What Are Protein Powders?
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Anyways, thanks again for the extensive research h and effort behind this post! Just wanted to say thank you for testing these out. Do you have any idea how the Garden of Life product you reviewed compares to the Raw Organic Meal product? I mean- it seems to blend all the way in cashew Malk. We will be trying it in our smoothie today. I hope it goes well. By itself- it tastes like fake sweetener and dirt.
Now for my 2 cents…. HPN ProZero in both vanilla and strawberry. My nutritionist and trainer looked at the macros and advised me to throw it out. Time for some marketing!! Aloha protein actually had a recall a few months back and a lot of people got sick from it myself included. The original version of it was sub-par to begin with, and after the new one came out, they never really seemed to get it right.
Literally left a bad taste in my mouth. I wish I had this review a few weeks ago! Wow thank you so much! They have vanilla, chocolate, vanilla latte, and pumpkin spice flavors- great for baking and smoothies? Keira, I was thinking the same thing as I was reading the article! Can I also recommend you try Sun Pyramid?
Thank you so much for this review! Thank you SO much for this! We will be trying it today. Thank you for doing this! I always buy chocolate because I mix it with water immediately after my gym workout. That is ridiculous, especially for a mere supplement.
Sure, the others may not taste as well. It is a shame that your review did not account for price per serving. The review is very comprehensive and gives some insight into all the categories you critiqued. However money is often the bottom line for me. Thanks for this review! Unless mixed in with a lot of fruit and almond milk. I like many of these brands in their chocolate counterparts, but definitely not in the vanilla. You should try another review with the chocolate ones: I love both the vanilla and chocolate — seriously the best tasting protein mix out there.
I was thinking the same! I tried Arbonne as my friend is a rep and she really likes it… oh my gosh it was yum! It was very similar to the Vegetein that I can no longer get. Thanks for figuring it out for me! Thanks for doing the research for us. I think this is my first comment in a blog, ever, but seeing the need for a nice protein powder and the fact I found it: I have to say the Arbonne Protein Shake Vanilla.
It is an amazing protein powder with nutritional value and an excellent taste, it is vegan and all sort of good things.. I know you checked Amazon, easily accessible, affordable, etc, but if anyone is looking for something they do no dread to drink this is the one. Thanks for your awesome blog. This was super interesting and helpful! Thank you for the variety of brands you used…most of them I had never heard of before!
Thanks for doing all the work! I was actually standing in the protein powder aisle this morning just staring at the options. I cannot buy mosto of these because i live in Europe but it was still super interesting! I would love to see A review of unflavoured proteins as I mostly use those, mixed info soups! I find them easy to take in that way. Also, I hate Vega protein powders!
They all taste terrible. Thanks to you, I will now! Thanks for the in depth review of others though! This was a helpful post. Unfortunately I just bought a tub of the Orgain Vanilla mix. I use Orgain all the time, but I love it!
It mixed up pretty thick and kept me full for a long time. Spirutein is also pretty good. I had no idea they even made one! Thank you for taking the time and expense to do that. My sister just started using bobs. That was a big disappointment to me.
Hmm, examining the ingredients myself I felt good about them. What a great review! I used to love Vega when it was new and it provided the iron I needed which is why I started, as did everyone I knew who was taking it but when they changed the formula it no longer had the high iron and it also left me feeling heavy after.
I will definitely be picking up 2 on your list… thanks again for going through all this time and effort for eeveryone. Thank you for this post. I loved this post! I have to disagree though- I love Vega Sport! Excellent list of proteins! Their protein is the best tasting protein I have tried in a long time!
It is the perfect addition to any of my smoothies. They also have a chocolate flavored one! Here is a link if anyone is interested: Very simple, high-quality ingredients. You can buy it at Bulk Barn. The top 3 were very unexpected for me.
I never would have guessed that garden of life would have tasted good. I was also surprised that aloha protein powder did not meet your expectations.
Sun warrior — I have tried, but it made my nose feel weird and itchy so I was thinking my body was reacting to some ingredient in the powder. I agree with you — The taste was a bit odd too. It is a delcious vegan protein powder made from potato and pea!
It also has lots of healthy coconut fats in it which makes it more satisfying and no sweeteners! It is very smooth! Thanks, love your recipes!! And am right there with you on your thoughts on them all. Having tried so many, I stuck with Garden of Live Vanilla ages ago and use it daily, so in love with it. I wish I could use BRM, but the inulin and other fillers in it just messes up my stomach.
Thank you for doing all this leg taste work! And thanks for all of your great recipes and posts and the Everyday Cooking cookbook! They are truly appreciated. I actually love the Amazing Grass Protein Superfood! Are any of these gluten free? Its delicious and blends perfectly in smoothies and baking! Once you pick out your favorites you can also double check the listing I link to! Wow, this review is so helpful! Will have to give it a try! In my own personal quest, my results were about the same.
Great for anyone just starting out! Hi…My favourite so far has been the Garden of Life Natural meal replacement. I do not like the flavoured ones and this one has its own unique flavour with just the right amount of sweetness. It does not use Stevia which I dislike…most of the meal replacements, protein powders are sweetened with Stevia and way too sweet.
