posted: May 12, 2023

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lyfe fuel and kachava

In this article, I'm going to be comparing and contrasting LYFE Fuel vs. Ka'Chava, two superfood blends that are intended as meal replacements.

These are two of the more popular meal replacement shakes on the market.

But, what's the scoop on LYFE Fuel and Ka'Chava? How do their formulas compare? Which is more tasty? Is one cheaper than the other? And, which is better: LYFE FUEL or Ka'Chava?

I'll answer these questions and give you my honest, critical review of each superfood blend using my experience covering supplements for the last 5 years as a nutritionist.

The Hot Takes of LYFE Fuel Vs. Ka'Chava

LYFE FUEL

  • 100% plant-based nutrition featuring 32+ real food ingredients.
  • Available in chocolate and vanilla.
  • Approximately $2.60 per serving.

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2.60 per serving

Ka'Chava:

  • 100% plant-based nutrition featuring 85+ superfoods.
  • Available in vanilla, chocolate, matcha, coconut acai, and chai.
  • Approximately $4 per serving, almost double the price vs LYFE Fuel

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4 per serving

LYFE Fuel Overview

The LYFE Fuel formulation nourishes the body and brain with 32 real food ingredients. Gulping down one shake gives you a garden's worth of variety with a daily multivitamin thrown into the mix.

lyfe fuel compared to kachava

LYFE Fuel does a good job of integrating fruits and vegetables to provide a variety of antioxidants and probiotic sources. For example, the berry blend component features cranberry, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, elderberry, tart cherry, and cranberry. The organic greens component is made from wheatgrass, broccoli, broccoli sprouts, cabbage, parsley, spirulina, kelp, dulse, chlorella, kale, and more.

It's also nice to see an enzyme blend to ensure that the high-value ingredients in the shake can be digested and absorbed properly in the gut. This blend includes amylase, lactase, lipase, protease, and cellulase.

This is a shake that really understands the needs of the gut. In addition to offering a wealth of prebiotic fibers in the form of everything from spirulina to sprouts, the blend has a probiotic component featuring:

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS.
  • L. plantarum.
  • L. rhamosus.
  • B. breve.
  • B. longum.

In reality, a blend with five probiotics provides more than most actual probiotic supplements on the market that offer just one or two strains. Finally, more vitamins and antioxidants are delivered in the form of flax, grape seed, coenzyme Q10, inositol, and vitamin K2.

Pros:

  • The price makes this a great value.
  • Delivers five probiotic strains for optimal gut health.
  • Tons of natural, high-quality prebiotics.
  • Just 110 calories per serving.
  • Just 5 grams of carbs per serving (2% of DV).
  • Antioxidant-rich berry content is great for fighting free radicals.

Cons:

  • No clear information on what's in the proprietary berry and prebiotic blends within the mix.
  • Fiber content is lower than expected.

Ka'Chava Overview

Ka'Chava offers an intensive plant-based meal-replacement shake featuring more than 85+ superfoods and nutrients. The shake features a plant-based protein blend consisting of yellow pea, organic sacha inchi, organic amaranth, organic quinoa, and organic whole-grain brown rice. There's also a fiber blend featuring whole-grain oat, organic acacia gum, flax, and chia.

kachava compared to lyfe fuel

Ka'Chava does something interesting by adding organic coconut flower nectar, organic maqui berry, and camu camu berry to make its berry blend featuring organic strawberry, organic tart cherry, organic blackberry, organic blueberry, and organic raspberry more exotic.

What ultimately elevates Ka'Chava is its adaptogen blend. This places Ka'Chava more in line with something like the popular Athletic Greens AG1 product. Just keep in mind that this might not be what you're looking for when you're simply seeking a way to add vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to your diet to help with energy and digestion. That comes down to the "carb" issue.

It's important to put the spotlight on the 24 grams of carbs per serving with Ka'Chava. This represents 8% of your full daily value of carbs coming from a single liquid source.

K'Chava's adaptogen blend features 100% organic shiitake mushroom mycelia, maitake mushroom mycelia, reishi mushroom mycelia, cordyceps mushroom mycelia, ginger root, and maca root. This adaptogen component is why the price point is almost double compared to LYFE Fuel.

There's also a super-greens/vegetable blend that's similar to what you get with LYFE Fuel that packs in 100% organic carrot, beet, broccoli, tomato, kale, cabbage, parsley, leaf, Brussel sprouts, green pepper, cucumber, celery, garlic, green onion, cauliflower, asparagus, and chlorella.

