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Bob’s Red Mill Whey & Hemp Protein Review

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Bob’s Red Mill

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Bob’s Red Mill:

PRESERVING NUTRITION THROUGH TRADITION

At Bob’s Red Mill, we know that you can’t rush quality. That’s why we manufacture our products using time-honored techniques, like grinding whole grains at cool temperatures with a traditional stone mill. This production ‘secret’ allows us to seal in the freshness and bring you wholesome, quality foods, just as nature intended.

Our beautiful stone grinding mills are much like the ones used during early Roman times. And to this day, our quartz millstones remain the best way to produce the finest products available. Unlike high-speed steel rollers, our stone mills ensure the most nutritious parts of the whole grain remain, so we can pack all-natural goodness right into your bag.

MILLING, TESTING, PACKAGING, DISTRIBUTING—ALL UNDER ONE ROOF

We’ve known from the first day we opened our doors in 1978 that to make the best products possible, we’d have to be able to do it all ourselves. And with our state-of-the-art milling, packaging and distribution facility located right in Milwaukie, Oregon, we’re able to guarantee quality, every step of the way.

Bob’s Red Mill takes great pride in handling all aspects of the production process in-house, starting with processing, washing and inspecting the grain, and ending with shipping the finished product to your door.

Each product undergoes extensive quality control tests within our in-house laboratories. During this testing phase, our gluten-free offerings are segregated from our other products, and tested in special gluten-free-only ‘clean room facilities.’

But don’t just take it from us; you can actually see the results of all our hard work. With our special clear packaging, you get to be the final judge of the quality and freshness of our products, before you take them home.

SOURCING THE FINEST PRODUCTS
FROM OUR FARMS TO YOUR TABLE

Our relationship with our product starts at the source, with the farmer who produces the grain. We maintain personal relationships with farmers from across the country and make an effort to visit their farms. Together, we ensure that we’re offering the best product available, while always using best practices.

ENSURING CERTIFIED ORGANIC, WHOLE GRAIN GOODNESS

We often hear the question from our customers, ‘What does organic really mean?’ It is, simply, a label assigned to foods that are produced without synthetic pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and that do not contain genetically modified organisms (more commonly known as GMOs). Organic food production also supports farming methods that are deemed environmentally sound.

We’re proud to offer one of the largest lines of organic, whole grain foods in the country. When you see the ‘USDA Organic’ label on our products, you’ll know that to earn that label, Bob’s Red Mill had to complete a rigorous certification process through the USDA’s National Organic Program.”

Whey Protein

About:

“Whey Protein Concentrate is a high quality,complete protein with all of the essential amino acids. Dissolves instantly. Excellent for protein drinks and baking.”

Hemp Protein

About:

“Hemp seeds are one of nature’s best sources for plant-based protein. Containing all of the essential amino acids the body needs, our hemp protein powder is a perfect boost to your morning. Try adding hemp protein powder to your smoothies, shakes and yogurt, or use hemp protein to replace up to 25% of the flour in a baked good.

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My Thoughts:

Organic, powdered proteins are a part of my everyday diet. They are sure and quick way to ingest a dose of protein on-the-go, without compromising the quality of the food I’m eating. I am always open to trying new, organic proteins and was happy to discover that Bob’s Red Mill makes whey & hemp protein. My family has used various Bob’s Red Mill products in recent years, mainly the flaxseed, coconut flour, almond flour and gluten free baking mixes.

Many of Bob’s Red Mill products are certified organic, but I’ve recently learned that these two proteins are not. That was a little discouraging to learn–after usually looking at this brand in a very positive light. These proteins are, however, both non-gmo.

Taste-wise, both proteins taste pretty bland (to be expected). I’ve found that adding liquid vanilla stevia to my protein shake helps add some flavor and sweetness.

When I construct these ratings, I have to consider everything that I’ve tried. In this case, I know of many organic hemp protein brands and many organic whey protein brands. Unfortunately, this leaves these two Bob’s Red Mill products in the dust. If the day were to come that Bob’s held these two products to a higher standard (organic), I would surely be on board with them. Until then, I’ll have to seek other brands for my dally protein.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.

