As I may have already mentioned, I have been trying to eat more protein lately (nuts and egg whites come to mind first... no dirty). After a short period of doing this, I have noticed a whole lot more muscle tone without changing my workout regimen at all! I wish I had taken some comparison photos, but seriously, I have noticed a difference in a matter of two weeks.
To help these efforts, the lovely folks at Sun Warrior sent me a couple of samples of their raw vegan protein powder to try. I have tried some other powders in the past that have simply made me gag (vegan or otherwise). This is the main reason I don't use whey protein powders, besides the fact that they are often chemical-y, they never taste good. (NOTE: For those of you keeping track, yes, whey protein DOES contain lactose, but it's been processed and usually doesn't upset my stomach. Therefore, I very occasionally will drink whey protein if I am using the juice bar at the gym.)
Anyway, when I opened the envelope, I was thrilled to see the vanilla and chocolate varieties to try.
I have been drinking protein as I stretch after my workouts. I have a sports bottle with the Sun Warrior in it, add cold water (from the water fountain for now, sadly), shake, and drink. As hoped, this protein went down easily and mostly dissolved into the water. The flavor isn't too strong (as it's sweetened with stevia, which is a natural sweetener), and as I said, goes down easily without making me gag. At 70 calories and 16 grams of protein, plus a few other nice things like 6% of your daily calcium, this is a good deal! This is by far the best vegan protein I've tried thus far.
When it comes to flavor, I actually preferred the vanilla. I haven't had this powder any other way but with water, but I'm sure it'd be even better with cold (hemp) milk or in a smoothie. I know people cook/bake with protein powder, but that's not somewhere I've gone yet in my culinary adventures. Perhaps sometime soon?
FTC Disclaimer: I was given these samples to try and was not otherwise compensated to give any particular type of review.
(NOTE: I have been re-writing some of my reviews for clarity and detail. The original post for this item is dated 6/7/11.)