Sunwarrior Protein Powder

Sunwarrior Protein Shakes Review & Recipes | Orthodox and Vegan
Recently I received a few samples of Sunwarrior Illumin8 Organic Meal (vegan protein powder) in Vanilla Bean, Aztec Chocolate, and Mocha. And by recently I mean way back during Lent, with the intention of trying them all during Holy Week. Unfortunately I just didn’t have time then to put together some recipes, so I decided to try the Vanilla Bean on its own mixing it only with almond milk.

I am new to protein shakes, so I didn’t know what to expect. I blended the powder with the recommended amount liquid (12oz) and stirred it up. It was a little grainy, which I’m told all protein powder is, but actually kind of tasted like cake batter (yum!). It also had the consistency of cake batter, which kinda freaked me out at first. Welcome to the World of Protein Shakes & Protein Smoothies!

So a couple weeks ago I finally busted out the rest of my samples. The protein comes from peas, flax seed, brown rice, chia seeds, amaranth, garbanzo beans, lentils, and quinoa. You get approximately 20g of protein per serving. I sometimes add a serving of hemp seeds to mine for an additional 10g, and 2 Tbsp of PB2 (peanut butter powder) adds another 5.

I would drink these on their own, blended with just some almond milk and ice if I were in a hurry, but I liked changing the flavors up so I wouldn’t get bored…including adding a cookie one day, which is maybe not the healthiest thing I could have done, but tasted great. I also really wanted to try blending my chocolate caramel cake with the Mocha flavor, but managed to show some restraint.

Sunwarrior Protein Shakes Review & Recipes | Orthodox and Vegan
Coffee Chocolate Chunk
2 C ice
1/2 C frozen chopped banana
1 Just Cookies, Double Chocolate Espresso flavor
1 C almond milk
1 serving Sunwarrior Illumin8, Mocha flavor
optional: 3 Tbsp hulled hemp seeds

Blend EVERYTHING. Then consume! This one is a little thick, you might need to use a spoon.

Sunwarrior Protein Shakes Review & Recipes | Orthodox and Vegan
Raspberries are wonderful with both the Aztec Chocolate flavor and the Mocha flavor. The seeds are kind of annoying, just try not to chew 🙂 I tried them with both flavors using 1 1/2 C frozen raspberries and 1 C almond milk. Simply blend all ingredients.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana
1/2 C ice
1/2 C frozen chopped banana
2 Tbsp PB2 or natural peanut butter
1 serving Sunwarrior Illumin8, Aztec Chocolate flavor
1 C almond milk
optional: 3 Tbsp hulled hemp seeds

Blend all ingredients. Drink!

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