Sunwarrior Review – A Healthy Plant-Based Protein Powder

Product: Sunwarrior Classic Plus

Price: $39.00 for 30 servings

The Place to Buy: Sunwarrior Classic Plus Website

Size of Container: 500 Grams

My Rating: 9.8/10

Overview

We want the best protein powder worth our precious dollars and not only for our health but also for taste. So I am going to help you out!

I have been using plant-based protein powders for many years now and during that time have used a variety of brands. I use them to make a healthy shake after my work out as well as use them in my oats for breakfast!

In choosing a protein powder, I have come to realize the importance of reading the nutrition information on not only protein powder but all processed products. I understand what to look for now.

The ingredients!

It is actually imperative to know how to read and understand what food you are putting into your body if you want to live a healthy lifestyle and to lose weight.

Some protein powder brands, for example, have unnecessary ingredients in them that are processed and unnatural. Some examples include preservatives, refined sugars, and thickeners; these foods in excess can influence your health and fitness goals.

 

Pea Protein

First off, most plant-based protein powder is made from pea protein, so let’s find out about the basics of this common ingredient in plant-based protein.

  • It is made from the yellow pea, Pisum Sativum
  • It is not a complete protein – it has all amino acids but is low in methionine and cystine
  • Therefore it should be used as a supplement and not a replacement
  • It is tasteless so can be mixed with any foods and will not alter the taste
  • It is great for anyone who is a Vegan or a Vegetarian
  • It is easily digestible so it is great for those who have digestive issues or are lactose intolerant

There are 9 amino acids which compromise a complete protein, as recommended by the Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board.

These include Tryptophan, Threonine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine + Cystine, Phenylaline + Tyrosine, Valine, and Histidine.

 

 

 

 

Ingredient List in Sunwarrior Protein:

So I have told you how important ingredients are in regards to your health and well-being, so let’s have a look at what is inside the Sunwarrior Classic Plus.

1.  Proprietary protein blend:

  • Organic Brown Rice
  • Organic Pea
  • Organic Quinoa
  • Organic Chia seed
  • Organic Amaranth

2.  Organic Vanilla flavor

3.  Unrefined sea salt

4.  Stabiliser (Organic Guar Fibre)

5.  Natural Sweetener (Organic Stevia Extract)

I definitely approve of the ingredients in Sunwarrior Protein because all of them are raw and pure. Additionally, they don’t just use one type of protein, (usually brands only use pea protein) they use 5! This is great because each ingredient provides us additional amino’s and nutrients to achieve a complete protein package and a nutrient explosion!

Sunwarrior Classic Plus has 18 grams of protein per serving, to find more information about protein intake on a plant-based diet click here.

(No GMO’s and Gluten-free)

 

Health Benefits of Foods You May Not Have Heard Of

 Amaranth

Amaranth is a seed of a plant and is naturally gluten-free. It has lysine which means it contains all amino acids so that makes it a complete protein.

Interestingly, to get an idea of the nutrient density and use of Amaranth, it was very popular among the Aztecs (1300 to 1521) and actually made up 80% of their diet!

In terms of nutrition, Amaranth contains 26 grams of protein per cup which is much higher than most grains like wheat and rice.

It is a great source of fiber with 13 grams per uncooked cup compared to 2 grams in white rice.

 

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a very nutrient dense food.

It is especially great because you consume a load of nutrients in just a small dose!

Chia seeds also contain Fibre, Protein, Healthy fats (5 of which are Omega – 3’s), Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Manganese. They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2. What a truckload!

 

Quinoa

Quinoa is a popular ingredient used on a plant-based diet due to its healthy carbohydrate and protein quantity. It is also high in dietary fiber, B vitamins and dietary minerals in rich amounts.

 

 

Guar Gum

Guar Gum is extracted from guar beans and used as a thickening and stabilizing agent due to its appropriate properties.

 

 

 

 

Stevia

Stevia is a shrub from the tropical and subtropical America. The leaves of the shrub are used as a sugar substitute; it is popular because of its calorie-free makeup.

 

 

The Taste of Sunwarrior Protein

The taste is an important thing in a protein powder. I know many people that can’t seem to find a brand that has a tasty flavor and pleasantly used with just water. There are other ways to use a protein powder that can make it taste better, but sometimes it can just be easier to mix it with water straight after the gym. Sunwarrior protein has a subtle vanilla flavor (if choosing the vanilla flavor, there is also chocolate and natural) but it is not too intense as some brands have it.

