Essential Protein

Daily Shake 18+

The clean, traceable plant-based protein to help form lean muscle and support muscle recovery after exercise.*

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Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 scoop (about 30g)
Servings Per Container: 15
Amount Per Serving%DV
Calories115
Total Fat2g3%
Saturated Fat0.5g3%
Total Carbohydrate3g1%
Dietary Fiber3g10%
Total Sugar0g**
Protein20g33%
Choline (as Choline bitartrate1)150mg27%
Calcium120mg9%
Iron3mg19%
Sodium290mg13%
L-Methionine400mg**
** Daily Value (DV) not established.
† Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.
Other ingredients: Organic pea protein, Natural flavor, Organic coconut medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, Xanthan gum, Salt, Sunflower lecithin**, Reb-M (from fermented sugarcane), Mixed tocopherols, Organic monk fruit (Luo han guo) extract. **Derived from Non-GMO Sunflower
1Vitacholine™
Not a reduced calorie food
VitaCholine® is a registered trademark of Balchem Corporation

Essential Protein is Informed Sport Certified

The mark signifies that it meets the high quality standards of even the world’s most elite athletes.

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Each lot of Essential Protein is rigorously screened for over 250 banned substances in sport—including stimulants, narcotics, and diuretics. Our lot numbers are posted on informed-sport.com. Check it out— we are committed to empowering you to make informed decisions about your health.

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USA Grown Peas
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Complete Amino Acid Profile
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Gluten and Major Allergen Free
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Made Traceable®
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Non-GMO
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Third Party Tested (for heavy metals & microbes)

Help With the Heavy Lifting *

The building block for life that reaches beyond muscle.*

Helps Form Lean Muscle

20g of protein to stimulate muscle protein synthesis and help form lean muscle.*

Supports Muscle Recovery

A rich source of protein to support muscle recovery.*

Helps Build Strength

An excellent source of protein helps support strength after exercise.*

Complete Amino Acid Profile

Each serving provides a complete amino acid profile, with 8g EAAs, and 4g BCAAs.*

Traceable Ingredients

Essential Protein is Made Traceable® with a visible supply chain so you know what you’re putting in your body. Because not all ingredients are created equal.

Natural Sweeteners—Healthy Sugar Substitutes

Organic Pea Protein

We work with PURIS to provide high-quality, plant-based pea protein derived from non-GMO, regeneratively-farmed yellow peas grown in the USA.

Source
Organic yellow peas
Supplier
PURIS
Final Location of Manufacturing
Turtle Lake, Wisconsin / Dawson, Minnesota
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Organic Pea Protein

Clean Source

Our pea protein is organic, soy-free, gluten free, vegan-friendly, and formulated with non-GMO ingredients. Plus, it provides an excellent source of protein.*

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Organic Pea Protein

Regeneratively-Farmed

By working with their network of hundreds of farmers on hundreds of thousands of acres PURIS ensures a system of farming principles and practices that can increase soil biodiversity, enrich soil, improve water-sheds, and enhance ecosystem services through the capture of carbon and nitrogen in the soil.

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Organic Pea Protein

Grown in the USA

Sourced from organic yellow field peas grown in the US, our peas never leave our borders from seed to finished powder.

Iodine

Handcrafted Vanilla Flavor

The delicious handcrafted flavor in Essential Protein includes a direct-from-farmer vanilla bean extract sustainably harvested in Madagascar.

Source
Vanilla beans WONF
Supplier
ADM / WILD Flavors
Final Location of Manufacturing
Erlanger, Kentucky
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Handcrafted Vanilla Flavor

Handcrafted by Design

Our handcrafted flavor is curated by combining Madagascar vanilla extract with other aromatic components to create the final taste, aroma, and flavor. Vanilla orchids are hand-pollinated and ripe vanilla beans are cured and carefully selected each season for the right flavor balance in the extract.

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Handcrafted Vanilla Flavor

Tailor-Made Taste

We partnered with the highly skilled flavor creation team at ADM, an 85-year-old world-renowned flavor house, to develop a completely custom natural vanilla flavor characterized by layers of sweet vanilla notes, subtle nuances of caramel and hints of spice.

