Saturday, June 25, 2016

Garden of Life RAW Protein Powder Review

Garden of Life RAW Protein Powder Review
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Garden of Life RAW Protein Powder Review

As one of the flagship products of this brand, Garden of Life RAW Protein is perhaps the most popular raw vegan protein powder found on the shelves of most health food stores.

With Garden of Life's live probiotics and enzymes blends and organic sprouted protein, this product supports optimal digestive health and function, which is nice addition for athletic recovery and general supplementation.

Overall, Garden of Life RAW Protein powder is universal for all walks of life. Whether for athletic recovery or a weight loss supplement, this is a highly versatile raw vegan protein powder.

In my Garden of Life RAW Protein review, I had the distinct, first-world privilege to taste all four flavors. But before getting into the flavor review of this vegan protein powder, take a quick peek at the full ingredients list.

Nutritional Review of Garden of Life Raw Protein

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In addition to the probiotics and enzymes, Garden of Life RAW Protein contains 17 grams of plant-based protein and a nice boost of fat soluble vitamins (including a good dose of Vitamin D, A, E, and K from this brand's  Vitamin Code® line.) The protein blend is actually a "RAW Sprout Blend" and it hosts an impressive roster of sprouted plants.

And they are: (organic) sprouted brown rice protein, amaranth sprout, quinoa sprout, millet sprout, buckwheat sprout, garbanzo sprout, lentil sprout, adzuki bean sprout, flax seed sprout, sunflower seed sprout, pumpkin seed sprout, chia seed sprout, sesame seed sprout. Nice!

To cap-off the nutritional review of Garden of Life RAW Protein, the product also includes a few unique vitamins and nutrients (apart of the Vitamin Code® Code Factors™ blend) including glutathione and Beta-glucans (a couple of immunity-boosting badasses.)

Now for the fun part: the flavor review of the four flavors that make up Garden of Life RAW Protein. Let's get into it!

Flavor Review of Garden of Life RAW Protein Powder

Garden of Life RAW Protein Unflavored ReviewThe four flavors in the roster of Garden of Life RAW Protein powder include: Unflavored, Chocolate, Vanilla, and Vanilla Spiced Chai. From an overall perspective in reviewing each flavor, I did find there to be a subtle layer of sooty chalkiness to the mix (when combined with just milk,) but this was practically unnoticeable after blending the each protein powder into a smoothie. Nonetheless, each flavor is well-balanced in terms of sweetness and texture, and the overall flavor review of Garden of Life RAW Protein was a positive experience. 

Unflavored Flavor Review (Sweetness Scale 0/10)

Starting with flavor that has no flavor, this choice hit home in the category of natural-tasting protein powders in that its very transparent and versatile for just about any application, ranging from oatmeal to smoothies. On its own with just milk, the unflavored option of Garden of Life RAW Protein was a bit chalky, so I do suggest blending it with something. It stealthy presence with practically unnoticeable in my green smoothie. If you're looking for a vegan protein powder for weight loss, this is good option in that it nutritionally dense, low in calories, and isn't sweet (so it won't trigger your tastebuds into wanting more.)
Garden of Life RAW Protein Chocolate Review

Chocolate Flavor Review (Sweetness Scale 4/10)

Because I am picky about about my chocolate-flavored vegan protein powders, I embraced this option of Garden of Life RAW Protein with a food critic's mindset. The experience and outcome was overall pleasing (and slight nostalgic.) This flavor reminded me of chocolate Ovaltine, in that it had a rich, milk chocolate taste that was quite delightful. Great on its own with just milk, this flavor is also a nice addition to oatmeal and decadent smoothies (i.e. real coconut milk, banana, etc.) This chocolate flavor of Garden of Life RAW Protein is one of the best in its class.
Garden of Life RAW Protein Vanilla Review

Vanilla Flavor Review (Sweetness Scale 5/10)

If you're fan of vanilla-flavored vegan protein powders, then you also can't go wrong with Garden of Life RAW protein vanilla. It has a distinct vanilla bean flavor that tastes great and can be added to a number of applications, especially smoothies. It's mildly sweet and has no stevia aftertaste like other vanilla-flavored options out there. Very pleased in reviewing this product, I put this choice on my list of recommendable vanilla flavored protein powders.

Garden of Life RAW Protein Vanilla Chai Review

Vanilla Chai Flavor Review (Sweetness Scale 5/10)

Saving the best and most unique for last, the vanilla chai flavor of Garden of Life RAW protein is a superb choice if you want some chai-infusion in your vegan protein powder. The company did us chai-lovers a solid with this product, as the taste is phenomenal. It's moderately sweet with a great balance of chai spice and vanilla bean, making it a delicious combination for the right application. It's certainly not as transparent and universally-applicable as some of the other options, so make sure you really like the chai before you buy. But if you do, you're in for a treat.