How to Choose a Clean Plant Based Protein Powder

How to choose a clean plant-based protein powder

Many of us rely on protein powder as one of the sources of protein in our diets. While it is possible to pack superfoods in a scoop of protein powder, many also contain junk ingredients. Have you ever wondered what makes a healthy protein powder?

Why Plant Protein Powder?

Protein is an important part of a healthy diet and animal sources are the most common choice. Consuming protein is especially important for breakfast because it can help stabilize your blood sugar throughout the day and anchor your circadian rhythm.

With my thyroid disease, I feel better if I limit or avoid dairy. I’m also somewhat sensitive to eggs, so while I love them, I don’t eat them often. This leaves salads or soups or leftovers for breakfast. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with any of those options, but I’d always wished for a dairy-free and egg-free way to get some extra protein that actually tasted good.

If your digestive system needs waking up in the morning, you might prefer a breakfast that goes down more easily than sausage and eggs. Smoothies are a great option because they allow you to quickly pack in nutrients by adding whole foods and protein. Protein powder on its own can make a great meal replacement or a flavorful ingredient in baked items as well.

The Pros and Cons of Plant Based Protein Powders

Many people choose plant based protein as opposed to dairy-based powders (whey or casein) due to lactose intolerance or sensitivity to dairy proteins. Dairy proteins can also raise insulin and activate some cancer-signaling pathways (source).

The problem is that plant protein isolates naturally do not taste very good, nor do they behave well in liquid. It can therefore take a lot of food additives or industrial processing to make plant based protein taste acceptable. This means that some plant protein powders might trigger inflammation or digestive upset.

Common Ingredients to Watch out for in Protein Powders Include:

  • Sugar
  • Sweeteners (artificial or refined natural)
  • Artificial flavors
  • Artificial colors
  • Thickener or stabilizers like xanthan gum, guar gum, and lecithin
  • Ingredients that may come from genetically modified (GMO) sources
  • Non-organic ingredients that often are sprayed with toxic pesticides
  • Vegetable oils
  • Gluten
  • Milk ingredients
  • Fillers
  • Soy protein or soy derivatives

While many healthy protein powders (without these unhealthy ingredients) are fortified with vitamins and superfoods, it is still possible to react even to the healthy components of the protein powders. These effects are totally individual.

For example, a person who struggles with small intestine bacterial overgrowth might not do well with protein powders that contain fermentable fibers like inulin or psyllium. Those with an MTHFR mutation may not do well with protein powders that are fortified with folic acid (instead of the natural form of folate). Those allergic to ragweed or dandelions may react to protein powders that contain dandelion powder.

The key to finding the best protein powder for you is to be informed about your own health and always read the ingredient list. When in doubt, select protein powders with a shorter ingredient list.

Different Types of Plant Protein Powders

There are many different types of plant protein powders on the market, such as:

Peas and legumes – A good source of proteins that are higher in branched chain amino acids and lysine but lack methionine. Pea proteins often contain soluble fibers from the pea itself, causing it to swell and thicken up as water is added.

Brown rice protein isolate – A source of protein that is higher in methionine, but lacks other amino acids including threonine, leucine, and histidine. Rice protein isolates tend not to dissolve well in water and have a rather grainy texture. Unfortunately, rice naturally uptakes heavy metals and most rice protein is grown in China.

Hemp protein – Contains complete amino acids without the psychoactive effects of cannabis. Hemp also contains plant-sourced omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid and the anti-inflammatory omega-6 called gamma-linolenic acid. However, it tends to have a vegetable-like smell and a bit of an aftertaste that is really difficult to hide.

Pumpkin protein powder – Tastes good, mixes well in liquid, and is rich in minerals such as zinc, but like hemp proteins has its own unique flavor and aftertaste.

Plant proteins from single sources, such as from pea or rice, are typically incomplete proteins. They are low in some of the 20 essential amino acids, which we need to fully utilize the protein. Therefore, it is necessary to combine plant proteins from different sources in order to make full use of the proteins.

How to Choose a Good, Healthy Protein Powder

Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of different plant based proteins. I’ve tried to like them. But I just couldn’t. They tasted grassy or chalky and some had a flavor I can’t even describe, but it didn’t taste good. A lot of them also had more sugar than most cereals.

I feel best when I avoid dairy but I’d pretty much given up hope of finding a plant based protein powder that I could actually stomach without gagging. I basically avoided plant proteins completely because I figured I’d never find one I actually liked.