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Handcrafted Vanilla Flavor

Farmer to Flavor

Our handcrafted vanilla flavor contains vanilla extract which is made traceable™ from vanilla farms (in Madagascar) to cured beans (in Madagascar) to extract (in Erlanger, Kentucky). ADM’s unique approach cuts out the middle-men from the traditional vanilla supply chain and gives more ownership directly back to farmers in Madagascar.

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Fermented Sugarcane (Reb-M)

Fermented sugarcane (Reb-M), monk fruit, and our handcrafted vanilla flavor are combined to give Essential Protein its exceptional sugar-free† flavor experience without stevia or sugar alcohols.*

Source
Fermented sugarcane
Supplier
PureCircle
Final Location of Manufacturing
Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Fermented Sugarcane (Reb-M)

How It's Made

Similar to kombucha or beer, sugarcane is combined with specialty yeast in a fermentation process that creates a novel sweetener—Reb-M with no stevia or petroleum processing.

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Fermented Sugarcane (Reb-M)

Combined With Monk Fruit

Essential Protein is the first protein of its kind sweetened with a combination of fermented sugarcane (Reb-M) and monk fruit.

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Fermented Sugarcane (Reb-M)

Clean Sensory Profile

It’s Non-GMO, zero calories per serving, and has a sensory profile similar to sucrose without the harsh aftertaste of other sweeteners.*

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L-Methionine
Source
Synthesized
Supplier
Ajinomoto
Function
Essential amino acid
Final Location of Manufacturing
Iwate, Japan

We add L-Methionine to our pea protein to provide a complete amino acid profile. Each serving of our protein has 8g EAAs and 4g BCAAs.

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Choline
Source
L- tartaric acid
Supplier
Balchem/Albion
Function
Essential nutrient & L-Methionine helper
Final Location of Manufacturing
Verona, Missouri

Choline is included in Essential Protein because it is an L-methionine helper and an essential nutrient that helps fill the dietary gap common across life stages.*

Ingredients: Organic pea protein, Natural flavor, Organic coconut medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, Xanthan gum, Salt, Sunflower lecithin**, Reb-M (from fermented sugarcane), Mixed tocopherols, Organic monk fruit (Luo han guo) extract.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 scoop (about 30g)
Servings Per Container: 15
Amount Per Serving%DV
Calories115
Total Fat2g3%
Saturated Fat0.5g3%
Total Carbohydrate3g1%
Dietary Fiber3g10%
Total Sugar0g**
Protein20g33%
Choline (as Choline bitartrate1)150mg27%
Calcium120mg9%
Iron3mg19%
Sodium290mg13%
L-Methionine400mg**
** Daily Value (DV) not established.
† Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.
Other ingredients: Organic pea protein, Natural flavor, Organic coconut medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, Xanthan gum, Salt, Sunflower lecithin**, Reb-M (from fermented sugarcane), Mixed tocopherols, Organic monk fruit (Luo han guo) extract. **Derived from Non-GMO Sunflower
1Vitacholine™
Not a reduced calorie food
VitaCholine® is a registered trademark of Balchem Corporation

How to Use

  1. 01 Start with 8-12 oz of any cold liquid
  2. 02 Add 1 serving of powder
  3. 03 Shake it like you mean it

For best results, use a shaker bottle or blender instead of stirring—Essential Protein requires agitation to break down.

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Protein, Reimagined

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Clean Formula, Sugar Free†

Essential Protein is soy-free, gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and it’s formulated without GMOs, stevia, sugar or sugar alcohols, and artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners.
†Not a reduced calorie food
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Raising The Bar For Testing Standards

We test every lot of Essential Protein for heavy metals, microbes, and over 250 banned substances in partnership with Informed Sport.
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Flavor, Redefined

Layers of sweet vanilla, subtle nuances of caramel and hints of spice make Essential Protein fit to shake up your every day. It’s the first protein of its kind sweetened with a combination of fermented sugarcane (Reb-M) and monk fruit.
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We Want You to Ask Questions

Seriously. Our team of supplement experts and scientists has answers.

Essential Protein 18+ is a clean, traceable plant-based protein to help form lean muscle and support muscle recovery after exercise.* With 20 grams of protein, Essential Protein 18+ also provides a complete amino acid profile.
Our products are purchased as a subscription. After your initial purchase, orders are automatically sent every 30 days to keep you on track. That said, it’s your Ritual: We’ll send you a notification each month a few days before we charge you and ship your next bottle. You’re free to rush or delay an order or cancel your subscription at any time, right from your account page.
We go above and beyond when it comes to third-party testing because we believe you deserve to know what you’re putting in your body and why. That’s why we not only do our own rigorous testing on each lot, but we also partner with Informed Sport to certify Essential Protein.

