We’re back at it Latest Fuelers! This time with the Kachava reviews!
Ka’Chava is a meal replacement that claims to be one of the cleanest, most natural products available. This one-of-a-kind, on-the-go meal seeks to sustain your energy, control hunger, promote lean muscle, and assist with digestive health, and mental focus. It contains no preservatives, artificial sweeteners, dairy, or soy.
However, the Ka’chava meal replacement does contain 25g of protein, 9g of fiber, and 20% or more of 26 essential vitamins and minerals, most of which are naturally occurring within a 240 kcal envelope. Ka’chava is made of 70+ superfoods, and confidently claims to not replace a meal, but to provide convenient access to a complete, nutritious meal.
Even though Ka’Chava is one of our favorite meal replacements, there’s no denying that it’s costly. I’ve identified some great cheaper Ka’chava alternatives here, if you are interested.
In the last review, Ka’Chava was ranked highly by us, but we were disappointed to see that they only had two flavors! Luckily they have added two new flavors of their awesome meal replacement, Chai and Coconut Acai.
Besides, they’ve added a brand new to the product stack, The Ka’Chava Bar. The flavors are Chocolate, and Peanut Butter. Like their shakes, they contain simple, whole ingredients with no preservatives, artificial sweeteners, dairy, or soy. The bars are meant to be a filling, healthy snack, or quick breakfast. Each bar contains at least 11g of protein, 11g of fiber, 6g or fewer net carbs within a 200 or so kcal envelope.
A lot to like here…. let’s see if all these new treats are any good!!
Ka’chava Review at a Glance
Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut Acai, Chai, Vanilla, and Matcha (new).
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All Ka chava reviews will highlight the same: awesome product, but incredibly expensive. Some even say it’s the world’s healthiest meal shake.
Whether that price is worth paying is a big debate. I’ve covered some cheaper Kachava alternatives elsewhere, but few offer such a complete package.
Having tried hundreds of meal replacement shakes, I must say that Kachava scores really high in most areas (nutrition, taste, texture). In fact, I was blown away by the chocolate shake, and it has become one of my favorites.
Nutritionally, I love the high-protein shake with all the superfoods added and makes it so that I don’t need to supplement my shakes. It’s nice insurance and perhaps one of the most nutritionally complete meals you could have.
However, when there are meal replacements that are 95% as good for less than half the price, I can’t say that Ka’chava is the answer for everyone.
What I like
1. Number of high-quality ingredients. Mostly organic, and real food ingredients with no artificial additives (except some vitamins and minerals) in their meal replacement shake.
2. Contains actual food, no processed ingredients. You will get most nutrients and phytonutrients from real food.
3. Loved by the community. Over 16,000 reviews, overall 4.8 out of 5.
4. Surprisingly awesome taste. I can happily say it’s delicious.
5. New flavors are great. The two new additions don’t disappoint. Excellent.
6. High in protein.
7. 70+ superfoods, digestive enzymes, and probiotics. No need for greens supplements, or any multivitamins. All you need in one shake.
8. Best in class. There are very few shakes as good as Kachava’s.
What I dislike
1. Only available in the US.
2. Without a blender, it doesn’t mix that well.
3. For those who don’t care about the budget.
4. Free shaker only available with a subscription.
5. The new bars are not on the product page and can be hard to find. Plus they are not the tastiest bars in the market.
1.More flavours, please.
2. Bulk discounts?
One of the main reasons to buy Ka’chava is what they offer nutritionally:
- Real food based shakes without artificial sweeteners.
- A plant-based, soy free and gluten free shake; drinkable for almost anybody
- 70+ plant based superfoods, which provide you with all essential nutrients and phytonutrients.
As such, it’s designed to be the ultimate nourishment for your body. But really, how good are Ka’chava shakes nutritionally?
Ka’chava Shakes Nutrition Overview
|Features||GF, SF, EF|
|Contains All Micronutrients||Yes|
Plant-Based Protein Blend (29g): Yellow Pea Protein, Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein, Organic Sacha Ichi (Plukenetia bolubilis linneo, seed), Organic Amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus, seed), Organic Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa, seed).
