I’ve spent the last couple of weeks using SunWarrior’s Warrior Blend Chocolate Raw Plant-Based Protein Powder (how’s that for a long title?) for my breakfasts and lunches, and feel I’ve got a pretty good handle on it compared to the Vega product.
Overview: I really loved everything about this powder on paper – raw, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, hypo-allergenic, plant-based, et cetera, and their processes are natural, cold extrusion-based, free of solvents, radiation, artificial colors, and preservatives.
It boasts a complete protein profile, is high in antioxidants, and the package says it can “help alleviate candida,” possibly because there is no added sugar.
Cost: There are 47 servings per $39 bag, which breaks down to about $0.83 per serving – that’s really, really cheap; less than half the price of Vega’s powder.
Flavor: Very “meh;” the chocolate flavor (from cocoa powder) is almost unnoticeable. It’s not an unpleasant flavor, per se, but it’s also not incredibly tasty. When prepared in a blender, it is not chalky, gritty, or fibrous. It tastes best with milk, of course, but is palatable with water. Most days, I add about 1/8 cup of cocoa powder and 10 or so drops of liquid stevia to the shake, and that helps things significantly. Frozen or fresh fruit, frozen one-ounce cubes of whey, raw eggs, and other ingredients sometimes find their way into the blender, too.
Wind Turbine Factor: Significant. It took my innards almost two whole weeks to stop getting all gassy after having a serving of this stuff. I wouldn’t immediately bloat up, either; sometimes, it would take several hours.
Satiety: Mediocre at best. When supplemented with fruits, veggies, or other Stuff in the shake, I felt full for longer; however, the powder in water alone wears off in less than two hours.
Energy Levels: Also mediocre. I felt more energetic on the Vega mix, generally. Since being on the SunWarrior product, I’ve had frequent periods of lethargy and listlessness, despite going to the gym nearly every single day. Of course, this may have more to do with the insane heat wave and drought currently ravaging my home state of Michigan, but we do have air conditioning in our home.
Overall Thoughts: This seems to be a quality product, but (as with so many things in life,) I suspect how someone reacts to a given protein powder is going to vary from person to person. The friend who recommended this product to me loves it, and it’s working well for her. And it’s not like it’s not working for me, I just like the Vega product better I think.
Next up – an unflavored protein mix I ordered online from True Nutrition. I saved this one for last so I’d have a good baseline for comparison.
I’m very glad there are options for easy-to-make shakes; it makes things much easier for me not to have to choose/plan, prepare, and then eat a small, healthy, low-calorie meal. I’m doing far better at portion control and thinking about food as necessary fuel as opposed to OMG MUST HAVE ALL THE FOOD. It’s only been a very short while, though, and I know I could easily fall back down the rabbit hole without even realizing.
But those are all thoughts for another post. 🙂