As someone who is dairy free I’ve really struggled to find protein powders that are both free from dairy AND stevia. ‘But what’s wrong with stevia?’ I hear you say, well for some reason my body doesn’t like it and I get the most horrendous headaches and then stomach pains. The majority of natural plant based protein powders out there use stevia as a sweetener as it is classed as a healthier alternative to sugar. Whilst searching for my mythical protein I stumbled across Tribe. ‘Natural sports nutrition delivered’, sounds like something I could potentially be into. A quick search found that they were offering new customers their first box for just £1, so I decided to try something new and I purchased a Recovery Box.
Just to make things a little harder I’m also gluten free (no it isn’t a fad diet it stops be blowing up like a balloon) luckily for me there were options to customise the box before checkout which ensured that I wouldn’t be sent something that I couldn’t eat.
Within 5 days my box had arrived, small enough to fit through the letterbox and packed to the brim with my goodies. YAY
There are several different box types, I wanted to try as many protein bars and shakes as possible so opted for the Super Recovery box which contains 3 protein bars, two protein shakes and an energy bar. There are options to have more energy based products and a Balanced box to have an equal split of each. I was really wanting to try the protein powders, so the super recovery box was the one for me.
The first thing that I tried was the Bogoyo Banana Bar, think a Naked bar kind of texture. It was sticky and chewy and very moreish. If you like banana then you’ll like this. There’s no added funny business just fruit, seeds and a little honey. The ingredients list is as follows:
- Sunflower Seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Rice protein
- Chia seas
- British Sea Salt
- Almond Oil
Pretty basic right? No strange chemicals that you can’t pronounce.
I still have the Chia and Cocoa Nib, and Mountain Maca bars left to try and am saving these for after my workouts next week. But will come back and update this if there’s anything to report!
Finally onto the protein powders. At present Tribe only offer a Banana and a Chocolate flavour which is not a problem for someone who’s favourite flavours revolve around chocolate and bananas. These sachets deliver 20g of protein with 9 essential amino acids and all from only 6 natural ingredients. They aren’t zero carb like a lot of the chemical and sweetener filled proteins I’ve seen but their macros are still pretty good, as someone who isn’t afraid of carbohydrates this doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I’ve only tried the banana flavour thus far, as again, I’m saving the chocolate one for after a gym session.
Having tried a few absolutely disgusting protein powders recently I tentatively took my first sip of this, and it quickly turned into gulps. It is gorgeous. It tastes like banana bread batter, but watery because I made it with water. If you added this to a smoothie with a fresh banana and some almond milk you’d have an amazing banana milkshake. There’s no horrible aftertaste, the sweetness is enough to make it pleasant but not so much that your teeth hurt. It has a slightly powdery texture but given the fact that I made this in a Starbucks keep cup and just shook it with my thumb over the straw hole maybe that isn’t surprising. Also I kind of like the texture, again it reminds me of eating cake batter. This is a definite win in my books and I am 100% going to repurchase. If like me you only want to re-purchase one item from the box in future you can do this by clicking the ‘buy in bulk’ button.
If you’re interested in trying Tribe then definitely find a code and try your first box for just £1, remember to cancel the subscription if you don’t want to keep receiving it though!
I hope you liked this little look into the world of Tribe! Are there any subscription boxes that you’ve tried recently?!