For years I struggled to find a protein powder that I felt comfortable consuming on a regular basis. Chalkiness, grittiness, too much sugar, suspect filler ingredients, poor taste, digestive issues (bloating and gas), and lack of results were commonplace among the couple dozen protein supplements I tried. After a recommendation from a friend I gave Sun Warrior’s protein powder a whirl.
Finally, I’d struck protein gold!
Having gone through numerous containers of Sun Warrior’s Classic protein and new Warrior Blend, I felt compelled to write this review to highlight this superior protein supplement, share my results, and provide a place to send everyone who asks me which protein powder I use in my own smoothies.
Sun Warrior is running a few sales on their protein right now, see below for details.
What’s So Special About Sun Warrior Protein?
The protein content, perfectly balanced amino acid profile, product formulation, easy digestion, absorption, and great taste are what set Sun Warrior apart from the competition. At 85% protein, Sun Warrior protein has the highest (non soy) raw whole grain sprouted vegan protein on the market. This superior protein was designed for the health conscious, athletes, body builders, anyone looking to lose fat, build muscle mass and be extremely healthy and fit.
Billed as the ultimate anti-aging superfood protein, its complete amino acid profile allows for 98.2% assimilation. Sun Warrior is a raw (not heated over 90 degrees) vegan protein that is Organic, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Hypo-Allergenic, and Non-GMO. Non-vegans need not worry, this protein is designed for everyone, but perfect for those who refrain from eating animal products. It’s the best vegan and vegetarian protein on the market.
Sun Warrior Protein: Classic and Warrior Blend
Sun Warrior protein comes in two varieties, Classic and Warrior Blend. The Classic protein is the original brown rice protein I grew to love. A little over a year ago Sun Warrior released its newest creation, Warrior Blend. You’re probably wondering what the difference is between the two proteins – quite simply the ingredients used to produce the protein.
The Classic is made from whole grain brown rice, while Warrior Blend is made from pea, hemp seed, and cranberry seed proteins. The brown rice protein is slightly more dense and the particle size a little finer than the Warrior Blend. After several emails back and forth with Sun Warrior, I learned that there’s really no difference between the two in terms of protein quality or assimilation – both are fantastic. The best one is the one you prefer. I like to alternate between the two myself.
Like any food or drink, if it doesn’t taste good it won’t be around for long. With three great flavors to choose from: natural, chocolate and vanilla, along with a silky smoothie texture, Sun Warrior protein blends well into any smoothie or liquid. Say goodbye to the grainy, chalky texture characteristic of other protein supplements.
The chocolate is my favorite, and I find it provides plenty of flavor for my smoothies removing the need to use a sweetener. The vanilla is also quite tasty and blends well with apple and cinnamon…think apple pie. If you’d prefer a flavorless protein, the natural is for you.
It’s all about Digestion and Absorption…
If you purchase a protein powder that your body can’t properly digest and absorb, you’re throwing money down the drain. Because of the way Sun Warrior protein is formulated it’s easily digested and absorbed resulting in a greater efficiency. It even increases the absorption and effectiveness of vitamins and minerals, and at a 98.2% digestion efficiency, has one of the highest digestibility and efficiency ratings of any other protein source (compared to whey and soy).
Sun Warrior’s superior digestibility allows for easy assimilation by infants, the elderly, and adults. As a matter of fact, The World Health Organization may be using Sun Warrior protein in the future to feed malnourished individuals.
Classic Sun Warrior protein is made by bio-fermenting brown rice using an old world process of combining the sprouted endosperm and the bran from raw sprouted whole grain brown rice. This unique process yields a complete protein made up of all 9 essential amino acids and other non-essential amino acids in a perfectly balanced amino acid profile.
Warrior Blend is created using a cold extraction process that combines the several protein sources into a revolutionary formula. The resulting amino acid profile is exceptionally high in Glutamine, Arginine, Lysine, Luecine, and branch chain amino acids.
The extraction process of other proteins often involve chemicals or acid hydrolysis. Only organic enzymes are used during Sun Warrior’s low temperature natural enzyme process that is 100% organic compliant.
Additional Healthy Highlights
Sun Warrior protein is naturally rich in vitamins and minerals, and contains high amounts of antioxidants, tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E), and other essential nutrients including iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, potassium, and phosphorous.