Then, a friend introduced me to Nutiva and raved about their products. So I tried their hazelnut spread… and loved it. And I tried their coconut and palm oils… and loved them too! Heck, even their superseed blend was good. But then there was that plant protein powder.

Since I liked all of their other products, I decided I should probably try out their protein powder as well, but it took me a while to work up the courage to give it a try. I made a smoothie with my homemade almond milk, a couple strawberries, and a scoop of their Plant Protein Superfood 30 Protein Powder. I braced myself for the disappointment… and I was surprised that I actually liked it. Especially because I really thought I would hate it like all the others I’d tried over the years.

And the best part about it? It meets my strict criteria, including:

1) Free of Harmful and Allergenic Ingredients

My first and most important criteria is that a protein powder should be free of any harmful ingredients. Nutiva Plant Protein Superfood 30 Shakes are guaranteed to be free of yucky ingredients that I avoid, and I feel great after taking it.

It is also certified gluten-free, so it won’t cause any problems for those who are gluten intolerant.

2) Tastes Great and Goes Along Well with Other Ingredients

Unlike many other protein powders on the market I have tried, Nutiva’s Plant Protein Superfood taste great on its own as well as with other ingredients in smoothie recipes. It is available in chocolate or vanilla flavors.

It is sweetened with monkfruit and inulin rather than with stevia, so if you don’t like the aftertaste or are concerned about the safety of stevia, this is a great option.

3) Contains Complete Protein

With protein from multiple plant sources, including pea, pumpkin, sunflower, chia, and hemp, you can be sure that you are getting complete and bioavailable proteins, plus 20 grams of protein per serving. In fact it contains 25% more protein per ounce than Vega’s All-in-One Shake and 35% more per ounce than Orgain’s Plant Based Powder.

4) Nutrient-Dense

Nutiva Plant Protein has a complete set of vitamins and 30 superfoods to ensure that you satisfy your nutrition requirements every day. In addition, it also contains a digestive enzyme, medium chain triglyceride, dietary fiber, and 1 billion CFUs of the probiotic Bacillus coagulans which support optimal digestive health.

5) Organic

Nutiva is a certified organic and non-GMO brand. Organic farming works to build soil health and avoids synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.

6) Ethical and Responsible Manufacturer

In addition to producing very high-quality organic products, Nutiva is a very respectable and ethical company in many ways. They are a certified California Green Business, a certified B Corporation, and operate a certified Zero Waste facility that is powered by 100% renewable energy.

By choosing Nutiva, we not only enjoy organic and nutritious foods but also support the sustainable food movement. Nutiva has donated over $4 million to sustainable agriculture programs.

Get the Nutiva Plant Protein Superfood 30 I use here (at a discount this week!).

Plant-Protein Shake Recipe

Most days, if I’m drinking a protein shake, I’ll throw some homemade almond milk, protein powder, a little collagen, and a few frozen strawberries in the blender and call it a day. It’s good, but this recipe is da-licious- though, of course I omit the banana and add a few extra strawberries! (For those who have asked, nothing against bananas… they are just the one food on the planet I absolutely can’t stand!)

Here’s how to make it:

What are some of your experiences with plant protein powders? Please share in the comments below.

Plant-based protein powder can taste pretty bland and have some sneaky bad ingredients. Find out how to choose a good protein powder without the junk!

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  1. I was also excited to find Nutiva, but after a closer look at the ingredients, I saw that this protein powder does contain corn. Just a warning for those that try to avoid it.

    • EXACTLY and many other things I cannot take in.

  2. Katie have you tried the bone broth protein by (name removed)? I know you’re friends with josh so curious about your thoughts on it

    • Hey Robyn… I removed the names above because I refuse to have them on my site and give them any exposure. We are definitely not friends. We were for a short time, and I suspect that he still likes to say that we are, but we are absolutely not. I have seen him do things I personally consider highly unethical, including copy content from bloggers and experts… even copying entire sales letters word for word. I do not associate with him and won’t even work with anyone who does anymore. Since you asked about the broth protein powder though… I would not touch it with a ten foot pole. It is not organic or grass fed (look at the label) despite marketing make it looking like it is.

      • My stepson follows him very closely, and I have been skeptical of him, and I trust your word Wellness Mama!!

      • Oh wow. Good to know. I have a couple of cartons of his bone broth protein in my cabinet right now. I’ll look into this some more.

  3. Ok so you are saying the same for his business partner then?
    This is of importance to me as I work at a health food store and we sell (and I take) that product quite a lot.
    How do you know it’s not organic or reputable?