The Informed Sport mark signifies that Essential Protein meets the high-quality standards of even the world’s most elite athletes. Essential Protein has undergone rigorous screening for over 250 banned substances in sports and meets the strictest standards for quality control in manufacturing. You can even find your lot number on the Informed Sport website.

Additionally, our protein is tested for identity, purity, strength, and composition so we can be sure that what’s on the label is what’s in the product. We also complete third-party testing to help ensure our products are compliant with regulations and guidelines for heavy metals, microbes, and major allergens and to help assure the quality and safety of our products.
The protein bag is made of BPA-free plastic, and the scoop is 100% PCR and is widely recycled in most cities. While the protein bags are not currently curbside recyclable, we have a takeback program with Pact Collective where you can ship items directly (by printing a label from their website) or drop them off at a Credo store near you.

More questions? Find answers on our FAQs page.

Meet Our In-House Scientists and Expert Council

We work with a lot of exceptional and thoughtful people—like the scientists, nutritionists, and medical doctors on our Scientific Advisory Board, who help guide our product innovation and clinical research.

Dr. Nima Alamdari, PhD

Dr. Nima Alamdari, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer (Prev. Harvard Faculty)

Dr. Marie Caudill, PhD, RD

Dr. Marie Caudill, PhD, RD

Professor, Cornell University (Nutritional Sciences)

Dr. Jason Rothbart, MD, FACOG

Dr. Jason Rothbart, MD, FACOG

Physician, Cedars-Sinai (Obstetrics and Gynecology)

Dr. Mastaneh Sharafi, PhD, RD

Dr. Mastaneh Sharafi, PhD, RD

VP of Scientific Affairs at Ritual (Nutritional Sciences)

Dr. Robin Berzin, MD

Dr. Robin Berzin, MD

Doctor & CEO, Parsley Health (Functional Medicine)

Dr. Jordan Shlain, MD

Dr. Jordan Shlain, MD

Physician & Founder, Private Medical (Primary Care)

Dr. Michelle Davenport

Dr. Michelle Davenport

Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist

Dr. Dyan Hes, MD

Dr. Dyan Hes, MD

Medical Director, Gramercy Pediatrics

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4.9 out of 5.0 stars

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Nicole H.

Age 35 - 44

7 months on Essential Protein Daily Shake 18+

Never liked protein powders

5/2/2024

I have never found a protein powder that I can stand to drink on a consistent basis. After speaking to my Dr. I went in a search. This has a pretty mild taste, no weird Splenda after taste and I actually enjoy it. I add a bit of milk to it and it’s great!

Yes, I'd tell a friend to take this product.

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Stephanie M.

Age 35 - 44

7 months on Essential Protein Daily Shake 18+

It’s doesn’t get better then this protein

4/11/2024

I have tried it all. I’ve been into wellness since I was 14. I am now 40 and I can honestly say that I have tried them all! I love this powder so much. Quality has become something that is so important now that I’m older and this ticks all the boxes,…
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Yes, I'd tell a friend to take this product.

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Jordan K.

Age 25 - 34

3 months on Essential Protein Daily Shake 18+

SO good

3/3/2024

Love love this protein powder, it’s expensive but very worth it. Tastes incredible!

Yes, I'd tell a friend to take this product.

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Ellen K.

Age 25 - 34

6 months on Essential Protein Daily Shake 18+

The best!

2/24/2024

Ritual protein is the only protein powder that doesn’t upset my stomach. It tastes delicious and the subscription service is ideal! It is so easy to postpone the shipment if you don’t need it.

Yes, I'd tell a friend to take this product.

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healthyish

Alexandra M.

Age 25 - 34

3 months on Essential Protein Daily Shake 18+

The Best!

2/23/2024

My favourite vegan protein powder that I've tried. It's very hard to find a protein powder that isn't sweetened with Stevia. Not only does this protein powder not contain Stevia but it tastes great!

Yes, I'd tell a friend to take this product.

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