Rice Protein Smackdown

by HEAB on April 14, 2009

Gentlemen, to your corners…

Sexy Hot vs The Warrior

Sexy Hot vs The Warrior

Last night, I busted into my Jay Robb strawberry sprouted brown rice protein powder and stirred it into a bowl of oat bran (pre-no oat challenge) topped with PB & Co. Mighty Maple and Artisana’s Raw Cacao Bliss.

Berry Protein Delight

Berry Protein Delight

Per 30 gram serving, Jay Robb’s rice protein powder contains:

  • Calories: 110
  • Fat: 0.5 grams
  • Carbs: 4 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Protein: 24 grams
  • Vitamin C: 2%
  • Calcium: 10 %
  • Iron: 30%

Suggested retail price for a 24 ounce container (22 servings) is $33.73 or $1.50 per serving.

The taste: Most rice proteins I’ve had in the past taste really chalky.  The Jay Robb powder did not, but the berry flavor was a bit funky.  Something tasted off, and I’m thinking I would prefer the vanilla or chocolate.

This morning I woke up and put 1/2 cup oats quinoa in my rice steamer.  For a fair comparison, I wanted to try the Sun Warrior in a bowl of grains…not cooked in pancake form. When the quinoa was done cooking, I threw it in the Vita-Mix with 1/4 cup water and 1 scoop of Sun Warrior vanilla rice protein.   My toppings were almond butter and raw chia pudding.

Looks like oats, but I promise it wasn't. :)

Looks like oats, but I promise it wasn't. :)

Per 21 gram serving, Sun Warrior’s rice protein contains:

  • Calories: 70
  • Fat: 1 gram
  • Carbs: 4 grams
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Protein: 15 grams
  • Calcium: 8%
  • Iron: 20%

The online price of a 2.2 pound container (47 servings) is $48.95 or $1.00 per serving.

The taste:  I’m used to whey protein, and rice protein is just different.  That being said, I can’t tell you how delicious this bowl was!  A few weeks ago, I tried a sample of Sun Warrior in my morning oat bran, and I do not remember it tasting this good. The Sun Warrior is not as sweet as Jay Robb, and I loved the vanilla flavor.  To be fair, I think I need to try Jay Robb’s vanilla flavor, but right now my vote goes to Sun Warrior.  Sorry Jay…you know I love ya!

Both rice protein powders are vegan, contain all natural ingredients, and are sweetened with stevia. However, Jay Robb is manufactured in a facility that processes other products which may contain soy, dairy, wheat, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, peanuts, and eggs and may contain traces of all of the above.  The folks at Sun Warrior informed me that their protein powder is processed using all allergen free equipment, and therefore, there is no possibility of cross-contamination.  Both protein powders are low-heat processed, Sun Warrior’s at no more than 120 degrees, and Jay Robb’s at no more than 125 degrees.

OK, so I feel like a total traitor, but so far I’m more impressed with Sun Warrior. That being said, I still want to try Jay Robb’s vanilla rice protein as I wasn’t a huge fan of his strawberry flavor.  Anyone else interested in trying some Jay Robb?  Come on, I know you are.  Need a little more prompting?  Well, how about 20% off your next order?!? Thanks to the lovely folks at Jay Robb for providing this coupon to all of my readers!

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