Omega EFA/Fiber Blend (11g): Organic Pure Whole Grain Oat, Organic Acacia Gum, Chia (Salvia hispanica, seed), Flax (Linum usitatissium, seed).
Antioxidant/Super-Fruit Blend (5.1g): Organic Coconut Flower Nectar (Cocos nucifera, flower bud), Acai Berry (Euterpe oleracea, fruit), Organic Maqui Berry (Aristotelia chilensis, fruit), Camu-Camu Berry (Myriciaria dubia, fruit), 100% Organic Strawberry, 100% Organic Tart Cherry, 100% Organic Blackberry, Organic Blueberry, 100% Organic Raspberry.
Adaptogen Blend (1g): Organic Maca Root (Lepidium meyenii walp, root), 100% Organic Shiitake Mushroom Mycelia, 100% Organic Maitake Mushroom Mycelia, 100% Organic Reishi Mushroom Mycelia, 100% Organic Cordyceps Mushroom Mycelia, 100% Organic Ginger Root.
Super-Greens/ Vegetable Blend (500mg): 100% Organic Beet, 100% Organic Carrot, 100% Organic Spinach, 100% Organic Broccoli, 100% Organic Tomato, 100% Organic Kale, 100% Organic Cabbage, 100% Organic Parsley Leaf, 100% Organic Green Pepper, 100% Organic Cucumber, 100% Organic Green Onion, 100% Organic Cauliflower, and 100% Organic Asparagus, Chlorella.
Probiotic/Prebiotic Blend (50mg): Inulin, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus acidophilus.
Digestive Enzyme Blend (50mg): Amylase, Protease, Cellulase, Lactase, Lipase.
Based on 240kcal serving:
- Total Carbs: 24g, 9% of DV.
- Sugars: 6g.
- Of which added: 5g, 10% of DV.
- Fibre: 9g, 32% of DV.
As you can see in the Kachava nutrition label above, Kachava shakes are generally low in carbohydrates with only 33% of the energy coming from them (as opposed to the recommended 45-65%).
Most of the carbs are from the organic pure whole grain oat, which is also a rich source of fiber; and organic coconut flower nectar. The latter is a rather unusual choice, and it’s the reason why the shakes have 5g of added sugars.
That said, Kachava’s glycemic index is low, and could be considered a diabetic-friendly shake.
Per 240kcal serving:
- Total Protein: 25g, 50% of DV.
- Source: Yellow Pea Protein, Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein, Organic Sacha Ichi, Organic Amaranth, Organic Quinoa.
Without a doubt, Ka’chava has one of the weirdest arrangements of protein sources. Despite that, it provides you with 25g of quality protein, all from plant sources.
For instance, quinoa is not a common source of protein but it’s an excellent one. It contains all essential amino acids, plus other minerals and nutrients. Besides, both pea protein and brown rice protein are complementary vegan protein sources.
Per 240kcal serving:
- Total Fats: 7g, 9% of DV.
- Saturated Fats: 4.5g, 23% of DV.
- Omega-3s (ALA): ?g.
- Omega-6s: ?g.
Regarding the fat content, Ka’chava is generally pretty low. However, it contains surprising amounts of saturated fats, above the dietary recommendations. These come from coconut milk.
On the plus side, Ka’chava does include essential omega-3 fatty acids, although the exact amount is not disclosed. These are very important in particular for brain support.
Overall, a healthy split, although I would’ve liked to see more PUFA and MUFA instead of so many saturated fats.
Ka chava meal replacements are incredibly rich in micronutrients. However, the vitamins and minerals are synthetic in origin.
That said, each 240kcal shake should provide you with at least 30% of most essential micronutrients.
Here is where these shakes shine. The fact that they have so many ingredients; mostly plants and fruits, means that Ka’chava drinks are very rich in phytonutrients. This is chemical compounds like antioxidants that can have positive roles in your health. Among other superfoods you will find:
- Organic tart cherry
- Organic green onion
- Organic green pepper
- Organic blueberry
- Organic maqui berry
- Organic parsley leaf
- Organic sphinach
- Organic garlic
Besides, they also include adaptogens (organic maca root, shiitake, reishi) with proven beneficial effects on fertility, boost the immune system, help you with fatigue…
Lastly, Ka’chava includes digestive enzymes that help you break down common nutrients; plus, probiotics that boost your gut flora.
