Garden of Life Chocolate Protein Review

Garden of Life Chocolate Protein
Photo by David Yochim

I went to the store a couple of days ago to pick up a tub of protein powder, and found that my usual brand was out of stock. Looking over what was available, I decided to try a brand that I have never had before, and settled on trying the Garden of Life brand.

We all have different tastes, and whether I like the taste of something or not, it does not necessarily mean that you will agree with me. Most people really like to eat cheese. For me, the taste of cheese is absolutely vile…

Garden of Life chocolate protein powder is quite a good nutrition source.

From their website:

Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein is made with living grains and seeds that are Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Certified Vegan and NSF Contents Certified. Not only do you get the complete protein to fuel your body, you also get the assurance that these ingredients are third-party certified to be clean and free of binders and fillers—just whole-food, Certified Organic, Non-GMO goodness.

In this protein mix you will find that it contains the following components:

  • 22g of complete protein from 14 raw organic sprouts
  • 4g of Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)
  • Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K
  • Live probiotics & enzymes
  • 0g sugar
Garden of life protein nutrition data.
Photo by David Yochim

From a nutritional standpoint, I love the fact that this protein mix is filled with nothing but healthy ingredients, and that it contains no sugar. It doesn’t get much better than this for a healthy drink.

Glass of Garden of Life Protein
Photo by David Yochim

With all of the good I mentioned above, there is also a negative about this protein mix. The label said to mix it with water, but I did not notice that until I had mixed it with milk instead. Like most protein powders I have tried over the years, they all seem to taste much better when mixed with milk. Plus, milk just makes for a creamier drink than water.

When I opened the tub, I noticed an earthy smell instead of chocolate. No big deal, I have had some tasty protein mixes in the past that didn’t smell too good, but still had a good flavor.

I liked the way this protein powder mixed thoroughly without leaving those annoying little lumps floating around your drink that some protein mixes are prone to.

Now, for the taste…

If you are looking for a protein with a smooth chocolatey goodness to it, don’t bother with this brand. You simply will not find it with this one.  As I said above, there was an earthy smell to this mix, and that earthy smell complimented an earthy taste.

After trying this protein powder, I read the reviews on their website. Apparently there has been a change to their recipe that a lot of people have found to have an unpleasant taste – so it isn’t just me who didn’t enjoy the flavor.

Just use your imagination for a minute if you will, finding this product was like finding this mix of organic ingredients with maybe a trace of chocolate somewhere in the mix, buried in a cardboard box instead of the plastic tub out in the backyard. Now, without removing any dirt or rotten cardboard from the product, you go ahead and mix it up have a drink. That is what I thought of the flavor.

It had a very faint taste of chocolate, more as an aftertaste than anything else. And it tasted like I imagine dirty cardboard mixed with a smorgasbord of organic ingredients. This stuff is just awful when it comes to flavor – I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone on that basis alone. Afterall, who wants to settle for drinking a glass of dirty field greens that has been stored in dirty cardboard when you could actually have something just as nutritionally sound and that is coupled with a pleasant flavor…

Seriously, instead of wasting this tub of dirt I will go ahead and consume it all. However, that will only be after I have doctored up the flavor with cocoa powder or maybe another better tasting protein mix.

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