Ambronite Review (2019) | The Most Natural Shakes
Aiming to create the ultimate organic, GMO-free, plant based superfood
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Super food, naturally sourced without any additives and GMO free, that is Ambronite. Ambronite wants to help you reach your dreams, and in order to do so aims to provide a meal replacement that will take the best out of you: focused, strong, energetic and healthy. Nice words, but what is the reality and to what price is this experience delivered? Let’s find out in this Ambronite review.
Ambronite at a glance
If you are very concerned about the sourcing of your products, believe in organic ingredients, food is your obsession, and you are willing to spend some extra money, (only) then Ambronite is the meal replacement for you: natural, tasty and extremely healthy.
- Quality ingredients and free of artificial additives
- Fat profile and omega-3/6 ratio.
- Huge discounts when subscribed, plus bulk discounts.
- Free shipping worldwide in orders above $150.
We embrace Ambronite’s philosophy for a better sourced and higher quality ingredients. We believe that without the top quality components, you can not aim to deliver the uppermost standard products.
Using real foods and plant based recipe, nuts and berries for instance, as main source of nutrients is not all that common in the industry. That makes us really enjoy the alternative Ambronite offers. It really feels fresh, healthy and energetic. As a plus, 4 meals of Ambronite offer your 5-a day fruits and vegetables, something most of us, unfortunately, tend to come short on.
It is remarkable, too, that they are able to deliver 100% of all micronutrients by using real food only. Most brands tend to add the vitamins and minerals from synthetic compounds (not that this needs to be bad per se). However, it is praise-worthy the extent to which Ambronite takes their philosophy.
Their blog and podcasts are a very good source of knowledge for beginner and nutrition enthusiasts alike. We really enjoyed reading through some of the articles and topics they covered. We were glad to see that Ambronite seeks to inform and interact with the customer to a larger extent than shopping. We found the forum and their social media platforms to be excellent communication services, as well.
- You need to pay for the quality.
- Choosing flavours is unclear.
- Name of the products is too similar.
There is one clear issue: THE PRICE. The initial price of the product (for the smallest order) of $6.66/400kcal is among the most expensive in the market. The only other product that has a similar price tag is Feed.’s (French brand) organic line (up to $5/400kcal) or Ample’s products ($6.12/400kcal). All this three brands try to deliver high quality, organic shakes. So, the price has a justification. Kind of.
Another drawback of plant based meal replacements is usually their high fat and sugar content. Ambronite is faily high in sugar, although mostly comes from fructose (sugar from fruits), still poses a minor issue. We would like to see alternatives to this, maybe with higher complex carbs recipes and higher protein content. It is also high in fat, although to the same degree as other products like Bertrand or Nutberg (competitors).
One last minor complaint, as an user, is that the names of the two products are too similar. In fact they are almost synonyms. As such, it is hard to even notice that they are different meal replacement shakes.
- More diversity between products.
- Price drop.
Obviously, a drop in price, but then we would all like to see free stuff everywhere, and we understand the complexity of making natural healthy products at cheap price.
We would also like to see some different alternatives in their product range. Ambronite v5 was their only product until recently, until the launch of Balaced Meal Shake. However, both products are fairly similar and cater for the same audience.
Furthermore, this is a time when most brands are aggressively expanding their product offerings. Ready-to-drink meal replacements, bars and other types of complete foods are appearing in the market. We know that delivering high quality, all natural products is not easy, but Ambronite will have to do their best if they want to thrive in the market.
It would be very interesting to have a plant-based organic solid meal replacement, too. A bar healthier than any other in the market. We believe Ambronite could deliver that.
What PRODUCTS does Ambronite offer
They used to only offer one product: Ambronite v5. It comes in packages of 1600kcal and pouches of 400kcal. Athletes, backpackers, busy people, fitness enthusiasts or people looking to lose weight can consume Ambronite alike; since not only provides all nutrients needed, but it also helps with focusing and re-energizing.
Recently, they have launced Balance Meal Shake, which comes in bigger packaging 10 meal tubs; and it is cheaper.
