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
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.
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.
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!
(No GMO’s and Gluten-free)
Health Benefits of Foods You May Not Have Heard Of
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 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 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 is extracted from guar beans and used as a thickening and stabilizing agent due to its appropriate properties.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Earth Co.