Vega is the worst! If I want vanilla flavour, I just add some extract.. If I want chocolate, I add natural cocoa powder. I also have added a ripe banana or some spinach. I do it myself that way I get the choice. It blends nicely into smoothies and can be used in baking.
The flavour is amazing!! I laughed when I saw the Vega Protein and Greens review. I tried it once and it was the most awful thing ever! I wondered how it would rank in your review. Thanks for your hard work, Dana! Thank you for the review. I can always doctor it up as needed. Thanks again for your thoughtful review.
Garden of life is better, 2g per serving, 10 serving per container. The Garden of life is 20 servings per container. So Garden of life is the most economic and organic. If forgot, maybe for the same price and good ingredients, this one recommands by Dr.
Axe, could be a good alternative. It has been the best thing I have tried and actually pretty pleasant. I first found it at Costco during a Vitamix demo. It lends a very very slight sweetness to a smoothie with great blendability. Thanks for reviewing these! There sure are a lot of protein powders out there…. I usually opt for unflavored powders, as I find that the flavored ones often contain sugar, which I like to avoid.
It would be nice to know what these are sweetened with. Dana, thank you so much for taking the time to review protein powders. I had given up on vegan protein powders, because I tried so many that I truly hated. Thank you so much for this review and all this work!! I have been wanting to try the SunWarrior but would opt for the Natural instead of the Vanilla. I love your recipes and your site, thanks for all you do! I currently already use the garden of life, and will look no further after reading this.
Really helpful article, previous commenters suggested a price per serving comparison as well, is that possible to add or do in the future? But great idea to focus on the readily available ones anyways ie on amazon. I live in Canada so some of these are not available for me, for example the aloha brand which after reading the review I am no longer sad about!
Looking forward to a chocolate review: Sneaky protein is good sometimes haha. Thanks for the feedback. Hey Dana, This is a great post. What a great roundup, Dana!
Thank you for testing these many protein powders!.. The reason I ask is because this is what I am working on now since the packaged powders are so pricey for our family. We were going through a 2 lb tub in 5 days. At a min of 30 bucks each, this adds up quick! Thank you for this review! I add Garden of Life Protein and Greens to smoothies. I have wondered about the many other brands available, so glad you took the guess work out of it for us.
Thanks so much for this thorough review! I use the Yeast for Baking Bread and have always been satisfied with the results. Thanks for the in-depth review. Tons of useful information. Seems one would be better-served by sticking to real, whole foods— for protein and other nutritional needs.
It is pure vegan energy, purely derived. Thanks for the review. I was a daily Shakeology user, until I started having severe abdominal pain and discovered that I had developed an allergy to quinoa. I also discovered from my gastroenterologist that quinoa allergy is becoming much more common. I share this here just in case anyone else develops similar symptoms. Thanks Dana for your review! Helpful and insightful and a great time saver!!! It is definitely worth a try and all of the flavors are good.
Who knew they made a protein powder? Thank you for your reviews! This is such a fabulous list and analysis! This is excellent and on par with my past experiences. Bodylogix has given me great results while being quite palatable. I can easily find the BRM products but never thought to try the protein powder. There is a fairly new powder I am in love with called Iron Vegan you may want to try if you can get your hands on it! Thanks so much for doing this review! Too bad it came out after I already purchased a few bottles on a recent trip to the States.
Good for future reference though, thanks again: Look forward to reviews of flavoured ones. But for no-fuss mixing on the go, chocolate is much easier to get down. Texture was much less of an issue for most people. Vanilla and chocolate flavors earned nearly identical scores in that category, and most powders dissolved fairly easily. There were a few notable exceptions, though. After half an hour of sipping shakes, we found three protein powders that stood out above the rest.
Two of them received our highest scores for taste, while the third was the better of two unpleasant vegan powders we tested. Whatever you want out of your protein powder, one of these will have you covered. No artificial colors or sweeteners. On top of all that, it was the best-tasting powder we tried. This was especially impressive, considering vanilla flavors were otherwise universally hated by our testers.
Should you worry about GMOs? The evidence is still inconclusive , but Canada and the European Union have both banned its use due to concerns about increased levels of growth hormones and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Its powders mixed up easily in the water, without leaving any off-putting protein particles floating around in our drink.
It also earned an Texture drew all-around positive responses, too. It earned the highest score on Labdoor of any of the products we tested with an It was a close call between Garden of Life and the other vegan powder we tested, Vega, but Garden of Life had the edge in a few key areas. It received a slightly higher score overall on Labdoor Labdoor awarded Garden of Life a 95 and Vega just It is also the only product we tested that has been certified organic by the USDA, meaning it has to meet strict production requirements.
Garden of Life came in second to last, with Vega only a hair behind. Garden of Life left had a much more syrupy consistency than that of other options like Jay Robb's right. But there are several things you can do to minimize the flavor, like blending it with other ingredients — banana is a good masker — or adding more liquid to thin it out. And while it was syrupy, we appreciated how Garden of Life dissolved completely without using a blender, making it a good option for your drive home from the gym.
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