Ka’chava contains tree nuts.
|Taste||Excellent. Surprisingly good, with an oatmeal base but strong natural flavors on top. The chocolate shake is just mind-blowing.|
|Texture||Unfortunately, it does not have the best texture with some lumps.|
|Easy to Mix||It mixes OK, but not great. You will get some small clusters on the shake, and a blender is highly recommended.|
|Satiety||OK, one shake kept me full for 2h.|
|Easy to Clean||The clusters do stick to the shaker, which can cause some issues when cleaning.|
|Afterthoughts||The chocolate shake was one of the best I tried. On top of that, it felt clean and not overly artificially flavored – like other meal replacements do. If it were only for the taste, I would keep buying Ka’chava.|
Ka’chava Vanilla Taste Review
As always, kicking it off will be vanilla. The first impression, it doesn’t smell as “earthy” as I expected but smells like plain oatmeal. I don’t smell vanilla at all, it smells similar to the other company’s original flavor.
I decided to use the blender method first.
Combining 350ml of distilled water, a scoop of ice, and two “heaping” scoop fulls of Ka’chava. The result was a mostly smooth and oaty shake, that was really thick. Initial sip……COLD! It’s pretty good though. Strong oat base, slight vanilla undertone and palatable consistency. Texture-wise, it was mostly smooth but did have small, infrequent bits in it plus the crushed ice, but nothing major. Very easy to drink, and my hunger was gone.
Ka’chava Chocolate Taste Review
Chocolate time! The powder actually smells a lot like vanilla, with a very faint cocoa smell mixed in. Using the same method as before with the blender, I was greeted with a rich, deep chocolate color, and it also brought out the fragrance.
First sip, and WOW! This has to be one of the best chocolate flavors I’ve had in a meal replacement. It has an almost brownie batter-like taste to it, and the consistency matches that of vanilla. Vanilla was good, but this one is excellent!
Coconut Acai Ka Chava Taste Review
This Kachava drink has a pleasantly fresh fruit smell to it, and if you look closely, you can see the bits of acai in it that are red & blue.
All I can say is WOW! This was amazing! Plan to see this on the best-of list when that time comes. It was smooth, had a nice body to it, and tasted like a tropical punch.
By far one of the best fruit flavors I’ve tasted.
Chai Taste Review
Probably one of the most boldly flavored chai mixes I’ve tasted. I’d say it’s more cinnamon flavored than anything….kinda a mix between cinnamon cereal, and cinnamon gum. It tastes like those Christmas reefs smell. All that said, it’s also really good, a very close race between this one and coconut acai.
Blender Is a Must
The next day, I opted for the shaker method on both, and boy was there a difference. To be fair, with any product, blending is always better, but this one didn’t mix all that well. First, not being as cold does take something away from how it feels going down. I think the crushed ice does a lot in terms of balancing the consistency. The mix got stuck in the crevices of the shaker bottle despite me shaking vigorously at multiple angles, and in multiple directions.
Besides, I was hungry sooner with the shaker. Blending with ice had me full for just over 2hrs, with the shaker maybe 90 minutes. I believe this is due to the ice adding more overall volume.
More about Kachava
Learn about Ka’chava, Review
Simon Malone was the quintessential American living a fast-paced lifestyle, overly dependent on quick snacks and takeout. Before long, he realized that the meals that were supposed to help him feel better, function better and improve his productivity, were actually doing the opposite. They were making him sluggish and were possibly adding to the stress that he was already reeling from.
So, he set out on a journey to rediscover himself which took him to some of the most pristine forests across the globe. For almost a month, he ate just plant-based foods used by indigenous peoples, which served as the inspiration for Ka’chava.
He wanted a quick whole-body meal that provides all the essential nutrients that one needs on a daily basis to live well and look great; while curving your hunger cravings. He had set out on a “nutritional adventure” to find the most exotic, nutrient-rich superfoods used and revered by tribal cultures for centuries.