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Perfect Supplements Plant Based Protein Review

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Perfect Supplements

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Perfect Supplements Protein:

“Raw and USDA Certified Organic Brown Rice, Hemp, and Mushroom Protein

Perfect Plant Protein is an ideal blend of hemp, mushroom, and brown rice protein enhanced with enzymes and probiotics. Vegetarian protein powders are easily digestible and perfect for building and maintaining lean muscle mass. This vegetarian protein powder contains an immune system enhancing blend of super food mushrooms including Reishi, King Trumpet, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, Turkey Tail, Shiitake and Maitake. Perfect Plant Protein is USDA Certified Organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, and contains zero artificial ingredients. All ingredients are grown and processed in USA and Canada. Perfect Plant Protein also available in a simply natural flavor that is made with no added flavor or sweetener.

The Health Benefits of Perfect Plant Protein

Vegetarian protein powders offer a variety of health benefits. Protein powders containing super foods such as hemp and mushroom tend to be even more beneficial. Often times, plant based protein powders are easier to digest and contain more bio-available nutrients than whey or soy based protein. Due to their health benefits and nutrient profiles, vegetarian protein powders are perfect for building and maintaining lean muscle and increasing overall health. Perfect Plant Protein is the ideal blend of mushroom, hemp, and brown rice protein.

  • Build and Strengthen Lean Muscle
  • Boost Energy
  • Boost the Immune System
  • Boost Metabolism
  • Improve Digestion
  • Improve Respiratory Strength
  • Maintain Healthy Cholesterol
  • Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar
  • Maintain Cardiovascular Health
  • Maintain Healthy Eyesight and Hearing
  • Slow the Process of Aging
  • Strengthen Skin, Hair, and Nails

Perfect Nutrients

Mushrooms are an important source vegetarian protein and fiber. Most mushrooms are low calorie, low carbohydrate, and fat free. Mushrooms provide vitamin D as well as many of the B vitamins. Mushrooms are also an important source of mineral such as copper, selenium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and magnesium.

Hemp is the only known source of edestin, a plant protein that is nearly identical to the protein found in human blood. Edestin aids in DNA repair at a cellular level. Hemp is considered a complete protein meaning that it contains all essential and non-essential amino acids. Hemp also contains an ideal 3:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3. Hemp is also one of few vegan sources of the fatty acid GLA. This super food protein is also rich with vitamins B, D, and E.

Brown rice is perfect for everyone because it is vegan, hypo-allergenic, and gluten-free. Brown rice is also considered a complete protein meaning it contains all essential and non essential amino acids. This vegetarian protein source is an important source of minerals such as iron, magnesium, manganese, and selenium. Brown rice is also rich with vitamins B1, B3, and B6.

A Perfect Container for a Perfect Protein

  • BPA Free HDPE Container (780g)
  • Includes 1 Serving Scoop (26g)
  • Fully Recyclable.”

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My Thoughts:

I’ve been lucky enough to try a vast range of protein powders in recent years. Normally it goes something like this:

-if it’s a vegan protein, it normally has brown rice protein as the foundation

-if it’s a non-vegan, it normally has whey as the main component

While I welcome and use both plant-based and whey proteins in my diet, I’ve found this “Perfect Plant Protein” to be one of the highest quality and most unique of them all. This blend is comprised of hemp protein and mushroom protein (in addition to brown rice protein). There aren’t many protein blends that utilize the powers contained in mushrooms, so I was intrigued by this trio even before trying it.

Taste-wise, this powder is a little bit chalky (actually, not in a bad way). It’s just very dense, with a slight vanilla flavor. For those that love a thick smoothie, this powder is perfect. If you like your smoothie to be more liquid-y, I’d recommend adding more than the recommended amount of milk (almond or coconut milk). You can also crack an egg into your smoothie to improve the texture of the concoction (I’m not here to debate eating raw eggs, just simply stating that I consume an organic, raw egg almost every day. A raw egg’s nutritional value far surpasses a cooked egg).

