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Pump Up Your Workouts With Vegan Protein Powder

The following article was written by Keegan Baur.

One of the most common questions that vegans and vegetarians get is, “But how do you get enough protein?” This question comes up a lot, especially for those of us who regularly work out and tone up. Trainers have advised me to consume at least 1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight on a strength training day. Even as a regular visitor at the gym, this ratio seems a bit excessive for an average woman like me, who’s not aiming to start a career as a body builder. However, it is important to provide your body with an adequate amount of protein after an intense workout.

Luckily, there are many protein-packed and cruelty-free powders to choose from. Just to name a few options, there’s pea proteinhemp proteinrice proteinsoy protein, and a number of blends. Frankly, the first time I looked at all the options that my local Whole Foods Market had to offer, I became overwhelmed by the choices. Since then, I’ve tried a few different kinds, and as of right now, hemp and blends are at the top of my “favorite protein powders” list.

Hemp Pro 70 really fills me up. Because of the “full” feeling it gives me, I’m not surprised to hear that hemp is one of the most complete plant-based proteins around. I don’t like to mix it with only water or soy milk because I don’t find it to be very palatable on its own. However, hemp protein is what I grab when I’ve had a super intense workout because it’s such a high-quality option. And it tastes nutty and fabulous mixed in my oatmeal!

At the same time, I can’t deny the fact that I have a pretty mean sweet tooth. I can’t resist sugary-tasting treats, especially when they’re actually good for me. If you’re with me on this one, then protein blends are probably the way to go. For example, Genuine Health Vegan Proteins+ Powder contains pea protein isolate, brown rice protein concentrate, cranberry protein, alfalfa protein concentrate, and hemp seed protein. All those types of protein in there and yet this powder is simply tasty. When mixed in a smoothie, something about it reminds me of a mystery sweet from my childhood. I can’t quite put my finger on what it reminds me of. Is it Kool-Aid? Is it some sort of Popsicle? I’m not sure, but whatever it is, I love it.

As of right now, those are my favorites. I admittedly have yet to try a purely pea protein, but I do plan to get around to it. Like I said—there are just so many to try! The point is that being vegan doesn’t mean you have to compromise your workouts or your post-workout protein boosts. You can be vegan and easily maintain your heart-rate monitor wearin’, treadmill runnin’, barbell liftin’ gym-junkie status.

What’s your favorite vegan protein powder, and what do you love about it?

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  • Vegan Kid says:

    Ive tried Several Pea protein shakes, this is the best ive found, it really is packed full of nutrients with loads of additional ingredients on top of 19g of pea protein

  • Rachel says:

    I have tried literally every single one and the one that is truly certified organic, vegan, gluten free and is free of any extra crap is Epic Protein by Sprout Living. My favorite is their Vanilla Lucuma; but rotate with Chocolate Maca.

    Its like 100 calories per serving, no fat or sugar, or anything, just protein and superfoods.

    LOVE those guys !! XOXO

  • KERI says:

    Rainbow light vanilla and acai berry are pretty good and very reasonably priced. I do 2 scoops which equal 30g protein once or twice a day. I like to mix it with half water and half coconut water and frozen fruit. It consists of pea, rice and hemp proteins plus other good nutrients. The taste is decent too.

  • Rita says:

    Arbonne also has a Vegan protein powder. All of their products are Vegan!!!

  • chander kumar soni says:

    wow, yummy yummy.

  • Susan Pearse says:

    We have amazing Vegan Certified Protein drinks – see what Lance Armstrong has to say about them http://www.livestrong.com/article/323403-arbonne-protein-shake-ingredients/#ixzz1FsiHh6pm and over 300 other skincare and health and wellness type of products. Arbonne International has never tested their products on animals and have been around for 31 years.

  • Don says:

    Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer is very good. It contains hemp protein*, yellow pea protein, brown rice protein*, and whole flax seeds (ground).

    It also has inulin from chicory root, and maca root*; a digestive enzyme blend, including protease I, protease II, amylase, and cellulase; a mixed berry complex, including wild blueberry, blueberry, black raspberry, cherry, marion berry and blackberry; and Vega also has a dairy-free probiotic blend. All items with an asterisk are organic.

    It also has vitamin and mineral supplements, including D2, to make up 100% of most peoples’ daily needs.

    One serving packs 15 grams of fiber 26 grams of protein so it’s very healthy and filling.

  • AlexandraIrene says:

    I likr Keto Slim which is packed with vitamins, has a marvellous vanilla flavor and no sugar (I have hypoglycemia). However I don’t drink it, I make it into a paste with unsweetened soy milk and mix it with fresh berries. So tasty and satisfying.

  • Ricky Ferdon says:

    I like APS (All Pro Science)French Vanilla Complete Veggie Protein. It’s vegan and is hemp protein, brown rice protein, Flaxseed powder, and vitamin and mineral fortified.

  • Rachel says:

    Sunwarrior raw vegan protein. It’s also hypoallergenic, non-gmo and gluten free :)
    tastes good and is pretty smooth (adding a banana helps!)

  • Briran says:

    My favorite Vegan protein powder is Spirulina. At first I didn’t like the taste but now I love it! At http://vegetarianproteins.com it’s not that expensive either.

  • Briran says:

    My favorite Vegan protein powder is Spirulina. At first I didn’t like the taste but now I love it! At http://vegetarianproteins.com it’s not that expensive either.

  • Ann says:

    yes,I like this vegan protein powder,I will try this one.

  • Kavitansh says:

    Interesting

  • SwapMeat says:

    Progressive Harmonized Vegan Protein. It tastes GOOD and no grit! A few flavours, but I always use the vanilla (add it to smoothies with berries or I make protein bars with it).

    http://www.progressivenutritional.com/#/women-harmonized-vegan-protein-overview

  • Meatless in Seattle says:

    I’ve been using rice protein in my after workout-smoothies. I like it but I plan to try some other types. After reading this I intend to try one of the blends. Note that processed soy is not easily digested for a lot of people. When I relied on it for much of my protein I found that I was hungry all the time. With the switch to alternative proteins (rice, pea, etc.) I am much more satisfied.

  • Amber says:

    Thanks for the article. As an avid kickboxer I like to consume about 30% of my calories from protein and fats and 40% from complex vegetable based carbs. I am always looking for ways to get protein into my diet. I will check these out, hopefully they are not full of carbs and calories!

  • Stephanie says:

    Thanks so much for this advice! I’ve been looking for ways to get my protein after my awesome workouts!!

  • Mattias says:

    Soy protein …. right now strawberry/raspberry flavour!
    Though it contains aspartame (not quite desired) but it tastes well with soy milk (and sometimes ice cream)! :P
    Haven´t really tried any other protein powders!
    When I do hard work outs I don´t really want to get so ‘full’ in order to be able to eat more. So, I stick to some soy protein powder for now!
    Ps. others seem reeeeally expensive at that!(?)

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