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Jarrow Formulas, Inc.

Optimal Plant Proteins

Item | JR222

  • Complete vegan/vegetarian protein powder

  • With pea protein, brown rice protein, hemp protein, chlorella and chia

  • Source of dietary fiber

19 oz Pwdr

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size

2 Scoops (35 g)

Amount per serving



% Daily Value * 

Total Fat  3 g 5%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat 0 g  
Cholesterol  0 mg 0%
Sodium  160 mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate  10 g 3%
Dietary Fiber  5 g 20%
Sugars  1 g  
Protein  21 g 42%
Not a significant source of other nutrients.  

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Ingredients: Pea protein isolate, rice protein, pea fiber, organic hemp protein, white chia seed, xylitol, chlorella, natural French vanilla flavor, Metabolin® (bacterial metabolites), Lo Han Guo (Momordica grosvenorii) and rebiana (stevia extract).

Complete Essential Amino Acid Profile

Sourced From Plants

Typical Amino Acid Profiles

Per Serving

  • Alanine 948 mg
  • Arginine 1,721 mg
  • Aspartic Acid 2,062 mg
  • Cysteine/Cystine 320 mg
  • Glutamine/Glutamic Acid 3,450 mg
  • Glycine 731 mg
  • Histidine† 507 mg
  • Isoleucine† 1,098 mg
  • Leucine† 1,697 mg
  • Lysine† 1,227 mg
  • Methionine† 338 mg
  • Phenylalanine† 995 mg
  • Proline 996 mg
  • Serine 995 mg
  • Threonine† 858 mg
  • Tryptophan† 243 mg
  • Tyrosine 890 mg
  • Valine† 970 mg

† Essential Amino Acids

USAGE: Add 2 scoops (35 g) of powder to 8 oz. of water, fresh juice or your favorite beverage. For a protein smoothie, blend with water and ice, and add juice or fruit to optimize taste.

Packaged by weight, not by volume.

WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Keep out of the reach of children.

  • No wheat, no gluten, no soybeans, no dairy, no egg, no fish/shellfish, no peanuts/tree nuts.
  • No artificial colors or flavors.
  • Suitable for vegetarians/vegans.
  • vegan
  • Complete vegan/vegetarian protein powder

  • With pea protein, brown rice protein, hemp protein, chlorella and chia

  • Source of dietary fiber

Jarrow Optimal Plant Proteins is a vegan/vegetarian source of proteins and fibers. Pea protein,  brown rice protein, organic hemp protein, chlorella and chia combine to supply a complete plant-based amino acid profile along with natural fibers. Metabolin is a supernatant powder (a special blend of cell wall components and metabolites derived from the fermentation of beneficial bacteria, including Lactobacillus and Propionibacterium species). This product contains no wheat, gluten, soybeans, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish, peanuts/tree nuts or artificial colors or flavors. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Terms and Ingredient Definitions

