What’s the most common word in a gym rat’s vocabulary?
Let’s face it. If you want to get leaner and build more muscle, you have to keep your protein intake higher than the average person.
And supplementing your protein with a high-quality whey protein powder is a convenient way to do it.
But if you want a clean and delicious option that actually has enough protein packed into every scoop… which do you choose?
Well, based on my first-hand experience, you may want to consider Swolverine Whey Protein Isolate.
In this review, I’m going to share the details of this whey protein, including the pros, cons, and even a tasty dessert that I made with this powder that’ll make your mouth water.
Keep reading to find out!
About the Brand – Swolverine
Before we get into the review, we need to talk about this rising brand in the supplement industry, Swolverine.
With strong representation on Bodybuilding.com and GNC, they truly stand out with a whole suite of products including:
It seems like they have their hands in everything!
And in order to separate themselves from the other hundreds of supplement brands (some with questionable practices), Swolverine’s unique selling proposition is this:
- They clinically dose their ingredients: Shop with confidence, knowing that every supplement contains effective amounts of active ingredients unlike some companies that “bait and switch” their doses just so ingredients get a spot on their label.
- Proprietary blends are a “no-no”: You’ll never find these words on their labels because they believe in full transparency when it comes to what’s in their products.
- Products come from GMP-Certified facilities: Having “good manufacturing practices” in the production process ensures a higher level of quality with their products.
With a company taking this sort of approach to supplements, they’re a dangerous force to be reckoned within the industry.
I mean, just look at how dangerous their commercial is. Does working out in an abandoned warehouse and getting chased by a vintage truck sound safe to you?
In full transparency, I was contacted by Swolverine’s Chief Operating Officer, Alexandria Best, and asked if I would review one of their products.
Now, we don’t review every brand that slides into my DMs, but I thought I’d’ take a chance with Swolverine since they seem like they know what they’re doing.
Taking a Look at Their Whey Protein Isolate
Swolverine sent me three products to review, but I was most interested in their Whey Protein Isolate.
Recently, I’ve become obsessed with protein powders since I’ve found innovative ways to make some gnarly protein-packed desserts (keep reading), and I’ve found that powders are a low-sodium option to supplement my diet and keep my blood pressure down.
If you haven’t thought about supplementing with whey protein isolate before, here are a couple things to consider.
First, keeping your protein consumption high is crucial to build new muscle fibers and maintain existing fibers.
It’s recommended to consume 0.8g – 1.25g of protein per 1lb of bodyweight if you’re a strength athlete, and supplementing with powder definitely makes this easier.
And whey isolates differ from whey concentrates in that they contain more protein and fewer carbs, fats, and lactose per serving.
So you get more higher quality protein for less calories!
Supplement Details & Ingredients
Now that you have an overview of this protein, let’s get into some of the details.
First of all, Swolverine’s Whey Protein Isolate comes in three enticing flavors:
- Vanilla Milkshake
- Chocolate Milkshake
- Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter
Now, the Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter sounds incredibly delicious, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried another supplement that even resembled that flavor before.
So I decided to go with “what I already know” and opted for the Chocolate Milkshake for the purpose of this review.
Plus, I wanted to use this protein to whip up some Protein Chocolate Lava Cake and decided to do things by the book.
Second, this protein only comes in one size, a 2 lb tub containing 30 servings, and sells for $52.99 on the Swolverine website.
They may want to consider selling a larger size in the future, but I understand that it could turn customers a way to see a 5lb tub of protein priced at $100 or more.
Finally, their Chocolate Milkshake flavor contains these ingredients:
- Whey Protein Isolate
- Dutch Alkalized Cocoa Powder
- Natural and Artificial Flavor
- Xanthan Gum
The brand also mentions these “added branched chain amino acids” are included in each serving despite not being mentioned on the label:
- Leucine (2.5mg)
- Isoleucine (1.25mg)
- Valine (1.25mg)
Making Protein Chocolate Lava Cake Using Swolverine’s Whey Protein Isolate
Now that you know all the boring details, it’s time to get into something a little more fun.
To “test” this protein powder, instead of just dumping a scoop in a shaker bottle full of water, I decided to include it in one of my current favorite protein dessert recipes… Protein Chocolate Lava Cake.
This recipe makes a gooey, chocolatey, lava cake that’s so delicious and simple to make that I may have to swear off drinking protein powder for good.
