In society today no matter what type of diet one may have, we always hear about ‘Protein’.  Always being pushed to ‘get more’, and ‘get enough’. Unfortunately, many people are getting an overabundance of protein consumption already, but is it actually effective, helpful or even safe?  Eating too much protein, especially from not so good sources can lead to imbalances with other nutrients in the system, and even create toxic compounds like Uric Acid, which is generally not something that will bring about good health.  The key is to have a balanced and high quality protein source that is actually absorbable (yep many ‘protein’ sources are not too absorbable) and in the right amounts for your body and activity level.  According to some clinical research, the protein requirements of people range from as little as 10% to as much as 25% of calories (G Cousens, 2013).  While living in a pretty polluted world full of stresses on our system, depleting our nutrient reserves, it is not uncommon for a majority of people to have looked into supplementing with a Protein Powder right up to becoming a Protein Powder Aficionado.  Now there are a lot of garbage protein powders out there, full of synthetic isolates, toxic by products, fillers, MSG, GMO’s, Animal Glandulars, Hormones, etc.  We at Upaya Naturals, are inundated with a lot of options to consider selling, however it usually comes down to one thing:  would we eat it ourselves?  Now you may not know us, or our diet, but one thing for sure is that we are pretty picky.  We know first hand what it is like to not have ‘health’ and to have one’s life on the line, so it is something we take seriously.  It is true, that sometimes to really respect and appreciate something, it has to be taken away.  Well it sure worked for us, and made us realize that many things on the store shelves are not something we should be putting into our bodies.  So our bodies are our temples, and while we take that seriously we have a lot of fun with our food, making some great creations that we see the benefits from physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.  Some things we look for:  Is it Organic? Is it Raw? Is it Plant Based? Sources of isolates? Fillers? Preservatives? Processing methods? and so on..   If we cannot get straight answers, we generally by pass it altogether. Because choosing the right protein powder can be daunting to just about anyone, we have put together some of the Protein powders from our store and given a brief description for you.

Now you may be wondering… Which is the best?  Which one do we use?  The truth is, we have and do use all of them.  Not altogether of course, but what we do is rotate them.  Once we go through one bottle, we choose a different protein powder and so on.  This way we get a wider variety of nutrients from a wider variety of sources.  Not only does it make us feel great, but it keeps our taste buds satisfied with the changes in taste.

Hawaiian Spirulina

Is a pure natural green food.  Spirulina is one of the highest sources of protein out there. What is even better, this product contains protein, beta-carotene, essential vitamins and minerals.  It is recommended that we eat 9 servings of fruit and vegetables per day. One 3 gram serving of Hawaiian Spirulina provides more antioxidant activity than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables.  It has a very mild taste and when mixed in smoothies you cannot tell the difference in our opinion.  Although Hawaiian Spirulina will give it a green colour.  This spirulina is grown is ocean water from a depth of 2000 feet, no other spirulina manufactures uses ocean water, which gives it a higher nutrient value then other products.  Ocean water is an excellent source of calcium, magnesium and 94 other trace elements.


Spirulina Manna

This spirulina is similar to the Hawaiian Spirulina other than this one is grown in fresh-water.  Both spirulina, in our opinion, taste similar.


Sun Warrior Protein

Classic Protein has the highest amount of (non soy) raw, whole-grain sprouted, vegan protein of any product available. A great tasting plant-based protein with a silky smooth texture that blends easily without the chalky or grainy texture found in other vegetable based proteins.   Naturally rich in vitamins and minerals, contains high amounts of antioxidants, tocopherols, tocotrienols, and other essential nutrients such as: thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorous, iron, and potassium. This protein is available in natural, vanilla and chocolate flavours.  One package (21 g) contains 17g of protein, 3g of your total carbohydrates and is low in sugar.  What is cool about this product is that it is not only sprouted to increase protein content, it is also fermented to increase absorb-ability.  This product can be used in many different products it has a very natural taste, the vanilla and chocolate flavors though do have a sweetener added.


Warrior Blend

This dynamic fusion creates a unique, raw, plant-based protein with a complete amino acid profile, exceptionally high in Glutamine, Arginine, Lysine, Lucien, and branch chain amino acids (BCAA’s). WARRIOR BLEND is the next generation in raw, plant-based protein – an easily-digestible, nutrient- dense super food, perfect for those who want to be ultra-healthy and fit.  This blend has pea, cranberry, hemp protein’s, coconut oil MCT’s, and a high Lucien content. This product can be used in many different products it has a very natural taste, the vanilla and chocolate flavors though do have a sweetener added.  Some people find this product a little harder to digest due to the pea protein.


Thor’s Raw Power

The ingredients in Raw Power Protein Super food Blend have been carefully selected and formulated to bring you a natural, balanced, nutrient-rich protein product. This product contains: Brazil Nut Protein Powder, Hemp Protein powder, Maca, Goji Berry Powder, Mesquite Powder, Maca Extreme (all ingredients are raw, vegan and certified organic). This product is offered in four different flavours, original, green, chocolate, and vanilla.  This product is a little sweeter, the added products give it alot of other flavours.   The green version does not reallt have a major taste difference it is more in the colour.


