Ok, there’s the good, the bad, and then there’s the plain ugly. I’ve been researching protein powders for a long time now and Amazonia’s Raw really got my attention, mainly because it’s organic, looks beautiful, doesn’t contain animal products, contains awesome nutrition, and I love Amazonia’s Raw Prebiotic Women’s Multi. I ordered the 500g container from HealthPost.com.au; it was not supplied by Amazonia and this is my unbiased review.
As always, delivery through Healthpost was quick (considering it is sent from New Zealand) and very well packed. Most items are rolled in cardboard before going in the box, and this was just as well, as there was damage to the box, but nil damage to the products. My plan for this protein was to use it on a daily basis, in the morning, to fuel my yoga workout. It was to be a simple add-to-soy-milk drink I could quickly shake up; it would replace breakfast (which I often forget to have).
I really wish I could say it worked for me in that way, but it really doesn’t. I love so many things about it, and I’m a bit gutted really, but there’s 1 thing stopping me from drinking it ‘straight’ with milk – the texture! The taste is actually pretty good, definitely pleasant enough, but it’s the texture I can’t stand. I don’t know why I thought Amazonia’s Raw would be different to other non-animal based proteins, but it’s not. To this day I have not found a single non-whey protein that doesn’t have that chalky texture. They just don’t mix properly with liquid.
I’m used to Isowhey’s protein, the chocolate one in particular, which mixes with soy milk and actually becomes a drink. The protein powder doesn’t ‘float’ in it, suspended like little sandpaper particles. It is smooth. Amazonia’s Raw is not. It’s worse that other non-animal based protein too unfortunately; I bought Isowhey’s Pea & Brown Rice Protein and it’s chalky also, but not as bad as Raw Slim&Tone, which actually irritates my throat when I drink it on its own.
I will use it in smoothies, just not on its own in milk. Nutrition in this protein is phenomenal. Its base is a sprouted protein blend of golden pea, raw cacao bean, quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, chickpea, lentil, alfalfa, flaxseed, sunflower, pumpkin and others. It combines this with greens, herbs and spices such as cinnamon, spinach, nettle, maca, dandelion, aloe vera, rosehip, ginseng, gotu kola, liquorice, and ginger.
Per 30g serve (this is the recommended serve for ‘active’. For ‘endurance’ it’s 45g, and ‘high performance & muscle gain’ is 60g) it contains:
- 476 kJ / 113 Cal
- Protein 21.7g
- Fat 2.4g
- Carbohydrate 2.7g (sugars 0.2g)
- Sprouted protein blend 27.8g
- Greens, Herb & Spice blend 1.24g
It contains all 9 essential amino acids (the ones your body can’t make; histidine 0.73g, isoleucine 1.45g, leucine 2.57g, lysine 2.2g, methionine 0.29g, phenylalanine 1.65g, threonine 1.07g, tryptophan 0.28g, and valine 1.63g) in good amounts + valine, arginine, cysteine, glutamic acid, proline, tyrosine, alanine, aspartic acid, serine and glycine.
The herbal blend was chosen for its supportive functions for a healthy metabolism, it has a natural flavour base of cocoa bean and stevia and is vegan and alkaline. Herbs like Maca can also help keep our hormones healthy, but keep in mind that the greens, herb and spice blend is only 1.24g per 30g serve, so not huge.
The instructions state:
Blend 3 rounded tablespoons or higher dose as required into 200ml of water, non-dairy milk or coconut water. Ensure adequate water daily water intake. Reseal after use.
The re-sealing part may well be a challenge, as the lid just sits on top, one of my negatives. It’s sealed when it arrives, with a pull-off aluminium seal, but once removed it just has the cardboard lid. I like that they use recycled packaging, and it looks really nice, but it’s dodgy to have the lid just sitting there, waiting to fall off and spill all of its, very expensive, contents all over the ground. Plus it doesn’t seal, so to follow the instructions you’d have to put it in a different container.
As I said, I will be using it in smoothies, mainly because I don’t want to have spent $43.70 for 500g for nothing. It’s definitely not a cheap protein powder.
Good points about Amazonia Raw Slim & Tone Protein
- The look. I look at the packaging and it just screams ‘healthy!’ ‘natural!’ ‘good for you!’. It’s a cardboard brown with a blue lid, minimalistically printed with its name and ‘ACO Certified Organic’, ‘sprouted & vegan’, ‘no sugar or dairy’ and ‘metabolic herbs’.
- Phenomenal nutrition
- Good range of amino acids
- Taste is nice and natural
Bad points about Amazonia Raw Slim & Tone Protein
- Texture. There’s good reviews on HealthPost and other sites from happy users, so this may not be a ‘bad’ for you, but it certainly is for me.
- The packaging. Although I like the LOOK of the packaging, it’s not functional. The lid is loose, so if you pick it up wrong the whole lot falls on the floor. It just sits on top.
- The price. I paid $43.70 for the 500g container, and you can get the 1kg for $70.20. That’s not cheap as far as protein powders go.
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried Amazonia Raw Protein and what you thought of it!
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