A couple of weeks ago on Instagram, the company Plantmade reached out to me to ask if I would be willing to test out their product. After checking out the site, I decided that I would give it a go. As with all of my reviews, I am going to be 100% honest and not hide anything from those of you reading and interested in making a purchase.
What Was The First Thing You Noticed On The Plantmade Website?
Their mission jumped out at me:
We are on a mission to redefine the relationship between people of color and the world of health & wellness. By leveraging a unique blend of CPG, Community, a Multi-Media Channel, & Unique Experiences, we seek to develop a safe space where people of color can heal, innovate, and discover true happiness.
Our story is still being written…Thank you for being a part of it!
As a Puerto Rican endurance athlete who is focused on his health and wellness, that first sentence jumped off the page at me. I’ve mentioned it before in different places, but when I look at trail running magazines/websites, triathlon magazines/websites or stand at the starting line of a race I don’t see a lot of people like me. The two times I saw that the athletes around me, resembled my family and I, was when I was racing Ironman 70.3 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Having a product that was geared toward people of color made me take notice.
Cut To The Chase……Was It Good?
The short and simple answer is yes. When I first opened the canister I could smell the vanilla. It had such a powerful and flowery punch that my hopes for it tasting great went straight up.
As background for my consumption of protein powders, you should know that I drink two smoothies made with Vega Sport Premium Protein per day as well as a rest and recovery shake, also made by Vega, about 30 minutes before bed, so I am no stranger to protein powders.
My first hope was that it wouldn’t be chalky and that fear subsided the moment I scooped out the first portion. I noticed that the powder itself was thin and I knew that the Vitamix would really blend it up well. After consuming that first shake, I was no longer scared that I’d be drinking the chalk tray from an elementary school.
So, we’ve got taste and smell going for us. We’ve got the lack of chalky-ness going for us, so what else would I want in a protein powder? The amount of calories and protein would be the next hurdle for me. One scoop of Plantmade has 120 calories and 21g of protein. We can check that box off as well. This is an excellent choice for protein powders.
You’ve Given Lots Of Praise, But What’s The Downside?
With my typical level of activity and intensity, I am consuming approximately 76g to 130g of protein per day. This is about 1.2g-2.0g per kg of body weight, and is what is approximated for a person as active as I am. With Vega and my normal diet, I am hitting that number regularly. With Plantmade, I’d probably have to go to a third shake which I am not ready or willing to do.
That being said, I can see myself adding the Vanilla flavored Plantmade to the Peanut Butter, Mocha or Berry Vega to enhance the flavor and still giving me the amount of protein that my body needs to function and repair itself.
If you’re looking for a plant based protein powder that has excellent taste, blends well and provides and adequate amount of protein then click the link at the top of this review and make a purchase.