This protein blend holds a special place in my memory because it was the first vegan protein powder I ever tried.
Of all the powders I’ve tried, it remains among my favorites, and I still buy it on a regular basis.
This review consists of objective measurements and scores whenever possible. I’ve tested over 20 vegan protein powders with the same procedure. You can see how all the powders compare against each other on my page of the best vegan protein powders for Canadians.
Each section has a score out of a maximum of 25 points.
Protein Content and Nutrition
The ideal protein powder in my mind is has as much protein as possible, with minimal carbohydrates, and close to 0 fats.
To calculate a score for nutritional content, I use a simple formula:
If a powder’s protein calories make up 80% or more of the total calories, it gets a perfect score (25/25). Only a few powders achieve this score.
This plant-based protein blend gets a score of 19 based on this label:
Here is a list of ingredients for the 2 available flavors:
- Chocolate – Non-GMO Pea Protein Isolate, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Hemp Protein, Cocoa, Natural Flavours, Xanthan Gum, Stevia, Sea Salt.
- Vanilla – Non-GMO Pea Protein Isolate, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Hemp Protein, Natural Flavours, Xanthan Gum, Stevia, Sea Salt.
The blend of protein sources gives it a nice balanced amino acid profile.
As a general observation, it’s nice to see such short, simple ingredient lists.
Canadian Protein Cost Compared to Others
Cheap is good, expensive is bad. That’s the gist of how I evaluate pricing in these reviews.
The tricky part is that every protein powder comes in different sizes. There are 3 sizes in this case:
|Size||Cost (CAD)||Cost per 100 gram|
|1 kg / 2.2 lb||24.99||2.5|
|2 kg / 4.4 lb||39.99||2.0|
|6 kg / 13.2 lb||94.99||1.6|
On top of that, you have to pay for shipping.
The standard shipping fee is $9.99 here, but it’s free if you purchase over $99 of products. That’s how I ended up with an 11 lb bag when I ordered.
How I score pricing:
But I need some way of evaluating price across all protein powder reviews. Since almost all protein powders come in a 1 kg/2.2 lb size, I compare that cost.
I typically use the USD price score, but since this protein powder is only available in Canada, I have a separate price score just for us Canadians. I plug in the price per 100 grams (in CAD) into this formula:
This protein blend gets a score of just over 23.6 after factoring in shipping. That makes it one of the cheapest vegan protein powders that you can easily get in Canada. It’s even better if you buy in bulk.
How Well Canadian Protein’s Vegan Blend Mixes
Everyone who has had clumpy protein shakes knows how much they suck. An ideal protein powder mixes perfectly.
To measure this fairly, I’ve created a “mixability score”, which measures how well a protein actually mixes.
Here’s the procedure:
- Measure the weight of a serving size
- Add to 500 mL of almond milk
- Shake vigorously for 30 seconds in a standard shaker bottle
- Pour out the liquid, then scrape and weigh the remnants
The mixability score is calculated using this simple formula:
If a powder mixes perfectly, it will score a perfect 25.
The All Natural Premium Vegan Protein Blend had just 1 gram of remnants, so it has a mixability score of 22.
It mixes very well, but not perfectly in all conditions.
I would note that any “clumps” here do still taste relatively decent compared to some other powders where they are disgusting.
Taste Testing Canadian Protein’s Vegan Blend
I evaluate taste when a powder is completely mixed. In this case the shaker bottle alone did just fine.
There are both chocolate and vanilla powders of this blend, I’ve only tested the chocolate so far.
Obviously this is one area where I can’t calculate a score, but instead have to judge based on personal tastes. Put the least stock into this area of the review, as you may have different tastes.
Still, I try to be consistent here by assigning scores based on this table:
|25||Amazing, would drink for enjoyment alone.|
|20||Very good. Easily drinkable.|
|15||Drinkable, not really good or bad.|
|10||A bit of a struggle to get down|
Overall, it tastes very good, and there’s no weird aftertaste or anything like that. But there is a bit of chalkiness, and the stevia sweetness is on the strong side compared to the other powders I’ve tried.
Still, very good overall, 20 points in this category.
Summary and Overall Impressions
There are a few big pros of Canadian Protein’s all natural premium vegan protein blend:
- It’s Canadian made – No weird shipping fees to be worried about.
- Bulk price – The fact that you get a steep discount on a bulk bag, plus free shipping (if you buy something else cheap) is great.
- Simple ingredients – A short ingredients list is always nice to see.
- Solid taste and mixability
Nothing particularly bad to say about this protein powder blend, I highly recommend it to any fellow Canadians.
Other Good Vegan Protein Powders for Canadians
While this was arguably the best overall vegan powder made in Canada, I tried a few others as well, and many non-Canada made powders are also available to us online. Here are my top alternatives:
- LeanFit Complete Green (75/100 overall) – LeanFit is a really well-balanced protein powder and even tastes a bit better than Canadian Protein’s Blend. It’s reasonably priced, and I can usually find it when I go to Costco. Here’s my complete LeanFit review if you’d like to read more about it.
- PlantFusion – It’s a little more expensive to ship it to Canada, but PlantFusion can be found in online supplement stores, and is my #1 overall vegan protein. It tastes amazing, and is solid in every other area as well. You can see the full breakdown in my PlanFusion review.
- Naked Pea – This is a very plain vegan protein and not that highly rated overall, but has a few similiarities to Canadian Protein’s. First, it comes in a huge 5 lb container, and second, the ingredients list is incredibly simple. Here’s my full Naked Pea protein review.