Wednesday, 23 March 2016 20:35

SunWarrior Raw Protein Review: Takes Some Getting Used To

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SunWarrior Warrior Blend protein is another raw vegan protein that I’ve been wanting to try for quite some time now. It’s one of those fancy-dancy all natural ‘Whole Foods’ style protein products that you see all over Instagram and stuff. I finally bought some for myself and have a super fun review ready for you. In this Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Vegan Review, I’m going to talk all about this protein. I’ll tell you what I like about it, what I don’t like about it, and why this is, in my opinion, one of your best bets when it comes to all-natural protein powders. As with all my protein reviews, I’ll keep things very light-hearted and fun. I think too many of the protein powder reviews these days are boring and just don’t have the same amount of spirit that mine do. But. I’ll let you decide for yourself. I think you’ll love my Sunwarrior Review. Sunwarrior. Such a cool name. Ok. Are you ready to learn what the best flavor is? What the formula is like, and if you should buy Sunwarrior Vegan protein? Of course you are. Let’s get it started!

I found SunWarrior at Whole Foods the other day, and I thought, what even is that stuff? I didn’t recognize it as a protein supplement at all because of the unnatural look. I do like unnatural-looking stuff though, so I meandered over and grabbed one of the tubs. I don’t know what my first impression was…I guess I was just confused. This protein powder is totally unorthodox looking. Why don’t we actually start with the packaging review because that’s what you notice FIRST about Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein. 

Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein Packaging Grade: 9.0

While my initial reaction was that of confusion, once I realized what this stuff actually was/is, I have gained a real appreciation of it. The jar itself is a big square, which you don’t expect from a protein powder. These products are almost always packaged in big wide cylindrical tubs. But not Sunwarrior. Nope. We are going to go against the grain, they said. And they certainly have. The square jar gives it a totally distinct look, that is further differentiated by the photo-realistic graphics on the front of the label. Look at me with my big words! Lol. The main graphic is a sky and could graphic that almost makes it looks like salad dressing, LOL. Actually you know what? I’ve seen this sort of label before…where was it?? Ohh I know! It was on FItTea. A product that I didn’t really like at all. Well. I don’t like ANY of those TeaTox products. But let’s get back to this protein packaging. The sunny and cloudy sky is the perfect backdrop to frame the lovely, text-based designs that sit in front of it. The fonts used for ‘WARRIOR BLEND’ and ‘vanilla’ are literally perfection. Another wonderful design element is/are the list of fun little icons along the bottom that tell you that it’s gluten-free, raw, soy free, and dairy free. It’s all great. I give them an ‘A’ on packaging. The taste? Not quite so much. 

Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein Flavor Grade: 8.0

So, I’ve had about 5 SunWarrior Warrior Blend shakes now, and what started as something that quite frankly I didn’t like at all, has sort of grown on me. I have the vanilla flavor, and the thing that threw me off at first was that it actually didn’t taste like vanilla at all at first. It didn’t taste bad at all, don’t get me wrong, but it really wasn’t a vanilla taste in my opinion. It’s sweet, but it’s not what you expect from a vanilla flavor. I think I was picking up some notes of citrus, and certainly some spiced flavors. I think a more appropriate name for this protein flavor would be something like ‘vanilla spice’ or ‘vanilla chai’, because when you do first try it, you can tell it’s not just another standard vanilla flavor. But once you get used to the way this protein tastes, it’s actually super enjoyable, so I’ll give it a ‘B’ on the flavoring. 

EDIT: I actually had the opportunity to try the chocolate flavor of this protein powder and I think it came out super well. I don’t know that it’s the BEST rendition of chocolate protein powder that I’ve ever tried, but it’s much better than many of them. If I had to choose between the chocolate and vanilla Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein, I would go with chocolate, unless you really like that sort of ‘spiced’ flavor profile. Hopefully that helps. Let’s look at the ingredient profile now. 

Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein Formula Grade: 8.5

I’ve been doing a pretty good job breaking down these Vegan protein formulas by now. There are several things I enjoy about a good Vegan protein, not the least of which is the ability to digest it. I’m starting to build up a slight lactose intolerance, which has taken many of my favorite proteins off the market. But I’m starting to realize that some Vegan proteins are actually super hard to digest as well. The Vega Sport Protein that I reviewed earlier in the week for example, disagrees with my stomach very much. I was curious to see if this one did the same thing. 

After taking it for about a week, I’ve found that Sunwarrior Raw Vegan protein is actually super easy to digest. There are some days when I do have a few little baby-burps, but for the most part, It’s been going down super smooth. Here are the ingredients in Sunwarrior Protein: 

Pea Protein

Cranberry Protein

Hemp Seed Protein

Vanilla Extract

Natural Fibers

Stevia

Sea Salt 

Medium Chain Triglycerides 

Herbal Tea Leaf

Natural Citrus Extract

Organic Cinnamon Extract

That’s not such a bad ingredient profile at all. I think from a sodium standpoint, this protein is on the high side (320mg), and I also wouldn’t mind seeing them add about four more grams of protein to each serving to get up over 20 (currently 19g per serving), but then again you can just add another half scoop to get to where you like to be in terms of grams of protein. The overall calorie count of 100 is pretty great though. I’ll give the protein a middle of the road ‘B’. It could improve but it’s adequate, if not slightly above average. 

Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein Review Summary

  • Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein Packaging Grade: 9.0
  • Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein Flavor Grade: 8.0
  • Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein Formula Grade: 8.5
  • Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein Value Grade: 8.8

All things considered, I do like this protein. At first, the taste is a little strange, but you get used to it. The price point is fair, and you can scoop it up for pretty cheap online. I would recommend the chocolate flavor. It looks pretty cool too.*

 

Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein Final Review Score: 8.9

Allie Lewis

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