As it’s evident, I’m someone who believes strongly in the healing powers of plants, but am not a “vegan.” I just want to focus on the caliber of the food I’m eating. I aim for minimally processed, organic, raw food as much as I can–and this protein fits in that regime.

I also love that the labeling mentions “enzymes and probiotics for optimal digestive health.” I am aware that many foods naturally contain levels of probiotics and enzymes that contribute to a healthy gut. I’m not sure if these benefits are especially true for mushrooms, but it doesn’t seem like many protein brands state that on their label. It certainly peaks my interest knowing that my body is receiving more than just a hefty dose of protein.

I see this protein as a fantastic option for anyone–regardless of dietary restrictions. It’s very satisfying & filling, tasteful and comprised of excellent ingredients. It boasts a certified organic label (if you seek that) and is just one amongst a wide range of organic products that Perfect Supplements makes. I encourage you to give this protein a try.

 

The Wonder Seed Skin Care Review

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The Wonder Seed

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About The Wonder Seed:

“Formerly known as The Healing Seed, we’ve launched a new brand with a more accurate name.  Yes, our products help heal skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne and itchy, flakey scalp) but they do so much more! They’re anti-aging, they improve skin texture, balance oil and give you your most radiantly healthy glow ever! Of course we kept the same, oh so divine formulas that are a product of our 25 years of expertise in natural body care, botanicals and aromatherapy.

Our mission at The Wonder Seed is to nurture, heal and protect skin and hair with a complete line of products rich in virgin organic hempseed oil, the most nutritious oil on Earth. Our formulas contain the optimal amount of hempseed oil for human absorption and are 100% natural, vegan, with no parabens, and no artificial colors or perfumes. We never test on animals and we have an eco-conscious philosophy recognizing the importance of protecting our environment. We’re also socially conscious, always dealing by the highest of fair trade standards and donating to both local and international organizations that help make the world more wonderful.

We consider it a privilege to educate about hemp and all its benefits for our health and for our planet.  From our families to yours, we wish you vibrant health for your most wonderful life!

About Hemp seed Oil:

Hemp seed oil is the most nutritious oil on Earth.  All of our products are made with virgin organic hemp seed oil, drawn by cold pressing the highest-grade hemp seeds for the purest quality.  What makes this remarkable oil so nutritious?

  • Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, E
  • Minerals including Calcium, Magnesium, Iron & Zinc
  • All 10 Amino Acids humans need
  • Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids in perfect ratio for human absorption so all of the above gets absorbed deep into your skin delivering your most radiantly healthy glow ever.

What benefits will all this nutrition deliver?

  • ANTI-AGING – compensates for lower ceramide levels that deplete naturally with aging, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles and improving skin texture
  • ANTI-INFLAMMATORY – reduces inflammation
  • ANTIOXIDANT – combats free radicals that cause premature aging
  • BALANCES OIL – works for all skin types to balance oily, dry or normal skin
  • HEALING – helps heal Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Acne and dry, itchy scalp.”

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My Thoughts:

I am such an advocate for hemp seeds and oil, so to try more products from The Wonder Seed was a neat thing because this is a brand that highlights and utilizes organic hemp seed oil in all of their products. Hemp oil is expansive in its healing properties and makes these products very dense and rich. I have reviewed a few of their other products here.

These three products are certainly that way–I’d say they are smooth & gentle. The body wash provides a good amount of clean without stripping my skin. The lotion is milky and rich, and is the quench my skin needs after hours in the sun. The hand cream (besides the fact that not every ingredient is organic) offers what I desire in a hand cream. It really soaks into my hands and relieves them of the dry, overworked feeling from being outside gardening.

All three of these products have the “Fresh Jasmine” scent. I would recommend it to someone very into flowery, fresh, sweet fragrances. I am more of a fan of minty, cool scents. Though I enjoyed the Jasmine for a change, it’s not my absolute favorite.

