Thrive is the flagship vegan protein powder that is made by Legion Athletics. If you are looking for a quality plant-based protein powder then there really isn’t much need to look further. Thrive was created with the thought of checking off all the same things that your traditional animal-based proteins like whey, casein, and eggs do. Things like taste, mixability, quality protein, well-absorbed and affordable.
I didn’t normally use plant-based protein powders, but my parents used plant-based protein powder as a supplement to their diet so it is normally readily available at their house. Most of the time my parents use Orgain’s Organic Protein, but I have been a fan of the products that Legion Athletics make, so I decided I would purchase a container for my parents. That way I could try it as well, I have been thinking about switching over to a plant-based protein myself due to it being easier for your stomach to handle most of the time.
The thing that I liked the best about Thrive is the fact that this protein powder was created with the thought of vegans and vegetarians in mind. Legion has included quite a few additional nutrients that vegetarians and vegans tend to lack in their normal diets. Let’s dive in and take a closer look at Thrive.
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Serving Size: 1 Scoop (49.5g) | Calories: 160 | Total Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 400mg | Total Carbohydrate: 14g | Protein: 25g
Ingredients: Pea Protein Isolate, Oryzatein Brown Rie Protein Concentrate, Hemp Seed Protein, Quinoasure Quinoa Seed Powder, Carnosyn Beta-Alanine, Creatine Monohydrate, Taurine, Inositol, Bromelain, Papain, Protease, Amylase, Erythritol, Natural Flavors, Cocoa Bean Powder, Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tapioca Starch.
My only wish with this protein powder is that there were some organic ingredients in there. Particularly for the proteins, but never the less this is still a great combination of proteins and nutrition. I do like that the proteins aren’t in a “blend” and the ingredients are clearly listed. Let’s take a closer look at each ingredient inside Thrive.
- Pea Protein Isolate 23g – You are going to be getting most of your protein from this shake from this pea protein. Pea protein is a good choice to be the headline protein as it is rich in leucine, which is the main essential amino acid for muscle building, and the amino acid you should be getting the most of out of the three essential amino acids.
- Oryzatein Brown Rice Protein Concentrate 4g – Brown rice protein is always a great protein to combine with pea protein as their amino acid profiles complement each other. Brown rice protein by itself is low in Lysine and pea protein isn’t, therefore when they are combined their amino acid profile looks a lot more like that of whey.
- Hemp Seed Protein 4g – Hemp seed protein is highly nutritious, and contains fiber which helps smooth out the taste.
- Quinoa Protein 4g – Quinoa is one of the rare plant foods that contains all nine essential amino acids. It is also very high in fiber and many other nutrients.
- Carnosyn Beta-Alanine 500mg – Beta-alanine is a naturally occurring amino acid that your body uses to create carnosine, which is stored in your muscles. It is also an ingredient that vegan and vegetarian diets tend to be low on and could result in lower levels of carnosine. I am not a fan of the tingly feeling that beta-alanine gives me.
- Creatine Monohydrate 500mg – It is interesting that Legion decided to add creatine into Thrive. Creatine and protein are often supplemented together anyways and could provide a dynamic combination for your body to produce more muscle mass if you have a good weight training program going.
- Taurine 500mg – Taurine is not an amino acid, but what is called an amino sulfonic acid. It is a compound that is similar to an amino acid. It is not an essential nutrient for your body, your body is able to produce its own taurine. Taurine is not found in plant foods at all therefore vegan and vegetarians lack taurine.
- Inositol 275mg – The main use of Inositol is for the storage and metabolism of amino acids. It is known to be able to help with mental health, and female fertility as well. It is naturally produced in your body as well. Its main job in this protein is to metabolize the nutrients in this protein shake.
- Bromelain 210mg, Papain 50mg, Protease 50mg, Amylase 10 mg – These are all digestive enzymes to help speed up and improve the digestion of protein. These also could help your body absorb the amino acids provided by the protein better.
- Calcium 210mg – I really liked that Legion put added calcium into this protein powder. Calcium is something that vegans and vegetarians have a hard time getting enough of, and tend to be deficient in it. Calcium is very important for your body’s muscle function and many other body functions so it is great that Thrive has calcium in it.
- Iron 8mg – Iron is another mineral that vegans and vegetarians tend to be deficient in. Iron is vital for your blood and its oxygen-carrying functions. Having enough iron in your body is essential to maintaining peak health and performance.
- Zinc 1.61mg – Zinc is a mineral that is needed for the creation of many kinds of enzymes, proteins, and cells. It is also a great booster for your immune system. Zinc is another mineral that is commonly deficient in vegans and vegetarians.
- Vitamin B6 2.04mg & B12 29mcg– Both of these vitamins are involved in many different biological processes in your body. People that are on vegan and vegetarian diets tend to be deficient in both of these. Which causes raised levels of homocysteine, which could increase the risk of developing heart disease. Having the right amount of B6, B12 and quality protein will help combat this issue.
