In this Aria protein powder review, we’ll look at protein vs. filler, the price for what you’re getting, where to buy, how it tastes and performs, and more. Should you buy Aria protein? Maybe. But read this first.
- 1 About Aria Protein Powder
- 2 Nutrition Label
- 3 Taking a Closer Look
- 4 Taste and Performance
- 5 Pros and Cons
- 6 Should You Buy Aria Protein Powder?
About Aria Protein Powder
Designer Protein designed Aria protein powder with women in mind, and it’s a blend of soy and whey proteins. It’s more than just that, though (see the ingredients list below). It only comes in vanilla flavor, but you can do a lot with a vanilla base. Add fruit, greens, cacao powder, or whatever you like to change the flavor. It also only comes in the 12 oz. size.
I have a few concerns about Aria protein powder to address in this review. That doesn’t mean it’s all bad or that no one should ever buy it and use it, so don’t think that’s what I’m trying to say. There are some definite perks to this protein powder, as well.
Aria Protein powder has a pretty long list of ingredients. Usually, protein powder brands either try to avoid that or they pack their product with superfoods to increase the amount of nutrition you’ll receive from it. That’s not really the case here. Ingredients in the vanilla Aria protein powder include:
- Protein blend (soy protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, and whey protein isolate)
- Soluble corn fiber
- Oat fiber
- Natural vanilla flavor
- Brown rice syrup
- Soy lecithin
- Citrus fiber
- Soy isoflavones
- Stevia leaf extract
- Mixed Tocopherols
- Calcium phosphate
- Vitamin D3
- Blend of probiotics and prebiotics (plus fiber and organic aloe vera)
Breakdown of Ingredients
Let’s break those ingredients down.
Protein blend: Great! Nothing to see here, as long as you can tolerate whey and soy well.
Corn fiber: It’s a fiber that can take the place of added sugars. I would consider this one-though not necessary in a protein powder–a neutral ingredient.
Fructose: Sugar. It enhances the taste, but it’s not strictly necessary.
Oat fiber: More filler/fiber. It will help with satiety and could have additional health benefits.
Natural vanilla flavor: No complaints. It gives the shake some flavor.
Brown rice syrup: Sugar.
Soy lecithin: Helps everything mix well.
Citrus fiber: More fiber. It may work as a stabilizer or emulsifier here, as it’s been substituted for carrageenan in other products.
Soy isoflavones: These are phytoestrogens, which means they can weakly behave like estrogen. I encourage you to do your own research to decide whether they would be good for your body or not.
Stevia leaf extract: Another sweetener, calorie-free and from a plant.
Mixed tocopherols: Added for flavor.
Calcium phosphate, vitamin D, and folate: Added vitamins and minerals, so not necessarily good or bad.
A blend of prebiotics and probiotics are always good, as long as they agree with your digestive system.
- Calories (calories from fat) – 90 (10)
- Fat (saturated) -1g (0g)
- Protein – 15g
- Carbohydrates (sugars/fiber)– 5 (1g/3g)
- Cholesterol– 0mg
- Sodium – 110mg
- Potassium– 40mg
- Vitamin C – 100% DV
- Calcium – 30% DV
- Folate – 100% DV
- Biotin – 100% DV
- Vitamin D – 30% DV
- Iron – 10% DV
- Phosphorus – 50% DV
Taking a Closer Look
The grams of protein versus the grams of product in a serving doesn’t really impress me, but I do appreciate the fiber. Designer Protein says 15 grams of protein and that each serving is 21 grams (total weight, which means protein and other ingredients). I also like the fact that the calories are low enough to allow for other ingredients so you can customize your shake. I also appreciate that it’s not sweetened with aspartame, something that will automatically make me put a product back on the shelf.
I love that there are vitamins and minerals in here that are good for women to have, especially the folate and biotin. I was glad to see the prebiotics and probiotics, too.
