut Horchata [Product]

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*Disclaimer: Organic Gemini graciously sent us a case of TigerNut Horchata for testing purposes. This review is otherwise unsponsored.

At some point, the constant flood of protein smoothies, green tea, and coconut water just doesn’t cut it anymore. My mouth needs a unique burst of flavor. CULTURE (outside of wine). Enlightened taste buds. But obviously in a way that’s lean, uber-nutritious, natural, and thoroughly satisfying.

We’ve got something. And it’s probably a drink you’ve never seen, let alone tried, in your life.

If you’re looking for a delicious new portable snack and/or drink to slash hunger, boost gut health, and shoot your body up with MASSIVE nutrition, give Organic Gemini TigerNut Horchata a shot. Grab a bottle the next time you’re perusing Whole Foods. It’s worth it.

We’re getting amply horchata drunk. You should too. Let’s throw it back to the 13th century.


 

WTF is TigerNut Horchata?


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Admittedly, we were clueless when the airdropped case came in.

To get the full story on horchata we had to do some archaeological digging. Horchata (aka orxata de xufa or horchata de chufa) is a thick Mediterranean drink that originated in Egypt and became popular in Valencia, Spain during the 13th century. Apparently it was chugged voraciously by kings, which makes me want to stash an entire cooler under my desk.

While there are modern variations, traditionally, horchata is based around one simple ingredient — tiger nuts. Oxford research suggests that tiger nuts were the predominant food source (~80% of the diet) for our earliest ancestors, dating back as far as 2.4 million years ago.

Despite the lineage, I had never indulged horchata or tiger nuts. BIG mistake.

First things first, TigerNut Horchata is an acquired taste. Organic Gemini currently sells 7 flavors—Coffee, Chai, Strawberry, Honey, Banana, Unflavored, and Original—all of which taste decidedly different (I’m partial to the Original and Honey). The classic varieties are thick and creamy with the consistency of almond milk, cinnamon-y, and undercut with a subtle sweetness. But the flavor is truly unique. I’ve legitimately never tasted anything like it before.

The first gulp is utter culture shock. Your taste buds will freak out a little bit, and frankly, I thought it was entirely gross. This was upsetting because I was prepared to be delighted by a bottle of milky, blissful decadence.

But fast forward 2, 3, 4 gulps — I was thoroughly hooked, strangely addicted, and ready to chug an entire case. Pour it over ice and pop in a straw, and you’ll be in paradise. And one that’s completely guilt-free.

Nutritionally, TigerNut Horchata is a powerhouse and liquid gold (and was dubbed so by Spanish kings). It’s supremely balanced, organic, paleo, allergen and lactose free—which makes it a great dairy substitute—and LOADED with iron, magnesium, and potassium. And surprisingly, as a liquid, it’s JACKED with fiber and healthy fats, and even a little bit of protein. All of that makes it incredibly satiating and well-rounded, and a solid meal replacement, especially if you’re stuck in the office or running around like a crazy person (read: holiday shopping).

Here’s the breakdown for a full bottle of the chai flavor:1

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Uniquely, tiger nuts mainly consist of prebiotic fiber, which serves as food for healthy probiotic bacteria in the gut. That helps optimize bacterial balance, cultivates a healthy digestive system, and actively improves overall GI health.

 

TigerNut Horchata — The Bottom Line


Try it. At least twice, in a few different flavors. You might fall in love with it or you might be utterly repulsed, but hell, it’s better than chugging a spinach-kale-alfalfa sprout tonic.

The one downside — price. Each bottle runs $5-7, but given the nutritional density, I’m happy to shell it out. And if you consider that bottled juice runs $8-$12, it’s a bargain in comparison.

Give it a shot and let us know how your experience went. Organic Gemini TigerNut Horchata is available at Whole Foods and other health stores. You can also pick up raw tiger nuts on Amazon — they make a delicious snack and add-in for trail mix.

 

Bryan DiSanto

Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

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References, Notes, Links

  1. MyFitnessPal — TigerNut Horchata, Chai []