    • I’ve had trouble finding real answers on him. Since he sold his last company, I’m not sure which products are actually his or not. I think he is a co-founder of the bone broth protein company. As far as the protein powder and knowing about their sourcing: the whey protein is grass fed, according to the labeling, but the bone broth version is not. It is not listed anywhere on the label and I called their customer service to ask if it was grass fed and organic and they verified that it was not. The FAQ page on their site (not his main site, but the site for the name of the product) also states that it is not certified organic and that they can’t even verify it is free range. It is also the same protein white labeled as epigenetic labs (I don’t recommend this one either). So essentially, these could very well be from feed-lot chickens- they say they are working toward organic but don’t have enough supply yet. Definitely do your own research or call and ask to confirm if you aren’t sure though.

  4. I was looking at this on Nutiva’s website….how many servings does the container hold? Have you used this in any recipes or just as a drink….I am thinking it will be a good addition to my healthy arsenal!

    • I think it makes about 18-20 shakes from how long it lasts for me. I’ve experimented a little with adding it to baked recipes and it seems to work well.

    • Hi Lisa,

      A serving is 35g and there are 18 servings =)

  5. So excited to see you post on this! I am currently doing a 21 day Daniel Fast (vegan) and am having a hard time finding a good protein powder. What flavor did you end up using/trying? I’m always leery to spend $30-$40 on a container of protein only to find I don’t like the taste. I do plan on trying this brand and using your recipe, maybe even adding bananas, to make it palatable 😉

    Thanks for all you do! Been a long-time follower and crunchy/holistic mama due to all the knowledge and tips that you share!

    • The health food store I work at sells single serving packets in addition to the big containers, so if you can find those in your area you can give it a try before making a bigger investment.

  6. About how many servings do you get from a jar of Nutiva?

    • It lasts me at least a month, but I don’t use it everyday. I think it has about 18-20 servings.

  7. Hi, I was wondering if it’s safe to take while breastfeeding? Thx!

      • what are your thoughts about the lead levels in it? According to Nutiva: “In recent independent laboratory testing Nutiva Organic Plant Protein Superfood 30 Shakes tested for heavy metal (Lead) of 1.4 ug/serving. These results are slightly above the Prop 65 limit of 0.5ug/day. Because of these test results, we are required to label Nutiva Organic Plant Protein Superfood 30 Shakes with the following statement: “WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm”

  8. Hi Katie,
    My one-year-old is going through a phase where she only wants fruit & spits out most veggies we give her. I’m trying to disguise veggies in a way that she will eat them & I seem to be most successful with smoothies but she still refuses it if it tastes more like veggies than fruit. She’s also going through a string of colds since starting daycare & I worry about her getting all the nutrition she needs. Would you consider this a good smoothie addition for little ones as well as adults? Thanks in advance!

    PS – Thanks so much for all you do in your blog! You have been a fantastic resource for my family!

    • Thanks so much Kristi. I feel like babies do go through that stage around a year old… hang in there! It should pass soon. I do give this protein powder to my kids and would personally feel comfortable starting it at a year old, but definitely check with a doc if you are concerned about her being deficient in anything!

  9. Katie, this product contains corn. I know you eat mainly a grain-free diet as do I. Even though this product is gluten free, will it not hurt the digestive lining since corn is technically a grain?

    • I have never had any trouble with it and my labs and digestion have still been great since using it.

  10. You’ve really sold out as well, Katie. Protein powder made by corporations??? I/O whole foods? So sad. I thought you avoided hype and trendiness. I am going to unsubscribe now. You’re no more than a marketing mouthpiece for corporate sponsors.

    • Hi Julie- I’m sorry you feel that way. I’ve also used collagen for years and it is technically made my a corporation as well. Most small business are actually corporations. I never share opinions or products I don’t actually use and don’t think my readers will love and Nutiva is still a small corporation with high quality products. I do not automatically write off a company just because they are “a corporation.” In fact, I think it is actually important to support corporations whose mission I agree with, even large ones. Of course, you are free to unsubscribe and not read anymore, and if you do, I wish you the absolute best in the future, but please also consider this: If you and I did everything perfectly for ourselves and the environment by growing our own organic foods, recycling perfectly, making our own clothes even… it would have a relatively small global impact. If a small to medium size corporation makes the same changes of choosing organic ingredients and recycling, this makes a bigger global impact. When massive corporations make these same changes, it can actually change things really drastically for the better. Huge amounts of farmland can be converted to organic and tremendous amounts of waste and pesticides saved. I don’t think we will ever realistically move away from a profit-driven society and big corporations with a focus on profit, and in order for change to happen, my opinion is that it needs to happen at all levels from big corporations to individual families. So that is why I am not opposed to any and all corporations and why I wanted to share a product that I actually use and that has given me another breakfast option besides soup. I certainly understand where you are coming from, and I hope you understand where I am coming from as well.

