Boku Makes the Best Protein Powder

Written by Max Goldberg on July 27, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

For a long time, people have been emailing me wanting to know which organic protein powder they should buy.

It took a while but now I finally have an answer.

Boku’s Super Protein is the best certified organic protein powder that I have seen so far.

While I have no issue at all with consuming whey protein (dairy-based), Boku’s Super Protein is different in that it is both raw and vegan.

And when you start to look closely at the ingredient list in this protein powder, you can immediately tell that a great amount of care and thought went into the formulation.

Let’s talk about a few of the ingredients:

Protein – It uses a grain base of sprouted, bio-fermented brown rice. This process allows for maximum absorption of minerals and nutrients. It also contains dulse, one of the most nutritious sea vegetables on the planet.

I found the inclusion of dulse to be very, very interesting. Sea vegetables are an incredible source of minerals but they remain a food that people rarely consume.

Sweeteners – The combination of dehydrated Vermont maple syrup, vanilla powder (I LOVE vanilla powder), and lucuma (a superfruit from South America) really works.

Enzymes – This vegan protein powder includes a proprietary enzyme formulation called Boku Super Enzymes. Enzymes are incredibly important for digestion and are something that I take as a supplement before meals.

Here is a picture of Boku’s protein powder.

If you are used to a whey protein powder, the taste of Boku’s Super Protein is slightly different but still excellent. You need to adjust your palate and understand that this is a grain-based product, not a dairy-based one.

The other thing that I can tell you about Boku is that the people behind it are very impressive. When you see a company that has multiple products, all of which are all outstanding (the bars are amazing and so is the green matcha tea), you know that these individuals know what they are doing.

Boku’s Super Protein is certified organic, doctor formulated, kosher, raw, vegan, and free of wheat, gluten, soy, and dairy, and can only be purchased online.

TWO OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

1) Boku’s organic protein powder can only be purchased online. It is not available at Whole Foods or at health food stores. The company’s strategy is Direct-to-Consumer.

2) How much do I like this organic protein powder?

Well, they have my credit card on file and I am on auto-ship with this product along with their green Super Food.

If I am purchasing Boku’s products with my own money, I cannot give it a much bigger endorsement. This is a fantastic product, and I suggest you get on auto-ship as well.

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Here is a recipe that I love to make. Of course, I only use all organic ingredients.

Brazil Nut Cacao Smoothie

- 1 glass of Brazil nut milk (below is the video on how to make nut milk). Use raw, unsalted Brazil nuts – 2.5 cups of filtered water and .5 cup of Brazil nuts, then blend. You can add more water and nuts, depending on how much you want to make, and can also vary the ratio for desired thickness.
- 1.5 teaspoons of raw cacao powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of raw organic coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of coconut palm sugar
- 1 banana
- 1.5 tablespoons of Boku Super Protein

Put all of the ingredients in the blender and mix.

Tip: Since I want it to be cold first thing in the morning, I will put my filtered water in the fridge the night before. Then, about 30 minutes before I make the smoothie in the morning, I’ll put that water in the freezer to get it even more cold.

The reason that it goes into the freezer is because the other ingredients – banana, protein powder, etc. – will slightly offset the coldness of the water.

If you want to try something a little bit more different, take a look at my post making black sesame seed milk, which I then use in my smoothies.

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23 Comments

  1. Curious, what’s your favorite greens powder?

    Vibrant Health is the best I’ve found all around.
    Healthforce Vitamineral Greens is probably better but it tastes more peppery, less sweet.

    Written by Merle on July 27, 2012 @ 1:47 pm
  2. Thank you for mentioning this, and I would love your impressions on the different protiens available, maybe a reference to a previous post. Two and a half years ago I went whole foods, lost a ton of weight and got involved with burst training. At our gym protien powder is recommended because he feels that we work out intensely enough that it would be difficult to get sufficient protien from food. Two powders are recommended (one casein and one whey) because they are protien with no sugar or artificial sweeteners and limited flavorings. I use them as an afternoon snack but have had difficutly reconciling including a highly processed protien powder with a whole food lifestyle. Most whole foods people seem to condemn or ignore, you are the first person I have seen recommend one. Any insights would be appreciated

    Written by christy on July 28, 2012 @ 8:36 am
  3. Hi Merle,

    Green powder may be something that I get into at another time but I prefer drinking fresh, pressed organic green juice and/or organic wheatgrass. Boku also has a green powder that is very good.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on July 28, 2012 @ 12:27 pm
  4. Hi Christy,

