The second I saw the name Thor Bazler at the helm of Raw Power, I was sold. Seriously, that is a very cool name for someone who produces protein and nutritional supplements. But behind the name lies a company that is very passionate about quality.
Raw Power is of course raw, vegan, certified organic, and made with a crazy load of superfoods, including Maca, Goji Berries, Brazil Nuts, Hemp, Mesquite, and … wait, that’s everything. Yes, no fillers of any kind; this is truly a whole food powder.
I heard about this product from a press release stating that they had increased the protein content by over 30%. Since my husband and I were about to embark on a new fitness program, and I needed some good dairy-free sources of protein, I decided to give it a go.
In terms of the protein levels, I think it is excellent for a post-workout recovery drink or for spiking an energy smoothie with a bit of protein and some high antioxidant ingredients. One serving previously had 8 grams of protein, but they have upped it to 10.5 grams. Since I was fairly new to protein powders, I was surprised that one serving was basically 1/4 cup, quite a bit! At first, I was a bit stifled, because I couldn’t find serving instructions anywhere on the package. Luckily they were on the site, 2 scoops (1 serving) of Raw Power in 12 ounces of water … or of course you can make a smoothie with it.
To give it the run through, I tried it with just water first. Since it has some hemp protein powder in it, there was a little bit of that sandy texture, but it was much smoother overall than pure hemp protein powder. I put it in my “sippy cup” with a lid, which was good to shake it up as I drank it, since a little bit tends to settle. The taste wasn’t really sweet or bitter, but it wasn’t bad. I found it drinkable, but not something I would crave. However, some juice, almond milk with a little sweetener, or a fruit smoothie took it up to that pleasure level. It did add some texture and thickness, along with the slightest berry and nutty notes to the overall beverages, which was nice. Since I am a newbie to protein powders, the full blown smoothie was still my preferred medium for Raw Power, but the others were pleasant enough.
But when we were about halfway through the canister, an idea came to mind. I keep seeing all of those chocolate bars spiked with goji and maca and the latest superfood of the month … why not make my own? So, with a good chunk of dark Callebaut chocolate in hand, I melted it down, let it cool, and stirred in a serving of Raw Power. I poured the chocolate into some silicone muffin tins, put them in the freezer for about an hour, and viola … homemade Superfood Chocolate! While you could still detect a little bit of that hemp grit, it was overall very delicious, and a great way to enjoy all of the latest names in antioxidants if you ask me.
Some more pluses about Raw Power … though it is made from hemp and brazil nuts, it is pretty low in fat, just 2g per servings. Since most people using protein powders are seeking lean protein (including myself!), I was happy to see this. Unlike many protein powders it also has a good does of carbs, which I actually like. They say the perfect ratio for a recovery drink is 4:1 of carbohydrates to protein. With this in mind, blending one 1 serving of Raw Power with 1 cup of orange juice or a banana (and some water) will yield a good ratio for post-workout. Also, I like that the protein is from pure raw foods. Many proteins powders are from concentrates or isolates, removing the protein from its source.
When purely protein is my goal, I do reach for something with more lean protein per ounce, but for a whole food nutritional supplement, I am definitely impressed with the make-up of Raw Power. Raw Power also comes in Vanilla, Chocolate, and Green (with barley grass powder) varieties, but thus far, I have only tried the original.