Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sunwarrior Illumin8 Review

Sunwarrior Illumin8 Plant-based Organic Meal Review 

More than just a plant-based protein powder, Sunwarrior Illumin8 Organic Meal is a complete nutritional shake that's rich with vitamins, minerals, gluten-free carbs, and healthy fats. Topped-off with blends of probiotics, enzymes, and sprouts, Sunwarrior Illumin8 makes for a nutritionally-solid and satisfying protein supplement.

Sunwarrior Illumin8 Review
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Now that I've become a regular in the wellness section of the local health food store, I've been chatting with employees about plant-based protein products. During one encounter, I was given an exclusive sample of Sunwarrior Illumin8 Aztec Chocolate to review. Overjoyed by gifts and customer appreciation, I was stoked to review Sunwarrior Illumin8.

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Nutrition Facts of Sunwarrior Illumin8 

Like I start all my plant-based protein powder reviews, it's good to first see what we're putting into our bodies. Although this product is tossed around as "meal replacement/nutritional shake," it is primarily a protein supplement. 

Depending on your lifestyle and diet, you may want to include more carbs and/or fats when using it (and perhaps not rely solely on Sunwarrior Illumin8 exclusively for a meal or a recovery supplement.) Click the image to review Sunwarrior Illumin8's nutritional value and gauge for yourself.

Flavor Review of Sunwarrior Illumni8

There are three flavors of Sunwarrior Illumin8 Plant-based Organic Meal: Mocha, Vanilla Bean, and Aztec Chocolate. Because my sample pack was the sexiest flavor, Aztec Chocolate, I haven't yet reviewed the other flavors in the Illumin8 series. (I will revise this review when I do.)

Aztec Chocolate (Sweetness Scale 7/10)

Of course subject to my personal palette, Sunwarrior Illumin8 Aztec Chocolate is a great tasting plant-based meal/protein powder that is deliciously smooth and balanced. Texturally, the powder is very refined, making for an easy-to-mix, creamy combination into almost anything (smoothies, oatmeal, or just milk/water.)

The flavor of Aztec Chocolate Illumin8 is incredible. If Sunwarrior took a playful approach with this line of products (which would've been a marketing fail,) this flavor would have been called Chocolate Fudge Brownie, because the cocoa is strong, yet richly and smoothly balanced like chocolate fudge and chocolate brownies, or both! (Vegan, or course.)

Sunwarrior Illumin8 Aztec Chocolate Review
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Illumin8 Aztec Chocolate is certainly sweet, but the stevia is modest and of high quality (does not overpower, nor linger.) Although a 7 is usually too high for my liking on the sweetness scale, I would use Aztec Chocolate again in the future, especially with (the real) coconut milk and some greens.

If you've had the chance to review Sunwarrior Illumin8 Organic Meal, let me know what you think below.

To buy Sunwarrior Illumin8 or for more information about this plant-based meal/protein powder, visit Sunwarrior.com.