Essential Protein

Daily Shake 50+

The clean, traceable shake for healthy, active aging — with Calcium HMB to help support the maintenance of muscle mass, plus an excellent source of Protein, Calcium, and Choline.*

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Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Scoops (32g)
Servings Per Container: 15
Amount Per Serving% DV
Calories120
Total Fat2g3%†
Saturated Fat0.5g3%†
Total Carbohydrate5g2%†
Dietary Fiber3g10%†
Total Sugar0g*
Protein20g33%
Choline (as Choline bitartrate1)200mg36%
Calcium370mg28%
Iron3mg15%
Sodium220mg9%
Calcium β-Hydroxy β-Methylbutyrate (HMB)1.5g*
L-Methionine493mg*
† Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.
* Daily Value (DV) not established.
Other ingredients: Organic pea protein, Natural flavour, Organic coconut medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, Xanthan gum, 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

A Daily Practice Built for Tomorrow

A proactive way to help support muscle maintenance.*

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 Support Muscle Maintenance

1.5g Calcium HMB to help support the maintenance of muscle mass — after 50, it’s estimated adults may lose up to 2% of total muscle mass each year.*

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 Flavour

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

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

Handcrafted by Design

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

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Handcrafted Vanilla Flavour

Tailor-Made Taste

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

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Handcrafted Vanilla Flavour

Farmer to Flavour

Our handcrafted vanilla flavour 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 flavour are combined to give Essential Protein its exceptional sugar-free† flavour experience without stevia or sugar alcohols.* †Not a reduced calorie food

Source
Fermented sugarcane
Supplier
Amyris
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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Calcium HMB
Source
Synthesized
Supplier
TSI / Metabolic Technologies, LLC
Function
Metabolite of the essential amino acid Leucine
Final Location of Manufacturing
Jiangyin, Jiangsu, China

After 50, it’s estimated adults may lose up to 2% of total muscle mass each year. We partner with TSI / Metabolic Technologies, LLC to deliver Calcium HMB in every serving of Essential Protein Daily Shake 50+, for muscle maintenance support.*

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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.

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

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Scoops (32g)
Servings Per Container: 15
Amount Per Serving% DV
Calories120
Total Fat2g3%†
Saturated Fat0.5g3%†
Total Carbohydrate5g2%†
Dietary Fiber3g10%†
Total Sugar0g*
Protein20g33%
Choline (as Choline bitartrate1)200mg36%
Calcium370mg28%
Iron3mg15%
Sodium220mg9%
Calcium β-Hydroxy β-Methylbutyrate (HMB)1.5g*
L-Methionine493mg*
† Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.
* Daily Value (DV) not established.
Other ingredients: Organic pea protein, Natural flavour, Organic coconut medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, Xanthan gum, 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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Calcium HMB For Life After 50

We included Calcium HMB to help support the maintenance of lean muscle mass.*
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Flavour, 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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Clean Formula, Sugar Free†

Essential Protein is soy-free, gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and it’s formulated without GMOs, major allergens, stevia, sugar or sugar alcohols, and artificial colours, flavours, or sweeteners.
†Not a reduced calorie food
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We Want You to Ask Questions

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

It’s your Ritual: we’ll send you an email each month, a few days before we charge you and ship your next bag. You’re free to rush or delay an order, or cancel your subscription, at any time, right from your account page. You’re in control.
For best results, use a shaker bottle or blender instead of stirring.
At Ritual we believe in a food-first approach. We suggest you drink Essential Protein as part of a balanced diet. Aim to meet most of your nutrient needs through the food you eat, and take a quality protein (like Essential Protein) and a quality multivitamin (like Essential for Women 50+ or Essential for Men 50+) to help fill gaps in the diet.*
Essential Protein provides a complete amino acid profile. The typical essential amino acid profile of Essential Protein Daily Shake 50+ per serving is below.
Leucine 1785mg
Isoleucine 1063mg
Valine 1124mg
L-Methionine 493mg
Histidine 522mg
Lysine 1604mg
Phenylalanine 1013mg
Threonine 801mg
Tryptophan 207mg
We go above and beyond when it comes to testing because we believe you deserve to know what you’re putting in your body and why. Testing every lot of protein isn’t a requirement, but at Ritual we think it should be. 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 a rigorous screening for over 250 banned substances in sport 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.
Essential Protein is soy-free, gluten free, vegan-friendly and formulated with non-GMO ingredients. It’s formulated without major allergens, sugar†, stevia or sugar alcohols, and artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. And it’s the first protein of its kind sweetened with a combination of fermented sugarcane (Reb-M) and monk fruit.*
†Not a reduced calorie food
Yes, our protein is delivered in BPA-free packaging, so you can feel confident when it matters most.
In order for a product to be considered in the 'organic' category, it must contain at least 95% organic ingredients and the remaining 5% must be either organically produced (unless commercially unavailable) or allowed based on the national list. Essential Protein is not organic because our novel formulation contains some ingredients that are not on the national list, like L-Methionine to provide a complete amino acid profile. We believe these ingredients are worth it.
We do recommend taking both a Ritual multivitamin and Essential Protein together—in fact our plant-based protein was formulated with our multivitamins in mind.*

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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4.4 out of 5.0 stars

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Bill H.

Age 55+

7 months on Essential Protein Daily Shake 50+

Not sure how effective

24/03/2024

y Chris Carmichael and Jim Rutberg (updated March 2024) Reviewed by Stephanie Howe, PhD (March 2024) Myths abound in all areas of training and nutrition. There are many misconceptions about the role of protein in recovery, the amount of protein endu…
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Jodi B.

Age 55+

2 months on Essential Protein Daily Shake 50+

Love it

07/03/2024

This tastes so good to me. I make smoothies and add spinach or kale and it is still delicious.

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

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Marlene Y.

Age 55+

1 month on Essential Protein Daily Shake 50+

Absolutely delicious

15/12/2023

Very smooth and velvety ! Turns my veggie smoothie into a winner- slight vanilla/coconut taste and doesn’t leave me hungry. Will be ordering more

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

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healthyish

ML T.

Age 45 - 54

1 month on Essential Protein Daily Shake 50+

Vanilla: Great Ingredients, Too Sweet

12/12/2023

The ingredients are fantastic. Unfortunately, too much monkfruit makes it much too sweet. It tastes like cake batter that had it's sugar quadrupled.

No, I wouldn't tell a friend to take this product.

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healthyish

Rick G.

1 month on Essential Protein Daily Shake 50+

Great taste

23/09/2023

I’ve tried dozens of protein, powders: vegan, whey, pea, p90x guy, yada yada yada and the all had a bad aftertaste. If it doesn’t taste good, I’m not gonna use it. This is actually delicious….

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

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