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It’s true, I’m a vegan protein powder junkie.  After years of downing whey protein powders that left me feeling heavy and bloated, plant-based were a miracle for me.

I was really excited when I was sent a tub of PlantFusion Protein Powder in Vanilla Bean to review.

I admit at first I was a bit skeptical, is there really anything I could like more then my beloved Sunwarrior

As it turns out, I like this product almost as much!

PlantFusion is a plant-based blend of pea protein isolate, artichoke powder, organic sprouted amaranth powder and organic sprouted quinoa powder with added enzymes to help with digestion.

It is soy and gluten free and ground into an almost dust-like powder which makes it blend beautifully in a smoothie.  In one scoop there is 21g of high quality protein!  The only single downsize is that it’s not raw, however I can overlook that.

Price – MSRP for 1lb is US $26.99 and 2 lb is US $42.99

Availability – available to order online, soon to be launched in Canada in the coming weeks

I would love to see the company expand into energy bars because I think they would be a great addition.

It is obvious that the PlantFusion company pride themselves on high-quality products and their protein powder is an excellent example of that.

Try PlantFusion protein powder in this smoothie:

The Pomtini Smoothie

Ingredients

1 scoop PlantFusion protein powder in Vanilla Bean
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup pomegranate arils
1/3 cup frozen cherries
juice of 1/2 lime
2 cups (or 1 small carton) of VitaCoco Coconut water with Acai and Pomegranate

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth

Generally the first question I’m asked when I tell people I am vegan is “where do you get your protein?”

I suppose this is a valid question but protein is available in foods other then meat such as leafy greens, quinoa, hemp seeds, almonds, legumes, sprouts and of course plant-based protein powders!

I was really excited to receive Sunwarrior Chocolate and Vanilla Protein Powder to sample.

Sunwarrior is a fermented brown rice protein powder.  Raw brown rice is germinated to increase its bioactivity and break down the carbohydrates leaving it at 83% protein.  It is cultured with probiotics so it is easy on the digestive system and therefore easily digestible.  Sunwarrior is also processed below 90F to ensure all enzymes are intact.

It contains all 9 essential amino acids and other non-essential amino acids and has the highest Net Protein Utilization score (the amount of amino acids converted to proteins to the amount of amino acids supplied) of any vegetable based protein and the highest ratio of amino acids converted to proteins (amino acids are the building blocks of protein molecules.)

Sunwarrior is said to be allergen-free, as well as gluten-free and straight up vegan! While Sunwarrior is not Certified Organic, they use non-GMO foods and are in the process of obtaining organic certification.

What I love most about Sunwarrior is the taste.  Seriously this stuff tastes so smooth without leaving a chalky or unpleasant aftertaste that so many veg proteins have.  I know that it is of the highest quality and one bag lasts me awhile.

Price – approximately $60-65 a bag (lasts about 30-45 days if consuming 1 scoop per day)

Availability – in select health food stores and from RawNutrition.ca

My favourite ways to enjoy Sunwarrior is in a smoothie or protein pudding.

References

Sylvester Stallone, I loved you in Rambo, the Expendables and of course, Rocky.

You, at 65 remain one of Hollywood’s most charming, funny and physically fit actors and one of my personal favourites.

Until I came across this…

Stallone brand Protein Pudding.  Ugh. 

I get it, Sly I do.  You’re ripped, you want to help guys get ripped too but seriously?  Couldn’t you have just come out with a workout DVD or something?

The ingredients list is scarier then your role in Cobra.  No offense.

Milk Chocolate Ingredients: Water, calcium caseinate (a milk derivative), soy protein isolate, cocoa (processed with alkali), soybean oil, sodium chloride, dipotassium phosphate, carrageenan, dextrose, tricalcium phosphate, sucralose and acesulfame potassium.

Sorry, Sly, but I think you’re better at acting then at food preparation.  It’s cool, we all have our strengths right?

So I created a protein pudding that is easy, tasty and with whole-food ingredients you can pronounce.  It would make a perfect pre or post-workout meal.

Stallone-Styles Choco-Cado Protein Pudding

Ingredients

1 avocado
1 scoop Sunwarrior Chocolate Protein Powder
1 tbsp raw cacao
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp water or non-dairy milk
pinch of cinnamon

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients into a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until thoroughly mixed.
2. Chill in refrigerator for 30 mins and serve.

 

Featured on Diets, Desserts & Dogs Wellness Weekend

I have a reputation for visiting Fresh…a lot.  One of their locations is sandwiched between my home and my work.  Their menu has tons of options to keep a vegan satisfied and they carry Sweets From The Earth desserts which I’m known to have a fondness for.

One of my favourite items on the menu is the Date-Almond smoothie.  Looking at the ingredient list it seemed easy enough to recreate and far more cost effective.

Date-Almond Smoothie
inspired by Fresh

Ingredients

1 banana
1 scoop protein powder (I used Sunwarrior Chocolate, or use natural or vanilla flavour with 1 tbsp of raw cacao)
1 tbsp almond butter
3 Medjool dates
1 cup non-dairy milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 ice cubes
pinch of cinnamon

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in high-powered blender and blend until smooth

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