Hey Guys! I’m finally writing about the best vegan protein powder. This topic took a lot of research. There are many reasons one could consider a protein powder to be the best, we are specifically looking at vegan protein powders. I’ll let you know how I narrowed them down.
First, I want to address the longstanding myth that Vegans have a hard time getting enough protein in their diet. This is simply untrue. Any diet can be lacking in crucial vitamins and minerals if it is not well balanced. As long as vegans eat a healthy, well balanced and varied diet they will get all the nutrition they need.
When looking for a vegan protein powder you should always be careful and read the ingredients. Many protein powders labeled as vegan contain whey, which comes from milk, and probiotics or enzymes, which may come from animal sources.
So, what are probiotics? Probiotics are healthy bacteria that live mostly in your GI tract, nasal cavities, esophagus, mouth and vagina. Probiotics can be found in many vegan foods such as miso, tempeh, sauerkraut, any pickled vegetable including Kimchi, onions, soy sauce and Kombucha, which is fermented from tea or other beverages. There are things in our food and life that destroy probiotics such as high-fructose corn syrup, chlorinated water, antibiotics, alcohol, GMOs, artificial colors and flavors, stress and lack of sleep. Probiotics occur in CFUs, colony forming units, and are not generally found in large amounts in food. You do not always need additional probiotics, but if they drop to a low enough level to make you sick, food usually can not replenish them to required levels.
Prebiotics are another things that may be in protein powder and that your body needs. However you do not hear people talking about them nearly as much. Prebiotics stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in your digestive system to prepare it for probiotics. They are non-digestible fibers that we get from foods such as legumes, various fruits and raw honey.
There are many types of vegan protein powders such as soy, hemp, flax seed, pea, amaranth, quinoa, chia, buckwheat, potato, chlorella, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, goji berry, alfalfa, rice, wheat grass, spirulina, spinach, broccoli, kale, oat maca root, artichoke and cranberry seed. You can purchase vegan protein powder from a private site, Amazon.com, or thrivemarket.com .
How did I decide which vegan protein powders were the best? I wish I could say I tried them all, but that is not the truth. I searched the Internet and found the brands that were repeatedly named the best. Then I started looking at the type of protein, number of ingredients, how much protein per serving, extras like probiotics, etc., and quality by which I mean if the brand is non GMO, organic, using recycled and recyclable package, etc. Protein powders are listed in no particular order. If you want to read more about a product or order something, click the link beside it and you will be at a page with all the resources you need!
Sunwarrior – Classic Plus Vanilla – 2.2 pounds is 40 servings It is $44.99 at www.sunwarrior.com and free shipping and 10% off your first order. $83.06 at Amazon and ships for free with Prime. $39.99 from Thrive Market, get a 15% discount now using the code TMSUMMER15, plus free shipping on orders above $49. Sunwarrior Classic Plus Vanilla– This protein powder is raw, vegan, organic, free of: soy, gluten, dairy, chemicals, fillers, artificial ingredients, and added sugar. It comes in a recyclable bottle, is made in the USA, and the food used in the product come from sustainable farms. There are 22 grams of blended protein consisting of: pea, brown rice, quinoa, chia, and amaranth in each serving. It also contains complete amino acids. There are four other ingredients, one is stevia. It is good for pre and post workout. It also comes with a free guide to 50 smoothies.
Sunwarrior – Warrior Blend Plant-Based Protein Vanilla You can purchase 2.2 lbs which is 40 servings for $72.97 on Amazon, for $44.99 at sunwarrior.com, but you will get free shipping and 10% off your first order. It is priced at $36.95 at Thrive Market , but you can save 15% there with the code TMSUMMER15. This protein powder is organic, vegan, non-GMO, free of: soy, gluten, dairy, synthetic or artificial ingredients, and added sugar. It comes in BPA free, recyclable packaging, is made in the USA and the foods used in the product come from sustainable farms. There are 18 grams of blended protein from: pea, hemp and goji berry in each serving. The powder also contains complete amino acids. There are five other ingredients, one is stevia. It is good for any time of day for added protein or in a protein shake. The mix comes with a free guide to 50 smoothies.
