We’ve been reviewing a lot of vegan protein powders recently, which is great for two reasons:
- I enjoy keeping fit (and who doesn’t love a protein shake?)
- It means vegan protein powders are on the rise and becoming more and more common
Our latest, the Vivo Life Perform protein powder, it brought to us by the incredible team behind Vivo Life, a British-based company.
We bought a 1kg bag of Vivo Life Perform Raw Cacao flavour from Amazon UK a couple of weeks ago and adopted it into our daily routines.
Here’s our honest review.
Vivo Life Perform Review
Vivo Life Perform is undoubedly one of the flagship products in vegan protein powders currently. With Vivo Life offering 2 vegan protein powders to choose from (the other being Vivo Life Ritual) and a bunch of vegan and sustainable products, we can say with certainty that Vivo Life are making waves in the vegan health space.
A scoop of Vivo Life Perform contains 25 grams of plant-based protein, as well as 6 grams of BCAAs – perfect for those looking to have everything they need from one product!
Vivo Life Perform proudly states that it contains no artificial colours, sweeteners, flavourings, preservatives, fillers or binders.
They also go the extra mile when it comes to recovery. Each scoop of Vivo Life Perform contains turmeric, which is rich in antioxidants to aid recovery.
Heavy metals have been in the news recently with their links to protein poweders. Vivo Life test their products both at the source and through batch testing for heavy metals. To our knowledge and research, they are one of the few companies who are actively making such checks with their vegan protein powders.
Main Features of the Vivo Life Perform Raw Plant Protein & BCAA Powder
- High protein content per scoop. You’ll be getting 25g of raw plant-based protein. Vivo Life’s Perform protein is made up of a blend of yellow pea protein and hemp protein.
- Every scoop contains 6g of plant-based BCAAs. These BCAAs help to enhance your performance in the gym, as well as aid in recovery after those gruelling workouts.
- Vivo Life Perform contains no added sugar whatsoever.
- Added benefits such as antioxidant-rich turmeric to improve recovery, and bio-fermented proteins to ease digestion of the shake.
- 100% Gluten-free.
- Tastes incredible (we’ll get to that in a moment).
Ingredients and Nutrition
We opted for the Raw Cacao flavour – each individual flavour has a slightly different nutritional profile, so be sure to check out the Vivo Life website for a full list of ingredients for your chosen flavour.
Raw Cacao is a very well balanced protein powder nutritionally. It contains 2 plant-based proteins mixed together with a plant-based BCAA blend (L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine). It also contains raw cacao powder, a pinch of pink Himalayan salt, turmeric extract and stevia extract for a natural sweetener.
Per 38g scoop of Vivo Life Perform, you’ll be getting 142kcal, 2.1g of fat, 3.5g of carbohydrates and 25g of protein. In addition to that, you’ll get 2.7g of fibre and a few minerals to help aid the body’s recovery (specifically, Zinc, Selenium and Iron).
Put simply, whether you’re using Vivo Life Perform as a post-workout recovery shake or as a supplement to increase your protein intake, you’ll be getting all the nutrients that your body needs to effectively recover and build muscle.
Taste and Mixability
It can be hit and miss with great-tasting vegan protein powders. We’re happy to report that the Vivo Life Perform protein powder is a big hit.
We initially mixed the raw cacao powder with water to determine a baseline test of taste and mixability. It mixes very well, with no lumpy consistency and no residue left over after drinking. Even with water, the shake tasted chocolatey and was nice and filling.
When we tried it with a plant-based milk (we went with oat), the taste only improved. The mixability was just as good, but the flavour was creamier whilst still retaining that cacao flavour.
Vivo Life Perform isn’t sickly sweet either – it has just the right balance of sweetness and flavour.
Big thumbs up from us!
The Effectiveness of Vivo Life Perform
If you’re looking for a vegan protein powder that lives up to the hype, has real vegan standpoints and will provide you with everything you need on your fitness journey, then look no further.
The Vivo Life Perform protein powder is an excellent choice, with a great tasting shake, high protein content and quality ingredients being central to why this product performs so well.
- 100% plant-based protein powder
- 35g raw plant protein per scoop
- 6g plant-based BCAAs in every scoop
- Added Turmeric extract to optimise recovery
- Silky smooth texture and delicious taste
With over 450 reviews and a rating of over 4 (at time of writing), it’s not suprising that Vivo Life perform is one of the most popular vegan protein powders available on the market.
With it’s perfect balance of quality ingredients, high protein content and incredible taste, it’s a no-brainer.
Our recommendation? Possibly the best vegan protein powder we’ve ever reviewed. Be sure to pick up a bag.