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Pump Up Your Workouts With Vegan Protein Powder

A little while ago, I set out on a mission to find the best vegan protein powders and supplements. I was searching for products that are the best in what they do, whether it’s providing lean protein, hydration, or essential nutrients or replacing a meal. I then sampled each product in various ways to determine the best way to consume each one as well as for whom each one is best suited. If you’re unsure about what protein powder or nutritional supplement is for you, this is your guide.

vega protein powder

Vega Protein Smoothie (Tropical Mango, Bodacious Berry, Choc-o-lat, Oh Natural, or Viva Vanilla)

Nutrition: 100 calories, 15 g protein, gluten- and soy-free

Protein base: pea, SaviSeed, hemp, and brown-rice blend

Rating: 7/10

Expert tips: This would be a good choice for anyone needing a protein boost while counting calories. It mixes well enough with water that I would use the Choc-o-lat flavor at the gym. The fruit flavors will mix really well with your favorite fruit-smoothie recipe.

VEGA 1

Vega One Nutritional Shake (French Vanilla, Chocolate, Natural, Berry, or Vanilla Chai)

Nutrition: 135 calories, 15 g protein, gluten- and soy-free

Protein base: pea, SaviSeed, hemp, and brown-rice blend

Rating: 8/10

Expert tips: This powder added more flavor and texture to smoothies than the regular protein powder, but I thought it didn’t mix as well with plain water or nondairy milk. I made a smoothie with the vanilla powder, plain almond milk, and a frozen banana. I could definitely see it becoming my regular breakfast to go. This option is especially nice since it comes blended with omega-3, antioxidant, and super-green additives that supply 50 percent of your daily vitamins and minerals.

Sunwarrior classic protein

Sunwarrior: Classic Protein (Vanilla, Chocolate, or Natural)

Nutrition: 80 calories, 15 g protein, gluten- and soy-free

Protein base: brown-rice protein

Rating: 6/10

Expert tips: All the flavors are pretty good, but the Chocolate has the best taste and consistency. This shake would be great for mixing into a smoothie or even just with some nondairy milk and a banana or other fruit.

sunwarrior warrior blend

Sunwarrior: Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein (Chocolate, Vanilla, or Natural)

Nutrition: 100 calories, 20 g protein, gluten- and soy-free

Protein base: pea, cranberry, and hemp-seed protein blend

Rating: 8/10

Expert tips: I found that this version tasted much better than the classic protein. It even tastes good mixed with 8 oz. of water, which is really quite extraordinary and makes it a great option to take with you to the gym.

plantfusion

PlantFusion (Vanilla, Chocolate, Chocolate Raspberry, Unflavored, or Cookies and Cream)

Nutrition: 120 calories, 21 g protein

Protein base: pea, artichoke, amaranth, and quinoa protein blend

Rating: 6.5/10

Expert tips: My favorite thing about PlantFusion is how silky-smooth it is, which is perfect for anyone who usually has texture issues with protein powder. I found that the Chocolate and Chocolate Raspberry flavors were very tasty and mixed well with the plant flavors. The Chocolate Raspberry flavor mixed in a shake with frozen berries tastes delicious.

phood

PlantFusion: Phood (Chocolate Caramel or Vanilla)

Nutrition: 200 calories, 18 g protein, gluten- and soy-free

Protein Base: pea, artichoke, amaranth, quinoa, and amino-acid protein blend

Rating: 9/10

Expert tips: I would highly recommend this option for anyone searching for more of a meal replacement than a basic protein powder. Instead of just protein, it simulates the nutrition of a healthy meal, with 17 g of complex carbs and 7 g of essential fats. The Chocolate Caramel smells and tastes like a little cup of heaven.

navitas hemp

Navitas Naturals Hemp Powder

Nutrition: 120 calories, 15 g of protein

Protein base: hemp

Rating: 7/10

Expert tips: This hemp powder tastes fine alone or with a glass of soy milk, and it’s almost flavorless, except for a pleasant earthy undertone. If you already have a go-to smoothie that you make for breakfast or between meals, I would recommend adding several tablespoons of this hemp powder for extra protein and omega-3 fatty acids. If taste is an issue for you with other types of protein, give this one a try!

Epic Chocolate

EPIC Plant-Based Protein (Original Pumpkin Seed, Chocolate Maca, Vanilla Lucuma, or Green Kingdom)

Nutrition: 100–110 calories, 19 g protein, gluten-, nut-, and soy-free

Protein base: brown-rice protein, mesquite pod powder

Rating: 8.5/10

Expert tips: These powders all had very light, pleasant flavors. I really loved the consistency—they had a little bit of grit to them that made them taste like you were drinking a real, raw, and fresh smoothie (attributable in part to the fact that each flavor is mixed with an additional super-food blend). The company has a new formulation on the way that is even more nutrient-dense and tastier than the current options. The Chocolate Maca flavor tasted like a delicious chocolate shake, and I think some delicious smoothies could be made with the Original Pumpkin Seed flavor.

orac greens

Paradise ORAC-Energy Greens

Nutrition: 113 calories, 22 g of protein

Protein base: pea, wheat grass, spirulina, spinach, broccoli, and kale

Rating: 6/10

Expert Tips: If you enjoy green smoothies or juices, this supplement would be a good protein-packed greens substitute in your drinks. I found that it had the best taste and texture when used in a substantial smoothie.

puritans pride soy protein

Puritan’s Pride Soy Protein Isolate Powder

Nutrition: 110 calories, 24 g protein

Protein base: Soy protein

Rating: 7/10

Expert tips: This protein supplement has a fine texture and mixes best with a blender ball. I’d suggest mixing it with a nondairy milk other than soy so that you’re getting nutrients from a mixture of sources. It would also be a good, simple option to take with you to the gym.

