Arbonne Essentials Protein Powder Shake Mix was my absolute favorite part of the 30 Days to Healthy Living Program. It’s a vegan protein mix with vitamins and minerals, fiber, and some great additions.
Below, I’m going to tell you all about:
- the ingredients
- the cost
- how it’s a healthier option for protein powder
- ways you can use it
What is Arbonne Protein Powder?
Arbonne’s protein shake mix, as described on the Arbonne store, is:
20 g of vegan protein with 24 vitamins and minerals and all essential amino acids to help support muscles and daily health. Our plant-powered protein is derived from peas, rice and cranberries for optimum digestibility and satiety. This delicious Protein Shake Mix is clinically tested and certified to have a lower glycemic index, which means it tastes great and won’t cause a spike in blood sugar.
Like all of Arbonne’s products, the Protein mix is vegan, which means that it isn’t derived from dairy, like many other protein powders. Dairy can cause gastrointestinal distress and is beginning to be understood as not as healthy as it was once thought.
Additionally, because of the poor health profile of soy, Arbonne avoids all soy products. So where does Arbonne get the protein for its protein shake mix? And how can plants have enough protein to fuel a vegan protein powder?
Let’s break it down and learn more about the components of this Arbonne protein powder.
Arbonne Protein Powder Ingredients
Pea protein started to gain popularity recently, as a vegan substitute for whey protein. But is it healthy?
Actually, according to the American Cancer Research Institute, pea protein has a better balance of amino-acids than most other protein isolates like whey or rice.
But remember, once a protein is isolated from the rest of the plant, it loses all its other vitamins, minerals, and beneficial components. So any other health benefits from peas are lost.
Rice is a surprising source of protein, but it’s actually quite a healthy source.
Despite its rep as a carb source, rice contains a fair amount of protein—around four grams per cup of white rice, and more than five grams per cup of brown rice.Joe Wuebben, Onnit Academy
Rice protein digests easily, and you don’t have to worry about allergens from dairy or soy-based proteins.
Cranberry is another protein isolate that has a full amino acid profile and is a complete protein. In addition, it’s incredibly beneficial to digestion. It has a lot of fiber compared to other protein sources.
Although it isn’t as high in protein as other sources (like pea or rice, which are also part of the protein profile of Arbonne’s protein mix), it does also contain some good antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
Vitamin and Mineral Complex Unique to Arbonne Protein Powder
Arbonne protein powder contains a mix of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, D, C, E, B, iron, iodine, magnesium, and zinc, among others. (Check out the full product sheet here.) But the thing I love about the protein powder is that it also includes Ginseng and Coenzyme Q10.
Ginseng is an herb that has been used for centuries in countries like China, and is known for its ability to boost brain function, support your immune system, and boost energy levels.
CoQ10 is a compound that is incredibly beneficial to heart health, but it has also been known to aid with boosting fertility, helping skin health, and even reducing headaches.
With 6 grams of fiber, Arbonne protein powder gives you about 15-30% of your daily fiber in 1 protein shake, depending on your age and gender. You can also add additional fiber with Arbonne’s Fiber Boost.
But of course, fiber works best when it is consumed as part of foods like fruits and veggies. So make sure you get plenty of those during the day as well!
Does This Mean the Arbonne Protein Powder is Healthy?
Harvard Medical School published a warning about protein powders. Here are a few takeaways:
- some protein powders may have way beyond your daily recommendation of added sugar
- watch out that you don’t consume too much protein
- protein powders may be packed with all kinds of chemicals and toxins
Recommendations for daily allotment of protein isn’t actually as high as you’d think. From that same Harvard post above, women should get about 46 grams of protein a day and men should get around 56 grams.
This will vary, depending on your activity level and intention to build muscle. For thousands of years, it has been noted that athletes naturally consume more protein. So if you are highly athletic or active, you may want to aim for more protein.
On 30 Days to Healthy Living, you may consume 1-2 protein shakes a day as meal replacements. Arbonne’s protein shake mix has 20 grams of protein per serving, so you can drink 2 per day and stay within that 36-56 gram limit.
