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nutribiotic rice protein

Wanting to try a new type of protein so I’m not taking whey all the time (I like to vary my supplements,) I picked up some NutriBiotic Vegan Rice Protein Drink.

I chose rice protein mainly because I like rice, and rice protein powder isn’t too expensive (this was roughly $13 for a 1.5lb canister at VitaCost.com.) I didn’t want soy protein, and I figured I’d save hemp protein for another time, so rice was the obvious choice.

I really didn’t know what to expect with this stuff, I just figured it would be like whey protein. Boy was I wrong! Continue reading to get the details…

NutriBiotic Rice Protein Health and Nutrition

First, the ingredients:

Enzymatically processed rice protein from whole grain, sprouted brown rice; rice syrup solids; and natural chocolate and vanilla flavors.

That might be the most sparse ingredients list I’ve ever seen for a protein powder. It’s basically “what you see is what you get.” Just processed rice and some flavor.

I for one am thankful I don’t have to wade through a long list of ingredients, scanning for all the artificial junk that’s added to most whey protein powders!

For those interested, this is a vegan protein powder. That’s good if you are vegan for moral reasons, or if your body doesn’t handle whey protein very well.

Next up, Nutrition Facts.

Serving Size 1 heaping Tbsp (16g)
Calories 60
Fat 0g
Carbs 2g
Sugars 1g
Protein 12g

12g protein per serving? What gives?

Well, the suggested serving size is 16g, which is half the serving size I use with whey protein. Not surprisingly, this dinky little serving provides half the protein content. So I just use my scoop from my whey protein since it holds about 32 grams, doubling the nutrient content here. Perfect.

So when you do that comparison, a real serving of this rice protein is very similar to a serving of whey protein (roughly 25g protein.)

Aside from that, the fat and sugar is just how you want it for protein powder – minimal or nonexistent.

For overall health and nutrient content, this NutriBiotic rice protein looks like a great choice.

NutriBiotic Rice Protein Taste Test

NutriBiotic Vegan Rice Protein comes in plain, vanilla, chocolate, and mixed berry flavors. I tried chocolate and mixed berry…


Flavor wise, this is pretty good. It is a very mild chocolate flavor.

It is plenty sweet for my tastes, but nowhere near as strong or tasty as Optimum Nutrition whey protein. A stronger chocolate flavor would be really welcome here!

Unfortunately, while I enjoyed the flavor, the texture was too grainy to enjoy it alone. I had to mix it in with something else to make the graininess less noticeable. (Continue reading below, I devoted a whole section to the texture.)

Mixed Berry

This powder is pink and smells awesome!

But the flavor, well, I didn’t taste anything! There is maybe an “essence of berry” flavor there, but it’s pathetic. I mixed it in some almond milk, and all I could taste was the almond milk. I even added more protein powder, so there were four servings in my Blender Bottle! Still, it might as well have been ‘plain’ protein.

On the bright side, this is great for making protein bars or for flavoring homemade chocolate bars! It provides just enough berry flavor for this purpose.

A warning though! Don’t mix this berry flavor with real berries, like in a fruit smoothie. The flavors aren’t the same, and the combo doesn’t taste good at all!

Moving on to something else very important…

The Texture Is Odd

This rice protein is kind of creamy in a weird way, which is nice.

Unfortunately it’s also kind of grainy, like sand. It reminds me of The Ultimate Meal (but definitely not as grainy as that.) This didn’t bother me too much at first, but it got old quick.

First, I was mixing this with whole milk. That helped lessen the effects of the thin, grainy protein. Then I tried almond milk, which wasn’t as pleasant, but half decent. (Whey + almond milk is great since the whey protein is creamy.)

Then it got worse. The worst was when I mixed this protein + almond milk + coffee. It was way too thin, so the texture was like water with sand in it. Talk about a disaster!

Basically, I prefer the smoothness of whey, and my jars of rice protein powder are now collecting dust!

NutriBiotic Rice Protein In Use

The usability of this protein powder didn’t make me happy, either.

It was really annoying actually! Each time you scoop some out, you get a dust cloud around your face – like clapping chalkboard erasers together! Then bits of the powder end up around the lid and fall out on the table, making a mess every single morning.

Luckily, it’s not hard to mix, especially in a Blender Bottle. But even when mixed perfectly, you can’t get rid of that sand texture!

This really sucks after getting used to a nice whey protein! Boy am I glad I don’t have to use this rice protein powder often!

My final verdict is…

Not really something I look forward to (neither the taste nor texture,) but the chocolate flavor isn’t too bad. Since it seems high quality and doesn’t have added sweeteners (other than brown rice syrup solids,) I’ll certainly give it my seal of approval for those who want rice protein. It’s not a glowing recommendation, though.

This rice protein is a good option if you can’t take whey protein, but it tastes too much like sand for me to buy any more!

Official website: www.NutriBiotic.com

Buy online: www.VitaCost.com | www.Amazon.com

Product Review Details
Company: NutriBiotic
Product: NutriBiotic Vegan Rice Protein
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 2.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2011-08-03
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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  1. Is all rice protein grainy texture like this?

  2. @Stu

    I think so. I’m not a rice protein connoisseur though, so maybe someone else can chime in here with a better answer.

  3. @Stu and @Levi
    Yeah, I’ve used different rice protein powders before and they’re all pretty grainy and a lot of them are hard to mix as well.

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