After years of obsessive refinement, Ka’Chava was born in 2014.
Ka’Chava Meal Replacement Health Benefits
What are the benefits of taking Ka’chava shakes vs other protein powders or meal replacements? Some Ka’chava benefits are:
- It’s one of the most nutrient-dense meals you can have.
- Low in sugars
- Boost immune system
- Increase your energy levels
- Improve your mood
- Help your gut flora and digestive system
- Manage a healthy weight
For starters, it can help with weight loss by providing a nutritious and calorie-controlled meal. It also contains a blend of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can boost overall health (mind and body). The latter can help to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals and help you fight aging.
Additionally, Ka’chava is a vegan-friendly, soy-free, and gluten-free product, making it an ideal choice for those with dietary restrictions.
Another benefit is that it can help to improve digestion. This is because it contains prebiotics and probiotics, which help to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.
Perhaps most importantly, Kachava shakes are low in sugar and high in fiber, which helps to regulate blood sugar levels and promote digestive health.
Ka’Chava Bars Review
During this KaChava review, I’ve mostly focused on their main product: the powder-based meal replacement. However, they now offer a bar that can be used for snacking.
The recipe is very similar; whole food ingredients, no-GMO, and 0 additives. However, I would argue that the bar is not as healthy as the powder, even though it is more convenient.
KaChava Bars Taste
Big thanks to my good friend Selina and my daughter Journey, who tried these in my place due to my tree nut allergies. Visually, the bars are dense, but chewy…not hard as a brick-like some others. They also are not super greasy which is a plus. You can see all the nuts very clearly, from the shaved almonds to the distinctively green pistachios.
Chocolate – Selina did not like this one at all and the face she made said it all. She said it had a chalky texture and an aftertaste that lingered. She had no interest in finishing it. Journey wasn’t crazy about it either, but did say the nuts were tasty, the chocolate part was not. Ka’Chava may need to go back to the lab with this one.
Peanut Butter – The texture of this one was a bit different, as it looked like it had more moisture in it and was softer. This one fared better, as Selina said it wasn’t bad. Also, it would be suitable for an occasional quick breakfast. Peanut butter is the dominant flavor. Journey echoed that sentiment. High praise since they are both picky as hell.
Ka’chava shakes can be purchased individually, or as a part of a subscription. The subscription discount is $10 off per bag, and can be set for delivery intervals of 15, 30, 45 or 60 days.
You can pause, delay or change frequency, as well as switch flavors or quantities with a subscription. Only subscribers are allowed to purchase a shaker bottle.
See the breakdown below for itemized pricing:
- 1 bag (15 meals) –> $4.66/meal, $70 in total.
- 1 bag (15 meals) with subscription –> $3.99, $60 in total.
For the bars:
- 1 box (12bars) –> $3.33/meal, $39.95 in total.
- 1 box with subscription –> $2.91/meal, $34.95 per box.
Is Kachava Worth it?
There’s no denying that this is an expensive shake. While it is cheaper than Shakeology, it loses versus other natural meal replacement shakes.
|Price per 400kcal||Orgain||Ample||310 Shakes||Kachava|
Therefore, clearly, Kachava does not compare well in price, and it’s an expensive form of nutrition (~$33.25/day).
However, for those who want natural, high-quality nutrition that’s high in protein, it offers something unique. Ka’chava is arguably the most nutrient-rich shake you will find and one of the best shakes in this regard.
It’s a meal replacement with multiple health benefits that can help you with weight management, weight loss or just boosting your overall health.
Where to Buy Kachava?
The best place to buy your Kachava shake is on their own website. They also used to be available on Amazon, but they are no longer for sale.
Furthermore, Ka’chava is only available in the US. This includes Guam, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau.
Free shipping is available for orders of 2 bags or more, but carriers will be chosen by the fulfillment partners.
Previously in this Ka chava review, I’ve compared the price of this meal replacement with others that offer a similar product. In fact, there are a few companies that offer mostly organic, real food-based, meal replacement shakes: Orgain, Garden of Life, Ample, Ambronite etc.