According to the American Heart Association, “men should consume no more than 9 teaspoons (36 grams or 150 calories) of added sugar per day. For women, the number is lower: 6 teaspoons (25 grams or 100 calories) per day.”
In fact, if we look at other protein powder mixes, some of them have over 23 grams of added sugar per scoop and pack a walloping 1,200 calories per drink!
Thankfully, Arbonne is healthier and more thoughtful than that.
According to Arbonne’s protein mix nutrition facts, there are 7 grams of added sugar for every 2 scoops. It is also sweetened with stevia for an extra sweetness without the sugar calories.
Seven grams of added sugar is only 19% of recommendations for men, and 28% of recommended added sugar for women.
*Keep in mind that the government’s recommendations and the American Heart Association’s recommendations are DIFFERENT. This accounts for the difference in the daily allotted added sugar being listed as 14% on Arbonne’s protein shake mix bag.
For the 30 Days to Healthy Living program, when you will be consuming 1 or 2 shakes per day, that still keeps your daily consumption of added sugar at LESS than 60% of what is recommended by the American Heart Association, and that’s only if you’re a woman who is replacing 2 meals a day with shakes.
There may be other shake mixes out there that have less sugar, but sugar itself is not inherently bad. Remember, different sugars have different vitamin and mineral profiles, and they have different origins which can affect how the body absorbs them.
Sugars that occur naturally in fruits, raw honey, and pure maple syrup are some examples of more beneficial sugars. Raw cane sugar is another with a lower negative impact on the body when it comes to blood-sugar spikes. (Cane sugar is what is used in Arbonne’s protein mix.)
On the other end, high fructose corn syrup or highly processed artificial sweeteners are going to be worse for your health.
How many carbs are in Arbonne protein?
In 2 level scoops of Arbonne Protein (chocolate flavor), there are a total of 13 grams of carbohydrates, including 7 grams of sugar. In a 2,000-calorie diet, 900-1,300 calories, or 225-325 grams should come from carbs. Thus, one Arbonne protein shake is approximately 4-6% of your daily carb intake.
Toxins and Harmful Chemicals
Due to its Certified B-Corporation status and its dedication to non-GMO, organic labeling whenever possible, and providing the healthiest nutrition products, Arbonne provides a cleaner protein powder.
Arbonne has banned over 2,000 harmful ingredients from all products, upholds high standards, and works with teams of experts to formulate the best products. Of course, things change regularly, and as they learn more information, they continue to update and reformulate products to meet the highest standards.
Arbonne Protein Powder Cost
Arbonne protein powder is, undoubted, expensive for many people. But there are great ways to lower your cost, such as becoming an Arbonne Preferred Client. This will lower the cost to $61 a bag, or become a consultant and lower your cost to $55 a bag.
Personally for me, the healthy ingredients, guaranteed clean products far outweigh the cost.
Ways to Use Arbonne Protein Powder
First, make sure you’re using your Arbonne Essentials Protein Shake Mix correctly for Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living Program.
The most basic way is to use your favorite non-dairy, non-soy milk, 2 scoops of protein powder, and shake to combine. Add extra fiber if you need it, or some of Arbonne’s Green Balance to get your veggies in a convenient way.
You can also use Arbonne protein powder in smoothies. Here are a few of my favorite smoothie recipes!
Last, consider using the protein mix in desserts like Protein balls or vegan brownies. Check out these recipes for Arbonne Protein Balls!
Also, check out this post for Thanksgiving and Holiday dinner recipes and scroll to the bottom: there’s an amazing recipe for vegan protein brownies!
Low toxins, balanced and complete proteins, full amino acid profile, low sugar, and high fiber make Arbonne Protein Shake Mix an excellent choice for protein powder.
Besides this, it’s delicious, and it comes (currently) in chocolate and vanilla, with other rotating flavors throughout the year, which have included:
- mint chocolate
- and more
Remember, no product is perfect, and there is no substitute for organic, non-GMO whole foods in your diet like vegetables, fruits, and lean meat. But when it comes to protein powders, Arbonne is definitely one you’ll love to use.