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If you have been on Instagram you might’ve heard of a new nutrition line called Alani Nutrition or Alani Nu for short. You might or not have seen this cute pastel colored bottles or cans on Instagram. You might be trying to look for reviews and reviews are hard to come by as by my own research the company Is VERY new. As I do I go searching for new “healthier” products I waste my money on things that if they don’t work out it saves you time, money and heartache.
Alani Nu is a funky name, there is no denying that. Katy actually talked about the meaning of the name on her Instagram a while back, and I believe the phrase is steeped in Hawaiian culture as something about renewal. Anyways it’s not that important but in case you were curious about the Alani Nu name I think almost everyone is Lol. But you know what? The name doesn’t matter. The products DO. And that’s what I’m going to talk about today. The Alani Nu flavoring, the formulations, and even the packaging to see if Katy Hearn has actually created a supplement line to be reckoned with. Let’s begin by talking about Alani Nu Protein FLAVOR.
Fruity Cereal (Whey)
The first Alani Nu flavor that I tried was the Fruity Cereal flavor. I know what you are thinking? A LITTLE bit more of an unusual flavor than straight up Chocolate that I tried. But this flavor was ALSO on point. I’d honestly say that the Fruity Cereal flavor of Alani Nu Whey Protein is even superior to Ghost Whey’s Cereal Milk flavor (review coming soon). I was laughing because I wonder if Katy Hearn and her husband Hayden (who seems to be helping with the supplement side of things) had actually just copied Ghost with this flavor idea. You know the funny thing is that they even OUT DID Ghost with their Alani Nu cereal flavor. It’s actually delicious most cereal flavored protein powder especially whey protein has a funky after taste they don’t blend well and almost always grainy tasting. It’s as if you mixed a cereal bowl half full of Fruity Loops and half full of Lucky Charms, and then drank the milk. It’s sweet, a little salty, and really does bring you right back to childhood.
What’s the Best Flavor of Alani Nu Protein
Great question. And that’s the one that I struggled with when I originally decided I was going to do an Alani Nu protein review. But. You know me (if you’ve been here for a long while). When I put my mind to something I follow through on it! So I legit just bought one fruity cereal flavor and a bunch of BCAAS (review on BCAAS also coming soon). Because hey, YOLO. Plus why limit myself to just protein powder reviews? Alani Nu BCAAS flavors sounded SO good. But. ARE they?
What’s In Alani Nu Protein Product
From a formulation point of view, these products are relatively simplistic, and I would say that is in a good way. Alani Nu uses very traditional formulations but does have a couple tweaks that make them distinct enough to define as a unique brand. Let’s breakdown the ingredients in each and then I’ll give you my notes on each Alani Nu iteration.
Dairy-Based Alani Nu Protein Ingredients:
Whey Protein Hydrolysate, Whey Protein Isolate, VitaCherry Sport, Ticaloid Ultrasmooth (Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan), Salt, Silica, Natural Flavors, DigeZyme (Protease, Amylase, Lactase, Lipase, Cellulase), Beet Root Extract, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium.
The ingredients in the dairy-based Alani Nu proteins are pretty standard. You have two different whey proteins (hydrolysate and isolate), coupled with some digestive enzymes and then some tart cherry to provide recovery benefits. I think the formula is therefore simple, but pretty well thought-out. I like that they added the tart cherry to help recovery.
Dairy-Based Alani Nu Macros
The macros are pretty standard on the Alani-Nu Whey:
Calories 112, Total Fat 1g,Sat Fat 0.5g,Trans Fat 0g,Cholesterol 31mg,Sodium 150mg,Total Carb 2.5g,Dietary Fiber 0.3g,Total Sugar 1g,Protein 23.4g
Side Note: I think, again, this is pretty standard for a whey protein product. The sodium (salt) might be just a touch higher than I’d like to see but I also understand you gotta have salt to make it taste good (just like in baking). No big surprise here looking at the Alani Nu macros.
Vegan Alani Nu Protein Ingredients
Pea Protein, Watermelon Seed Protein, Pumpkin Seed Protein, Cocoa Powder, Natural Flavors, Guar Gum, Monk Fruit Extract, Organic Stevia Leaf Extract, Silica.
Side Note: As I said before, it seems like the Vegan protein was less of a priority than the Alani Nu Whey product. That being said, this is not a BAD Vegan protein. It is just basic. Again, this is most likely over 95% pea protein with a tiny bit of watermelon and pumpkin sprinkled in. You REALLY taste the pea protein flavor in the Alani Nu Vegan protein.
Vegan Alani Nu Macros:
The Vegan macros are relatively similar between the whey and vegan Alani Nu:
Calories 125,Total Fat 2g, Sat Fat 0.3g,Trans Fat 0g,Cholesterol 0,Sodium 273mg,Total Carb, 5g,Dietary Fiber 3.2g,Sugars 0,Protein 22g
Side Note: Again, the macros are not really surprising in any way, but the Vegan protein is just slightly more caloric due to having a little bit more carbohydrate in the form of fiber. The Alani Nu Vegan protein actually has over 3 grams. This Alani Nu Vegan protein also has twice the amount of salt as the Whey- actually 11% of your RDV of salt which is interesting to note. But again that’s probably all for trying to flavor gross-tasting Vegan protein sources.