There are, besides them, more affordable options, like Huel or Soylent. Most of them will provide you with all the essential nutrition.
For a full-on dive into Kachava alternatives, please check our best of page.
All three except Huel are focused on a more premium and natural experience. On the opposite hand, while Huel offers a fantastic nutrition/value offering, it does so with more artificial ingredients than the rest.
Kachava Shakes vs
Kachava vs Huel is like comparing pears to apples. Despite both being nutritionally complete meals, they target different demographics. Huel is much more affordable than Kachava, and offers more products (bars, RTDs). However, Kachava has more extra nutrients (phytonutrients), which can provide you with a boost to your health Huel can’t. Plus, despite Huel having more flavors, Kachava tastes better. That said, Huel will be the better option for most people.
When comparing Ka’chava vs Shakeology, there’s a clear winner: Ka’chava. There are multiple reasons for this, but the most important ones are:
- Better taste
- Healthier – more complete nutrition
- Ka’chava meal replacements contain all nutrients unlike Shakeology
- Much better customer service and buying experience
In fact, there are 0 reasons why you should buy Shakeology. They taste worse, they are harder to buy and Shakeology shakes are even more expensive than Ka’chava.
Lastly, the organic meal replacement specialist. Orgain offers powder and ready to drink nutritional drinks that are 100% organic. Therefore, a small distinction with Ka’chava. They also offer pure protein shakes, and proteins with greens.
For a low carb or keto shake I would recommend looking at HLTH Complete Meal. It has a similar nutritional identity to Kachava with high-quality ingredients, tons of nutrients and added probiotics. However, it contains just 4g of net carbs.
Yes. Ka’Chava states that it tests every batch of their finished products as part of their Certificate of Analysis. In addition, they also have independent labs test and verifies from time to time for added assurance.
Cocoa powder has very low levels of naturally occurring caffeine, so Chocolate Ka’Chava contains trace levels.
Ka’Chava contains a variety of ingredients that are considered alkaline (many of the veggies and greens) and a variety of ingredients considered acidic (some of the fruits and grains). But the overall product is not considered acidic when combined with water.
Yes, Kachava shakes are gluten-free.
No. However, many of the ingredients used are organic. For instance, Kachava shakes include organic asparagus, organic celery, organic kale, organic carrot and many more organic vegetables.
No. It’s much more than a protein powder, it’s a meal replacement powder that contains plant-based protein blend, and also carbs, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and plenty of other nutrients.
Yes, Ka’chava shakes are excellent for weight loss, since they are packed with protein, fiber and essential nutrients. However, they can also drank as part of a healthy diet.
Verdict – Kachava Review
After finishing this Ka chava review, one thing is clear to me: I really enjoyed it. Apparently, I’m not alone, seeing it has so many positive reviews.
Kachava checked all of my major boxes: great nutrition, awesome taste, OK texture, and satiety. Therefore, it will likely be my daily driver, while I’m still working from home.
On my last Kachava review, I was truly impressed by their flavors, but sad that they only offered 2. With Chai and Acai Coconut, they have not only fixed this issue; but also kept the high standards. They both taste out of this world.
That brings me to my first issue with the product. The crushed ice in it is a MUST HAVE, in my opinion! Combined with a blender, it makes the shake that much more delicious.
The next issue with Kachava is the pricing. At nearly $5 per 240 kcal serving is a bit much. This makes it a premium product, and although I think it’s worth it, it is not affordable for everybody.
As for of the Kachava bars, they are a mixed bag. Peanut butter is decent, and the chocolate not so good. I think the monk fruit, while a great sweetener for the shake, may not translate as well into the bars. So all in all…an ok first attempt.
The bottom line, Ka’Chava shakes really are best-in-class and a product we can highly recommend!
Kachava ReviewFrom $3.99/240kcal
- Incredibly nutritious - one of the best meal replacement shakes for nutrition
- 70+ superfoods; with digestive enzymes and probiotics
- Fantastic tasting shakes
- High protein formula
- Vegan, gluten free, soy free
- Super expensive
- Small recommended serving for a proper meal
- Only 2 flavours on sale
- Does not mix well with shaker, use blender