Vega – Protein and Greens Vanilla – 25 Servings is $29.99 at Amazon and $29.95 at Thrive Market. The powder is vegan, non-GMO, and free of gluten and added sugars. The bottle is made from 100% post consumer recycled plastic. There are 20 grams of blended protein from: pea, Vega Saviseed* (sacha inchi), hemp, and brown rice in each serving. Tis mix contains an added greens mixture and amino acids as well. There are four other ingredients, one is stevia. This shake is good for added protein or breakfast on the go. *Saviseed is trademarked by Vega
Vega – All In One Shake French Vanilla – You can purchase 22 Servings for $59.88 at Amazon and $52.45 at Thrive Market. This protein mix is vegan, non-GMO, contains no: gluten, dairy or soy. The bottle is made of 100% post consumer plastic. There are 20 grams of blended protein from: pea, hemp and saviseed in each serving. This powder contains amino acids from flax seed. This protein powder is high in fiber, contains antioxidants, probiotics, omega 3’s, 50% of your daily recommended vitamins and minerals, and has a low glycemic index. It contains five other ingredients, one is stevia. This shake is good for meal replacement.
Vega – Sport Performance Protein Vanilla– You can purchase 20 Servings for $39.97 at Amazon and $41.25 at Thrive Market. It is vegan, non-GMO, contains no: gluten, added sugars, dairy, soy, or artificial colors or sweeteners. The bottle is made from 100% post consumer recycled plastic. There are 30 grams of blended protein from: pea, alfalfa and pumpkin and sunflower seeds in each serving. The shake mix also contains amino acids and probiotics. It has turmeric and tart cherry as well, which are good for inflamation. There are six other ingredients in the mix, one is stevia. This shake is best used 45-90 minutes post workout.
Naturade Vegansmart All in One Nutritional Shake Mix Chocolate – You can purchase 15 servings for $30.00 at Amazon, which is actually cheaper than naturade.com. This powder is vegan, non-GMO, and has no: gluten, soy, dairy, MSG, egg, artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors or preservatives. The bottle is recyclable and the product is made in the USA. There are 20 grams of blended protein from: pea, hemp, chia, potato and chlorella. This mix also contains omega 3’s, fiber, minerals, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes. It contains 5 other ingredients, stevia is one but it also contains organic cane sugar and organic rice syrup solids. This protein powder is best used as an additive to your favorite smoothie.
Garden Of Life Raw Organic Meal Vanilla – You can purchase 28 servings for $40.94 at Amazon. This powder is organic, raw, vegan, high in fiber, non-GMO, and has no: gluten, dairy, soy, tree nuts, fillers or artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, or preservatives. The product is produced using 100% renewable energy in the USA and the bottle is recyclable. Garden of Life is a B certified Corporation, according to https://www.bcorporation.net “B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.” In other words they are awesome and love the Earth and people (very shortened version) 😉 There are 20 grams of blended protein from: peas, sprouted brown rice, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, chia, adzuki bean, flax seed, garbanzo bean and lentil in each serving. The powder also contains a fruit and vegetable blend, an enzyme blend and a sweetening blend, which in chocolate, vanilla and vanilla chai, contain stevia leaf extract. There are no extra ingredients.
SAN Nutrition- Raw Fusion Vanilla – You can purchase 61 servings on Amazon for $73.67, just follow this link and then select four pounds. Otherwise, for some reason four pounds will cost you much more! This powder is non-GMO, vegan, animal free, has a low glycemic index, is free of dairy, soy, gluten, and artificial colors and sweeteners. It contains 21 grams of bio-fermented, plant fusion protein from: pea, brown rice, and artichoke in each serving. It is easy to digest and contains amino acids. This protein powder is 80% protein and can be added to your favorite beverage, oatmeal or fruit juice. It can also be used in baking. The mix “aids in muscle tissue repair and maintenance” and is usually used between workouts, but can also be used to help control appetite in order to maintain a healthy weight.
Sprout Living – Simple Protein Pumpkin Seed Natural Powder – You can purchase directly from https://www.sproutliving.com for $29.95 a bag, 16 servings, with free shipping and a discount for each additional bag you purchase. Amazon also carries this powder for $23.96 for 16 servings. This protein powder is organic, raw, non-GMO, vegan, kosher, and free of: gluten, soy, nuts, additives, natural flavoring or other ingredients. There are 19 grams of pumpkin seed protein in each scoop. The powder contains minerals and B vitamins as well as omegas 3,6 and 9. This protein powder is made of nothing but cold-pressed pumpkin seed powder. I highly suggest you go to the website.
Orgain – Organic Protein Powder Creamy Chocolate Fudge – You can purchase 20 servings on Amazon for $22.72, if you have Prime. This protein powder is kosher, vegan, non-GMO, free of: gluten, soy, and artificial colors, sweeteners, and preservatives. It contains 21 grams of blended protein from: pea, brown rice, chia, and hemp in each serving. It also contains a “creamer base” and eight other ingredients, including stevia.
