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Plant Protein Powder Power!

The following article was written by Jessica Getty.

The most common question a vegan or vegetarian athlete hears is “How do you get enough protein?” Whether you are training to run a marathon or just want get the most out of your workouts, protein is important to help your muscles repair and recover after an intense workout. While there is protein in almost everything—beans, grains, nuts, tofu, and even veggies—some folks opt to increase their intake with protein powders.

Luckily, there are many cruelty-free protein powder options to choose from. Hemp protein, rice protein, pea protein, and soy protein are just a few examples, and they come in many forms and flavored blends. Finding the right protein powder can be an overwhelming experiment as there are so many flavors and formulas. We’re here to help!

Brendan Brazier, the PETA Pack team spokesperson and vegan professional Ironman triathlete, offers a line of protein powders that are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, fiber, probiotics, and superfoods. The new Vega Sport powders help your body prepare, sustain, and recover before, during, and after tough workouts. The best things about Vega are that it is 100 percent plant-based; is free from milk, gluten, and soy; and contains no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners. Just whip up a yummy shake 30 to 90 minutes before your workout and sit back as your muscles prepare! The powder comes in various flavors, including vanilla chai, chocolate, and berry.

Hundreds of protein shakes later, I have discovered that hemp protein powders are among my favorites. While hemp is certainly an acquired taste, I’ve grown to appreciate the nutty aroma. After all, hemp is a nutritional powerhouse, containing all nine essential amino acids that our bodies require and an almost perfect balance of fiber, antioxidants, and fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6. The flavor can be easily hidden in smoothies, which you’ll find endless recipes for at BlendedRecipes.com.

If you are looking to try a protein powder, then check out your local Whole Foods Market or Trader Joes. There are a lot of options out there, so don’t get overwhelmed. Finding my favorite protein powder involved a lot of trial and error … with an emphasis on “error”! The next time someone asks you the inevitable question about protein, just tell him or her that being vegan doesn’t mean you have to compromise on protein intake.

Do you have a favorite vegan protein powder or shake recipe? Share it with us in the comments section below!

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  • Beryl says:

    I purchased four packets of the Vega protein powders, almond vanilla, tropical mango, and two other flavors. I really like the flavor. I find that I am full most of the day. Usually when I whip up a smoothie for breakfast I am hungry by 11:00 a.m. I did not eat until after 12:30 today. The texture is also good. I purchased other protein powders before and they had a chalky taste. I will purchase again.

  • Brendan Brazier says:

    to Don Randall:

    we don’t make krill oil. not sure where you got that from. here’s our list of products, all plant-based: http://www.myvega.com/products/product-comparison-chart

    hope that helps,

    Brendan

  • chander kumar soni says:

    liked.

  • R. Salwin says:

    Thanks!!!
    It’s tough talking to non-athletes

  • sadhuvedantmuni says:

    in my personal experience make a home made protein powder.SOYA +GROUNDNUT+ GRAM IN EQUAL parts . make them in powder and mixed them with ghee and sugar and make a sweet dish. it is easy to take and best protein .

  • Angela says:

    I just love Olympian Labs Pea protein whipped up with coconut water, banana, peanut butter, oatmeal and ice cubes. Yum!

  • Loosly says:

    Where is this manufactured and who does oversite to see what goes into it?

  • Jacque G says:

    I very much enjoy Beachbody’s Vegan Tropical Strawberry Shakeology… They just released a vegan chocolate yesterday that I am looking forward to trying!

  • Richard Pendarvis says:

    I have found that manufacturers often tend to make proteins using whatever materials they are invested in. After reading Diet for a Small Planet, I decided that soy or legume protein should be used with a seed protein to give a complete amino acid profile. Hemp seed protein mixed one to one with a soy protein has been my choice. (I do not have a soy allergy.)

  • VegPwrlifter says:

    My favorite shake is:
    1 scoop chocolate hemp protein
    1/2 frozen banana
    1tbsp peanut butter
    3/4 cold coffee

    It tastes so amazing!

  • Don Randall says:

    Brendan Brazier’s company, Sequel Naturals, sells krill oil, which is an arctic fish oil.

    In my opinion Sequel Naturals does not qualify as cruelty free. Although krill oil is high in omega 3 fatty acids, so are chia seeds and flax seeds. Chia seeds are the best source of omega 3s that I know of with a 4:1 ratio of omega 3 to 6.

    I do like Sequel Naturals’ Vega One, but it’s far from 100 percent organic. My favorite powders are Heartland Sprouted, Non-GMO Brown Rice Powder and Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro Fiber(HPF). HPF contains 14 grams of dietary fiber and 11 grams of protein per serving, in addition to healthy fats. Both Heartland rice protein powder and Manitoba Harvest fiber/protein powders are 100 percent organic.

    Although I use all 3 of the above products, I strongly believe Sequel Naturals should be taken of the cruelty-free list until they stop selling krill oil.

    What do you think? Should Brendan Brazier be a PETA Pack team spokesperson even though his company sells krill oil, or should he have to quit selling krill oil?

    Also, does Brendan Brazier have a controlling interest in Sequel Naturals? If not, then it’s not his fault that Sequel Naturals sells krill oil.

  • Laura says:

    I love the Arbonne protein shakes!

  • Vegan.Elisabeth says:

    o.O? Any well rounded vegan diet provides plenty of protein. Only those who are in very intensive sports possibly need supplements, and even then, would probably do fine eating more protein-rich WHOLE foods instead of taking protein shakes like medicine. It sounds like they’re buying into the the omnivore argument that we cannot get enough protein without either animal products or special supplements, so the article should instead be about how we can have a higher protein vegan diet naturally instead of which supplements to take. Aren’t vegans all about fighting misconceptions about vegan and omnivorous diets? /rant

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