Like LYFE Fuel, Ka'Chava features a probiotic blend. Unfortunately, Ka'Chava only uses Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus acidophilus instead of offering the five comprehensive strains featured in LYFE Fuel's blend. If you're trying to balance out your gut health, more variety is better with probiotic strains because you can't replenish depleted gut bacteria of a specific strain if you're using the wrong strains. Finally, the digestive enzyme blend helps the body to utilize all of the vitamins and antioxidants in the shake using amylase, protease, cellulase, lactase, and lipase.

Pros:

  • Well-rounded mix that covers all the bases.
  • Plant-based protein makes this a great workout companion.
  • Adaptogen blend is full of high-quality mushrooms known to de-stress the body.
  • Great flavors that allow you to mix things up when you get bored.

Cons:

  • Price point is a little high.
  • Due to the fact that this shake is composed mostly of proprietary blends, it's hard to know how much you're getting from each ingredient.
  • 24 grams of carbs is very high.

Comparison Section: Ka'Chava Vs. LYFE FUEL

Vs.

Ka'Chava

LYFE Fuel

Calories Per 100g:

400

333

Protein Per 100g:

42g

55g

Carbs Per 100g:

40g

18g

Fat per 100g:

12g

6g

Vitamin D3 + K2 (Bone Health):

Choline + B12 (Brain Health):

CoQ10 (Metabolism):

Comparing Formulas

It's pretty easy to see from a quick side-by-side comparison that Ka'Chava is more intensive. Someone who needs lots of extra calories per day might like that. However, you really need to pay attention to fat and calories before committing to Ka'Chava.

Ka'Chava is a far "richer" blend compared to LYFE Fuel. This applies everywhere from flavors to calories. Ka'Chava has 240 calories per serving compared to LYFE Fuel's 110 calories per serving. Ka'Chava also has 7 grams more of protein per serving compared to LYFE Fuel. While LYFE Fuel's 18 grams per serving is impressive, it can't touch the 25 grams per serving offered by Ka'Chava.

However, not everyone is going to have the lifestyle that justifies taking in those extra calories and fat for just a little more protein. We're looking at 7 grams of fat per serving for Ka'Chava compared to just 2 grams for LYFE Fuel. In addition, LYFE Fuel is a low-carb option that has just 5 grams of carbs per serving. In contrast, Ka'Chava is a higher-carb formula with 25 grams of carbs per serving.

Another point where Ka'Chava "gives more" is fiber content. While LYFE Fuel offers just 1 gram of dietary fiber, Ka'Chava offers 6 grams. Finally, just keep in mind that all of the extra nutrition in the Ka'Chava shake does come with some extra fat.

The good news is that both brands are free from sweeteners, fillers, dairy, soy, and artificial ingredients.

Comparing Taste

Both shakes are tasty. Ka'Chava provides five flavors to choose from versus LYFE Fuel's chocolate or vanilla options. All of Ka'Chava's flavors have something that feels like a strong oat base to them. The chocolate tastes a little bit like it has some "brownie" batter in it. Meanwhile, vanilla is a little more like "plain" than vanilla. The chai, macha, and acai are great for mixing things up. The acai is especially fun because it has a fresh and fruity taste. The chai has a strong cinnamon profile. You may find that Ka'Chava is only palatable if you mix your shake up in the blender to get rid of chalkiness.

LYFE Fuel's chocolate and vanilla shakes have very standard taste profiles that balance natural, earthy flavors with fragrant hints of either chocolate or vanilla. The chocolate has some strong "green smoothie" undertones coming through under the chocolate flavoring. The vanilla also shares the same strong "green" taste coming through its enjoyable vanilla notes. Most people will enjoy that the natural flavors of greens come through because it's a reminder that you're not drinking something filled with artificial ingredients.

Comparing Pricing and Cost

We're looking at $4 per serving for Ka'Chava versus $2.60 per serving for LYFE Fuel. Is the price justified? If you feel that you need adaptogens in your life, Ka'Chava offers a decently priced way to get them without using a separate supplement. The truth is that LYFE Fuel is an excellent supplement shake for someone looking to add some antioxidants and nutrients to their day without complicating things by seeing how their body reacts to more "exotic" adaptogens.

Other Meal Replacement Shakes Besides Ka'Chava and LYFE Fuel

Ka'Chava and LYFE Fuel are part of a growing category of filler-free nutrition shakes. Several brands are offering "clean nutrition" in powder form. If you just can't fall in love with the flavor or texture of Ka'Chava or LYFE Fuel after giving them a try, consider one of the following meal replacements.

