At Bare Blends we believe that to make a truly great whey protein blend, you have to start with the highest quality ingredients possible.
Factor 1. Protein Quality
Whey proteins can vary substantially depending on where they are produced, and the processing practices. As such, a lot of inferior whey proteins are produced around the world. With whey, you have to look at the following factors.
- Farming practices of a region
- Grass quality
- Yearly availability
- Feed supplementation allowances
- Processing practices of the manufacturer
- Amino acid profile and nutritional qualities
The regions from which we source our proteins - France, New Zealand and Australia - have what it takes to produce the world’s best whey proteins in both taste and nutrient quality.
Sourced from the pristine grazing fields of New Zealand, our whey protein isolate is produced from fresh grass-fed dairy milk. Our NZ WPI is manufactured by cross flow micro-filtration and ultra-filtration, generating undenatured, soluble whey protein isolate with excellent nutritional value.
Our New Zealand whey protein concentrate also comes from the lush, pollution- and chemical-free grazing grounds of the South Island of New Zealand. It is made from fresh cheese whey via micro-filtration, and is considered to be the highest quality concentrate in the world.
To learn more about our whey protein sources, read our blog here, ‘How We Source The Best Whey Protein’.
Similarly to whey protein, many factors must be considered before selecting a vegan protein.
PLANT PROTEIN CONSIDERATIONS:
- Organic and high quality
- Amino acid profile
- Easily digestible
- Low-temperature processing
Bare Blends’ Cacao & Cinnamon Plant Protein and Vanilla & Coconut Plant Protein are a certified organic blend of pea and sprouted brown rice proteins that have been processed using low-temperature techniques, resulting in the highest possible nutrient density of any plant-based protein powder. They’re also made with the optimal ratio of pea and rice protein, ensuring a superior amino acid profile.
Our certified organic pea protein is a nutrient-dense, easily digestible powder. This alkalising ingredient will rebuild your body with it's high-quality plant-based protein. As well as this, our certified organic brown rice protein is soaked, sprouted and then activated, making it one of the most bioavailable plant-based proteins available.
Factor 2. Flavours
There aren't many companies today that use real food as flavourings, organic even less so.
Estimates put 'natural vanilla flavour' as near 90% of the commercial vanilla market. Derived from chemical extractions of wood or animal scent glands, these flavours are far from what we would call natural.
Real cacao, being considerably easier to grow than vanilla, is thankfully used more often, yet still many products use 'cacao extract' to make up for lesser quality sources such as cheap highly processed cocoa powder.
But it can't just be a matter of using the best cacao or vanilla bean.
FIRSTLY, IT CAN'T HAVE:
- Artificial colours
- Artificial flavours
- Natural flavours (not natural!)
- Sugar-alcohol sweeteners
- GMO ingredients
Things to look for in a protein powder include real organic food as flavours, a complete amino acid profile (meaning that it contains all 9 essential amino acids), a high percentage of protein, and a short ingredient list.
Protein powder is amazingly versatile. You can add it to shakes, blend it in smoothies, or get creative with protein balls, pancakes, porridge and raw treats such as the recipes below.
Clean Protein Bars
These are protein bars without the added ‘natural’ flavours or sweeteners. They’re perfect to boost your energy before or after a workout, they even make a convenient breakfast on the go when you short for time in the mornings! Made with our Bare Whey and Maca, they will leave you feeling satiated and full of energy.