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.

10 thoughts on “Sunwarrior Review – A Healthy Plant-Based Protein Powder

  1. Hi Danielle,

    I have heard about plant-based proteins but have never tried any of these. Can you compare plant-based protein to classic protein powder? Can you recognize any difference between those 2 in terms of taste or effect on your body?

    Would be great to also hear how well it digests.

    Eugen

    1. Hey Eugen! That is another article that I will be writing soon so stay tuned! Thank you for sharing your questions and thoughts 🙂
      I will say however that yes the two CAN taste different, sometimes Whey can taste better because it can give a more creamy flavor to it, but plant-based proteins are getting soo much better! They are also a better choice for you because they help with digestion and no cows were harmed in the process! Definitely a win, win.

  2. Great article! Danielle, I normally use whey protein powder on a regular basis but sometimes my stomach doesn’t want to be nice and I use my girlfriend’s plant-based protein and I really enjoy them. I don’t think she has tried this brand though I will have to forward this to her and have her check it out. Thanks for this.

    1. Thanks, Tony! Yes, it is common that whey protein sometimes doesn’t sit well in peoples stomachs. Plant-based protein is a really great option for better digestion 🙂 And yes be sure to let your girlfriend know! This is my favourite protein powder yet 🙂

  3. Hi Danielle, I can see that you know your stuff when it comes to protein powder! Thanks I learnt a lot from your post. I can see that not all protein powders are equal. When I checked the label on mine I can see that it isn’t nearly healthy as the Sunwarrior Protein Plus you describe here. Mine was store bought from Woolworths. I guess it’s OK for some extra protein, but when I’m shopping for my next one I’ll be more informed.

    1. Haha yes, I have had my fair share of protein powder in the years! I am so glad you learned something out of this article, and now you will be able to enhance your health because of it 😀

  4. Hi Danielle,

    I had no idea about the ingredients of the Sunwarrior powder. I think I must start looking for more information when I choose a protein powder.

    The taste was always a problem for me. Many times, I have stopped a powder only because of this problem. For this reason, I will give it a try on this one. It sounds really good!

    1. Thanks for commenting, Ilias! Yes, the ingredients are just amazing in this protein powder and the taste is really good. I hope it helps you in your quest for a great-tasting protein powder! Thanks again 🙂

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