    • Oh, come on Julie. This is exactly the kind of information we “not 100% crunchy moms” want and need. Where we live, lifestyle choices, activity level, availability of items, abilities, when and where we starting making changes in our lives, etc., all influence what and how much we can do. I very much appreciate Katie’s affiliations. I know that she does her research and uses her broad base of knowledge to find items for her family and her reader base. That makes it a lot easier on me! And what she said about supporting companies that are focusing on organic and changing the way they do things makes a lot of sense to me and I agree with that. So, no. Katie absolutely has not sold out.

  11. Sorry, looked it up on amazon and it’s cheaper there. Maybe they can work a better deal for your readers so you can get compensated for expanding their exposure. I definitely wouldn’t have known about their protein powder if it wasn’t for this post.

  12. Hi Katie! We really love & respect you around our home! Thank you for all of your hard work and research. My husband uses Organic Orgain Protein powder mix every day and I’m wondering what your thoughts are on that brand. It seems to fit your criteria for ingredients, and is a more budget friendly alternative… But, are there any ingredients that we should be taking a second look at? Thank you & God bless! =)

    • Thanks so much for the kind words Meredith! I personally don’t do well with protein powders that have rice as the main source, which is why I don’t use that one. I also liked that Nutiva has probiotics 🙂

      • Thank you Katie, Love the probiotic factor of Nutiva for sure! Plus, after comparing ingredients again, I also see that Orgain contains Xanthan & Guar Gums (in case anyone needs to avoid those). Looking forward to trying the Nutiva. Thanks again! =)

  13. Thank you so much, Katie! What a bummer to hear that Epigenetics labs uses the same label as the other one discussed (I noticed the original poster added his name again, so may want to remove it as it only removed one reference). What are your thoughts on TTAC/Epigenetics other products? Hoping their bone broth can be organic and grassed soon… you are awesome! Thanks for all you do!! Raising up this next generation in great ways. Hugs, mama!

  14. What do you think of Green Smoothie Girl protein powder. It’s plant based. No sugar .

  15. Hi There,
    Just an FYI…pea protein is not good for those allergic to peanuts. I had to find out the hard way when I went into anaphylactic shock drinking a pea protein based shake, and later with eating a Daiya vegan cheese product, which is made with pea protein as well. That may not be the case for everyone, but those with food allergies and those with allergies to legumes should be forewarned before drinking something with pea protein. I only mention this because those that are allergic to dairy are most likely allergic to other foods as well, and sometimes the term “vegan” can be misleading to those who try to avoid milk products because of a serious allergy, especially when it’s replaced with another potentially life threatening allergen like pea protein.


  16. Hi there!
    I made the switch to vegan a couple of months ago because I too have an allergy to milk products, especially whey protein! Thank you so much for the protein powder recommendation!
    P.S. My go to breakfast is avocado toast and a dairy free yogurt w/ granola! I’ve found that this combo keeps me full and focused throughout the mornings

  17. Thank you so much for telling us about this new protein powder! I had previously been using Raw Garden of Life Protein powder and have now switched to the Nutiva and just got my first container of the Vanilla in today and love it taste and ingredients.I am vegetarian so always need the extra protein and now that I am pregnant once more (with my 8th) i especially need the extra protein. I love all the wonderful products you introduce to us and all your recipes I refer to and use them all the time so thank you for all your wisdom and hard work to have a healthy blog!

  18. I’ve been on an anti-inflammatory diet since (of course) January 1st. I read that isolates are the least inflammatory of the protein powders! I’m not allergic to anything that I know, so any whey protein isolate is my preference. I love to add the peanut powder, but not a whole serving. You really just need 2 teaspoons of peanut powder to get the flavor of 5 tablespoons of real peanut butter. Cheers.

  19. Wow! I love Nutiva! I have been using their hemp seeds since January last year which are amazing- never knew about their plant protein powders so thank you for sharing!

  20. Hi Katie,

    Thanks for this post. I am very interested in trying the powder, though have a question.
    The ingredient list includes Dextrose…isn’t that an added sugar?  


  21. I’ve been using JJ Virgins protein powders. She has one that is beef peptides and another one that is plant based. They are both excellent with no bad taste and clean ingredients. It’s certified organic. Thanks for your posts, and information you give out.

