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This is my detailed review of Sunwarrior’s Raw Warrior Blend, a vegan plant-based protein powder.
I’ve broken the review into the 4 main parts of choosing a protein powder, feel free to skip to any that are particularly important to you.
Each part has a score out of 25 (with 25 being the best in all cases). In most cases, the score is based on objective calculations to make it more useful for you.
I’ll briefly describe my testing procedure in each section, but you can see my complete methodology if you’d like more detailed explanations.
You can see how Sunwarrior ranks compared to other raw vegan protein powders here.
I like to start with nutrition, because the whole point of a protein powder is to get protein.
To calculate the nutrition score, I divide the number of calories that come from protein, by the total number of calories.
Then, I plug this number into the following formula:
It’s a simple linear formula that is based on the best and worst protein ratios I found during initial research.
It a protein gets a 25, it has the highest protein content you’ll find in a vegan protein powder. If it gets 0, it’s not very protein-dense.
Let’s take a look at the nutrition label for Sunwarrior’s protein powder, and then get the nutrition score:
So 24 grams of protein equates to 96 calories from protein, or about 74% of the total calories.
This gives us a nutrition score of 21.15.
That’s really solid, and significantly better than average.
One other thing to consider is the ingredients:
This is an organic protein powder, which may or may not be important to you.
The price of a protein powder is often a deciding factor in which one to purchase.
That’s why I have a “price score” for each protein powder, in a way that you compare the unit cost of each product in a reasonably fair way.
The challenge is that each protein powder is sold in different sizes.
Sunwarrior offers their raw vegan protein powder in 2 sizes:
In order to fairly compare all the protein powders I review, I look at the price per 100 grams of the product closest to 1 kg/2.2 lbs.
Again I’ve created a linear formula based on some research. A score of 25 means that the powder is as cheap as it gets, while a score of 0 means it’s very expensive.
Plugging in the cost per 100g of the 1.65lb tub, you get a price score of 10.21.
In other words, this protein powder is more expensive than most. If price is a deal breaker for you, there are plenty of cheaper, quality vegan protein powders you can try instead.
Clumps in your protein shake not only make it taste worse, but if it sticks to the side, that’s some extra protein that you’re just wasting.
To test mixability, I simulate the most common real-life way that a protein shake is made, and then filter out and weigh the chunks.
35 grams of protein powder is added to 450 mL of unsweetened almond milk from the fridge. Then I shake it for 45 seconds in a blender bottle, before pouring through a small strainer.
The strainer is weighed before and after to calculate the weight of the remnants (“clumps”).
The weight of the remnants is finally plugged into this simple formula:
In this case, there were 3 grams of remnants left.
Putting this into the formula gets a mixability score of 16.
That puts it right in the middle, meaning that it’s not great, but it’s not bad. Depending on how much clumps in your protein shakes bother you will determine how important this is for you.
The taste rating of a protein powder is the hardest thing to compare fairly.
Obviously I’m going to have my own preferences and there’s a very real chance that you may disagree.
If you’ve tried a vegan protein powder in the past that I’ve reviewed and have a drastically different opinion, you can put less stock into this.
Anyways, I assign a taste rating as close to this table as possible:
Amazing, would drink for enjoyment alone.
Drinkable, not really good or bad.
A bit of a struggle to get down
In this case, there was a bit of chalkiness.
The initial flavor isn't great (like a dark chocolate aftertaste), but after you take a few sips it's not too bad.
It's somewhere between a 15 and 20 for me, which is why I gave it a 17.
Overall, if you weigh all the categories evenly, Sunwarrior’s raw vegan protein powder is pretty middle of the road.
The taste is pretty good, and the protein content is better than average.
However, it’s on the higher end of price, and it doesn’t mix too well.
I’d recommend it if price isn’t a big issue and you typically use a blender or really good shaker bottle.
If that doesn’t work for you, there’s probably a better option.