It is a minefield out there when it comes to choosing the right kind of protein powder. And 100% plant-based vegan protein powders, like Pro Matcha Protein + Matcha Tea, is something pretty new to me, although they are becoming increasingly popular in all types of diets. Get the full scoop here on what I, as a personal trainer, thought of this vegan protein.
Who Am I and Why Should You Be Interested in My Review?
My name is Scott Checkland, I am a 27-year-old personal trainer who has been training for over 5 years now. Over the last year and a half, I have become more conscious and focused on understanding the fitness supplements I choose to help me achieve better overall athletic performance. Most recently I have been spending my time understanding what make a truly good protein powder, as all have a direct impact (for better or worse) on my overall athletic performance. And I was curious to find out if I had been missing a trick by not using a vegan protein powder and most importantly, would it give me the same results as whey protein?
Goodbye to Protein Powder Bloat
For years I was drinking protein shake after protein shake, and although I was getting the results I wanted there were some unfortunate side effects. Around 20-30 mins after having my whey protein I would feel bloated and gassy; this was an issue as my shake was part of my preworkout ritual. Who wants to train hard with a nasty bloat?
Pro Matcha completely resolved this for me. It was actually quite amazing to be sitting in my car before the gym waiting for a feeling that never came. It prevented the distraction of feeling like I had trapped wind, which believe me on leg day, when I do squats, is a not a good feeling!
Great Tasting AND Low in Sugar
Another huge issue with many products available on the market today is the amount of sugar per serving. Whereas Pro Matcha has a very low amount of sugar per serving (5.1g) in the chocolate flavour I tried. But if you opt for the natural flavour, there is 0g. I personally think many brands pump their protein powders full of sugar for two reasons.
Firstly, the fact some companies offer more than 30 flavours – yes 30 different flavour choices ranging from salted peanut butter caramel to mango passionfruit cocktail – is due to the artificial flavourings and high sugar content. Unfortunately, there is a huge trade-off in order to satisfy the desire for a nice tasting protein shake, an increase in excess body fat aka a spare tyre, as well as other associated problems a high-sugar diet can cause. More and more people I see now in the gym are drastically underestimating the amount of sugar they consume in so-called “health shakes”.
The second reason is something I will discuss later, hidden sugar content in proprietary blends or the proprietary matrix.
Full Disclosure Label – Why It Needs to Matter to You
For me, one of the largest attractions to Pro Matcha before I even tried it was the fact the label clearly states:
“Full disclosure label, no proprietary blends.”
Now this for some people may be of little interest or may not even mean anything at all. But for a product in the health/fitness industry, let me tell you, this is huge.
Allow me to be honest. For years and years I was buying and using many products I believed were benefiting me, but of these products, nearly all didn’t disclose what was actually inside.
For example, one protein supplement I was using just broke down the macronutrients on the label i.e. Protein 20g, Carbs 20g and Fat 2g. The rest of the product just stated ‘80g of our proprietary blend’. This could mean anything is present and in any amount up to 80g.
There is no reason why, if the blend was so groundbreaking and effective, it would not be used at the very least as a persuasive marketing tool. So in my opinion some brands hide behind the excuse that their blend is a ‘secret formula’ and in reality is nothing more than a few premium ingredients in small, ineffective amounts, bulked out with cheaper, completely ineffective ingredients.
A Quick Product Overview
- Version 2.0 of Pro Matcha is expertly crafted with a cocktail of essential branch chain amino acids skilfully combined in the same ratio of human muscle tissue. It contains low sugars and lower carbs in comparison to other proteins available on the market, possibly due to the natural flavour it provides (mine was chocolate). I feel that every ingredient on the label has been added intelligently and with a genuine passion to make a product that does exactly what it says on the packaging.
- Although I am not gluten intolerant, I have in the past experienced bad bloating and eczema due to gluten foods such as white bread. I personally quite like the fact that Pro Matcha is Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free.
- Pro Matcha is also alkalizing. The whole concept of creating an alkaline environment within my body was introduced to me by a friend who is a professional boxer in early 2015. The idea he presented to me was that a slightly alkaline body would prevent diseases being able to exist as they cannot live in this kind of environment. There is a wealth of knowledge online regarding an alkaline lifestyle and I would recommend doing some research to see if it appeals and makes sense also to you.
Usage, Taste & Mixability
I would recommend having two drinks a day, one as early as possible to help prevent muscle tissue being utilised as an energy source and another drink pre or post training.
- If you like to have a meal before you train, then consume your Pro Matcha shake after your workout.
- If you eat after exercise, have your Pro Matcha before the gym.
I'll be honest, the first ever Pro Matcha drink I made I was a bit taken aback by the taste, but this was because I was so used to my heavily flavoured, high-sugar protein shakes from the past.
I couldn’t really taste the chocolate flavour, but I quite liked this and the overall taste of the product I would describe as “healthy”, whereby you can feel the goodness hitting your body with every sip.
The product mixes very easily with water, just throw one scoop into a shaker/blender with some water and enjoy.
As with all these kind of products, you can get some settlements at the bottom due the natural non-modified ingredients, just shake again and you’re good to go.
I also enjoyed making a morning smoothie with Pro Matcha Protein + Matcha Tea, which consisted of:
- 1 scoop of Pro Matcha
- 5 tablespoons of porridge oats
- 5 tablespoons of organic banana and frozen berry mix
- 500ml dairy-free milk
I suggest to anyone trying this product to experiment for themselves and have some fun with making smoothies with Pro Matcha, as you can purchase a decent blender now for around £25.
You Deserve First Grade Protein Powder Because Your Body is First Grade
If you are going to invest in something, I can’t think of anything better to invest your time and money into than yourself. Whether you're just embarking on your fitness journey or have been training for some years, don’t settle like I did for so many years on second-rate protein supplements. I urge anyone to try Pro Matcha Protein + Matcha Tea, just be open-minded to the quality ingredients and try it exclusively for month or so and see the benefits for yourself.