Orgain – Organic Meal All-In-One Nutrition Vanilla Bean – You can purchase 2.01 pounds for $108.71 on Amazon. This Powder is organic, vegan, non-GMO, and gluten and soy free. It contains 20 grams of mixed protein from: brown rice, pea and chia in each serving. It also contains a creamer blend, a sprouts blend, a greens blends, a food based blend, a veggie blend and a fruit blend. There are five other ingredients including stevia.
Nourishandbloom.com for women – There are many products on their site to promote women’s wellness. This review is just about the Whole Foods Shake Vanilla Spice. You can purchase it at their website at nourishandbloom.com for $46.00 and receive 10% off if you select auto-replenish. You can also purchase this shake mix on Amazon for $32.00 for 20 servings. At the Nourish and Bloom site you can get the Nourish + Bloom better living app – which provides information about nutrition and meditation, as well as access to personal trainers, life coaches and yogis. This shake mix is vegan, non-GMO, and free of: gluten, soy and sugar. It contains 25 grams of blended protein from: pea, rice, pumpkin seed, sprouted legume, and green whole leaf in every scoop. It also contains a fiber blend, a fruit and vegetable blend and a digestive enzyme blend. It has a natural sweetener blend that contains stevia. There are two other ingredients. This shake is designed to be used pre and post workout.
Nutribiotic Vegan Organic Vanilla Rice Protein Powder – You can purchase this powder for $25.99 for 40 servings at www.nutribiotic.com or from Amazon for $26.99 for 40 servings. This protein powder is non-GMO, organic, kosher, raw, and contains no: soy, milk, eggs, wheat, corn, nuts, yeast, preservatives, gluten, pesticides, or herbicides. It contains 12 grams of whole grain sprouted brown rice protein in each serving and the carbohydrates in this formula are complex so you do not have to worry about them converting to sugar. The container is PCB free. The powder also contains naturally occurring amino acids and is easy to digest with a protein absorption rate of 80%. The only other ingredient in the vanilla flavor is vanilla. This protein powder can be mixed with your favorite milk substitute, water or in a protein shake or smoothie with other ingredients.
Lean Hemp – Chocolate Hemp Protein Powder with Maca – You can purchase 10 servings of Lean Hemp powder from leanhemp.com for $25 for the Pure Hemp flavor and $35 for the Chocolate Hemp and Maca or Peanut Butter Hemp and Maca Flavors. Shipping is always $5. Amazon sells the Chocolate Hemp and Maca in bulk, 10 servings, for $26 shipped. You can also buy a sampler pack of one serving of each for $12 plus shipping from Amazon. Lean Hemp is organic, vegan, non-GMO, free of whey, gluten, fillers and anything unnatural. There are 20 grams of protein in each serving that are slow digesting for sustained energy. One serving also contains 50% of your daily recommended protein, 60% of your daily recommended iron and 40% of both your daily recommended fiber and zinc. This protein powder is also naturally high in essential omega fatty acids. There are four ingredients total in the chocolate hemp with maca: hemp seed powder, cocoa powder, maca root powder and coconut sugar. *This product is not marijuana and does not contain amounts of THC measurable above parts per billion. Using this products will not cause you to fail a drug test nor give you a feeling associated with drug use.*
Amazing Grass – Amazing Meal – You can purchase this product at Thrive Market for $27.99 for 15 servings. It is organic, kosher, vegan, and gluten and dairy free. There are 11g of blended protein consisting of: rice, hemp, quinoa, and pumpkin in each serving. This powder is also high in fiber, contains antioxidants, digestive enzymes, active probiotic cultures, and a greens blend. The ingredients in this product come from sustainable farms. This product is made in the USA and the container is recycled, recyclable, and BPA free. It can be mixed with your favorite milk substitute to add protein to your diet or mixed with other ingredients to make a smoothie or protein shake.
My goal was to give you a wide variety of vegan protein shake options and I believe I succeeded. If you are wondering why some of the reviews say vegan and dairy free or other things that should be obvious if the product is vegan; I am relaying to you the information on the bottle or in the information written about the product by the manufacturer. Also, the reason I mentioned stevia if it was in a product, is not because I have a problem with stevia, but some people do not like the way it tastes or are not sure it is safe. Therefore, I felt I should mention stevia if it was in a product. Some brands have several great products that I did not mention, however listing all of them would have taken even longer and this page is already incredibly long.
Please leave comments, suggestions, opinions. Let me know if you have a favorite vegan protein mix that I missed. Learning new things is what this site is all about! Until next time, be kind to one another.
Keli – The Alabama Vegan
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