Coming from the perspective of someone like me, who considers myself a carnivorous creature by nature, the idea of anything vegan sets off some defensive mental barriers. I make the natural assumption that anything can be improved by the addition of animal products. So it was with a great sense of trepidation that I went to take my first sip from my protein shake made with BN Labs Mixed Berry protein powder.

To say that I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. I have tried many different flavors and brands of protein powders throughout the years. Some have been better than others, but the overriding theme is that the vanilla tastes like chalk, the chocolate tastes like cocoa chalk, and you just don’t want to try the berry. All of them in general have the same gritty consistency, and overall, they are something to be endured, not enjoyed.

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The mixed berry protein from BN labs was quite different. The flavor is actually really good, and there is far less of the gritty texture than I have come to expect with protein shakes (that’s not saying that it’s gone entirely, just greatly reduced from normal levels). I’m not sure of how to convince you, loyal reader, of this with words; but I will try my best. I won’t hold it against you if you can’t believe me on this. When Mike (CEO of Spotter Up) told me I had to try this stuff, I thought he was pranking me right up until I tried it. But hear me out, and I’ll make a believer out of you.

Mixed berry protein powder with sweetened almost milk. Delicious, and no blender required.

So we established that my position is that the flavor and the texture are, almost arguably, better than the average protein shake. One might ask, “How could this occur by removing any animal based product?” My belief is that it is not from the removal of these products that this powder gets its power, but instead because of what they then rely on to create the powder.

I believe that both of these attributes can be largely contributed to the natural ingredients and lack of fillers. According to the company website, “Our Vegan Protein is made from organic plant based raw materials. It is dairy, gluten and soy free. It contains no artificial flavors, sweeteners or filler.” (It’s also GMO free, if you were interested) All you are getting with this product are the necessary elements from organic and plant based proteins to make a killer protein shake. And not having to rely on artificial sweeteners to make their shake palatable makes a huge difference.

Mixed berry protein powder, blended with strawberries, raspberries, and milk. A great way to start the day!

But one does not sit back with a muscle-building shake to enjoy the flavor and bask in the sun; not unless that sun is beating down on your beloved training grounds! So how does this stuff stack up when compared to some of its animal parts containing counterparts? In each scoop of BN labs vegan protein powder, you are getting 27G of protein. By comparison, Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard whey protein powder has 24G of protein per serving. To be fair, it also has slightly more calories per serving, at 134 (compared to ON’s 120 calories). BN labs protein is also rich in, “naturally occurring BCAA’s (branch chain amino acids) and Glutamine.”

My personal experience with this powder has been very positive overall. Every time I have it, I have plenty of energy for my workouts, and I have been adding muscle on steadily. My only complaint is that there is still a little bit of the gritty texture to it, but as I stated earlier, it is far reduced from normal levels, almost to the point of being completely negligible. A price comparison with other similar products finds it at about average, with 30 servings for 49.99. For a product that, in my opinion, is superior to most of its counterparts, that’s not too bad at all.

My guilty pleasure: Mixed berry protein power, blended with sweetened almond milk and chocolate syrup, and topped with whipped cream. Don’t judge me, I’m bulking. And I would take this over a milk shake any day of the week!

Product Information

About the Product
  • PREMIUM PLANT BASED PROTEIN: Forget about cheaply made protein powders which include ingredients of questionable quality. BNLABS presents you with the best vegan protein powder which is the result of a proprietary blend of plant based proteins. Every ingredient in the non-GMO, USDA-ORGANIC, gluten, dairy, soy and lactose free mix is organic, including Pea Protein Isolate, Brown Rice Protein, Hemp Protein, Spirulina Powder, Guar Gum, Natural Flavors, Stevia, & Coconut Cream.
  • TAKE YOUR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL: This amazing natural protein powder is the ultimate source of amino acids, containing 6g of naturally occurring BCAA’s and glutamine which support maximum muscle growth, fast recovery and minimum breakdown. In other words, this top quality vegan protein powder will help you improve your general performance and make the most of your exercising routine without having to compromise on quality and taste.
  • ENJOY THE UNIQUE, SMOOTH FLAVOR: We take pride in the delicious taste of BNLabs Vegan Protein Powder. Thanks to the natural, mouth-watering Chocolate, Vanilla, Caramel Latte, and Mixed Berry flavors, this plant based protein powder is bound to have you asking for more! In case you wish to make the taste even more intense, use BNLabs Vegan Protein Powder as you morning smoothie protein booster.
  • 15 and 30 DAY SUPPLY OF EASY TO PREPARE VEGAN POWDER: Each serving offers an outstanding 27gms of protein. All you have to do is add a scoop to 10-14oz of water or almond milk, mix well until the powder is completely dissolved and enjoy!
  • 100% SATISFACTION OR YOUR MONEY BACK: Keeping you satisfied and providing you with the highest quality products is our number one goal. This is why we offer you a full refund in case our organic vegan protein powder does not live up to your expectations.

Material Disclosure

I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.

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By Clayton Pollack

His name is Clayton. He likes long walks on the beach, the way the grass smells after it rains… Oh, sorry, wrong profile. Clay grew up in Wisconsin, spending most of his formative years studying mixed martial arts and wrestling. He joined the Army when he turned 18. He was trained in communication systems at Ft. Gordon, GA, went through Airborne school in Ft. Benning, GA, and was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC, with 4th Psychological Operations Group. He served his first tour in Iraq in 05-06, and his second during the Surge from 07-08. When he left active duty, he took a job as a military contractor in VA, and joined the National Guard. He spent his time in the guard with Maryland’s 1-158 Cav LRS-C (Long Range Surveillance Company). His duties in the military included satellite and radio communications, Psychological Operations, and hand to hand combat instructor. Clay also got married during his time in VA. He and his wife moved back to Wisconsin to start a family, and now have a beautiful daughter and son. He went back to school and earned his degree as a registered nurse, and got his certification in sports nutrition. He is now working towards his Bachelor's, with a long term goal of becoming an emergency surgical Physician's Assistant. He spends his free time playing with his kids, exercising, trail running, competing in triathlons and obstacle course races, and learning new skills from interesting projects he finds. Clayton subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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