Ambronite v5/Complete Meal Shake
- Meal Replacement
- 41C/24P/35F % of Energy from
- 15g of sugar/3g of saturated fats per meal.
- Price without subscription: $6.66/400kcal
- Price with subscription: $5.82/400kcal
- Lowest: $4.67/400kcal
- Nuts, traces of Soy
- Meal Replacement
- 41C/21P/38F % of Energy from
- 12g of sugar/2g of saturated fats per meal.
- Price without subscription: $5.5/400kcal
- Price with subscription: $4.95/400kcal
- Lowest: $4.06/400kcal
- Almond and Oats
Brief Ambronite v5 Review
Ambronite v5 is available in 4 different flavours: Original, Ginger & Apple, Banana and Berries. All of them can be purchased in 1,600kcal pouches, which is a bit odd. 1,600kcal does not offer enough for a day, nor it is big enough to consider bulk packaging and is not small enough to be an individual meal. Each scoop that they provide gives 165kcal, so in each pouch there is 10 scoops or, 4 meals of 400kcal (2.5 scoops).
Non-GMO, natural whole food ingredients
Ambronite claims only to use the highest quality ingredients, thus it is GMO free and free of artificial ingredients. The baseline for the recipe is mostly oats, nuts and berries, as well as, multiple fruits and vegetables. Although, all this ingredients tend to have short shelf-lives, the shake powder can last up to several months, when kept closed.
But the price…
The biggest issue with Ambronite is the price tag. $7.3/€8.28 per meal (based on 500kcal meal) is very expensive, especially if you are planning to consume more than once a day. For most of us, that is just not affordable. We understand that highest quality products, particularly organic and non-GMO fruits and vegetables, have a more costly production. Hence, a higher baseline price than the massively produced counterparts. However, even then, we found hard to justify that each meal is similarly priced to a restaurant-based meal.
On top of that, you will have to pay for shipping in all orders.
If you do not mind the price, Ambronite v5 is a great product
Not only because of the quality of the ingredients, but because the nutrition profile is well rounded up. As discussed in the next section, Ambronite provides plenty of protein, a very good fatty acid profile (not achieved by many products), good omega-3/6 balance, plenty of fiber and all the micronutrients you need per serving. All from naturally sourced ingredients, which is a hard feat.
Brief Balance Meal Shake Review
If you are getting confused by the names, you are not the first. They are very similar. In fact, the names are not just but a hint to the many similarities both Ambronite products share.
Balanced Meal Shake is the cheaper option
One of the main strengths of the Balanced Meal Shake is its price. About a $1/€1 lower per 400kcal. This might be due to the bigger sizing on the packaging. Anyhow, it is good to see Ambronite delivering more affordable high quality meals.
Balanced Meal Shake features
It comes in tubs with 10 meals of 400kcal. There is currently only two flavours available: Vanilla and Berry. The first flavour is exclusive to this product.
Looking at nutritional aspects, the protein source is changed slightly, opting for pea protein instead of oat protein. The total protein content is slightly lower(4g per 400kcal) and the fat content higher.
Ambronite aims to be a nutrition powerhouse in the meal replacement industry, by providing a plant based product, vegan friendly, with all the essential vitamins and minerals sourced from real food. Ambronite wagers on real food, as the nutrition field still discovers new findings about the way we process nutrients. Furthermore, many of the supplement recipes are based outdated resources; thus, making actual food the safest alternative.
The main ingredients include oat protein, berries (bilberries, cranberries and sea-buckthorn) and almonds. This is different to many other companies in the industry, since many do not base their products in nuts and berries. Noteworthy that ambronite does not use soy as ingredient, widely used in meal replacements. They also use higher amounts of vegetables, such as, spinach and nettle, which cause an increase in the price of the product.
Ambronite is a low carbohydrate high fat meal replacement (similar to Nutberg, Soylent and Saturo). In fact, the energy from carbohydrates is lower than the recommended by the EFSA and the USDA (45-65%). On the contrary, the energy from fats is on the higher limit (20-35%).
