Garden Of Life Sport Organic Plant-Based Protein - BCAA Amino Acid Protein Powder, Vanilla 28.4oz (1lb 12oz / 806g) Powder *Packaging May Vary*
- ORGANIC SPORT PROTEIN: Certified USDA Organic, Non GMO Project Verified, NSF Certified for Sport, Informed Choice for Sport Certified, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, No added sugars
- POST WORKOUT RECOVERY: Our Garden of Life Vegan Protein helps you refuel & repair muscles after a hard workout with 30gram of Complete Protein and over 5gram BCAA amino acids, Glutamine & Glutamic Acid
- RECOVERY DRINK: This sport protein powder promotes faster recovery with a Organic High Antioxidant Blend of Organic Tart Cherries, Organic Apples, Organic Turmeric, Organic Gogi berries and Organic Blueberries
- IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT: This BCAAs amino acids powder contains 2 Billion CFU probiotic blend to keep your immune system strong during training
- CERTIFIED CLEAN: Breath easy knowing this vegan amino acids powder is clean and free of any banned substances
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We want the best when it comes to our food - clean, organic, and non-GMO. Why would we want anything different for our vitamins and supplements?
We are fanatical about food. We’re different that way. Whether we’re making a vitamin, or a probiotic, or a protein powder, we always start with real foods and these (foods) provide our formulas the power to be their best. We’re different that way, too. The synthetically created, chemical “breakthroughs” from huge commercial laboratories around the world are not for us.
As fanatical as we are over what goes into our products, we are even more obsessed about the things we keep out of them. We hate those synthetic chemicals that most companies use to make their products. This stuff makes machines work faster, and helps factories churn out super-sized containers at higher “efficiency.” Well, while the other guys spend their time preoccupied with their efficiency, we’re uncompromising about your health. Slow it down, make it by hand, grow it in rich organic non-GMO soil with enough sun, air, water and time for it to be its best. Harvest it when ready. Treat it with care. Turn it into a power-packed nutritious food supplement. That’s what we are about.
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Your body was created to eat, process, and derive its nutrition from food—real, healthy food. So, when we create our products, we start by looking at food. What is the “good stuff” in the highest quality food that we are missing in our diets? Which of those foods have the greatest potential to impact—and empower—extraordinary health?
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We start with what goes IN our products—true, whole food ingredients. But we don’t stop there. We also pay very close attention to what we keep OUT of them. And once again, we look at food—real nutrition food. When is the last time you picked up an apple, turned to read the ingredients, and saw a list of chemicals? If it’s not in your food, then we don’t want it in our supplements.
Traceability is key to what makes Garden of Life’s products so special. Traceability starts with knowing where each and every ingredient in our products comes from and getting to know each and every source: where it’s grown; the farming practices; how they pay and treat the farm workers—everything. That’s why it’s so important to start with Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified fruits and vegetables that are grown without these chemicals. We want to get the good stuff from foods that are grown without any of the bad stuff.
Organic Plant-Based Protein offers a blend of certified organic proteins from multiple sources, featuring U.S. grown organic peas, to give it a great smooth and creamy texture. The Organic Muscle Recovery Blend includes Organic Tart Cherries, Organic Apples, Organic Turmeric, Organic Gogi berries and Organic Blueberries-these antioxidants are known to promote faster recovery. Because many sports participants compromise their immune systems due to intense training programs, we added a specially-selected, clinically studied probiotic that has been shown to support immune health during intensive workouts. Organic Plant-Based Protein is the cleanest protein available having quadruple, third-party certifications saying so. Not only is it Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified, Organic Plant-Based Protein takes it to the next level for sport by being NSF Certified for Sport and Informed-Choice for Sport Certified. This ensures there are no banned athletic substances-just whole clean nutrients.
Flavor: Vanilla | Size: 19 Servings
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Organic Performance Protein Blend: Organic Pea Protein, Organic Sprouted Navy Bean, Organic Sprouted Lentil Bean, Organic Sprouted Garbanzo Bean, Organic Cranberry Protein (seed) Organic Flavor Blend: Organic Vanilla Flavors, Organic Stevia Extract (leaf), Sea Salt Organic Muscle Recovery Blend: Organic Apple (fruit pulp), Organic Tart Cherry (fruit), Organic Turmeric (root), Organic Blueberry (fruit), Organic Goji Berry (fruit) 2 Billion CFU Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04
Mix 2 level scoops (scoop included) with 12 oz of cold water or non-dairy liquid. Delicious with unsweetened almond milk.
