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You may have seen Purely Inspired Organic Protein Powder at Walmart or some other “low cost” store.
It’s one of the cheapest, widely available vegan protein powders, which is why I had to get a tub and put it to the test.
I’ve divided this review into the 4 main aspects of a protein powder, each with a score out of 25 (with a high score always being best).
The nutrition score for a vegan protein powder can be calculated using this formula:
It’s basically checking for one thing: what percentage of the total calories come from protein?
The whole point of a protein shake is to get protein, so that’s the only thing that the formula checks for.
You can refer to my testing methodology if you’d like to know how I derived this formula and the ones in the coming sections.
We can get the data we need from Purely Inspired’s nutrition label:
With 80 calories from protein (20 grams), and 130 calories overall per serving, it gets a score of 13.5 out of 25.
The scores are not normally distributed, so while 13.5 is over half of 25, it’s actually below average.
It’s not a terrible amount of protein, it’s just less than quite a few of the other options. This isn’t necessarily a dealbreaker for most people.
There’s a few interesting things of note in the ingredients list:
This is an organic protein powder, if that’s important to you.
It also has a fruit and veggie blend which gives it a lot of vitamins and minerals (particularly iron).
Finally, the digestive enzyme and probiotic blend should help it digest easier. If you’ve had gas problems with other vegan protein powders, this could be a big deal.
You can find Purely Inspired in Walmart for a great price.
The problem is that it’s often sold out or sometimes not available for long periods of time.
A more reliable option is Amazon, which is where I took pricing information from.
Purely Inspired only comes in one size, which is 680 g / 1.5 lb.
In order to compare protein powder prices fairly, I look at the price per 100 grams of the size closets to 1 kg (2.2 lb).
In this case, there’s only one size, so getting that value is straightforward (I update this pricing information periodically so that it remains accurate).
Next, I plug that number into this formula:
This spits out a price value of 21.7 out of a maximum score of 25.
In practical terms, this means that the protein powder is very cheap, and cheaper than almost all other vegan protein powders.
The next important aspect of a protein powder is how well it mixes in real scenarios.
To measure this, I created a simple, consistent process to fairly measure how well a powder mixes:
The weight of those remnants (or clumps) is then put in this formula:
This protein powder mixed very well, with only 1 gram of remnants. You can see them in the strainer picture below:
Plugging in 1 gram of remnants to the formula, you get a mixability score of 21.9.
This is a very good score, which basically means that in most situations, you’ll barely taste any clumps.
Last up is taste, the only area where the powder has to be rated by my opinion.
To stay consistent, I try and rate the powders according to this table:
Amazing, would drink for enjoyment alone.
Drinkable, not really good or bad.
A bit of a struggle to get down
This was a pretty easy one to rate.
It has a decent amount of chalkiness, and a bit of an aftertaste. But worst of all, the flavor was just not good.
With that being said, it’s still drinkable, just not particularly enjoyable. Based on the table, that’s a clear taste rating of 15.
Purely Inspired is a cheap protein that mixes really well. If those 2 aspects are important to you, it’s a good option.
However, the protein content is a little on the low side, which is bad if you’re watching your calories.
Additionally, the taste really isn’t good, although the shake is drinkable.
At this point I can’t really add any more. It’s up to you to decide if that sounds like the best protein powder for you.