In todays review I am going to be sharing my thoughts about Ripple Protein Powder.
I have been on a mission of trying lots of different plant-based protein powder to see what ones are the best out there. I’m here to give my completely honest opinion and have personally tried all the powders I have been talking about.
It has been quite an experience and I’m becoming a bit of a protein powder expert!
So I’ve prepared a little checklist on what makes a good plant based protein powder.
Let’s have a look at that checklist.
Is it made from natural ingredients, such as real fruits, vegetables, grains, and superfoods etc? Or is made from synthetic non organic chemicals?
You want a protein powder that is made with organic fruits and vegetables to ensure you are putting the very best ingredients into your body.
Can you pronounce all the ingredients on the label?
Simple, readable and preferably pronounceable ingredients is what I look out for. You don’t want 100’s of ingredients and no clue what any of it actually is.
What kind of tests were run on the product to prove label accuracy
and ingredient purity?
For example, heavy metals, gluten etc.
What kind of independent quality certifications does the product
Is it USDA Organic, non-GMO, Vegan etc?
How does it taste?
This is without a doubt the most important part surely?
You want to actually be able to enjoy it. A lot of powders can be a bit pricey so there’s nothing worse than spending money on something and wasting it cause it tastes disgusting.
Ripple Protein Powder- Pros and Cons Summary
- 100% vegan
- 20g protein per serving
- Low cost
- Smooth taste
- Low in sugar
- Low calorie
- Not too much flavor
- Not fully organic
The Ripple Protein Powder Taste Test
I was excited to try this powder as you can’t get it in the UK, so I had to have it shipped over from the USA. When it arrived I finally opened it up and did that all-important smell test.
To be honest, it didn’t particularly smell of anything really, a lot of powders smell the same…..maybe a bit musty. But what did I expect from a vanilla powder?
I like to taste test the powders in a shake, mixed with some unsweetened almond milk so that’s exactly what I did.
On tasting, I wasn’t immediately in love and ‘wowed’ by the taste but then again it was my first sip! After I drank some more the taste did grow on me.
After my taste test I thought the overall taste was mild and not overpowering. It did have a smooth creamy texture which is good with a powder as sometimes they can be bitty or chalky.
Also something I noticed was that there was no weird after tastes either! Some brands do because of the different types of sweeteners the protein companies use.
As someone who prefers a bit more flavor, this one isn’t my favorite. However, if you’re looking for a powder that more on the mild side and you just wanted to mix in with something (i.e porridge) without it taking over the taste then this would be a good choice.
Overall it’s still enjoyable, just not my favorite. Flavor is subjective so you shouldn’t base this whole review on what I think of the flavor.
What I Liked Most About Ripple Protein Powder
Ripple as a company like to make plant based products to help towards saving the planet. They are into promoting good health and enjoying every moment in life. I think that’s a great outlook to have. The ingredients are kept nice and simple which is exactly what I look for in a powder, no hidden rubbish.
The powder is a plant based, 100% vegan and lactose free which fits a lot of boxes for people when they are looking to buy.
Ripple believes in not producing chalky, bitter-tasting protein powders and prides themselves on their milky, creamy texture when drinking. This is very true when I was testing it and it’s nice to have a powder that doesn’t do that.
If you’re watching your weight this powder is low in calories at 110 cals per serving and low in sugar so you don’t have that guilt when you’re enjoying a quick smoothie or shake.
This powder is also on the cheaper side of the market which is a big plus in my book.
There’s definitely some good positives compared to negatives for this powder. I like the companies outlook on life and I’m happy with what the product has to offer.
The Things I Didn’t Like
Now onto the not good stuff!
To be honest there’s not a lot I wasn’t happy with as I think this is a alright product. As I’m doing a review I do need to be completely honest and say the taste wasn’t my favorite. Even though it was smooth and creamy, it was still a bit bland and which just a hint of vanilla.
This isn’t the worst thing in the world though, it comes down to personal tastes and preferences.
I like more flavor in my powders but if you’re someone who likes less flavor then this is worth a try. Like I said earlier there’s a creamy, milky taste to it so that puts it a bit higher in my books.
Another point I wanted to make is the fact the product isn’t organic, there are some organic ingredients in there so they are halfway there.
I think it makes the product more desirable if it’s fully organic. But as I said these aren’t really negatives so overall I’m happy with this protein powder.
What’s In Ripple Protein Powder?
Firstly let’s break down the macro nutrients for you.
- 110 calories per serving
- 20g protein per serving
- 2g Carbohydrate per serving
- 1.5g fat per serving
Here’s the nutrition label for you to see.
Now let’s look at the ingredients.
As you can see this protein powder doesn’t have a massive ingredients list. It’s clean and simple and easy to read which if you’ve been reading this you know that’s what I look for.
It would be better if it had some added nutritional ingredients as some other protein brands do, but at least it’s not filled with crap and doesn’t look like a science lab concoction.
Here’s a picture of the ingredients for you to see:
Ingredients: Pea Protein, Contains 2% or less of natural flavors, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Gum Acacia, Xanthan Gum, Monk Fruit Extract.
I thought I’d research some of the ingredients I wasn’t 100% sure on.
What is Monk Fruit Extract?
Monk Fruit Extract is a natural sugar alternative, it is vegan friendly, keto friendly and 100% natural.
There is no sugar in Monk Fruit Extract so won’t affect blood sugar levels, promotes weight loss, it’s anti-inflammatory, and can also improve sleep and reduce depression.
A whole lot of goodness right there!
What is Organic Gum Acacia?
Acacia gum is sourced from the sap of the acacia tree sap, it is a dietary fiber that can dissolve in water, it’s also used as a thickening agent. It is a good source of fiber, reduces body fat, and can relieve pain and irritation.
What Does It Get Tested For?
I’ve tried to find some information on Ripple Protein Powder but after spending a long time looking I couldn’t actually find any information out. I’ve not really had that problem as a lot of the powders I’ve reviewed I’ve been able to find something about testing.
All I can say is that plant-based proteins do tend to have more heavy metals in them as they are less processed and the plants absorb them in the soil. Unfortunately I cannot give you any information on whether this powder has been tested or not. I’m sure they are within government guidelines but I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful.
I would be interested if someone finds some information on the subject.
Prices And Best Place To Buy
I think this product is great value for money, it’s defo on the cheaper side when it comes to protein powders.
I reviewed 15 vegan proteins here and overall this was the 3rd cheapest as of writing this.
So lets have a closer look…
On Amazon in the USA (when I am writing this) Ripple Protein Powder is $19.99 which works out at $1.33 per serving.
On the Ripple website as of writing this review, the price is currently the same as it is on Amazon so it shows they are a good price anywhere!
This was for the Ripple Vanilla Protein Powder. 14.3OZ (405g) tub.
Unfortunately, it isn’t available on the UK Amazon.
Overall I would say this is a good value for money protein powder and it ticks some of the boxes I want for a good plant-based protein. It’s 100% vegan, soy-free, Non-GMO, and has a simple ingredients list that’s not full of crap.
I thought the smooth creamy taste was nice but a little more subtle than I prefer. I would say it’s not my favorite tasting protein powder but it isn’t the worst either.
I would happily use this protein powder again.
It’s also low in calories which is going to be a positive for a lot of people.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review today and thank you for taking the time to read.