Garden of Life Raw Fit Protein Powder Review

 
Nutrition
 
Price
 
Mixability
 
Taste
54
16.2
16.1
6.25
15

Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Unflavored, Coffee

Garden of Life Raw Organic Fit is one of the few vegan protein powders with all organic ingredients, and has a pretty good reputation.

Naturally, I needed to try and test it.

I’ve broken down the results into the 4 main properties of vegan protein powders.

You can see a list of the best organic vegan protein powders here.

Nutrition

What’s the most important aspect of nutrition for a protein powder?

The protein.

I developed a simple formula that compares the calories that come from protein to the total number of calories per serving.

The formula, shown below, gives you a score from 0 to 25.

Protein powder nutrition score formula

A score near 25 means that relative to other protein powders, a powder has a high protein content.

Likewise, a score near 0 means that it has a relatively low protein content.

Looking at the nutritional label, we can see that there’s 28 grams of protein and 170 calories in a serving.

garden of life raw fit nutrition label

That gives us a nutrition score of 16.2.

That turns out to be right about average, so not good, but not bad.

If you’re particularly interested in this powder because of the ingredients, let’s take a quick look:

It’s mainly organic pea and brown rice protein, and a bunch of other ingredients to give you some vitamins.

Personally, yes the vitamins are a plus, but protein is most important in a protein shake.

Pricing

Raw Fit comes in 2 main sizes:

In order to compare prices as fairly as possible across all the vegan protein powders I’ve reviewed, I look at the price of the most common size, which is 1 kg (2.2 lb).

I take the price per 100 grams of that size and plug it into this formula:

Protein powder pricing score formula

The formula gives us a score out of 25, where 25 is very cheap, and 0 is very expensive.

Plugging in the appropriate value, we get a price score of 16.1.

Again, this is right around the average. It’s a reasonable price unless price is your #1 concern by far.

Mixability

Here’s an are where the product struggled.

I test mixability to see how thoroughly each protein powder mixes in a realistic situation.

Here are the steps to test this:

Next, I take that number and plug it into the following formula that I derived:

Protein powder mixability score formula

A score close to 25 is great, while a score close to 0 means there was a ton of clumping.

In this case, there were 6 grams of remnants, which you can see below, which is quite a lot.

raw fit strainer

Plugging that into the formula means that Garden of Life Raw Fit gets a mixability score of 6.25.

Unless you’re using a good blender everytime, expect to have to suffer through a lot of clumps.

Taste

The last aspect of a protein powder is a subjective one - taste.

I try to be as unbiased as possible and explain my reasoning.

In order to stay consistent, I use this taste table:

Taste Score Meaning

25

Amazing, would drink for enjoyment alone.

20

Very good.

15

Drinkable, not really good or bad.

10

A bit of a struggle to get down

5

Quite bad

In this case, the shake had a frothy texture, which is fine, and the flavor itself is pretty good.

My big issue was that it’s very chalky, and leaves a strong chalky aftertaste.

I’m fine with a small amount of chalkiness in vegan protein powders, as I’ve said before in my other reviews, but this was too much.

Because of that, I assigned a rating of 15 to this protein powder.

If you’re one of the few that doesn’t mind a chalky texture, I think you’ll really enjoy the taste of this.

Summary and Overall Review Impressions

Garden of Life Raw Fit has a reasonable nutritional profile and price, right around the average of the ~20 protein powders I’ve reviewed so far. You can see how it matches up on my page of the top vegan protein powder supplements.

However, it mixes very poorly, and while it’s drinkable, it has an extremely strong chalky texture and aftertaste.

If it’s your only option for some reason, it’s certainly not a terrible one, but I can’t think of any other situations where I’d recommend it above the best ones I’ve tried so far.