In regards to ingredient quality, here is an example of the ingredient list for the Body Lotion:

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Organic Virgin Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Jasmine Essential Oil, Organic Jasmine Blossom Extract, Grape Seed Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Gingko Herbal Extract, Glycerin (Vegetable), Mandarin White Oil, Soluble Natural Plant Collagen, Ginseng Infusion, Organic Green Tea Extract, Neem Oil, Seaweed Extract, Cetyl Alcohol (Coconut Oil Based), Geranium Extract, Caprylic Triglyceride (Coconut Oil Based), Kola Nut Extract, Mate Extract, Guarana Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Hyaluronic Acid (Natural Plant Based), Vegetable Glyceryl Stearate (Natural Plant Based), Bilberry Extract, Behenoyl Stearic Alcohol, Ascorbic Acid, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Potassium Stearate (Natural Plant Based), Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Lauric Oil Extract, Nutmeg Oil Extract, Sea Salt.”

I appreciate that these products contain several organic ingredients. My obvious scrutiny is for that percentage to be a bit higher. They do pay attention to what they put into these concoctions, as they state this, too:

  • “All Natural Formula – optimal blend of Virgin Hemp Seed Oil
  • No parabens, sulfates, gluten, artificial colors or fragrances
  • Jasmine essential oil fragrance
  • 100% vegan & cruelty free.”

Parabens and sulfates are often times the most harsh and harmful chemicals found in beauty and skin care products, so it isn’t trivial that they omit them.

 

New Amazing Grass Products Review

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Amazing Grass: New Products!

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About Amazing Grass:

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Raw Reserve: Greens & Protein- Chocolate

About:

“Greens & Protein

Raw Reserve includes a blend of AFA’s, spriulina, chlorella and sea vegetables like kelp and sea lettuce, from the coast of Maine.  Offering an arrayof free readical fightling plants and herbs, each ingredient in Raw Reserve is raw, vegan and of the highest quality.  Plus, each serving contains over 25 billion live probiotics at time of consumption.  Nothing short of Amazing.”

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Raw Reserve: Greens & Protein- Vanilla Spice

About:

“Greens & Protein

Raw Reserve includes a blend of AFA’s, spriulina, chlorella and sea vegetables like kelp and sea lettuce, from the coast of Maine.  Offering an arrayof free readical fightling plants and herbs, each ingredient in Raw Reserve is raw, vegan and of the highest quality.  Plus, each serving contains over 25 billion live probiotics at time of consumption.  Nothing short of Amazing.”

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Green Superfood: Tangerine

About:

“This zesty citrus flavor is a great health plan to reform your pH balance and strengthen your immune system.  Tangerine Green SuperFood Immunity Defense is a powderful blend of nutritious greens, phytonutrient packed fruits and veggies, digestive enzymes and probiotics with a delicious, tangy twist.  This blend contains organic mushrooms, herbs and vitamins delivering powderful immune-boosting antioxidants and tastes great.

• Naturally detoxifies & boosts your immune system
• Probiotics and Enzymes to aid digestion & absorption
• Complete raw food with powerful antioxidants
• Alkaline green plant foods balance acidic pH levels
• Nitrogen packed for freshness.”
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Green Superfood: Watermelon

About:

“Enjoy the cool, crisp taste of watermelon with a blast of natural, plant-based energy.  Watermelon Green SuperFood Energy is a powderful blend of nutritious greens, phytonutrient packed fruits and veggies, digestive enzymes and probiotics with a delicious, cool twist.  Each serving provides a powderful dose of whole food nutrition and 85mg of plant-based caffeine equal to a small cup of coffee.

• Infused with a kick of energy from yerba mate & matcha green tea
• Helps you achieve your recommended 5 To 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables
• Boost energy levels with natural stimulants
• Contains plant based caffeine
• Contains probiotics and enzymes to aid digestion and absorption
• Contains over 70% organic ingredients
• More organic whole leaf greens per gram than other green superfoods – not from juice
• Featuring Sambazon açai powder
• Featuring Guayaki yerba mate.”
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My Thoughts:

This post will be brief and to the point, as I’ve review Amazing Grass products several times before and believe they are one of the highest quality lines of plant-based supplements and whole food sourced products available.