For diabetics – a balanced nutritional profile of rice helps to maintain and control insulin levels according to clinical studies. The USDA is currently using Sun Warrior protein in trials to see if it may help control high blood pressure. The cholesterol lowering potential has also been demonstrated in clinical studies.
The All Natural Ingredients
Classic Chocolate Protein: Raw sprouted whole grain brown rice protein, Cocoa, Chocolate extract, Stevia, Xanthan, Pectin.
Classic Vanilla Protein: Raw sprouted whole grain brown rice protein, Vanilla, Pectin, Xanthan, Stevia.
Classic Natural Protein: Raw sprouted whole grain brown rice protein.
Warrior Blend Chocolate Protein: Sun Warrior Proprietary Protein Blend (Raw Organic Cranberry Protein, Raw Pea Protein, Raw Organic Hemp Protein), Organic Cocoa Powder, Organic Natural Fibers (Fenugreek, Konjac, Guar), Organic Vanilla, Organic Stevia, Medium Chain Triglycerides.
Warrior Blend Vanilla Protein: Sun Warrior Proprietary Protein Blend (Raw Organic Cranberry Protein, Raw Pea Protein, Raw Organic Hemp Protein), Natural Fibers (Fenugreek, Konjac, Guar), Organic Vanilla, Organic Stevia, Medium Chain Triglycerides.
Warrior Blend Natural Protein: Sun Warrior Proprietary Protein Blend (Raw Organic Cranberry Protein, Raw Pea Protein, Raw Organic Hemp Protein), Medium Chain Triglycerides.
One or more scoops daily is recommended to supplement your diet with additional protein. It’s perfect in a smoothie or any other blended drink. You can’t go wrong blending it with a little sweet fruit. There are plenty of recipes on my site to choose from; so come on back after you grab a bag for yourself and blend up a delicious, nutritious, protein-packed smoothie.
How Much Should You Expect To Pay
Sun Warrior protein comes in 500 gram (1.1 pound) and 1,000 gram (2.2 pound) bags. The Classic is slightly more expensive due to costs to obtain such a high quality organic compliant rice for its formulation. The Classic sells for around $30 for the 500 gram and $49 for the 1,000 gram bag, and the Warrior Blend for around $27 for the 500 gram and $45 for the 1,000 gram bag.
One 1,000 gram bag lasts me about 1 month, and that’s using it everyday. If you’re only using it a couple times a week it will last several months.
Sun Warrior is always running sales and promotions, thus you should never pay full price!
Click here to check out their current specials. They usually have nice discounts and free shipping on orders over a certain amount.
If this seems expensive to you, remember, this isn’t some cheaply made protein powder filled with junk. If you purchase a bag for $45 and get 30 servings, that’s only $1.50 a serving, well worth it in my opinion.
What Others Are Saying
Sun Warrior protein has received great reviews across the internet and an average of 4-4.5 stars from reviewers on Amazon.
Here are some of the comments to date:
This is by far the best protein powder I’ve tried!
This stuff is excellent. The taste is absolutely incredible, and the vanilla flavor blended with an apple and a few almonds is my favorite post-workout snack! I highly recommend this product. At 84 calories per scoop, it contains a great deal of natural proteins that will absolutely help your body in reaching the goals you desire.
Love everything about this product – tastes great, truly healthy, top quality for sure!!
The best vegan protein I’ve tried! I’ve heard that it doesn’t mix well and tastes awful..its not true! It’s very fine powder, more chalky than creamy, but it mixes excellent, and compared with peas and hemp protein it tastes great. I like that it has no additives, so you can mix it with everything. My only request is if they can sell larger bags for lower price!
Some people run into problems mixing it. It’s best to use a blender, mixer, or smoothie bottle with a metal mixer inside that breaks everything up when shaking. Avoid dumping a scoop into a glass of liquid and stirring with a spoon. A few people have an objection to the taste, which is only normal, but most people absolutely love it.
Where Can You Buy Sun Warrior Protein?
Below are links to the various proteins on Sun Warrior’s website. You can always try your local health food store, they might carry it too.
Click here to check out Sun Warrior’s current specials.
Click here to view all of the protein supplements they have available.
Sun Warrior 500 and 1,000 gram bags – both are on sale right now!
Thanks for reading my review. Cheers!
P.S. Please drop me a line if you have questions or to share your experience with Sun Warrior protein.