Puritan's Pride Good 'n Natural Vegan Protein Powder

Puritan’s Pride Good ‘n Natural Vegan Protein Powder (Chocolate)

Nutrition: 200 calories, 17 g protein

Protein base: oat and quinoa protein

Rating: 8/10

Expert tips: Mix it in a blender ball with nondairy milk for a rich chocolate protein shake. The taste and texture are excellent and make it a great meal between meals. It’ll fill you up for a while but not so much that you’ll want to skip dinner!

MRM-Veggie-Elite

MRM Veggie Elite Performance Protein (Chocolate Mocha)

Nutrition: 130 calories, 24 g protein

Protein Base: pea and brown-rice protein blend

Rating: 8/10

Expert tips: The taste of this supplement was really exceptional, and it mixed well with everything I tried it with. I even sprinkled in half a scoop with my oatmeal one morning, which in all honesty was a really great choice.

mrm veggie vanillla

MRM Veggie Protein (Vanilla Bean)

Nutrition: 130 calories, 22 g protein

Protein base: pea, brown-rice, hemp, flax seed, and chia-seed protein

Rating: 6.5/10

Expert tips: Between the two MRM options, I would definitely choose the Chocolate Mocha flavor because of the taste and the additional nutrition. This option would be great to take to the gym for a light post-workout drink.

green dream

Philosophie Green Dream

Nutrition: 60 calories, 10 g protein

Protein base: hemp, spirulina, chia seeds, maca root

Rating: 7/10

Expert tips: I would definitely use the recipe on the package for a Green Dream smoothie (1 Tbsp. of the supplement, 1 cup of dairy-free milk, 1 cup of spinach, and one banana). The smoothie, which would be great for a breakfast on the go, was very delicious, and it feels really healthy and empowering to drink a whole cup of spinach!

naturade pea protein

Naturade Pea Protein

Nutrition: 130 calories, 20 g protein

Protein base: pea protein

Rating: 7/10

Expert tips: With a blender ball, the consistency is very light and frothy, so use it to follow up an intense gym workout. The flavor mixes great with vanilla almond or soy milk if you have it around, but it works just as nicely with water, too!

Kachava vanilla

 

Ka’Chava (Chocolate, Vanilla)

Nutrition: 200 calories, 24 g protein

Protein base: vegan protein blend, omega-3 fiber blend, super-fruit blend, adaptogen herb blend, super-greens blend, digestive enzymes, and probiotics

Rating: 10/10

Expert tips: This shake is absolutely delicious. (I prefer the Vanilla flavor, but the Chocolate was good, too.) I could see myself drinking it just for the flavor. The best part of Ka’Chava is that it’s very thick in consistency, which makes you feel like you’re drinking a big rich smoothie without actually having to make one, and it actually keeps you full for several hours. If you have a fast-paced lifestyle and need a truly delicious meal substitute, this is what you’ve been waiting for.

Other Supplements

ultima

Ultima Replenisher (Lemonade, Orange, Red Raspberry, Grape)

Nutrition: 15 calories

Expert tips: This electrolyte drink is packed full of nutrients, without any added sugar. It truly tastes great, and I would suggest mixing different flavors together (like the Red Raspberry with the Lemonade). If you’re training for a race or doing lots of cardio, try this replenisher to stay hydrated.

coco hydro original

Big Tree Farms Coco Hydro

Nutrition: XXX

Expert tips: This product is pretty remarkable. I love coconut water but find it can be expensive and inconvenient to find at times. With these packets, you can turn any bottle of water into coconut water, which has a good amount of potassium and electrolytes.

coco hydro sport

Big Tree Farms Coco Hydro Sport (Original, Lemon-Lime, Pineapple)

Nutrition: XXX

Expert tips: This version is specifically formulated for athletes to help balance pH and electrolytes. The Lemon-Lime flavor has the best taste, and I’ll definitely be using it in the future to stay hydrated and for potassium as I train for long-distance races.

clean machine

Clean Machine Clean BCAA

Nutrition: 5,000 mg of clean BCAAs, all-natural, gluten- and soy-free

Expert tips: If you’re doing a lot of cardio and don’t want to lose any muscle mass, give this product a try. I would mix it with an electrolyte drink for the best taste and effect.

Navitas Naturals Acai Powder

Navitas Naturals Acai Powder

Nutrition: 15 calories

Expert tips: Although it doesn’t contain any protein, I would recommend adding this powder to a fruit smoothie or oatmeal for additional antioxidants and amino acids. It has a light, almost blueberry flavor that can be a very pleasant additive.

navitas hemp

Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder

Nutrition: 60 calories

Expert tips: This unsweetened cacao powder is also a great choice for increasing antioxidants. I would recommend adding it to one of the chocolate protein powders on this list for additional rich chocolaty flavor that’s healthy!

Note: All samples were provided to me by the companies for an honest review.

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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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