    This is the first post I have done on protein powder and not sure if and when I’ll do more. If you’re using protein powders that have milk, make sure they are rBGH-free, mean that the milk was not produced from animals that received bovine growth hormones. A large majority of these protein powders do not claim to be rBGH-free, which is a MAJOR red flag. I’d never use them.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on July 28, 2012 @ 12:32 pm
  5. Max, somehow I believe everything you say. Do you feel your smoothie recipe would be beneficial for a diabetic? I’ve been told not to eat bananas – but I know they add something really good to a smoothie. I have been following a whole foods diet and lost 40 lbs so far with about 50 more to go. Also, why do you use 1.5 tsp of the protein powder when, at their website, I see that they recommend 3 TBSP per serving? My decision has been to do what Hippocrates said, “Let your food be your medecine,” and it’s working very well for me. Thanks for your assumed help.
    Best wishes,
    SK

    Written by Susie on August 4, 2012 @ 2:19 am
  6. Hi Susie,

    I am not qualified to give medical advice, so I can’t say much about the diabetic issue that you posed.

    Servings of protein powder. I have since changed it to 1.5 tablespoons. Sorry about that.

    And congrats on the weight loss!!!!!!! That’s fantastic!!!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on August 5, 2012 @ 3:53 pm
  7. Hi Max,
    Really nice article. It shows youve tried a fair few powders to get to where you are.
    Its certified organic all the way isnt it.
    I like the addition of the recipes. Its a nice touch, Im going to try that at my blog I think.

    Written by Mike @ Organic Protein on August 11, 2012 @ 10:29 am
  8. Hi Mike,

    Thanks so much. Actually, I have tried only a handful of protein powders because I take one look at the ingredients of most of them and know immediately that I don’t want to put them in my body. So, I have looked at a lot but tried only several of them, not dozens.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on August 13, 2012 @ 9:20 am
  9. Hi Max,
    I read with interest your posting on the super rice protein powder since I use rice powder in my shakes. Sounds wonderful. However I noticed alpha-galactoside listed as an enzyme in the ingredients. Two things: I thought alpha – gal was a carbohydrate. And lots of folks are being diagnosed with alpha -gal allergies after exposure to tick bites. It is also triggered by eating red meat. Here’s a link on that info. Hope it is helpful to you and your readers. Thanks for listing all the ingredients in the product.
    http://www.allergy-details.com/allergy-symptoms/delayed-anaphylaxis/

    Written by Kay on September 13, 2012 @ 1:51 pm
  10. Hi Kay,

    Thanks for sharing. The reality is that not every product is good for every person, and people must read the labels carefully and figure out what works for them.

    Appreciate your input.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on September 15, 2012 @ 9:02 am
  11. Hi,

    What do you think about Sunwarrior proteins? Is it a good quality?
    What is the difference between Boku and Sunwarrior?

    Thanks

    Written by romy on September 26, 2012 @ 5:01 pm
  12. Hi Romana,

    Sun Warrior is not certified organic and it is a different formulation.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on September 26, 2012 @ 5:07 pm
  13. what do you think of amazing grass the orac blend?

    Written by Rebecca Johnson on December 16, 2012 @ 5:21 pm
  14. Hi Rebecca,

    I don’t have much of an opinion on it, one way or the other. It isn’t a product that I use, even though I am well aware of the brand.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on December 18, 2012 @ 9:39 am
  15. Hi Max,

    Do you but this product only online? I’ve tried locating a retailer that carries Boku in store, but have yet to locate one.

    Thanks!
    Renae

    Written by Renae Jaramillo on December 26, 2012 @ 1:59 pm
  16. Hi Renae,

    I have never seen it in a store and I believe they only sell online. That is their business model – direct-to-consumer distribution.

    I just ordered more today but on auto-ship every two months – the Super Food and the Super Protein. I love their products, and the people who run/own the company are first-rate.

    Hope this helps!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on December 26, 2012 @ 5:47 pm
  17. Maxwell,

    When you speak of ‘vanilla powder’ is that synonymous with vanilla ‘bean’ powder? Also, are you familiar with Live Superfoods and do you have an opinion of their product offering as it pertains the purported quality of their product?

    Thank you for all the incredible information.

    anej

    Written by anej on February 6, 2013 @ 8:05 pm
  18. Hi Anej,

    Yes, the vanilla that they are using is from vanilla beans.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on February 7, 2013 @ 9:40 am
  19. Sounds pretty delicious . Can somebody answer me this question Please I heard this from Somebody who specialized in nutrition He told me never to mix nuts and fruits Together . Because they are opposite source of fuel for our muscles . Because Nuts and seeds are fat fuel. And fruits are carbohydrate fuel.

    Written by Sandro on February 26, 2013 @ 5:40 pm
  20. Hi Sandro,

    I don’t have an answer to that. Sorry.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on February 27, 2013 @ 1:34 pm
  21. What about arsenic in the brown rice protein?

    Thanks

    Written by Amie on April 27, 2013 @ 10:12 pm
  22. Hi, how about Living Fuel protein powder and their SuperBerry Ultimate?

    Written by Lim on November 17, 2013 @ 1:05 am

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