I learned this recipe from Greg Doucette’s awesome Anabolic Cookbook, but modified the ingredients and cook time.
To make this awesome dessert you’re going to need:
- 1 scoop of Swolverine Whey Protein Isolate Powder (Chocolate Milkshake flavor)
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp of xanthan gum
- ¼ tsp of baking powder
- 2 packets of Truvia (or any preferred artificial sweetener)
- ¼ cup of water
Now let’s cook!
- Spray the inside of a microwaveable bowl or mug with the non-stick cooking spray. You definitely don’t want your tasty creation peeling off the bottom like gum on a freeway.
- Add all dry ingredients to your bowl.
- Add the water.
- Whisk ingredients until it looks like a chocolatey soup. Make sure you don’t have any dry spots left.
- Cook in the microwave on high for 20-40 seconds. This is where things get tricky. You want your cake to come out moist with a very soft, gooey center. Cook it too long and it’ll be like eating a rolled-up sock. For my microwave, 25 seconds is perfect, but I still watch it like I’m a creepy gym bro stalking a cardio bunny.
- Consume immediately. Top with ice cream to make it even more amazing.
3 Pros of Swolverine Whey Protein Isolate
1. Very Delicious
I chose to use this protein powder as part of a gnarly dessert, and it worked like wonders.
Of course, even when I pour a scoop into a simple blender bottle with some water or milk, the powder is delightfully sweet and definitely not chalky like others I’ve had in the past.
Plus, the chocolate flavor is very prominent. It should be no problem using this protein to spice up a smoothie, whip up a dessert, or make a creamy coffee mix.
Protein coffee is a thing. Look it up.
2. Easy to Mix
Swolverine’s Whey Protein Isolate is very easy to mix since it comes light and fluffy.
Stirring it up in my cake recipe was no problem, and it also didn’t leave any questionable chunks when shaking it up with water in my blender bottle.
Even if you don’t have a blender bottle, I can see mixing this with a spoon to be relatively easy too.
3. High in Protein (Obviously)
Whey isolates typically have more protein per serving than concentrates, but Swolverine’s is on the higher end.
Each serving has 26 g of protein, and concentrates range from 20-24 g. Heck, even some popular isolates don’t break past 25 g.
Swolverine must be using black magic to shoehorn that last gram into each scoop.
2 Cons of This Protein Powder
1. It’s Expensive
Addressing the elephant in the room, this protein is expensive.
First, you have to understand that isolates are almost always more expensive than concentrates because you’re paying for a cleaner macronutrient profile.
So shopping for protein powder that puts more of its focus on… protein, is going to come with a higher price tag.
However, Swolverine’s Whey Protein Isolate at $52.99 for 30 servings, is even pretty expensive compared to other popular isolates.
- Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Isolate – $30.99 per 24 servings
- MyProtein Impact Whey Isolate – $39.99 per 40 servings
- Legion Whey+ Protein Powder – $40.49 per 30 servings
But what’s interesting is none of these powders have as much protein per serving as Swolverine. Boo ya.
2. Contains Sucralose (Artificial Sweetener)
Let me preface this point by saying I don’t really give a crap about artificial sweeteners.
I used to drink lots of energy drinks and Diet Mountain Dew. When I cook things to be sweet, but I don’t want the extra calories of sugar, I’ll add artificial sweeteners right out of a packet.
But I felt like I should bring up the sucralose just in case you might care.
I mean, Healthline, one of the biggest names in online medical and health advice says that sucralose is safe to consume.
On the other hand, this study performed at McGill University found that when sucralose is heated with glycerol (found in fat), it produces chloropropanols, a harmful substance that has evidence of raising your risk of cancer.
What this means is in the short term, sucralose is safe to consume. But in the long term, we still don’t know.
Again, this wasn’t a really important point for me, but I thought you might like to know in case it’s important to you.
Summing Up This Swolverine Whey Protein Isolate Review
Overall, I really like Swolverine’s Whey Protein Isolate.
The most important point is that it tastes great. Since I used to force down some really bad powders in the past, this is huge for me.
It’s also easy to mix and the protein to calorie ratio is very good.
But it is priced higher than most powders and contains artificial sweeteners.
Personally, I don’t care about the artificial sweeteners and I can get past the price since it’s so freaking delicious.
Overall, this powder is pretty great and I highly recommend it if you plan to supplement your gym gains diet with whey protein.
Rating: 9 out of 10