These greens packets (the Tangerine Immunity and Watermelon Energy) are my favorite flavors that Amazing Grass has come out with yet. The tangerine and watermelon flavors, respectively, do such a great job of masking the robust, greeny flavor. As always, these greens are loaded with organic ingredients and are incredibly nutrient rich. I love to mix them with water in a blender bottle and consume them pre or post workout. They’re not too heavy in your stomach like some protein shakes can be. I like that the Watermelon Energy contains a small amount of caffeine, which provides you with a little boost if you choose to consume it like I do, around workout time. It’s always a great idea to eat foods that boost and maintain a strong wall of immunity. Thus, I love that the Tangerine Immunity contains immune boosting antioxidants from plant sources.

As of late, I have been incorporating more organic whey protein than any other kind. But, I understand that whey is not comparable with vegan diets, hence Amazing Grass has smartly created a product (using plant based proteins) that will satisfying vegans and most meat eaters, alike. I really love the idea of getting a serving of greens and protein in one healthful, good-tasting packet–it’s a very unique product. In these Greens and Protein blends, Amazing Grass uses brown rice protein, hemp protein, quinoa protein and pumpkin seed protein. My assumption is that this combination is used to form a complete amino acid profile, making these proteins more digestible and bioavailable to the body. The only one of these four that I take issue with is the brown rice protein, as I aim to steer clear of grains (most of the time) and grain-derived proteins. But, I love the use of hemp, quinoa and pumpkin seed proteins. The Vanilla Spice is my favorite flavor of the two and I like it best with a half & half mixture of water and coconut milk in the bottle that’s pictured–it does a great job of breaking up the clumps. Any blender bottle will work. The Chocolate flavor is enjoyable, too, and boasts a similar nutritional profile to the Vanilla Spice blend.

Prime My Body Plant-Based Protein Review

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Prime My Body Protein

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About Prime My Body:

“Prime Protein is a 100% natural plant based superfood that delivers the essential amino acids, omegas & proteins your body deserves on a daily basis.

Directions: Shake or blend 1 scoop of PRIME with 6-10oz of coconut water, almond milk, filtered water (our favorite!) or with any other beverage. Within seconds you’ll be ready to consume the best whole foods & plants Earth has to offer. Delicious is an understatement..

Our 100% plant based ingredients aid in detoxification, while delivering the essential amino acids, omegas & proteins a body needs for optimal function. For information regarding our incredible & natural ingredients see our research here.

Real Moments Require Real Food.”

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My Thoughts:

Without getting into a whole discussion on all of the various proteins that are out there, lets just say that finding a protein that I believe suits me best has been a major focus of mine in regards to my diet. I’ve essentially concluded that I feel and perform better (running and weight lifting) when I do my best to limit my consumption of grains. Because of this, I’ve tried to generally dodge protein powders that are derived from brown rice. I am still very much a proponent of hemp protein (which is one of the few plant-based proteins with a complete amino acid profile), which is a part of this Prime protein blend (brown rice protein, pea protein, hemp protein). I would keep this protein in my grain-free routine if it contained only the hemp protein.

That said, I realize that there are many individuals who are vegan or vegetarian and are looking for plant-based protein options. For those people, I’d recommend this protein. Since this protein is non-gmo, it is heads and shoulders above many other protein brands you’ll see in the store. Organic is best, and I’d love to see organic ingredients in this blend (if they are organic, they are not listed that way).

Taste-wise, this blend is very good! You know a blend has a great taste when it’s great mixed with just water (as they suggest). The chocolatey flavor tastes real and satisfying. The drink itself is very filling as well.

I’ve had a very pleasant experience interacting with this company–and that is no trivial thing. They have been very helpful in answering my questions about the protein, which has helped me gain a fuller understanding to their approach in creating this protein. They also happen to ship their protein in the coolest boxes that read “Heck No GMO.”

Like I said, I would consider being a regular customer if they created an only-hemp protein blend! I love the passion behind their product and their stance on overall health.