Taste and Performance
People really seem to be impressed by the taste of it. I did notice that the majority of reviews across the board said how good it was blended, though. The comment I saw about using it with a shaker bottle said it was good, but still had a little “texture.”
Texture is not unusual for any protein powder, but it’s something to be aware of if you need your drinks smooth. In that case, you may want to look for a whey protein or commit to using a blender. It is disappointing that this only comes in vanilla, but it’s not a big deal. Especially if you were already planning to make your shakes in a blender and add things in. You’ll get your variety that way, and the possibilities are endless.
Value for the Money
Aria protein powder’s retail cost is around $17.00, but you can find it for a lot less than that pretty easily. For example, at the time of this writing, it’s about $11.00 at Vitacost.com.
So what do you get for that under $20.00 price point?
Fifteen servings (two scoops per serving) of decent protein powder. If you drink it daily, expect to pay somewhere between $20.00 and $40.00 per month for the Aria Protein Powder. That’s still less than some other brands that sell you a month’s worth at a time.
Is this the best protein powder out there? No. Is it worth the price? I would say so. I paid the Aria protein powder price for lower quality protein when I first got started in fitness.
The fact that they call it a “shake mix” instead of just a protein powder makes me more forgiving of the fillers and other additions.
Where to Buy It
You can pick it up in person next time you go shopping, or you can shop online. It’s available at several stores.
- The Vitamin Shoppe
Pros and Cons
In this case, a pro for some could be a con for someone else.
- It’s easy to find and available online and in brick and mortar stores.
- It contains 15 grams of protein (other brands have more, but this isn’t bad). Note: Some sites list it as 14 grams, but Designer Protein says 15.
- If you’re not strict about keeping soy or whey/dairy out of your diet, you’ll get a nice blend of both from this powder.
- The addition of folate and other vitamins and minerals is great for women.
- It’s sweetened with brown rice syrup and stevia, not artificial sweeteners that can come with nasty side effects.
- The formula really does seem to take women’s needs in mind. It’s not a generic protein powder and less protein may be just what you need, depending on your size, goals, and how often you’re consuming protein shakes.
- There are a lot of fillers in here compared to other protein powders on the market.
- A lot of people are trying to stay away from soy these days. Others have trouble with whey. If you fall into either category, this one’s not for you.
- You could get more protein per serving from another protein powder.
Other Protein Powders to Consider
While Aria protein powder is a good option, especially for women, there are others you may want to look at.
Tone It Up Plant-Based Protein Powder: This one costs more, at around $23.00 for 14 servings. However, if you’re looking for a different mix of protein (this one is made up of pea and pumpkin seed protein) that’s sweetened differently (monk fruit extract, in this case), this is a good one. It comes in vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, and coconut flavors. The composition is about the same, with 15 grams of protein in a 23-gram serving size (one scoop).
Orgain: Here’s another vegan option (pea, brown rice, and chia seed) that’s good for women. You get 21 grams of protein and six or seven grams of fiber per serving. A tub is about $15.00, but you only get 10 servings.
FitMiss Delight™: You can get a 2-lb tub (36 servings) for less than $25.00, and this is more of a “shake” than a true protein powder, due to the presence of a greens & fruit blend. It has probiotics and added vitamins, too, on top of 16 grams of protein. The protein mix is a bit unusual—a blend of whey protein concentrate, Solathin™ Potato protein, egg albumin, micellar casein, whey protein isolate, and whey protein hydrolysate—and it’s sweetened with artificial sweeteners. Depending on what you’re looking for, this could still be a good fit.
Should You Buy Aria Protein Powder?
Going into this review, I was going to say no. But now I think the answer could be maybe—or even yes, as long as you’re not sensitive to dairy or soy and can handle a combination of both. Is this the highest quality protein powder out there? No. But it’s also affordable, accessible, tastes good, and performs well when mixed.
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Health enthusiast, runner, protein nut. Owen likes to write about protein, particularly alternatve supplementation and supplement comparisons.