Are you looking for a lactose free protein powder? Perfect, because Nature’s Best by Isopure’s Plant-Based Protein is a pea and brown rice protein powder that I have loved for two years and counting. My journey started in 2019 at The Vitamin Shoppe, but they stopped carrying it, and ever since August 2020, I have been ordering it from Amazon. Over that time, this has become my go-to powder because it doesn’t have any dairy, soy, gluten, cholesterol, or sugar. But it is organic, vegan, and a non-GMO product. It’s also good for baking and cooking. And if you’re on the keto diet, it works with that, too. Personally, I use the unflavored one for my protein shake.
As for the company Isopure, I have been a customer since the days where I could eat as much whey protein as I wanted; I used to love their meal replacements to get a large low-carb kick of protein to start the day. But Father Time doesn’t quit. He changes our needs, health, and whatever else you want to add in. Leaving many of us on a quest to find alternatives to whey while asking, do any of these plant-based protein powders even taste good? The simple answer, yes.
When I make my chocolate peanut butter protein shake with this pea and brown rice protein powder, it comes out smoothly delicious to drink. I really notice the difference when I make a shake on the final half scoop, or so, left in the container since its texture comes out watery. But if you put a full scoop of the protein powder in there, the shake comes out like silky yum-yum every time.
The other good thing about this powder is the affordability. Okay, before the supply chain hoopla, it was about five dollars cheaper, but this isn’t about the supply chain; this blog is a review about Nature’s Best Plant-Based Protein Powder, and it is certainly affordable. The last containers I bought in November 2021 came from Amazon via GNC, and it cost me about $30. Not bad, if you break it down by the amount of servings.
The servings! Oh, the servings. Well, the package says it has “About 20” but I have never counted out twenty. The closest I have gotten is a little over 19 servings. Usually, however, I count out 18-ish. For that reason, when figuring out your cost per serving, it would be better to use 18 as the number used to divide the overall price. Using my last purchase, it would come out like this: $30/18 = $1.67. Less than two bucks for every serving is not bad, but it would be a little less if we could expect 20 servings. At 19 servings, it would be $1.58 each. For 20 servings, the price would come down to $1.50. Here’s the breakdown of how many servings I got out of each container:
- Vitamin Shoppe: 18, 19.25, 18
- 3 Containers
- 55.25 Total Servings
- 18.42 Average Servings Per Container
- Amazon: 19.5, 19, 18.25, 18.25, 19, 19
- 6 Containers
- 113 Total Servings
- 18.83 Average Servings Per Container
- 168.25 Total Servings From Vitamin Shoppe and Amazon
- 9 Total Containers
- 18.69 Average Servings Per Container for Total
Another thing to nitpick, the nutrition label doesn’t tell you how many Branch Chain Amino Acids are in a serving, but according to an answer from Isopure on Amazon, “In one serving, there are 7.9 grams of Essential Amino Acids. This includes the BCAAs Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. All of the amino acids are naturally occurring. None are added.” This is great news since I was always wondering about the amino acids in this powder.
The last point in this section is about this powder having Xanthan Gum and Guar Gum in the ingredients because according to Pure Food Company’s blog, if you have a sensitive stomach or gastrointestinal issues, these ingredients may cause you to feel laxative effects, gas, or bloating.
Regardless of the nitpick about the containers never reaching 20 servings, Nature’s Best by Isopure’s Plant-Based Protein Powder is by all means worth the purchase. It’s even good for everyone who is vegan or on the keto diet. It’s definitely great for people looking for a lactose free alternative to whey protein powder like me and you. And as far as the shake I drink goes, I simply add a scoop of my unflavored pea and brown rice protein powder to my blender which already has a cup of Almond Breeze Chocolate Almondmilk, two tablespoons of Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter, and ¾ serving of Hershey’s Cocoa 100% Cacao Natural Unsweetened powder in it. After blending the contents on level 1, I add seven ice cubes from the ice cube tray, and then blend it all up on level 5; the highest level on my blender. Every single time it comes out rich like a velvety chocolate and peanut butter milkshake. And best of all, it’s gluten free and non-dairy.
I don’t have any connection with the sellers, but here’s the link where I bought it last time.
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E. R. Sanchez is the author of Fried Potato Press’s first full-length novel, Petaco Dreams, which will be released in the summer of 2022. In addition, he has had poems and stories published online and in print. If you’d like to read his work that was published online, please click here to go to his Stories and Poetry section.