Orgain Protein Powder Review – Is it a Good Organic Plant Supplement?

(Last Updated On: December 11, 2018)

Protein and protein supplements are a sorely misunderstood aspect of a healthy diet. A lack of education has led many people to believe that protein is meat, dairy and other animal products.

Many others probably envision protein supplements as those gritty, lump, and to be blunt, gross tasting beverages musclebound men and women guzzle to put on mass.

The Truth About Protein Powder

In reality, while lean meats, fish and dairy products are important for majority of diets, some plants offer just as much protein- and perhaps are even superior sources. When it comes to protein powders, the average busy person can benefit from them as well.

To get the best of both worlds- a healthy, plant-based source of protein- a protein powder may be the perfect answer. It’s safe to say that there is a dizzying array of protein powders on the market, all of which claim they are the best. When it comes to plant-based protein powders made from organic ingredients, right up at the top of the market is Orgain.

Why?

Aside from their high-quality product, Orgain’s protein powder was created by a doctor.

The Creation of Orgain: Backstory

Dr. Andrew Abraham is the founder of Orgain and a person who takes nutrition very seriously. After battling cancer, Dr. Abraham was left weak and severely underweight. He was shocked to find that the “nutritious” foods and drinks given to him by his doctors were anything but.

After making a change in his diet and switching to organic whole foods, Dr. Abraham regained his health and with the help of his wife began the creation of what Orgain is today. I’m usually not a sucker for these types of stories…. but this one seemed legit to me.

Orgain’s goal is “to make better nutritional products that help each and every one of you gain health, gain energy and gain life”. They produce a variety of products, from ready-to-go shakes to almond milk and protein powder, which are nutritionally superior to many others and are naturally delicious.

While all of their drinks and powders are perfect for anyone, it is their Orgain Organic Protein Plant Based Powder that is truly impressive.

The Low Down on Orgain’s Protein Powder

Orgain Organic Protein Powder is USDA organic and is available in two flavors- creamy chocolate fudge and sweet vanilla bean. Both flavors are very tasty and do not have the chalky or gritty taste so commonly associated with protein powders. These powders all contain:

  • 21 grams of organic protein per serving
  • Contains brown rice, hemp, pea and chia seed proteins
  • Zero added sugars or artificial sugars
  • 5 grams of organic fiber per serving
  • All USDA organic ingredients
  • Totally gluten-free
  • Vegan ingredients
  • Non-GMO ingredients only
  • No soy
  • Kosher

Let’s take a closer look at the nutritional facts and ingredients of each flavor.

Sweet Vanilla BeanCreamy Chocolate Fudge
20 servings of 2 rounded scoops

Nutrition Facts:

·         150 calories

·         40 calories from fat

·         4g of fat

·         60mg of potassium

·         125mg of sodium

·         13g of carbohydrates

·         5g of fiber

·         5g of sugar alcohol

·         1g of sugar

·         21g of protein

·         4% calcium

·         15% iron

Ingredients:

·         Orgain Organic Protein Blend

·         Organic brown rice protein, organic sprouted chia seed, organic hemp protein, organic pea protein

·         Organic high oleic sunflower oil

·         Organic erythritol

·         Organic rice dextrins

·         Organic acacia gum

·         Organic inulin

·         Organic natural flavors

·         Organic guar gum

·         Xanthan gum

·         Organic rice bran extract

·         Sea salt

·         Organic stevia

·         Monkfruit

·         Rosemary extract

 

20 servings of 2 rounded scoops

Nutrition Facts:

·         150 calories

·         40 calories from fat

·         4g of fat

·         60mg of potassium

·         125mg of sodium

·         13g of carbohydrates

·         5g of fiber

·         5g of sugar alcohol

·         1g of sugar

·         21g of protein

·         4% calcium

·         15% iron

 Ingredients:

·         Orgain Organic Protein Blend

·         Organic brown rice protein, organic sprouted chia seed, organic hemp protein, organic pea protein

·         Organic high oleic sunflower oil

·         Organic erythritol

·         Organic rice dextrins

·         Organic cocoa

·         Organic acacia gum

·         Organic inulin

·         Organic natural flavors

·         Organic guar gum

·         Xanthan gum

·         Organic rice bran extract

·         Sea salt

·         Organic stevia

·         Monkfruit

·         Rosemary extract

 

 

As you can see from the nutritional facts and the ingredient list, both powders are nearly identical aside from a couple different flavoring ingredients. Both are very nutritious while limiting sugars and their small ingredient list means you are getting pure, wholesome ingredients with zero chemicals and other common health-harming products.

