Effective and clean protein powders are one of the most highly searched for topics on this blog so when Naked Nutrition reached out to me, I was intrigued. What is this “naked” you speak of?!
Well they weren’t kidding. This stuff is really naked.
NAKED NUTRITION INGREDIENTS LISTS
Naked Casein: Micellar Casein
Naked Goat: Goat Whey Protein Concentrate
Naked Whey: Whey Protein Concentrate
Naked Rice: Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein
Naked Pea: Yellow Pea Protein
I’m sorry but did you catch that? Did your brain even comprehend that a packaged food could actually have ONE freakin’ ingredient? Is that even possible?
Well, apparently yes. And better yet, the benefits don’t stop there.
Naked Whey is 100% grass-fed denatured whey protein from small dairy farms here in California. Short of being organic, that’s hitting all my “must-have” requirements for a great protein powder. With no additives, sweeteners, or other “fillers”, this protein powder mixed extremely well with my smoothie and was relatively tasteless. I loved that it didn’t alter the taste of my fruit with that questionable protein powder “flavor” you get when using other products.
Naked Pea is a 100% vegan pea protein, sourced from North American farms, and uses only mechanical extraction (read: they’re not using the industry standard of acid and bleach chemical processes).
Naked Rice is another vegan option and made using a hexane-free extraction process (again, just say no to chemical extractions!) which creates an amino acid profile that compares favorably to whey protein. When’s the last time you saw a rice protein powder with even close to the amino acid profile of whey, the protein rockstar? Better yet, Naked Nutrition uses independent third-party testing for heavy metals and melamine. With all the horrible realizations we’ve had about toxic metals in rice proteins over the past few years, this is an ABSOLUTE must for anyone interested in using a rice protein powder. While I’m not a huge fan of rice protein powder because of the gritty nature, this one was quite tolerable, mixing well into a fruit smoothie. I imagine vegans and dairy-free people would be thrilled to have it over the chalk-like substance of most rice protein powders!
Of all the ones I tried, my favorite Naked Nutrition protein powder would have to be the Naked Goat. And I’m not alone — the reviews for Naked Goat on the company’s website are all perfect 5-star reviews. So they’re either pulling a fast one on us or everyone else seems to agree with my review! From pasture-fed goats of small-herd Wisconsin dairies, this protein powder was second to none. It had that milky smooth taste we love about whey powder but tends to be easier to digest than standard dairy. I work with a lot of clients who just can’t stomach cow’s milk but have no problem with goat milk — I highly recommend checking out this protein powder if that’s you!
To top it all off, you know how I feel about isolated proteins so I love that Naked Nutrition is using concentrated protein sources. It’s not cheap to do that and proves that this company really does care about putting out the best quality product they can. And the icing on the cake?
Naked Nutrition protein powders are GMO free, soy free, gluten free, growth hormone free (no rGBH or rBST), sweetener free and cold processed.
I mean, you’d have to make the stuff yourself to get any better! And even then, I’m not sure I could. Up until this point, my favourite whey protein has been Tera’s Whey but Naked Nutrition comes out on top and is less expensive. How is that even possible? I don’t know but just trust that the protein gods have favored you and go get yourself some Naked Nutrition.
Full disclosure here guys — I’m not making money if you buy their products. Hell, I didn’t even charge them for this review! I just love being able to share quality products from companies who are willing to fight against the depravity of big business. As Naked Nutrition says so eloquently on their website: “Don’t let labels and big agribusiness fool you; additives are for their bottom line, not your health.”
* I received free product samples from Naked Nutrition. All opinions are my own.