 

 

 

 

When I do use it in other ways such as in my oatmeal, it makes it taste especially great. It actually helps me to use less sweet ingredients such as maple syrup because the protein powder gives it a nice vanilla and sweet flavor already.

Read More: How To Make Protein Powder Taste Better

The Cons

I can’t really think of any cons, to be honest with you, the ingredients are raw and healthy, the flavor is delicious, and the price is reasonable. I suppose the only con I can think of would be the amount of protein powder in the tub, it is ¾ full but not 100% full but let’s be honest, most packaged foods are like that anyways.

Overall Impression

There are many great plant-based protein powders out there and I believe this is one of them, the benefits are tremendous and are exactly what we need on a health and fitness journey, not only that but it is enjoyable and affordable!

Another take-home message is to remember to look at the ingredient list of any processed food product as that is where we really find out if a product is healthy or not.

If you are just starting out in your health and fitness journey, you can check out the following link to learn basic but crucial tips for starting a healthy lifestyle.

Read More: How To Start Eating Healthy For Beginners – 11 Crucial Lessons 

Thank you so much for reading this review and I hope you found it informative!

Please feel free to comment below your experiences with protein powder or anything you like, I would love to hear from you all.

 

Yours Truly,

 

Danielle Packer

The Earth Co.

Active Lifestyle

Life Grip 5 Greens Powder Review – A Raw and Plant Based Product

Life Grip 5 Greens PowderLife Crip 5 Greens Powder

  • Product: Life Grip 5 Greens Powder Review
  • Price: RRP $69.95
  • Size of Product: 400g tub – 40 serves per tub (5 weeks)
  • Guarantee: 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • My Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Overview

Greens, which are full of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are vital for a healthy lifestyle but it is so hard sometimes to remember to incorporate them into your diet on a regular basis. Greens Powders however are an easy and effective way to do this.

I put 1 tbsp. of greens powder into my protein smoothie every morning after I have been out to the gym. This means every day I am getting the necessary nutrients into my system for me to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

What I hear a lot from people is that they do not want to use greens powder because they don’t fancy the taste of some brands and I can agree to that! But Life Grip 5 Greens powder has no taste to it so if you added it to a smoothie for example, you can still enjoy your smoothie ingredients without ‘wrecking’ the taste.

Additional to that is that some greens powder brand’s are not 100% raw because they have additives thrown in or they do not have a range of super foods in their mix which is so much better for us as we don’t usually eat super foods in our everyday meals, why not get the maximum benefits?

Product Description:

Life Grip has only 5 ingredients; that is it! No messing around with these guys, the ingredients are as follows:

  • Wheat Grass
  • Barley Grass
  • Alfalfa
  • Oat grass
  • Spelt Grass

Because there are only 5 ingredients, every 10 gram serve you consume, you are getting a larger dose per ingredient. The reason why there are only 5 is that there is a large amount per ingredient per serve. While in comparison to other brand’s who put in a lot of different ingredients into their product and so you would be getting a smaller amount of each ingredient per serve.

These 5 ingredients are all 100% Australian grown sprouted greens. No additives, no nasties and nothing artificial! Not only are there no additives but the ingredients themselves are FULL of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which are especially useful for people who are starting a plant based lifestyle and do not know what foods to starts with to get all the nutrients they require.

5 Greens Nutrition Table

Health Benefits

These 5 ingredients were picked together very well because all of them have such a range of similar health benefits due to their nutrient content. Here are just a few of them:

  1. Regulates Blood Pressure
  2. Improves Digestion
  3. Controls Cholesterol Levels
  4. Boosts Immunity

Their Message

The brand’s message is all about using a healthy diet, an active lifestyle and meditation to combat mental health and prevent diseases. This is a message we should all want to support and be engaged in because there is reoccurring evidence that suggests a strong link between mental health including depression and anxiety symptoms; and with people that live an unhealthy and inactive lifestyle.

Active Lifestyle“Improve Mental Health and Prevent Disease through Nutrition Meditation and Active Lifestyles” Adam Phillips, Founder of Life Grip

Stronger beliefs about the ability to engage in healthy lifestyles are related to healthier living attitudes and healthier lifestyle choices. This is what this brand supports and wants to preach to the world, so it is a brand I trust.

Cons

Honestly the only con I can think of would be the up front cost of the product. Although in saying that, greens powders are usually always quite expensive and Life Grip provides a large package so the price fits the value and quantity given. What is also handy is if you are unsatisfied with the product they provide a 30 day money back guarantee, so ultimately there is no downfall when investing into your health with Life Grip.

 

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