I’ve been looking forward to doing a review of Sunwarrior protein powder (the warrior blend) because it’s a very popular brand sold in most vegan shops.
I hadn’t tried it till just recently so I was happy I finally got some to test out for myself.
In this review I’ll share everything you need to know so you can make an informed decision on whether Suwarrior plant based protein is for you.
Just so you know, I have actually bought and tested it for myself and am giving you my honest opinion.
I thought I’d say that becuase so many people write reviews for products they haven’t even tried. Crazy right?!
Anyway, before we get into this, here are some questions that I like to ask when looking for a good plant-based protein powder.
Here they are:
Is it made from natural ingredients, such as real fruits, vegetables, grains, and superfoods etc. Or is made from synthetic nonorganic chemicals? I don’t want any unnatural rubbish in my protein. I want healthy organic plant-based ingredients. And I’m sure you do too.
Can you pronounce the ingredients on the label? You don’t want a bunch of chemically sounding names. You want things that are familiar like the names of fruits and vegetables.
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
have? Is it USDA Organic, non-GMO, Vegan etc.
How does it taste? It’s super important that it tastes pretty good. Good nutrition doesn’t need to taste nasty.
With that said let’s get into a quick pro and con summary.
Pros And Cons of Sunwarrior Vegan Protein Powder (Warrior Blend).
- Tastes great in a shake
- Certified organic ingredients
- Energizing MCTs
- No added sugars
- Daily free – Vegan
- Has a complete amino acid profile
- Packed with superfoods and antioxidants
- Vanilla flavor is mild tasting when mixed with other ingredients
- On the lower side of protein content per serving (18g per serving). You need to use a boosted serving to get 27g of protein
What Does Sunwarrior Protein Powder Taste Like?
In a Shake:
I was really happy with how nice it tasted in a shake. I mixed it with almond milk and thought it was really pleasant with no weird aftertaste like some other plant-based protein powders sometimes have.
The sweetness was in the right spot, not too sweet like some artificially sweet flavors can be. This was a more natural earthy sweetness which I prefer.
When I tried it with porridge I found the taste to be mild. It’s definitely not an overpowering taste.
I added some frozen berries in with my porridge and found the berries had more taste than the vanilla. It’s probably because vanilla is quite mild tasting in general. If it was a different flavor then it might have had a stronger taste.
Also, it mixed well. Sometimes the powders can be different textures and don’t mix as well in porridge but this one mixed fine with no issues.
Overall it was still ok in porridge, just not my favorite.
In a Smoothie:
When I had it in a smoothie I thought it tasted ok. Like the porridge, I found that when you add some other things it loses it’s vanilla taste a bit. I added frozen berries and bananas and I felt the vanilla lost its power.
It didn’t necessarily make it bad, it’s just an observation I made as some other brands still keep the core flavor when mixed with other things.
So essentially what I’m saying it’s not an overly strong vanilla flavor when mixed with other things in a smoothie.
Still though, the taste is ok.
What’s In Sunwarrior Protein Powder?
- Proprietary Protein Blend: (organic pea protein, organic hemp protein, organic goji berry)
- Sweetener: organic stevia extract
- Complete amino acid profile: Rich in Arginine, Lysine, Leucine, and branched-chain amino acids.
- Protein: 18g protein per regular serving, or 27g per boosted serving.
- MCTs: MCT’s help support healthy inflammatory response, boost the immune system, and enhance muscle recovery after exercise. MCT’s are also great fuel for the brain.
Here’s a picture of all ingredients and other information.
How Much Does Sunwarrior Protein Cost?
When I purchased this I paid £35.52 for a 750g tub on Amazon which works out at £1.77 per serving (if you use boosted servings) and £1.18 per serving for normal servings.
As I write this post it is $35.95 for a 750g tub on Amazon in the USA which works out at $1.79 per serving (if using boosted servings) and $1.19 per serving for normal servings.
I reviewed 15 protein powders and when comparing it to the rest in this video and price is about the mid-range. So I would say it’s a pretty fair price for the high-quality ingredient base of the product.
Is There Anything Bad About Sunwarrior Vegan Protein Powder?
Well I couldn’t do a review of Sunwarrior protein without saying what I don’t like.
If I’m honest there’s not too much I can say I don’t like. If I had to say anything then I would say it wasn’t full of flavor when mixed into oats for porridge and also when mixed with other fruits in a smoothie.
Remember though, that’s with Vanilla flavor which is quite a mild flavor in general. However, I have definitely tried other Vanilla flavors that have a much stronger taste when mixed with other things.
And there’s more flavors available with Sunwarrior so they could all be great so don’t judge all the flavors based on what I’ve said about their Vanilla flavor.
Also, I think it’s a little low on protein per serving compared to other vegan protein powder brands, a regular serving gives you 18g per serving. You need to use a boosted serving (1.5 scoops) to get 27g per serving.
Using boosted serving sizes will reduce your servings from 30 down to 20 per 750g tub.
To be fair to Sunwarrior, a lot of other brands only have about 20 servings per tub on average.
Is Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Heavy Metal Tested?
As far as I am aware they do test, I’m not sure if they test the protein powder batches for heavy metals or the ingredients when they purchase from their suppliers.
They are however certified organic, non-GMO and from their words consistently test below EU, WHO, and FDA safety standards for heavy metal.
They are also Prop65 compliant, which is the strictest standard and nearly impossible for plant-based sources to meet.
They say on their website.
We test internally and through an independent lab for more than is required. We then quickly refuse ingredients that don’t meet our strict levels of quality, because we take immense pride in knowing, thoroughly vetting, and loving our ingredients before we pass them on to you.
Overall I would say you wouldn’t needed to worry about heavy metals with this brand.
Is Sunwarrior Protein Keto-Friendly?
When looking into it I found out it is Keto, the only reason I know is it’s advertised as keto-friendly on the tub but they don’t say much else.
So yes Sunwarrior (warrior blend) is Keto-friendly. At only 2g of carbs (1g net carbs) per serving it falls in line with keto’s very low carb guidelines.
It also has Contains MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil which is great source of energy for people on the Ketogenic diet.
Just so you know, Sunwarrior actually have a full keto blend specifically for people on a ketogenic diet so if that’s something you want you may also want to check that out as well.
Over all I would say Sunwarrior (Warrior Blend) Vegan protein powder is a good product with great ingredients.
If you are looking for a plant based protein powder that’s made with your health in mind then I would recommend this for you.
I’ve reviewed quite a few vegan protein powders now and I can honestly say this stacks up well against the rest. It’s not my favorite but it’s still a good choice.
I need to try some of their other flavors soon and when I do I’ll update this post to let you know what I think.
If you want to share your thoughts then please feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks! 🙏