Who Can Benefit from These Powders?

Despite being sold as a protein powder, don’t let this fool you into thinking only athletes or body builders will benefit. Unlike so many athlete-specific protein products, Dr. Abraham has designed this powder to be perfect for anyone, including:

  • Professionals who struggle to eat properly due to their busy career
  • Moms and dads who need some help getting proper nutrition to keep up with their kids
  • Athletes of all types who want a superior protein powder for pre- and post-workouts
  • People who are overweight or underweight and need help getting back on track
  • Everyday people who simply want to add more organic foods to their diet quickly
  • Students who are busy and stressed that need an alternative to caffeine or sugar-filled shakes

While this protein powder isn’t sold as a complete meal replacement, it does make a welcome addition to any diet and can be a large part of a daily meal such as breakfast. In a pinch it is definitely better to drink a shake than go without food.

How to Use Orgain’s Protein Powder

Orgain Protein Powder is super easy to use and very similar to most other powders. Simply add two rounded scoops of the powder (roughly 46 grams, if you have a scale) to about 8 to 10oz of liquid, 10oz will be more of a shake while 8oz will give you a thicker smoothie consistency.

The “liquid” can really be anything. If you are in a rush just use water. For added nutrition and protein, add the powder to almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk or regular old cow milk if you prefer.

If you’re already a big smoothie drinker, add the scoops to your normal recipe- although you may have to experiment it a bit to ensure you get your usual consistency. These two flavors go particularly well with fruits like bananas, strawberries, frozen berry blends and mango.

You can also add either powder (though vanilla may be more suitable) to green smoothies to give your blended greens an extra kick of protein and nutrition.

Final Thoughts: Would I Recommend It?

Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder is just as versatile as it is nourishing. Those on a journey to eat more cleanly and remove heavily processed, chemical-filled foods from their life can rely on this brand for their needs. Similarly, those who allergies to nuts, dairy, soy, gluten or are vegetarian/vegan can rest assured that these drinks align with their diet’s principles.

Protein is the building blocks of the human body. The amino acids present in them are what keeps our organs, muscles, ligaments and the very foundation of our bodies healthy. While the average person probably eats enough protein according to dietary guidelines, many of these sources aren’t ideal for optimum health.

Those who don’t eat meat or dairy are especially vulnerable to a lack of protein. These types of dietary problems can easily be remedied by adding a high-quality, organic protein powder, like these two produced by Orgain, to your diet. If you are a busy person, someone on a path to better health or you are an athlete wanting a healthier protein shake, Orgain won’t disappoint you.

Where to Buy: I’ve certainly added it to my list of recommend protein supplements. I order it via this listing, where there are frequently coupons and discounts available.

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9 thoughts on “Orgain Protein Powder Review – Is it a Good Organic Plant Supplement?”

  1. What is the best way to use the Orgain Organic plant base protein powder as a diet, also what else such as fruits or vegetables that can be added to the smoothie? Thank You.

    • Darlene – You can add almond milk or similar substitute for a good drinkable consistency. Pretty much any fruit (that you like) can be added. Also, you can research any protein smoothie recipe online and substitute Orgain for whatever protein is being used.

  2. I have been trying to figure out if orgain is post or pre workout specific. I’ve used optimum nutrition gold standard whey and have always been happy with it. Would orgain be comparable to whey?

  3. Hi Owen,
    I just stumbled across your website, thanks for all the work you do on getting the word out there about quality protein shakes. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 30 years and in the last 3 years, I’ve discovered Orgain. It has definitely changed my nutrition for the better. A few tips – I mix it with almond milk, sometimes I use 1 scoop of chocolate and 1 scoop of vanilla to get a different flavor profile. You can add fresh strawberries to the vanilla shake for an excellent “strawberry shake”. On my long run days, I add an extra scoop for recovery. Orgain recently came out with protein bars, which are rather tasty.

    • Hi Stacey,

      Thanks for your comment and some great suggestions. I like to add an extra scoop in my shakes on “those days” as well, so you’re in good company with that one.

  4. I have been into fitness for 30 years and began using this product 16 months ago.. I have not retained the muscle mass I had built using other product. My diet and exercise has not changed. What really bothers me is I just bought a new container and while the container size has not changed they have done is decreased the container content from 2.74 lbs. to 2.70 lbs. They should have changed the container so customers might know their is a change. The scoop size is also decreased so your now ingesting less product than originally. Companies do this to squeeze out just a little more profit. I think this is sneaky and if they use these tactics on the container what have or will they, do with the product itself. They’ve lost my trust in the product and company

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