Posted by Coach Sean
on Oct 5th, 2011 in Reviews
As I continue my health/fitness journey I am constantly looking for better, more natural, higher quality products. The latest one that I have come across is a 100% Natural Whey Protein Isolate by Bluebonnet. This product was highly recommend by other coaches in my team so I decided to give it a shot. You are probably wondering the difference between a “Natural Whey Protein” product and a regular whey protein isolate. This can be hard to define because the term “natural” is used very loosely in the food/supplement industry. There is no regulation yet to call something Natural. Having said that, most Natural Protein powders don’t have artificial sweeteners…they are typically sweetened with a natural, plant based, sweetener. They typically have less “fillers” as well. So you will find that Natural protein powders have very little ingredients. This is one of the things I loved about Bluebonnets Whey Protein Isolate. But did it stack up again other protein powders I have tried?
Bluebonnet is not a street name. I had never heard of it before someone told me about it. As a matter of fact I never even saw it in a store before. So when I was looking for it I was very pleased to find that this is a company that takes pride in what it does. It shows in the ingredients. Bluebonnet’s Whey Protein Isolate is made from Grass-Fed Cows. Why is this important? Because they are not treated with antibotics or recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH). It is also not sweetened with sucralose. Some people avoid these types of sweeteners so this is a very big plus. It is sweetened with Stevia instead, which is a plant based natural sweetener that is said to be much better for you. If you look at the label you will only see 3-4 ingredients, depending on the flavor. The chocolate I tried consisted of dutch coco powder, whey protein isolate, natural flavors and stevia. Not bad right? The best part is that each serving has 116 calories, 3 grams of carbs, 0 grams fat and 26 grams of protein! I always try to find a protein that has 22-30 grams per serving. Very impressive.
Rating: 10/10 (one of the cleanest protein powders that I have found…so far)
There are typically two types of people. Those who like protein powders and those who don’t. I think this is a great product for anyone who says they don’t like protein powders. It has a very clean, mild taste. If you are used to highly sweet or flavorful protein powders then this will be a change for you. If you are not used to protein powders and want to try a mild one then this is a great product to use. Personally I liked it. It didn’t blow me away but it was a nice mild chocolate that didn’t leave a bad aftertaste and didn’t clump up when I mixed it. Overall the mixability was very good. Not great, but good. There was some clumps but nothing that I didn’t mind. It mixed well in Milk, Almond Milk and water…or any combo of the 3.
Rating: 8.5/10 (great for those who love a mild tasting protein powder)
This is always a tough one to call with protein powders because there is only so much you can tell over a given period of time. So I have to fall back on the amino acid profile, quality of ingredients and how well it is digested. The Amino acid profile was good. Nothing ground breaking but very respectable. Very typical of what you find from a whey protein isolate that doesn’t add extra BCAAs. The quality of ingredients is obviously very high and it digests very well.
Bluebonnet Whey Protein Isolate is a very good Natural protein powder. For those of you looking to get your diet as clean as possible then this is a great place to start. Some people have problems with the artificial sweeteners found in supplements and other don’t but overall you should try to avoid them as much as possible. Bluebonnet has definitely done a good job with this product. The one thing is that it is a bit on the pricey side. I believe I paid around $1.05 per serving, which is about $0.20-0.25 more than you would typically see from a protein powder. So you will have to make that choice for your self whether it’s worth it to you or not. This product is found at most Health food stores like Sprouts, Mother’s Market, Henry’s, etc. You can search for it on their website to find a story near you. Bluebonnet 100% Natural Whey Protein Isolate comes in different flavors and can be found on their website at http://www.bluebonnetnutrition.com/ .
Overall Rating: 9/10