  22. What a coincidence…I was recently considering protein powders, particularly the Vega brand. I like to keep a small stock of protein powders for occasional times when I haven’t had time to cook. This is a very helpful article! Thank you.

  23. Hi Katie,

    I noticed both the vanilla and chocolate flavors have Silicon Dioxide in them. Do you have any protein powders that you recommend that do not carry silicon dioxide?

  24. Hello,
    I ordered some of the chocolate Nutiva after reading your email about it. I like the ingredients, but the chocolate protein powder does not taste good and not at all like chocolate. It tastes very plain. I really like the Sun Warrior Warrior Blend chocolate vegan protein powder in case anyone wants to try that one. It tastes great. I do love your recommendaations, Katie. This one just did not work for me. If you have any suggestions on spicing up the flavor, please let me know. Thank you.

  25. HI Katie, i know that you have used collagen powder as well as gelatin in many of your Drink recipes. My question is that, since collagen powder also contain protein, why the need for plant based protein powder? I’m just really curious on your thoughts about that since, i stop using protein powder and using more of Vital collagen powder.

    Thank you!

    • I do still add collagen to coffee and even water, but it doesn’t make a good smoothie on its own and as a meal substitute, I found I wanted something a little more substantial. I definitely still use gelatin and collagen though!

      • Thanks for all this info. I had this same question. I use collagen powder in smoothies and it tastes fine to me. Are you referring to taste or does it not contain as much protein as other powders?

        • It does have a lot of protein and it is still a great option. I was just saying that I wouldn’t mix collagen in water and call it a meal on its own. I can do this with the protein powder without the need for other ingredients, so it makes it great for travel or for when I’m busy.

  26. It says 1G protein, 2G fiber & 9G fat written on the video recipe for the smoothie?…….that’s a very negligible amount of protein if that’s true.

  27. I love Nutiva products but doesn’t the amount of lead concern you? This is a response I received from Nutiva:

    In recent independent laboratory testing Nutiva Organic Plant Protein Superfood 30 Shakes tested for heavy metal (Lead) of 1.4 ug/serving. These results are slightly above the Prop 65 limit of 0.5ug/day. Because of these test results, we are required to label Nutiva Organic Plant Protein Superfood 30 Shakes with the following statement: “WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm”

  28. I m grateful for all your information and research. You mentioned Hashimoto’s and this has been a struggle for years with 4 kiddos. I see you substitue it for a breakfast item along with eating a lot of soups. Do you have any other recommendations. Still trying to find my root cause with MTHFR gene also positive. Mega arts of info out there,

  29. You mentioned in the article above that those affected by SIBO might not do well with protein powders with inulin in them. This vegetable protein powder does have inulin. Does that make it one you would NOT suggest for those with SIBO?

  30. Thank you for your very useful information.I regularly eat brown rice. It helps me full of energy during the day.

  31. I just received my powder (chocolate) and am disappointed to report it tasted absolutely DISGUSTING. It was chalky, a little bitter, and left a bad aftertaste, so I definitely wouldn’t recommend anyone else try it. Maybe the vanilla is better. I’m so bummed that I didn’t find it as appealing as you did because I’ve been in search of a tolerable-tasting protein powder. But I’ll find out how Nutiva’s return policy is I guess. Thanks for trying to help out with your post, but I guess my search continues…

  32. Based on your recommendation, Katie, I ordered the vanilla protein powder from Nutiva and love it! I have tried different protein powders, and none compares with the taste of Nutiva. I noticed from one commenter that an ingredient in Nutiva is dextrose (sugar), which I normally avoid, but I don’t think I’ll find anything that is 100 percent to my liking–but Nutiva is close. … I appreciate all the hard work you put into your site and have learned so much from you. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes, suggestions and opinions for living a healthy lifestyle.

  33. Hi Katie,

    I have been considering buying this but I noticed all the “nutrients” in the panel. Are those added nutrients or just biproducts of the source foods? Like I have to be very careful with the type of iron and folate I intake… I just didn’t know if these were “added” vitamins and minerals or just on the panel because there is naturally iron and folate in the products used for the protein.

