UPDATE: Due to expansion of availability this product’s overall rating has improved! Stay tuned for the Vanilla Bean taste review as well.
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Today we’re going to talk about protein. You may or may not know that my quest for decent, mixable, tasty and healthful options has been long and arduous journey. I have found some options along the way, but am always on the lookout for new, and affordable selections that I can pass along to you.
My latest find, Orgain Organic Protein was discovered at my new 3rd home, Costco (Target is still my solid 2nd residence for those of you wondering. See below for their new offering of Orgain there). I recently watched a documentary highlighting this mega-retailer’s impressive history, and I have been pleased to find that most everything that wowed me on that reel I’ve actually experienced as a Costco shopper. Take a look at this post for a list of other great foods I buy here.
So onto the good stuff. I’ll be reviewing several more protein supplements in the coming weeks and in preparation have devised a scale and attributes list to summarize my opinion for each.
SCALE: 1-10 with 1 being totally crummy and 10 being completely awesome. I’ve found with food that people have different thresholds for different aspects of the food. Same goes with protein, so I’ll rate each attribute using this scale.
COST: A biggie when you’re shopping for protein because cost per serving can add up quickly when supplementing on a daily basis.
TASTE: Perhaps THE biggest because if you can’t choke it down, it’s all over.
INGREDIENTS: Very important because, again, you may be using this for more than one meal every day.
MACROS: Important, but not as essential because you can add to it with blendables or real food sides.
MIXABILITY: Again, lower on the list, but key for those relying on this as a portable option.
AVAILABILITY/CONVENIENCE: This is a big one for me because I am very busy and don’t want to have to rely on purchase methods that are complicated or that make me wait for the product.
Orgain Organic Protein – Creamy Chocolate Fudge
2.74lb for $29.99 (plus Costco membership) 27 Servings at $1.11 cost per serving. It’s also now available on Amazon in the 2.74lb size as well for just a tad more. And since Target has jumped onto the healthier options bandwagon, you can purchase a 2.03lb option for about $1.2 per serving. All options are pretty impressive, given most organic, vegan proteins come in at over $2.
True to form, the proteins with the best ingredients have the worst taste. This one is no exception. The saving grace here is that the taste is not offensive, there just really isn’t any. I feel like naming this flavor “creamy chocolate fudge” is misleading. Chocolate flavor? Barely. Fudge? Not a trace of it in the taste. More than anything I taste a hint of the brown rice and just a touch of chocolate. It easily blends with bananas or other fruit for a subtle flavor that’s easy to get down. If chocolate rice sound appealing, then this is the one for you! However, Vanilla Bean is now being offered at Target and Amazon. We have it on order, and I’ll post an update as soon as we test it out.
Organic, with lots of good foods you can pronounce. Natural sweeteners and decent binding agents. Not sure how you’d get a protein powder to function otherwise. I don’t think there is a 10 out there, unless you include powdered chicken breast.
This is where Orgain shines. 21g protein, moderate 13g carbs so you can drink as is or add to it, low fat, VERY little sugar and sodium (hence the taste) and good fiber at 5g. The only thing I’d like to see changed is lower carbs to make it even more adaptable to individual needs. Sometimes you just want the protein so you can eat real carbs alongside it.
No issues here, even with water. Quick and easy.,
UPGRADED AVAILABILITY: 10
I’m assuming that most major metropoli in the U.S. provide access to the bargain big box behemoths known as Costco and Target. Some of you like to shop and support local, and I get that. Some of you live under a rock, 45 minutes from the nearest gas station. For you the new Amazon availability is your ticket. Based on Orgain’s expansion into broader retail arenas, I’ve upgraded the availability from a 7 to a 10. It hits all my major shopping arteries – literally.
UPGRADED BOTTOM LINE SCORE (average of all the attributes) 8.8
So there you have it. A decently nutritious option that’s now super easy to find, really easy to mix and won’t break the supplement bank. Have you tried this one? What did you think of it? Still looking? Check out my other protein powder reviews.