Friday, June 10, 2016

Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein Review

Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein Review

Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein Review
As the older cousin of Sunwarrior Classic, Sunwarrior Classic Plus is slight step-up that offers more protein and a richer amino acid profile. Sunwarrior Classic Plus is an organic, raw, vegan protein powder that provides a grain-heavy blend for those looking for a solid brown rice and quinoa base.

In this Sunwarrior Classic Plus protein review, we dive into the nutritional profile of the product, along with subjective review of its flavor, texture, and overall enjoyability. I also encourage you to check out this review on Sunwarrior Warrior Blend protein if you're looking for an even greater nutritional profile. First off, the nutritional profile review of Sunwarrior Classic Plus.

Nutritional Facts of Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein

Sunwarrior Classic Plus contains 20 grams of protein from the following organic sources: pea, brown rice, quinoa, chia seed, and amaranth. The amino acid profile in interestingly different than Warrior Blend, but still solid overall.

It probably goes without saying, but Sunwarrior Classic Plus is far from paleo. So if you're trying to eat a more grain-free, paleo/primal diet, again I suggest Warrior Blend or perhaps another brand like Garden of Life. Grain is currently a hot topic in the general fitness and athletic community, as it has similar, high glycemic response (like sugar) to the body. To what extent that response is in protein powders - I do not know. (Please comment if you do.)

Flavor Review of Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein

Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein Natural Review
In the flavor review of Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein, I had the distinct honor and first-world privilege to taste all three flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, and Natural. There were certainly some similarities in other Sunwarrior products - some more desirable than others. Let's get into it.

Sunwarrior Natural  (Sweetness Scale 0/10)

The Natural flavor of Sunwarrior Classic Plus is extremely smooth and transparent. It's practically 100% flavorless, so it makes for stealth inclusion in a smoothie or shake (retaining its "natural" flavor profile.) Sunwarrior Classic Plus is very refined and floury, so it blends well into just about anything. When it comes to the natural-flavored vegan protein powders, this one was one of the best I've reviewed.
Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein Vanilla Review

Sunwarrior Vanilla (Sweetness Scale 5/10)

Sunwarrior Classic Plus Vanilla is also extraordinarily smooth but with a delicious layer of sweetness. Moderate and delightful, the sweet vanilla flavor is very well-balanced and light with no artificial aftertaste (given its stevia providing the sweetness.)

Like the Natural flavor, Vanilla is not overpowering to a smoothie and offers some degree of transparency. All in all, this is an A+ vanilla protein powder.

Sunwarrior Chocolate (Sweetness Scale 5/10)

Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein Chocolate Review
To round out the series of Sunwarrior Classic Plus protein powder, the last to review was the Chocolate flavor. In short, this flavor made this line complete. The Chocolate flavor is more milk chocolate than dark chocolate, and its somewhat more creamy than other chocolate protein powders I've had.

However, the aftertaste was not as smooth as the other two flavors and was somewhat artificial-tasting. It is not my favor in the Classic Plus series of protein powders. But it is still a fine choice for a grain-forward vegan protein powder.