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 protein, hemp protein, rice protein, soy 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.
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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