Interestingly, because Ambronite is dairy free, they make no use of whey protein (the biggest source of protein for most shakes), nor they use soy or rice. Instead, they use oat protein, almonds and coconut and still provide 30g of protein per serving!
The issue with some alternative plant based proteins when comparing to widely used protein sources, such as, whey or soy protein isolates is their amino acid digestivility and composition. Many tend to lack or are deficient in essential amino acids (EAA) and their digestion and absorption coefficients also tend to be lower. For instance, lysine and methionine are two of the usual suspects (low levels) in plant based proteins. Thus, in order to get all the EAA required you would have to increase the amount of protein you need a day (minimum 0.66g/kg of bodyweight) twice-fold.
However, 120g of protein is 2 times more than the minimum recommendations set by WHO and EFSA. Thus, for those who are not very active, Ambronite should give enough protein. If you are a top level athlete, or are looking to put on body mass, I would recommend supplementing your diet with whey protein (or your vegan blend of choice.
Per 500kcal serving:
- Total Carbs: 51g, 19% of RI.
- Sugars: 15g, 30% of RI (based on EU).
- Fiber: 10g, 50% of RI.
One of the main drawbacks of so heavily relying on fruits and vegetables is usually high sugar content. Indeed, Ambronite products tend to be high in sugars, mostly fructose (8g out of 15). In the US, the Dietary Guidelines recommend less than 10% of the calories to come from added sugars, which equals to 50g. 4 servings of Ambronite will provide you with 60g of sugars, from which a part will be added sugars (coconut sugar) and part will be naturally occurring sugar (fructose).
While, these sugars are from natural origins we would not recommend consuming all your meals from Ambronite only, especially if you have a sedentary lifestyle. High sugar intake is still a major problem in the dietary habits of western society.
On the plus side, Ambronite is fairly high in fiber, which comes from gluten free oats. High fiber foods are essential to maintain a healthy gut and regular bowel movement.
Per 500kcal serving:
- Total Fats: 19g. 27.1% of the DRI.
- Saturated Fats: 3.0g. 15.0% of DRI.
- Monosaturated (MUFA): 9.0g. This is 16.2% of the calories per serving.
- Polyunsaturated (PUFA): 7.0g. This is 12.6% of the calories per serving.
- Omega-3 (ALA): 1g.
- Omega-6: 2g.
The main sources for fat in Ambronite are nuts and flaxseed. Both sources are very well regarded in the nutrition community, since they are very low in saturated fats and contain plenty of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. In fact, the omega-3/6 ratio is 1/2, within the ideal 1/1-1/4 range that is related to less risk for cardiovascular diseases.
On top of that, the amount of energy from MUFA is within the recomended range from the WHO (15-20%); while, PUFAs are a little in excess, it is not by much (recommended 6-11% from PUFA).
Each Ambronite meal (500kcal) will provide you with at least 25% of the daily required micronutrients. These micronutrients are not from a synthetic source, but from highly nutritious vegetables, such as, spinach, chlorela, spirullina…
These plants are not only rich in vitamins and minerals, but also in phytonutrients and antioxidants; compounds that have positive effects on health despite not being qualified as nutrients.
Ambronite contains nuts and might contain traces of soy. Although, their products are gluten free, their oat provider handles gluten products, so they ask for caution for celiacs.
More about Nutrition
You can find more about the vitamin sources and Ambronite nutrition in the FAQ section of their website. Scroll down to the footer to find it.
More about Ambronite
Five Finnish men, named Simo Suoheimo, Mikko Ikola, Arno Paula, Mikka Pera and Tapio Melgin founded Ambronite in 2014 with the objective of creating the first drinkable organic meal.
It was advertised in Indiegogo (crowdfunding website) as the first organic food replacement, and became the most successful funding campaign in the website. The first shipments were made in December 2014, and they have since grown to deliver worldwide with factories in the USA and Finland.
