[Disclaimer — Whey Fantastic graciously provided me with free samples of their chocolate and vanilla whey protein. This review is unsolicited & unpaid, and all thoughts, opinions, and recommendations are 100% representative of my own.]
That’s all wonderful, with rainbow sprinkles and magical pixie dust on top, but what good are any of the benefits if you can’t STAND the taste of the actual protein shake, or even worst — it’s loaded with heavy metals and artificial ingredients, like Muscle Milk?
In my experience, chalky, unpalatable, blasé taste is the number one reason why people drop off the protein bandwagon, or refuse to try it altogether. Enter All Natural Whey Fantastic! Protein Powder — created by upstart Excel Performance Nutrition — a brand new all-natural whey protein drink that aims to create a convenient, nutritionally balanced, UBER delicious protein drink — so fantastically delicious that you’ll consider it a decadent indulgence when mixed only with cold water. They envision protein that can hold its own taste-wise and not be relegated to the bowels of tropical smoothies and glorified candy bars.
Whey Fantastic Protein Powder — Editor’s Review
Taste — 9.5/10
I had the pleasure of trying the vanilla and chocolate — my first thought when I popped open the canister was wow…CAKE BATTER. I haven’t smelled cake batter in like 7 years, so this was pretty exhilarating. Commence salivation.
Whey Fantastic tastes as advertised, both in their marketing and by the heavenly smells it gives off. It’s creamy, rich, and easy-to-mix, with velvet-y smooth, burst-off-your-tongue flavor. Mixed only in water with a few ice cubes it’s a dessert-like treat (legit, it compares to Nesquik); in a smoothie it’s unreal. I’ve tried sandboxes-worth of different protein powder products over my years — the chocolate is probably the all-around best-tasting protein I’ve ever experienced, the vanilla holds it own (I’m a chocolate guy, I personally don’t love vanilla protein powder).
At the moment they only have two flavors in their lineup, vanilla and chocolate. Variety lacks. I’d love to see strawberry, banana, mint chocolate, creamsicle and other flavors that are PERFECTLY suited for a thick and creamy shake.
Ingredients & Nutrition — 8/10
The second thing I absolutely love about Whey Fantastic Protein Powder is the all-natural ingredient profile.
It’s made primarily with extremely high quality, hormone free (rBST) whey protein isolates from grass-fed cows. Whey protein isolates are an extremely pure, concentrated form of protein that have the majority of the fat, carbs, and lactose stripped out. Isolates are easy to digest and metabolize, won’t upset the stomach, and are far superior to soy protein, hemp, pea, casein, etc. in terms of muscle synthesis and bioavailability (an indicator of a protein’s quality, which measures its ability to be used in the body for muscle growth, maintenance, and recovery).123
In terms of nutritional profile, Whey Fantastic has 170 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 20 grams of protein per serving. Part of the reason why it tastes so phenomenal is due to the fat content, albeit healthy fat, and the inclusion of REAL organic sugar — artificial sweeteners are unhealthy and produce a strange, funky aftertaste.4
Additionally, it’s made with organic cane juice extract and Stevia, and absolutely no artificial colors, sweeteners, or preservatives. The chocolate flavor is made with dutch processed cocoa — a fantastic source of potent antioxidants.Whey Fantastic contains the following ingredients, per their official site —
Ingredients: Whey Protein (cold processed cross flow filtered whey protein concentrate, non-denatured micro-filtered whey protein isolate), milk protein isolate, natural non-dairy creamer (high oleic sun flower oil, non-GMO corn syrup solids, sodium caseinate, medium chain triglycerides, mono- and di-glycerides, non-fat dry milk, potassium and calcium phosphate, tocopherols), dutch processed cocoa, evaporated cane juice, fructose, natural flavors, xylitol, fiber, inulin, cellulose gum, soy lecithin, salt, stevia leaf extract, xanthan gum.
It’s a balance, taste vs. optimal nutritional profile. My recommendation — don’t read into the slightly elevated fat/carb/calorie numbers, when compared to most whey protein powders. I’m not concerned at all, for the following reasons:
it tastes so good, and you can essentially replace the calories/sugar/fat from any smoothie ingredients you would’ve added to lesser-tasting protein powder brands
it’s made with all-natural, HQ, organic ingredients
the sugar is beneficial post-workout for quick muscle recovery and augmented long-term growth
it has 3 grams of fiber, which is something most protein powder lacks
One caveat. If you’re someone that’s maintaining an extremely low-carb diet, Whey Fantastic isn’t your best option — stick with something along the lines of Dymatize ISO-100, which has zero net carbs. Nutritionally, the one knock I have on Whey Fantastic is that it only contains 20 grams of protein — it’s not a make-or-break level, but it’s below parity, given that most brands contain 25-30 grams per serving.
Price — 7/10
My only real issue with Whey Fantastic is the price point and the inability to buy in bulk. A 2 lb canister currently retails on their website at $24.99, which equates to ~$2 per shake, and a 12-pack of individual servings sells for $29.88. Compared to other high-end isolate-based whey protein products, which retail in between $.80 – $2.02 per 2 lb container, and even cheaper for 5 lb+ jugs, it’s pricey.5
That said, the ingredients are extremely high quality, all-natural, and organic. Go shopping at any Whole Foods — you’ll notice that all-natural, organic food is more expensive. It’s the unfortunately reality of any healthy lifestyle, it’s not the McD’s Dollar Menu.
After such a positive experience I’d gladly spend the money again on Whey Fantastic and I highly encourage you to give it a shot (I like supporting new upstart companies that make quality products). Through the end of November I’m pumped to offer a 25% discount to all Lean It UP readers, which really helps get the price down. It’s available online via the Whey Fantastic website, just enter the code LEAN25 at checkout to apply the discount.
If you HATE the taste of most protein powder and want a high-quality, all-natural whey protein option with dessert-like decadence, Whey Fantastic is a superior option. With top-of-class hormone-free whey protein isolates and zero artificial sweeteners/preservatives/colors, it’s the perfect supplement to pack on new muscle, rev up your metabolism, and produce a lean, powerful body.
Editor’s Score: 8.2/10
Thumbs Up —
High-quality whey protein isolates
All-natural, organic ingredients
No artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or colors
Convenience — it comes in 12-packs of individually wrapped servings
Thumbs Down —
Price and no ability to buy in bulk
Higher in calories, fat, sugar, and carbs than most whey protein powder, which isn’t ideal for anyone who’s low-carbing.
For a comparable 2 LB jug, Dymatize ISO-100 is $1.08/shake; Optimum Nutrition HydroWhey is $1.70/shake; Dymatize Elite is $.80/shake; Nature’s Best Zero Carb IsoPure is $2.02; Gaspari Myofusion is $1.13/shake, more prices here [↩]