Fawen Drinkable Soup (beet and cabbage) review
Sometimes an offer comes across my inbox that I can’t refuse, and thus was the case with the Fawen Drinkable Soup line. Could I get my kids interested in something healthy (not with the beet and cabbage one,) could I get over my inherent dislike of soup (yes, without chunks it becomes a drink and not chunky water,) and was it actually soup?
That last question you might wonder at, it is by definition soup, and soup by most definitions is drinkable, so the “drinkable soup” line becomes somewhat weird. It’d be more in the smoothie category if anything. An example – tomato soup is drinkable soup, no solids.
So we got down to it with the Beet and Cabbage version. This version has water, beets, purple cabbage, onions, swiss chard, turnips, coconut milk, coconut water concentrate, virgin coconut oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, Himalayan salt, garlic, organic ground Turkish cumin.
It had a not very appetizing pour and presentation due to the thickness. My guess is you’re probably not planning on pouring for video and staging for a product shot, so this really probably isn’t your main concern.
What may be your main concern here is the beet and cabbage variety has a lot of vitamins K and C and has a boatload of things considered good for the blood and circulatory system. I’ll admit I was feeling a little peppy the next day, however I was also on the tail end of being sick so this may just have been post sickness peppiness.
What’s does Fawen Drinkable Soup Beet and Cabbage taste like?
Fawen Drinkable Soup tastes like beets and cabbage at a thickness somewhere on the far side between ketchup and tomato soup. If you’re someone who hates beets, like my wife, that’s what you’re going to taste.
Not having a beet aversion I finished my portion and hers in one sitting. I did not note the garlic, however I may be desensitized to anything short of enough garlic to kill a vampire hoard. I did taste the chard and onions, they were there without being overpowering. I missed the notes of coconut and turnips, although the latter I may have been confusing with the chard.
The apple cider vinegar was there, prominently. I despise apple cider vinegar with a passion, I can taste it when I’m in the room with it. So chances are if you don’t have a problem with it you’re fine.
At the end of the tasting
When I finished a bottle in one sitting I sat down and contemplated the event. The Beet and Cabbage variety was probably not to my taste profile, however if I wanted a beet and cabbage in my diet I had no problem with the product.
Me having no problem with something calling itself soup is a high compliment, I assure you.
I was reminded of some borscht I’d had in New York at a Russian restaurant circa 2001. Good, not particularly my thing, little earthy flavor.
Totally subjective results
Little more energy the next day (as noted, tail end of being sick so may have been that) no gas to speak of from something claiming to have fiber. Nothing negative.
Fawen Drinkable Soup downsides
The Fawen Drinkable Soups have a limited shelf life due to not having a crapton of preservatives in them, you’re going to want to make sure it gets on your calendar to get drunk and not sit at the back of your junk food shelf for three months.
Upon opening you’ve got about two days to drink it in. If you’re a fan of juicing you’ll probably be acutely aware of plant cell death and rushing to eat it before cell necrosis, although without a testing kit it’s a little difficult to judge how quick this is going to be.
Price point is fairly high. You’re purchasing a 12 pack (or 24 servings,) of the drink, or a variety 6-pack, and having it shipped across the country. Current price appears to be about $7 per drink, or $3.50 per serving. There is currently a 15% off coupon they’re running – coupon code REDPOWER.
When you look at this in the juicing context, it’s a decent deal so perhaps my evaluation that it’s a fairly high point for souping may be incorrect. Just a little more than I would be happy paying.
Is Paul standing behind this product?
It was good, I have no problem with it which is a major statement with anything with “soup” in the title, but I don’t particularly want what the Beets and Cabbage package is containing.
I’m not going to be the spokesperson of this though except to say if you inherently don’t like soup, this doesn’t feel like soup, and Kim (the woman who hates beets,) says that’s the walkaway statement for this: Nutritious soup, drinkable form.
You can get Fawen Drinkable Soup products at their website, and some local locations in the Northwest.
I’ll be reviewing the Broccoli & Cauliflower as well as the Sweet Potato & Red Lentil varieties shortly.