The major point of focus of the company is creating the ultimate super food sourced completely from natural ingredients, plant based, non-GMO and vegan friendly.
The team has changed, with the inclusion of Valerie and Pessi, as Tapio and Mikka left. Not, however, the spirit, since Ambronite has been delivering meal replacements based on real food ever since their first shipment in December 2014.
Having born from crowdfunding at Indiegogo, it has grown to have to facilities, one in Finland and one in Europe, and be able to ship worldwide (quite a feat!). The shipping rates start at €9.9 in orders below €100 in Europe and it is usually delivered within 3 to 6 days. In the US and Canada, the delivery times will be around 5 business days.
- Below €100: €9.9
- €100-150: €4.9
- Over €150: Free
- Below $100: $9.9
- $100-150: $4.9
- Over $150: Free
Same as US, but local fees may apply. If the order is stopped in the border you will have to pay extra.
Rest of the World:
Same shipping costs as for Europe, but local import taxes might apply and the delivery times will be longer.
Remarkably, this means that you could get Ambronite delivered to Australia for the same price as in Europe! Not something many brands can offer.
Ambronite emanates a positive vibe, easily noticeable if you ever need to contact their customer team; amiable, fast and reliable. If not satisfied with the product, you alway have the chance to return it within 30-days.
Not only that, but they operate a 110% money back guarantee program, which means they not only refund you the money but give you another 10% back!
Pricing & Subscription
If you are very satisfied, we recommend you to enroll their subscription program with a discount up to 33% (your wallet will thank you if you plan to consume Ambronite often). This is one of the best subscription discounts meal replacement brands offer.
In fact you can stack it up with bulk discounts:
30 servings: $6.62/400kcal
60 servings: $6.25/400kcal
90 servings: $5.97/400kcal
120 servings: $5.77/400kcal
No Subscription + 25% OFF
30 servings: $4.97/400kcal
60 servings: $4.71/400kcal
90 servings: $4.50/400kcal
120 servings: $4.34/400kcal
30 servings: $5.82/400kcal
60 servings: $5.56/400kcal
90 servings: $5.28/400kcal
120 servings: $5.07/400kcal
150 servings: $4.87/400kcal
180 servings: $4.66/400kcal
Subscription + 25% OFF
30 servings: $4.39/400kcal
60 servings: $4.18/400kcal
90 servings: $3.96/400kcal
120 servings: $3.82/400kcal
150 servings: $3.66/400kcal
180 servings: $3.5/400kcal
1- Where is the product manufactured?
Every Ambronite meal is produced in Finland.
2- How do I prepare Ambronite?
For a meal, I would recomend mixing 2.5 scoops (400kcal) or 3 scoop (480kcal) with 500-600ml of water. The more water you add the thinner the shake will be.
You can also put it in a blender with some more berries or ice to make your Ambronite special.
3- Can Ambronite help me lose weight?
Yes, Ambronite can help you lose weight. It will help you tracking your calories and feel you satiated better, so you do not overeat.
To lose weight with Ambronite, you can replace all your meals with Ambronite (have a 1,600kcal bag) or you can swap one or two. The most important thing is to maintain a calorie deficit. Read the how to lose weight with meal replacements for more in-depth information.
4- Can I use Ambronite to gain weight?
Yes, but you will have to make sure you consume more calories than you need. Use Ambronite after sports or to eat a extra meal. You can also have your Ambronite meal with some peanut butter, milk and other caloric addition, for extra protein and energy.
5- How long will Ambronite last?
Ambronite’s shelf life is around 6-12 months. After this period, Ambronite will not go bad, but it will lose some nutrients.
Once you have made the shake, it is recommended to consume within two hours.
6- Is Ambronite Gluten Free?
None of the Ambronite ingredients has gluten, but it is manufactured in a facility where they handle oats, therefore Ambronite cannot guarantee it is free from cross-contamination.
7- Is Ambronite GMO free?
Yes, Ambronite is GMO free, free of artificial ingredients and free of lactose.
8- Are the Complete Meal Shake and the Balanced Meal Shake the same product?
