When you look at our product shelves you will no doubt see our EPIC Brown Rice protein, but that’s not the only kind of protein you’ll find. While we offer our own line of supplements, we recognize (and encourage!) the importance of switching up your protein sources and we want to make that as easy for you as possible.

In addition to our own brown rice protein (that comes in vanilla, chocolate, and unflavoured) we also offer New Zealand Whey (in chocolate and vanilla), Sunwarrior Vegan (in mocha and vanilla), and Bulletproof Collagen (in vanilla, chocolate, and unflavoured). Each of these proteins are made differently but are the best among their categories. We take pride in not only offering only the best products on the market but in giving you choices so you can make the best decisions for your specific needs. Trust us, having options is power!

What’s the difference?

EPIC Brown Rice protein: Our protein is vegan and organic, plus brown rice is the most hypoallergenic protein compound on the market. There is 26g of protein for every serving which is high for a vegan protein and includes only 3g of carbs and natural flavouring. With brown rice being the only source of protein in our formula, it’s easier to digest which means more of the protein is absorbed into the body.

New Zealand Whey Isolate: This unique formulation contains a full range of biologically active proteins that play a major role in antioxidant production, RNA and DNA repair, improved liver function and red blood cell production, the binding and safe removal of heavy metals, wound healing, growth of new muscle and the support of various immune functions. Isolate whey also yields 90% protein and contains no fat or lactose. It gets quickly absorbed by the body because it’s water soluble, making it ideal for people who break down muscle proteins at a quick rate.

Sunwarrior Vegan: Made from a combination of pea, cranberry, and hemp protein, this supp has a full amino acid profile, uses simple and real ingredients, and NO chemicals. It offers perfectly balanced amino acid profile, product formulation, easy digestion, absorption, and great taste.

Bulletproof Collagen: This contains just one ingredient (hydrolyzed collagen powder), and comes from pasture-raised, hormone-free cows. Collagen is the largest and most abundant protein in the body, making up about 30 to 35% of the total protein. Collagen is in every tissue of the body and is the connective tissue in structures such as skin, hair, nails, bones, lungs, heart and liver. Plus it helps the body build or maintain muscle and speed recovery if working out.

Why Switch it Up?

It’s possible to build an intolerance to a particular type of protein if your body becomes too accustomed to it. When you are consistently using the same protein sources your body can stop producing the enzymes required to break it down fully causing you to feel bloated and gassy. While this isn’t the same as an allergy, the symptoms are often similar and just as uncomfortable.

The same goes for foods. If you are limiting yourself to one particular source of protein like just chicken or just eggs, you’re missing out on a whole other sphere of healthy and effective (not to mention tasty) proteins. After all, not all proteins are created equal. For example, turkey is, in fact, leaner than chicken so you can save some of those macros for something else and veggies like lentils, chickpeas, black beans, and quinoa are loaded with proteins that unfortunately are often overlooked. You don’t need to be vegetarian to reap the benefits of veg options!

It’s also important to keep switching your proteins up to aid your digestion and nutrient intake. Obviously, since each protein has a different protein source, the nutrients they each offer is different. Even if your body agrees with them all, the nutrient profile will be different between a brown rice vs a whey protein, for example, and each will include slight variations in amino acids.

Why protein powder?

Still not sure why protein powder is necessary? Even if you’re eating perfectly well, there is a chance for nutritional gaps (thanks to modern agriculture, pollution, routine, etc). This is where supplements like protein powder come in. It supplements (making more sense?) the nutrients you’re not able to get from food alone.

In addition to this, eating and absorbing protein are two different things. After a workout your body isn’t able to absorb all the nutrients and proteins if you simply dump a chicken breast into your stomach (via properly chewing and swallowing it first, of course :P). Your body is however able to absorb all the already broken down nutrients, amino acids, and protein from your smoothie or shake.

As with most things, variety is key. We’d recommend switching up your protein powder every 4-8 weeks to see how your body responds and to avoid any intolerances from the get-go. Want to try before you buy? Our Basecamp Cafe offers all of the aforementioned supps. Just ask us to add one to your smoothie and we’d be happy to oblige! :)