- Vitamin A 1080mcg– Vitamin A is involved in many different systems in your body including your eyesight, supporting a healthy immune system, help with the growth of new cells, and maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Vitamin A is useful for those on vegan and vegetarian diets due to the vitamin A that is found in most greens at times can’t be converted efficiently, and would benefit from supplementation of vitamin A that is already activated.
- Vitamin D 15mcg – Vitamin D is a common vitamin that people are at risk of being deficient in. Some research shows the number could be as high as 42% of Americans. There is also no vitamin D in non-animal foods, therefore, vegans and vegetarians tend to lack vitamin D in their diets.
That was quite a list of ingredients, but nevertheless, it’s a great list of ingredients. Containing many vitamins and minerals that are usually low for vegans and vegetarians. The added digestive enzymes are great as well, which would help anyone with sensitive digestive systems to break down the protein better. It is also great for older individuals that could have troubled digestive systems and need help with digestion. This makes it a better choice than some other plant-based protein powders out there on the market.
Thrive mixes extremely well with just my shaker and some water. There were no visible clumps and the powder itself dissolved very easily. My parents sometimes blend it into a shake and it mixes really well in a shake as well. Most of the time they mix their protein powders in a cup with a spoon and Thrive doesn’t clump up there either so mixability is great.
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Hands down the best tasting plant-based protein powder out there on the market right now. Now, remember I told you my parents use plant-based proteins, well they have been going from brand to brand trying to find something that they like. Well every time I go visit and I see a new brand I always take some. Out of all the brand I have tried and there have been about 10 I have tried, Thrive is the best tasting one by far.
With plant-based protein powders most people tend to worry about the gritty taste that you get with most plant-based proteins, and yes the grittiness is still there. I don’t feel like you can completely avoid a gritty taste when it comes to plant-based protein powders. Thrive does a great job that taking care of the grittiness. Remember to have your expectations right when it comes to texture, because remember this is still a plant-based protein so even though Thrive does a great job with the grittiness, it is still going to be there to an extent because it is a plant-based protein.
Thrive uses Stevia and natural sugar alcohols as sweeteners, some people do not like the taste of Stevia as a sweetener due to its slight bitterness. Legion does a good job with this combination as you do not notice any weird aftertastes normally associated with Stevia.
The chalky taste that tends to follow all plant-based protein powders is evident in Thrive, but it is not as bad as some others that I have tasted before. Overall AMAZING tasting protein powder when compared to other plant-based proteins. Don’t expect it to taste like whey protein powder, it’s not going to happen. I believe that Thrive is currently only offered in one flavor which is Milk Chocolate.
As with all the protein powders that I review I measure effectiveness based on how full it keeps me at the three times during the day that I tend to take protein. Remember I don’t take protein three times in a day but at different times on different days.
- Morning – Being the type of person that loves to hit the snooze button on their alarm at times, I am often in a hurry and don’t have enough time for breakfast so a banana, some frozen fruit, the protein, and some coconut milk is often my breakfast. Using Thrive, I found myself full from breakfast all the way until my lunch time, without even the slightest thought for a snack. It was very effective at keeping me full.
- After Workout – Most protein shakes that I take after a workout tends to leave me hungry about 20 minutes later. Thrive did a decent job at keeping me feeling satisfied until I was able to get some real food in.
- Before Bed – There are times when I stay up late and a lot of time has passed since dinner time, which leaves me hungry before bed. Whenever this happens instead of eating I would just take a protein shake. As with anything that is leaning a bit higher in carbohydrates I do not like taking before bed. For Thrive if you are a bit flexible and do not count the sugar alcohols than your carbohydrate count isn’t too high. Regardless Thrive did a great job at filling me up so I could fall asleep comfortably.
I did not get any side effects from taking Thrive, although I have never been a fan of the beta-alanine tingly sensation. I have never been a huge fan of it in my pre-workout, and I am not a fan that they put it into Thrive. With that being said though, I think everything else that is in Thrive more then makes up for my dislike of them putting beta-alanine.
Other than the tingly from beta-alanine there were no other noticeable side effects such as gas, cramping, bloating or diarrhea that could happen with whey.
This is where Thrive makes you cringe a bit. At $40 a bottle for 20 servings, you are looking at $2.00 per serving of protein that you are using. For me coming from using Whey protein where my average cost per serving hovers a bit higher an $1.00, you can see where it makes me cringe. BUT when you compared it to competing plant-based vegan protein powders, it is only slightly more expensive. Optimum Nutrition 100% Plant protein comes in around $1.82 per serving. and Vega Sport Protein Powder which comes in at $1.99 per serving.
With all the added nutrients in Thrive, it is definitely worth the slightly extra cost over other plant-based protein powders.
Thrive is a 100% plant-based protein powder that is a great option for anyone who follows a vegan or vegetarian diet, but also great for anyone that has digestive problems when taking animal-based protein powders such as whey. Thrive is contains many additional nutrients that vegans and vegetarians have a tendency to be deficient in. In addition to having so many great nutrients, Thrive tastes great.
Have you tried a plant-based protein powder before? What is your take on them? Let me know below!
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