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How well it blends 4/5
For starters, I did not receive this product free or discounted, I bought it. I decided to do this review because at the time, there were no other reviews on it. And about me, I'm hardly a fitness guru or expert on protein powders. I am however, a former Marine, recreational runner, who likes to workout, do yoga, swim etc. so fitness and protein powders are no stranger to me. I have always used whey proteins though, so many of my comparisons will be to whey.
Why I chose this protein? Well unless you live under a rock somewhere, I'm sure you've heard about all the nasty things that are in our food nowadays. That being, but not limited to: GMOs, growth hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and so on. So obviously because of this they can be in our supplements too. Here lately, I'm personally trying to watch what I put into my body especially GMOs. I've grown tired of most supplements having bad fillers and "mystery ingredients". I wanted something clean, with better transparency on its ingredients and with legitimate certifications to prove it. This protein is also very clear with its amino acid profile, it's not hidden like some brands do. So those are reasons why I decided to give this protein a chance over staying with whey.
About the protein itself, it's somewhat different from others I've used. That being it's not very pleasing visually or to smell. It kinda smells like playdough, with a slight hint of vanilla. It appears to look and behave a little different than whey protein. It clumps into tiny balls on top of itself some when you shake the container to unsettle and mix the powder. It fluffs up some too, just not quite as good as whey powder. The small clumps easily break with the slightest touch though, so don't let that deter you. It also has a slightly different texture than whey. When whey protein gets on something you can just wipe or brush it off most of the time. With this protein powder it leaves behind a fine residue, similar to something a talc or corn starch powder would do. With that said, it's kinda hard to brush off, you practically need to wash it off or wipe it up with something damp. So be warned, this product is more messy than your average whey powders. And you will quickly discover this when you dig for your measuring scooper.
As far as mixing and taste go, mixing it seemed no different to me than most whey powders. I used my blender bottle, same as I would with whey powder and I noticed no notable difference between the two powders. In fact it mixed very well, similar to a more higher end whey powder. The taste was surprising! Given the smell that is, which also got better once it was mixed. I mixed this with almond milk, same as I do with whey powders. And I've got to say, I was definitely impressed with the taste, it's quite delicious. It also seems like a taste that will grow on you, so I'm looking forward to that. The flavor was vanilla, in case you were wondering.
Money time, talking the dollar per grams of protein, which you can easily determine with any protein powder. In this case, one serving is 21g and 15g of that is protein and there are 38 servings. So we have 15x38 being 580 grams of total protein. Now divide that, by whatever you pay for the product and you have your ratio of protein per dollar. You will likely find a lower number on this product. Because let's face it, for the amount of protein you get here, this product is fairly expensive. I'm not a fan of the price, but sometimes in life you get what you pay for. So you have to ask yourself, is the extra money worth it, for your health and peace of mind? You decide.
Why I gave this product 5 stars? The quality! It has several certifications to verify how clean it is. That gives me peace of mind and confidence knowing I can trust the product. Not having to worry if it's potentially harmful through the use of cheap fillers and toxic ingredients. I also feel this protein is amongst the top of its class compared to other plant-based proteins. This product is also about 71% pure protein, which compared to most plant-based proteins is notably higher. Also and surprisingly, the price isn't too bad when you shop it against other plant-based proteins. Use the dollar per grams of protein ratio and see for yourself. And as I've already noted, the taste is pretty great and it mixes well too. You also get the added benefit of probiotics, antioxidants and a solid BCAA profile. So if you're looking for a healthier protein supplement, this may be the one for you. I'm personally making the switch to this plant protein over whey proteins and I couldn't be happier.
If I notice anything out of the ordinary with this product, good or bad I will do an update.
A warning: for those of you who are caffeine sensitive or simply just avoid having it in your diet. The chocolate flavor, does in fact contain caffeine, 7mg per serving.
Another great thing about this product is that the ration of protein to carbs is more than (4:1). I read that the ratio of protein to carbs in a protein powder shouldn't exceed 4:1 ration; meaning 4 parts of protein to 1 part of carbs per serving. In this product it is (7.5:1), with 30 gr of protein to 4 gr of carbs per serving (2 scoops). There are many protein powders that claim they have a high amount of protein per serving, but they also load it with high amount of carbs. I stay away from those protein powders because, in my opinion it defeats the purpose. If I need a high amount of carbs, I eat a meal.
I am not a vegan and/or vegetarian. The only reason I don't take whey protein is that my stomach doesn't tolerate it well. I've tried other plant-based protein powders, but GOL Sport Organic Plant-Based PP works the best for me. I hope this was helpful.
A lot of reviews said it was frothy. I have found it to be smooth and creamy. Please see my video below. I used Califia Almond Milk and a banana. Nothing else. (please ignore dead parsley in background ;) )
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