  34. Katie – the issue I have with this protein, and other plant proteins as well, is their “flavors”. These are substances that contain hundreds of ingredients … many of them derived from chemicals and GMOs. Google “EWG Natural vs. Artificial Flavors” for a more detailed explanation. While Nutiva, like the others, will claim they only use “plant-derived” ingredients, they won’t tell you exactly what these ingredients are (usually because there are A LOT of them and you can’t pronounce half of them). Just something to be mindful of when we’re talking about a “clean” protein powder. As the founder of a small clean plant-based powder called Pure Food, I most certainly am biased … but I think it’s important to include “natural flavors” on the list of ingredients clean eaters should avoid.

  35. Hi,
    Do you have any concerns about the amount of lead found in this powder?

  36. Id give Bright Earth Foods a try! They would fit your criteria indeed.

  37. Thank you as always for your comprehensive reviews and well-researched info! I personally appreciate your efforts and given your family commitments it’s a marvel that you can devote the time you do to share your experience.
    I was ecstatic to try the Nutiva Plant Protein after reading your review. I love other Nutiva products so it seemed like a natural progression to me however my experience was the complete opposite of your own.
    I ordered 2 tubs from and received an additional 25% off the sale price, wow I though what an amazing deal!
    I added the powder to my regular shake which consists of coconut milk, sea buckthorn berries, 1/4 cup frozen beer juice, 1/4 banana, Tbsp Collagen, Tbsp ground flax & 1Tbsp full fat yogurt. Believe me I could hardly contain my anticipation!
    However…the resulting shake tasted so repulsive that I literally had to chug it down without thinking about how horrific it really tasted. It was just awful.
    I could not believe it, how disappointing. I’ve since made this shake by omitting everything except the coconut milk and powder but I have to contend that it’s not ever going be palatable at least not to me.
    Not until I scoured the ingredients more closely did I find the culprit-Sachs Inchi. This nut is so bitter it overtakes any goodness that may otherwise be present. I strongly urge readers to first try this ingredient on its own before considering this product because the Sacha Ichi is such an overpowering flavour unto itself!
    My best advice is, as Wellness Mama herself advocates, do your own due-diligence or you could be hugely disappointed and out some serious money because the regular price of this stuff is Not cheap.

  38. Two corrections;
    *Beet Juice* not beer juice & * Sacha Inchi* not Sachs Inchi*.

  39. I’m curious to know if anyone has tried the vanilla Vega protein and greens? The label says it is gluten/dairy/soy free, non gmo, no sugar added, but it does contain stevia and xanthum gum. Since I prefer to avoid corn and am concerned about lead content I am weighing my options between the Vega and Nutiva. As always, thanks for all of the good input from fellow readers, and especially your research and diligence, Katie.

  40. I used Nutiva for months until I looked into the lead warning states that it can cause birth defects and fertility issues. I also received an email a few days ago stating that the product was under a voluntary recall. Just FYI!

  41. Did you know Burt’s Bees makes a plant-based protein powder? I found it on Amazon and LOVE it!! It’s super tasty in my morning shakes. PS – <3 your site!!

  42. Well shoot. These have been recalled for undeclared peanuts according to the Nutiva website.

  43. I have to say I am very disappointed in Nutiva Corporation. I purchased this protein powder and received a notice for their “voluntary recall” of the product or peanut contamination. As I am extremely allergic to peanuts (thank goodness I didn’t rip into it as soon as I got it!) I contacted them immediately and was told that, since I was allergic to peanuts (I guess folks who aren’t have no recourse) they would pay to have the product shipped back to them and I would receive – not a refund but a gift certificate to re-purchase the product. Since this product is technically “adulterated” I’m surprised to see the cavalier attitude adopted by the Company. What on earth would make them think I trust ANY of their products enough to purchase!??!!

    For now, I’m steering clear of these products; there are plenty of alternatives to choose from. Glad to see some folks are posting alternatives.

    • Wow. Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m sorry they weren’t more accommodating to you and I will reach out to them and see why they are having this issue.

  44. Hi Wellness Mama,

    Quick question.. I ordered the Nutiva organic plant based protein- chocolate that you recommened about 2 months ago but it has been back ordered due to a recall and I can’t find it anywhere in stock. Do you have any other protein powders you recommend? I drink a smoothie every morning for breakfast because I have hashimoto and am following the autoimmune paleo diet which doesn’t give me many options for breakfast. Let me know if you have any other recommendations while i anxiously wait for my Nutiva. Thank you!

  45. I’m looking for one with no inulin. It bothers muy gut.

  46. Katie,

    I love your site! My friend cannot tolerate pea protein. Can you recommend a protein powder without it?


  47. Everything I read about plant based protein shakes say don’t buy anything with more than 1 gram of sugar. Nutiva has 2 grams, what are your thoughts?

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