The Plant Era Vegan Protein — A No-Nonsense Review
by Emily Court
In a time of more protein powders than you can shake a celery stick at, it can certainly seem hard to choose.
Both products are made using a blend of pea and rice protein, and boast 95 percent organic ingredients. Each packet also contains 50 percent of one’s daily recommended B12 intake, a feature which, according to The Plant Era, helps to fight post-workout or day-to-day fatigue.
Those are the basics. So, without further ado, here are the particulars — from one vegan’s perspective, anyway. I tried the dark chocolate protein exclusively, so can’t speak to the Strawberry Basil (although it has sparked my interest).
This powder, while certainly there, is not gritty like I have found so many protein powders (especially those containing rice blends) to be. Despite hand mixing it with a only non-dairy milk, I was left with a smooth drinking experience and feel confident this product would work well in a smoothie.
I find a lot of protein powders to taste distinctly artificial — to the point that I choose to avoid them all together. When I saw that the sweetener was stevia based, I was especially worried. I know some people love stevia, but I usually find it to taste overwhelming and, again, artificial. This was not the case here at all. This protein just tasted like chocolate. I also liked that I felt like I could put this in a smoothie and still taste the other ingredients.
While I lack the nutritional expertise to comment on why this is the case, I can say for sure that I found this protein powder to be comparatively easy to digest. I’ve struggled with most of the protein supplements I’ve tried, usually experiencing bloating as a bare minimum — wildly sluggish digestion at worst. With this product, I was fine.
The (Possible) Cons
I really enjoyed the taste of this protein. Someone looking for something a bit more robust might not. While I appreciated that it was on the mild side, it registered as subtle to me. It’s also barely sweet — lacking the grocey-store birthday cake sweetness so many brands seem to favor. These are features I loved. You might feel differently.
If you are the sort who’s bothered physically by stevia, you might want to opt for a product with a different sweetener, or no sweetener whatsoever. If this sounds like you, a flavorless protein might be the best fit. That said, those looking for a nicely flavored, palatable, pre-sweetened powder, are likely to find this product to be a good fit.
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