No, they are two different products. While very similar to each other, both GMO-free, plant-based and organic; they have slightly different macronutrient profiles and ingredients.
Ambronite vs other meal replacements
I have been remarking the issue with the price, that the fact that Ambronite is expensive when comparing to 95% of the meal replacements out there. But the fact is, Ambronite is not like the other 95% shakes out there. Ambronite offers an organic, completely food based meal replacement which is only matched by Nutberg, Ample and Feed.’s organic range.
All three of this have something in common, they are more expensive than the average Queal or Huel. So how does Ambronite compare to this two?
Ambronite vs Ample– Ambronite, more complete nutrition
The European superfood vs the American superfood. Which one is the real deal?
Ample Original is the starting Ample formula. It contains organic grass-fed whey protein concentrante as protein source, for which is not vegan friendly.
Ample Vegan is the “copycat” version of Ample O, but with organic pea- and organic brown rice- protein. The other nutrients are in similar level.
Ample K is the most different of all, since it is designed for keto users. Ample K uses grass-fed whey protein, but only has 16g of fat, of which 10 are fiber.
|Ample O||Ambronite v5|
Price per 400kcal without subscription:
$– Below $1.5 $1.5 = €1.3 = £1.15
$$– $1.5 to $3 $3 = €2.6 = £2.3
$$$– $3 to $5 $5 = €4.3 = £3.85
$$$$– over $5
Price, product range and flavours: Price Ambronite, offer Ample
Ample offers all their products in pre-powdered bottles which are available in 400kcal and 600kcal. On the contrary, Ambronite only has the 1,600kcal bag, which contains 4 servings of 400kcal.
At a starting price, an Ample meal will cost you $6.5/400kcal, but with subscription and bulk discounts can be as low as $4.97/400kcal. The starting point for Ambronite is $6.66/400kcal; and with bulk discounts plus subscription discounts, you can go as low as $4.66/400kcal. If you apply the 25% discount Latestfuels give you, you can get a super meal for as little as $3.5/400kcal.
|per serving||Ample O||DV (%)||Ambronite||DV (%)|
|Trans fat (g)||0.0||–||0.0||–|
|Added Sugars (g)|
|Soluble fiber (g)||–||–||1.0||–|
One clear difference is the amount of energy that comes from fats. This is greater in Ample, as well as the amount of saturated fats. Ample is high in saturated fats, because they use coconut oil as main source of fats. On the contrary, Ambronite uses a mix of flaxseed and naturally occurring oat fats.
Both offer plenty of protein, while Ample O uses grass-fed (Ample V uses pea and rice protein); Ambronite uses a mix of oats, almond and coconut. More likely than not, Ample O has a better balanced amino acid profile.
However, there is a “black spot” in Ample‘s nutrition: it does not provide all the micronutrients necessary. Thus, you would have to either create your custom mix from scratch, or buy a vitamin & mineral supplement that will fit your needs (most likely synthetic).
Yes, Ample does come with probiotics and antioxidants; nevertheless, Ambronite will also contain many since it uses plants which are rich in these compounds. Ultimately, there might be ingredients in one of the other that you will prefer, but on paper Ambronite is a more complete meal.
Brand image, Customer Service, Availability, Shipping: Ambronite
Ample has a better website, clean design and very nice bottles for each serving. However, Ambronite has superior shipping terms, particularly outside EU and NA, offering free worldwide shipping in orders above €150. They also offer up to 33% bulk+subscription discount (both offer bulk+subscription discounts).
Ample might be the better deal for US citizens, because it is manufactured in the US, but Ambronite will be the better option for most of the world.
Ambronite is the ultimate meal replacement for those who really care about what they eat. If you are concerned about GMO, you consume organic food, you care about where and how where they sourced you will like Ambronite. For us, the price to pay is too big. While we agree that they offer a very unique and exclusive product, we do not find the health benefits appealling enough to overcome the price issues for most of the users. Only with the 25% discount code and perhaps the subscription discount does the price become reasonable.