NOW Sports Pea Protein Powder Review

82 of 100
 
Nutrition
 
Price
 
Mixability
 
Taste
82
25
23
19
15

Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Unflavored

NOW Sports makes a huge variety of supplements, which includes this vegan pea protein powder.

I picked up a container of this protein powder (the unflavored version) so that I could give it a thorough review for myself.

As always, I try to stay away from personal opinions, and to rely on measurements of some kind instead when possible.

The review is divided into the 4 categories that comprise the overall score above. They are equally weighted with a maximum of 25 points each. You can see how NOW Sports Pea Protein stacks up against other vegan protein powders (spoilers: it stacks up well) on my page that compares the best vegan protein powders.

Nutrition

The most important part of a protein powder is, of course, the protein content.

So to calculate a nutrition score, I look at the percentage of calories that come from protein.

Here’s the simple formula that I use:

Protein powder nutrition score formula

By looking at the nutrition label for this protein powder, we can get the total calories and calories from protein to plug in:

When you put those in, you get a nutrition score of 25.

The ingredients list is extremely simple:

It literally only has pea protein isolate, which means it’s about as pure as a vegan protein powder can get.

Pricing

Just to be clear, a high pricing score means that a protein powder is cheap. A low score means that it is expensive.

I calculate this score by looking at the cost per 100 grams of the protein powder, typically on Amazon.

Here are the different sizes that you can buy this powder in.


Since most protein powders offer a size close to 2 lbs, I look at the cost for that size in order to fairly compare them against each other.

The price per 100 grams of that size goes into this formula:

Protein powder pricing score formula

It’s an incredibly cheap vegan protein powder, so it gets a high price score of 23 here.

Mixability

Compared to most other powders I’ve tried, this protein is unique when it comes to mixing.

Let me start with how I calculate a mixability score.

I follow 4 simple steps:

  1. Measure the scoop weight
  2. Add to 450 mL of almond milk
  3. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds in a standard shaker bottle
  4. Pour out the liquid through a strainer, then weigh the remnants

And then plug the results into this formula:

Protein powder mixability score formula

I found that this powder had 2 grams of remnants, which results in a mixability score of 19.

When you drink it, you can definitely still taste particles of protein powder that are floating around.

For these reviews, I use a fine colander. Even so, the protein powder particles are so small, that they can still fit through the holes.

They don’t clump together at all, which is a good thing, but it doesn’t fully dissolve in the liquid either (mostly it does though).

Taste

There’s a reason that most vegan protein powder manufacturers include other ingredients than protein isolate.

Most notably, for taste and mixability.

There were 2 major takeaways from this protein powder when it comes to taste. Keep in mind that this review is specifically for the unflavored powder:

  1. It has a chalky texture - This is something a lot of protein powders have, but this was the most significant that I’ve tasted it.
  2. The unflavored powder has virtually no flavor - Add it to almond milk, your drink will still taste like almond milk. Add it to juice, it’ll still taste like juice.

Personally, the chalky texture doesn’t bother me much, but if you’ve disliked any other protein powder because they were a bit chalky, I don’t think you’ll enjoy this taste too much.

For the scoring: This is a subjective score, it’s just my opinion. Take it with a grain of salt.

I always assign a taste score in intervals of 5 points, generally matching up to this chart:

Taste Score Meaning

25

Amazing, would drink for enjoyment alone.

20

Very good.

15

Drinkable, not really good or bad.

10

A struggle to get down

5

Terrible

It’s a bit tough to score a powder when it ideally has no flavor. So to judge it, I’m scoring how much it negatively affects the taste of the original drink (almond milk for the testing).

It was a bit worse, but not terrible by any means, which had me deciding to score it between 15 and 20.

I’ve chosen to give NOW Sports unflavored protein powder a nutrition score of 15. I felt that it was closer to 15 than a 20.

Summary and Overall Impressions

Now Sports pea protein powder is arguably the best overall vegan protein powder there is.

It’s:

I’d highly recommend it unless the taste proves to be a major issue.

Want alternatives? Find the best vegan protein powder for you.