Raw Warrior

This raw, organic, vegan protein powder delivers an incredible 22.4 grams of fully absorbable and assimilable protein! Mix or blend one or more servings of Raw Warrior daily into smoothies, shakes, juices, or other recipes to supplement diet with protein. Ingredients: 100% Raw, Vegan, Certified Organic, Sprouted, Non-GMO Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein (No fillers, binders, additives, sweeteners, etc.).  This product tastes alot like the natural sunwarrior the main difference between the two is that this product is not fermented.


Hemp Pro

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder has a gourmet nutty flavor that tastes so good you can eat it straight from the jar. Use it to create delicious protein shakes, add it to juices, smoothies and green drinks.  It is rich in protein, branch chain amino acids (BCAA’s), Omega 6 & Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and healthy dietary fiber. This Protein Powder is cold milled from live viable hemp seed that is grown sustainably without the use of herbicides or pesticides. It is available in 3 different types: one that is with fiber; another which has a water soluble protein concentrate; and the last type is 50% protein concentrate.  This product is a little but nutty, it goes well with just about any dish may it be a savory or sweet one.  It is nice in smoothies because it give a fatty element to it.


Ruth’s Hemp Protein with E3Live and Maca 

This product offers essential amino acids, and is high in fibre. Hemp Protein Powder with Maca and E3 Live supplies 5,000 mg (approximately 1.5 teaspoons) of raw, certified organic Maca powder in each 1 oz. serving. E3 Live is a potent form of the Blue-Green Algae known as AFA (aphanizomenon flos-aquae), found only in Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon.  Ruth’s Hemp Protein Powder with Maca and E3 LiveTM contains 1,000 mg of E3 LiveTM in each 1 oz. serving.  This product is very nutural in taste, some people may find it the slightest bit bitter due to the maca, so they many want to add a sweetener to it.


Superfood Protein Smoothie Mix

With a powerful combination of super food ingredients, this satisfying protein powder is one of the best sources of nutrition available!  Our unique blend combines super food fruits and nut proteins creating a super-formula supporting natural resistance and vitality.  Rich in a deliciously satisfying, muscle building protein.  This product is very sweet and is great added to a nut milk or water.


Sacha Inchi

This seed powder is among the best plant sources for omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 essential fatty acids. In addition, Sacha Inchi is high in protein (approx. 9g/oz.), fiber (approx. 6g/oz.), iodine and antioxidant vitamins A and E. It is also full of essential and non-essential amino acids, and has only 6% saturated fatty acids compared to its 93% unsaturated fatty acids.  This product has a mild nutty flavour, kind of like roasted peanuts.


Superfood Protein Medley

Is a carefully calibrated blend of the most bio-available plant protein sources. It has been scientifically formulated to provide a full amino acid profile that unlocks rejuvenating energy and whole-body wellness! The Super food Protein Medley consists of the following protein-packed super foods: sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Hemp Protein, Sprouted Chia Seeds, Chlorella, and Spirulina. This product has a sweet element to it, and is very smooth.  This product tends to be on the green colour side since it contains chlorella and spirulina.


Elite Green Protein

Is unlike any protein you have ever had. It is 100% complete protein, 100% whole food and 100% super foods, with benefits far, far beyond any other protein in existence. For example, the phycocyanin in spirulina helps to protect and regenerate the kidneys* (which get damaged from animal proteins). Chlorella chelates heavy metals, and both spirulina and chlorella protect from radiation and are insanely loaded with a full spectrum array of cleansing and non-toxic healing vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and phytonutrients for ultimate support of your entire body, including incredible recovery and immune function!* Minerals in Inorganic form (isolated supplements, flesh) can be toxic. Inorganic iron actually causes heart disease.  This protein is available in two different flavours Cool Green which has a chocolate and peppermint flavour, while the Elite Mesquite has a sweeter taste with a small hint of caramel.


Here is a chart that has a break down of the above proteins

Serving Size (grams) Protein (grams) Carbohydrates (grams) Sugar (grams)
Spirulina (Manna) 6.5 4.8 1.4 0
Spirulina, Hawaiian Pacifica Powder 3 2                       <1 0
Thor’s Raw Power! Protein Superfood Blend- Original and Green 28 10.5 16 8
Thor’s Raw Power! Protein Superfood Blend- Chocolate and vanilla 28 10.5 15 7
Warrior Blend- natural 21 17 1 0
Warrior Blend Chocolate and Vanilla 21 15 4 1
Superfood Protein Medley 25 18 4             <1
Superfood Protein Smoothie Mix 20 5 10 3
Elite Green Protein-Mesquite 24 16 3 0
Elite Green Protein- Cool Green 24 16 3.7 0.95
Sun Warrior Protein- Chocolate and Vanilla 21 16 4 0
Sun Warrior Protein- Natural 21 17 3 0
Hemp Pro Fiber 30 10 14 1
Hemp Pro 70 30 20 4.5 2
Hemp Pro 50 30 15 8 1

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