Click to read more about alternative products

Level-1 by 1st Phorm

If you're looking for a low-fat, low-calorie shake that really packs in the protein, Level-1 by 1st Phorm is worth a glance. This blend offers 24 grams of protein for just 140 calories and 2.5 grams of fat. However, Level-1 doesn't offer the "clean" formulation that you're getting with Ka'Chava and LYFE Fuel. The ingredient list features soy, modified food starch, corn syrup, Red #40, and Blue #1. Many people do love that Level-1 comes in 11 ultra-decadent flavors that offer a "favorite" for everyone. Let's call this the "yummy" option.

310 Nutrition

310 Nutrition is known for its plant-based mocha shake. This formula is actually very similar to Ka'Chava's formulation. In addition to offering plant protein from pea, brown rice, and pumpkin, it also has an adaptogen blend that's powered by chaga, cordyceps, lion's mane, and reishi. Similar to Ka'Chava and LYFE Fuel, 310 has 25+ superfoods, probiotics, and digestive enzymes. The big difference is that 310 Nutrition is creamier and richer than just about any nutrition shake out there. If you're comparing 310 Nutrition to Level-1 by 1st Phorm, this is a much "cleaner" blend that is free of soy, sugary, dairy, and artificial additives.

Huel

Using plant-based protein, Huel Essential is a great alternative to LYFE Fuel and Ka'Chava as it is a legitamate meal replacement shake filled with superfoods, essential vitamins and minerals.

Main Differences Between Ka'Chava and LYFE Fuel

Ka'Chava and LYFE Fuel have three big differences. Those differences come down to protein, fiber, and adaptogens. Ka'Chava provides the protein, calories, and fat needed to actually count as a meal replacement without leaving you feeling shaky and hungry. Meanwhile, LYFE Fuel provides antioxidants and nutrients without necessarily filling in the gap left by a meal. Finally, Ka'Chava has a blend of adaptogens that brings "mushroom" power to your shake. This puts Ka'Chava in a class that's closer to something like Athletic Greens AG1 instead of LYFE Fuel. Of course, Ka'Chava is much pricier per serving than LYFE Fuel. LYFE Fuel also gets points for having more probiotic strains than Ka'Chava.

It's also important to talk about carbs one more time. While Ka'Chava has more than double the calories and fat of LYFE Fuel, it's even more important to look at the carb count. With 25 grams of carbs per serving, Ka'Chava has three times the carb content of LYFE Fuel.

Which Is Better: LYFE Fuel or Ka'Chava?

LYFE Fuel is the winner if you want an easy, affordable way to bring antioxidants from superfoods, probiotics, and essential digestive enzymes to your life without necessarily adding tons of fat, calories, and carbs. While Ka'Chava does a great job of incorporating protein and adaptogens into a single product, it does this for a high price when it comes to both actual cost and calorie count. It's hard to justify the price, high fat content, calories, and high carb count of Ka'Chava unless you're someone who is doing intense training that requires you to pack in calories.

About the Author

Lynn Rose is a super talented mom and Certified Nutritionist with a big passion for sharing knowledge. She spent about 10 years working in journalism, where she learned a lot about writing and telling stories. Lynn also worked in radio for about 3 years, doing all sorts of cool jobs like being on the air, directing programs, helping with promotions, and even designing websites. She has a B.A. in Communications. When she's not writing, Lynn loves to try different products and provide in-depth hands-on reviews.

  • I’m currently using Ka’chava. I like it but was looking to see if there were better recommendations. I’m confused by statements in your review. Which brand reports more protein? I believe it to be Lyfefuel but you made a statement that contradicts this. Also, K reports 248 cal/serving, while L is 333cal/serving. Your statement is K at 400 cal/serving.
    Could you clarify these contradictions please?
    Thank you

    • Hi Robin,
      I read your comments and I appreciate you bringing this up. My statement for calories in Ka’Chava is 240 calories per serving (which you should know is 2 scoops), while LyfeFuel has 110 calories per serving (1 scoop, which is approx. 33g). The 400 calories # is coming from 400 calories per 100g, not per serving. As for protein, LyfeFuel clearly states on their packaging that there is 18g of protein per serving, while Ka’Chava clearly states on their packaging that there is 25g of protein per serving. This is also clearly stated in my review. There are no contradictions, but we appreciate you voicing your opinion, which might help us simplify how we present the information.

  • Thank you for this review. I’ve been using KaChava for more than a year and have been looking to change things up (even the best tasting shakes get old after a while). Looks like LYFEfuel might be a good alternative. I like that it has less calories and carbs…that gives me a little more choice in what kind of healthy snack I can add in mid-morning. Your review is thorough and I appreciate that you don’t push either product, just present facts.

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