Want to turn your body into a lean, mean and green fighting machine? Add some plant-power to your diet!
I first came across PlantFusion while looking for an alternative to whey protein. As a long term user of whey protein, I noticed I was becoming sick, tired and looked ‘puffy’. It turns out ‘whey’ (a derivative of milk), isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Fast-forward 4 months and I’ve been successfully using PlantFusion without any issues and feel ready to share my review with you and why you too should consider making the switch with your protein.
Why ‘Go Green?’
Whey has reigned king of the protein powder marketplace for years. I too used to be a loyal disciple, eagerly chugging down my whey shake every day. I thought I was being healthy, but my body was telling me otherwise. After some digging, I discovered that whey proteins and casein are highly processed and are often heated to the point that the protein is denatured, which makes it nearly impossible for the body to recognize and use. The result is higher levels of acidity and toxicity in the body, which can lead to a host of issues including inflammation and fatigue. There’s also lactose to contend with which can lead to gastro issues in those with sensitivities.
The good news is you don’t have to rely on whey, because you can get all the protein and nutrients you need from eating real whole foods and supplementing with a quality plant-based protein powder. Here’s how PlantFusion protein stacks up.
PlantFusion Protein: Pro’s
- Taste: PlantFusion has a uniquely ‘green’ taste/smell which I’ve actually grown to like more and more – its smooth and isn’t sickly-sweet or overpowering like a lot of other powders out there. It’s worth noting that the flavour doesn’t have quite the same ‘kick’ and creaminess compared to whey-based shakes, but instead has a more acquired taste and ‘earthy’ undertone. A scoop of powder mixed with just water tastes fine, albeit a bit bland, which is why I like to add in things like milk, yoghurt, berries, oats, peanut butter, almonds, cinnamon and chocolate syrup to boost the flavour and create a more filling, creamy shake.
- Flavours: PlantFusion is currently available in 5 flavours – Chocolate, Cookies n’ Cream, Vanilla Bean, Chocolate-Raspberry and Natural. Chocolate is my go-to flavour. I found Vanilla Bean to have a slightly ‘artificial’ taste while Cookies n Crème to be similar to Chocolate, albeit slightly sweeter. I’ve yet to try the other flavours, but I’m confident there’s something to suit everyone’s taste. Naturally, everyone’s palette will vary which is why if you’re new to PlantFusion, you may want to consider trying the smaller tubs or sachets to see which flavour you like best before stumping up the cash for a larger tub.
- Protein & Digestibility: Each 30g scoop of PlantFusion contains a hefty 21g of protein (from Artichoke, Organic sprouted Amaranth, Quinoa, Rice & Pea sources) infused with essential amino acids and glutamine, putting it on level-pegging with the ever-popular whey protein powders, but without the downsides of inflammation, bloating/gas and mucus build-up associated with milk and dairy consumption. Since finding out I’m lactose intolerant, I’ve found PlantFusion very easy to digest and have had no tummy-troubles at all. The addition of an enzyme blend is a great boost for gastro health, too.
- No fillers/Artificial Sweeteners: Unlike many other protein powders, PlantFusion doesn’t contain any hidden ‘nasties’ or ‘fillers’ like aspartame (an artificial sweetener), saccharin, dextrose (a simple sugar/carbohydrate) or artificial flavours.
- Hypoallergenic: Gluten, soy and dairy can these can all cause problems for those with sensitivities. The fact that PlantFusion is free from GMO (genetically modified organisms) and other potential allergens is just another plus and that makes it suitable for everyone.
- Mixability: Having tried other cheaper rice/pea vegan powder blends, the texture isn’t ‘gritty’ or ‘chalky’. The powder is ‘fine’, smooth, doesn’t clump and mixes well with water or milk.
My Super-Simple PlantFusion Recipe
- 1 scoop of PlantFusion Chocolate
- 1/2 banana
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 4 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup of milk (add water to dilute as needed)
This is my go-to recipe. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s great after a workout, as a meal replacement or when I need a quick energy boost. Easy, healthy and tastes good!
PlantFusion Protein: Con’s
- Sodium Content: At 390mg per serve, the sodium content of PlantFusion is higher than other comparable vegan proteins on the market. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it is something to be aware of, especially if you’re actively trying to reduce your intake, in which case you may want to opt for low-sodium alternatives, like Vega One. However, if your diet is already in good shape, this shouldn’t cause you any issues.
- Price: PlantFusion boasts a broad protein spectrum and that’s reflected in the price. You can pick up pea/rice protein blends a bit cheaper, but you get what you pay for. This isn’t to say PlantFusuion is overpriced. It’s competitively priced compared to other brands like SunWarrior, and comes in cheaper than VegaOne.
What about PlantFusion LEAN?
This is a new addition to the PlantFusion line-up and puts a spin on the standard proteins with the addition of a proprietary protein blend, fibre, and 20 superfoods. It’s tailored to those looking to lose weight, but since I haven’t tried it yet, I’ll hold judgement. The price is on par with the standard protein, but comes in at slightly less volume per tub (840g vs 908g). The ingredients and fundamentals behind it look good, so if you’re looking to slim down and value the convenience of having everything you need all in one shake, then this could be worth checking out.
Where to buy?
You can purchase PlantFusion in-store, however I’d recommend picking it up online at Amazon or iHerb. They’re consistently better on price and their shipping/handling is also very good with mine typically taking just a few day to arrive with DHL express delivery.
Overall Rating: 4/5
PlantFusion is a well-rounded vegan protein supplement that stacks up well in the taste and nutrition department. I always enjoy my shakes and would recommend it to anyone looking for a tasty, dairy/gluten/soy-free high quality protein to support weight loss, recovery and better health.