Hello dear friends!
You’ve probably noticed something lately, popping up on my Facebook and Instagram feeds. I’ve been tagging a certain brand account quite a bit over the past few weeks, and for good reason. Besides the fact that they’re food related...and you know how much I love food!
Let me begin by saying that I never promote companies that I don’t personally adore, or whose products I don’t actually use day in and day out. I reached out to these amazing people, at Sunwarrior, a month or so ago, and asked if we could work together in some way. Why? Let me rewind to last fall, when I was perusing the shelves at my local health foods store.
I was on the hunt for a new protein powder that I could add to my smoothies. Coming from a primal health background, I knew I wanted something without a bunch of icky soy or dairy. But I also knew, from my forays into raw, vegan eating, that I wanted a product that didn’t have eggs or beef, but instead came from plant sources and was hopefully raw foods-based too! When I pulled the Sunwarrior Warrior Blend (who doesn’t like the sound of that?!) off the shelf, I honestly breathed a sigh of relief. After looking at dozens of products, this one actually fit the bill! It was both, paleo and vegan. Hooray! I took home the chocolate flavor, and the rest is history.
As I grew to love this product, and made sure that it agreed with my body (does anyone else struggle with GI upset with certain protein powders?), I started checking out their other goodies as well. Now, there’s nothing wrong with a smoothie that’s just pure fruits and veggies, but I do like to have some additions in my pantry when my energy levels call for it. I noticed they had tons of awesome stuff, including full-on meal replacement shakes, protein bars, and supplements like colloidal silver, vitamins, and enzymes. And I’m a sucker for a well-made supplement.
Anyway, they were SUPER cool when I reached out, and sent me a bunch of samples to try. After taking my time to work through all of them, I want to share my reviews on these products.
If you have been looking for a company that holds itself to a high standard, and creates foods that will make you feel good, whether you’re vegan or not, Sunwarrior is where it’s at. Ready to get my take? Let’s jump in!
More than a catchy name (I love wordplay, don’t you?), these protein bars are downright delicious. I’ve tried dozens of protein bars over the years, and while I do my best to make my own, sometimes I just need something I can grab real easy! Hey, nobody’s perfect…
This one reminded me of my grandma’s house around the holidays. She used to have this spiced candle that she would burn in her kitchen, and it smelled like cinnamon. This bar had that same warming, cozy, comfort-food feel. It was soft, sweet, and tasted especially amazing with a pile of freshly-cut apple slices.
I’m normally not a big berry-flavor person, but this bar was a welcomed exception. It was fruity, soft, chewy, and actually tasted like real blueberries. And I would know, because I was also eating a bowl of fresh, ripe blueberries at the same time!
The caramel bar was slightly less soft than the other two, but still quite delectable. I’d say this one could stand alone as a dessert, even! The flavor was neutral enough that it won’t overpower other snacks, though, should you wish to take it along with your fruit or trail mix.
Just judging by the nutrition facts alone, I was excited to try out these meal replacement shakes. They’re packed with protein, good carbs (yes, those exist), probiotics, digestive enzymes, and vitamins. I won’t lie, sometimes I love a big, beefy smoothie in the morning that is simple and can stand alone.
This. All of this. I am simply in love with this flavor and formula. The Illumin8 blend creates a thicker smoothie that has a nice mouthfeel, and goes down smooth. After only two sips of the mocha flavor, I was in heaven. It was like an old-school mocha milkshake, without any of the nasty side effects. I will definitely be ordering a giant tub of this.
With the same creaminess and long-lasting energy of the mocha flavor, the vanilla bean was a breeze to mix in with my smoothie. I chose bananas, peaches, and oranges to complement the vanilla, and it tasted like a dreamsicle. This is your go-to if you want the benefits of the Illumin8, and the ability to mix it with anything.
Like I mentioned before, this is the standout protein supplement from Sunwarrior, because it is both paleo and vegan- something that is downright impossible to find. I know a lot of you with lots of dietary restrictions, so I’m pumped to tell you about this one!
This one had a very similar flavor to the Illumin8 mocha, without the same kind of bulk. It tasted amazing in my banana, almond milk, and raw cacao smoothie, lemme tell you! I really like the mouthfeel and lightness of this product, and I know it gives me the boost of protein I need.
To be honest, this was probably my least favorite of the bunch, simply because I’m not a big berry flavor person. However, compared to the dozens of berry protein powders I’ve tried over the years, this one was really quite good. I decided to throw it in with an already-berry packed smoothie, and it went down just fine.
This is a delicious and straightforward protein powder, and that’s one of the best things about it. It has minimal ingredients, and comes in three flavors- chocolate, vanilla, and natural. I think this is a nice in-between choice for those not sure about either the Illumin8 or the Warrior Blend.
I have to say, Sunwarrior does a nice job with their chocolate flavor. It’s not gaggy sweet, and it actually tastes like cacao, without overpowering everything. One of my all-time fave smoothies is my chocolate cherry bliss smoothie, and this protein blends in just perfectly with it!
The vanilla classic plus powder would appease the Goldilocks in all of us- not too much, not too little....but just right. It blends well with just about anything, has a nice mild vanilla taste, and deserves to be one of your staple products.
Overall, Sunwarrior is a company that I truly believe in. They not only make delicious goodies that appeal to a wide range of health-conscious people, but they’re also committed to making the world a better place. They work hard to source their ingredients responsibility, use less wasteful packaging, and their whole environment is one of fun, creativity, and wellness...without the dietary dogma.
There are a lot of reasons why I stand by this incredible company, but it all starts with how dang delicious their products are! Go get yourselves some, my friends. And in the meantime…
~ Hoping you feel as well as possible ~
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