This is not your average protein powder; most of the versions you’ll have seen are made with a base of whey, a cow’s milk protein, and then mixed with a ton of artificial flavourings and synthetically-derived vitamins and minerals.
Sunwarrior is an amazing company who make their powder out of sprouted brown rice protein. When any food is sprouted, its protein, vitamin, and mineral levels shoot up and it reaches its highest nutrient density. Sunwarrior Protein therefore doesn’t need any sketchy additions to its formula – it is naturally rich in iron, potassium, riboflavin, calcium, and niacin. Plus, it’s also a great way to get your ‘tocos’ – tocopherols and tocotrienols, extremely powerful antioxidants that are part of the vitamin E family. In terms of protein, one 70 calorie/21gram scoop contains 16grams of the highest-quality protein, protein that the body can easily assimilate. In fact assimilation is perhaps more important when considering a protein source than the percentage of protein, which is misleading. We assume that the amount of protein in a food that we eat will be the amount we will gain from it, but that’s far from the case.
Unlike other protein powders, Sunwarrior doesn’t have that chalky texture to it and I find it blends really well with other ingredients. This Vanilla version tastes very mild and just a tad sweet, thanks to the little bit of Stevia they use to flavour it with. I love to add a scoop of it to my smoothies for a nutrient boost and some staying power.
If you’re an oatmeal fan, I’d also recommend adding it in to your morning bowl to round out its macronutrient profile. You can also make Protein Muffins with it and other baked goods by subbing out some of the flour for the same volume of Sunwarrior.