Shipping Weight: 1.43 lbs


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

MSRP: $22.95

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Disclaimer: Product reviews are provided for informational purposes only. The information or opinions expressed therein are solely those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent those of Swanson Health Products and its employees. Please read full product reviews disclaimer.
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Good product
I think this is a good way to add protein from plant sources to the diet. I use it most days in my morning smoothie. I wish that it was organic but that would make the price too high for my budget.It is a complete plant protein.
Quality: 4.0 / 5.0
Value: 5.0 / 5.0
Effectiveness: 5.0 / 5.0
Convenience: 5.0 / 5.0
Satisfaction: 5.0 / 5.0
Good Tasting & a Good Deal
In my search for a good plant-based protein powder, I found this to be an impressive blend of the plants used, at an affordable price that's not so painful. It is enjoyable with almond milk (add yogurt for extra creaminess and protein) and I have what I consider a healthy 'vanilla malt'.
Quality: 5.0 / 5.0
Value: 5.0 / 5.0
Effectiveness: 5.0 / 5.0
Convenience: 5.0 / 5.0
Satisfaction: 5.0 / 5.0
Healthy, but not too palatable
Protein drink mixes have been part of my daily or weekly diet for the past 3 years. Lately, I've been trying to switch from whey to plant protein based mixes. Given my preferences and many food intolerances, this has proven to be a difficult task. First, the good: this is one of the few plant-protein products I've found (so far) that even comes close to meeting my criteria: non-GMO; no wheat/gluten, soy, or peanuts (also no egg, dairy, fish/shellfish); sweetened with stevia; essential and non-essential amino acids; and few or no unwanted "extras," all for an incredibly low price. The not-so-good: the consistency is too thick and grainy to just mix into a beverage by hand; definitely needs to be put in the blender (on "liquefy"). Since I usually blend in other ingredients anyway, that could be forgiven if it tasted better. The taste is hard to describe; even mixed with vanilla almond milk, it was bland and grassy tasting; no hint that stevia and vanilla flavoring are part of the formula. Even the addition 2 packs of Stevia, a teaspoon of vanilla, and 6 oz. of strawberries did little to improve it. What I ended up with was a thick, brownish-green, mildly sweet, grassy=tasting vanilla shake with an almost imperceptible hint of strawberry. It wasn't horrible (I've tried some protein drinks that were so nasty I absolutely could not gag them down), but I've also had some really delicious protein shakes...and (although my vegan friends might disagree) this is not one of them. If this is as good as it gets in affordable, plant-based protein drink mixes, I'l switch back to whey before I buy this product again.
Quality: 4.0 / 5.0
Value: 5.0 / 5.0
Effectiveness: 4.0 / 5.0
Convenience: 3.0 / 5.0
Satisfaction: 2.0 / 5.0
Nice, neutral flavor that mixes well
I bought several protein drinks at once to sample. I didn't care for too many as the flavors seemed a little odd and I didn't necessarily look forward to them, so I am still continuing on a pursuit of sampling others to find favorites. This is one of two however (Sun Warrior brand# that is one of my favorites I'm re-purchasing due to the neutral taste that isn't a weird flavor that I have tolerate, nor is it a great flavor I look forward to. #I've only found one like that but it's 4 times the price for the same amount of protein#. It just seems to blend well with my greens powder without tasting bad. I find it to be more of a neutral, yet pleasant enough taste for my taste preference. Other drinks are more flavorful, but I don't necessarily care for the flavoring attempting to taste good, but usually tastes a little weird for me. So I don't have to deal with an odd flavor with this one. It strikes me as a nice neutral base for those who want to add ingredients to custom-make their own flavor combinations, without having to compete with an existing flavor. This powder also has a number of great Benefits at a great low price: 1. 21 g of protein 2. High in fiber at 5 g using chia fiber that contains Omega 3 #both of which are hard to get in the American diet#. Chia is known to be stable as opposed to flax that can go rancid 3. Only 1 g of sugar, and contains 3 healthier sweeteners #Xylitol, Lo Han Guo, and stevia#, rather than artificial types with negative effects 4. No artificial ingredients 5. Low in both sodium & fat 6. Non-GMO and gluten-free, suitable for many who are sensitive to allergies 8. Great value at just under $1 per serving! That's not easy to find, and makes it more affordable to incorporate an easy-to-prepare source of extra protein. The one caution with this any any other powders sweetened with sugar alcohols like the xylitol in this one, is I've read that xylitol is great for mouth health up to 5 g a day. But be careful not to over-consume this sugar alcohol #like with all sugar-alcohols# because it can cause loose stools. As far as mixability, there seem to be a lot of mixed reviews on this. I find that whey protein powders mix really well into a fine consistency, but plant proteins are thicker by comparison. The negative reviews make me think it sounds terrible, but my experience is I'm not particularly picky about how fine the consistency is as long as it dissolves relatively well with a small effort with minimal clumps #that usually come from the powders I mix into it), which I find this does for me. For those sensitive to wanting a fine consistency that completely mixes in, they may want to stick with whey protein powders.
Quality: 5.0 / 5.0
Value: 5.0 / 5.0
Effectiveness: 5.0 / 5.0
Convenience: 5.0 / 5.0
Satisfaction: 5.0 / 5.0
The only protein powder I buy! I mix in my chia seed pudding every morning and keeps me full for 3-4 hours! Tastes great and loaded with nutrients!

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