Choosing the best protein powders can be a bit of a minefield sometimes. There are literally so many to choose from and with varying prices and ingredients.
We provide you with some of our favourite protein powders with some whole foods options too!
Protein powder is a very popular nutritional option for supplementation. Protein is an essential macronutrient that our body needs to repair and build muscle, make hormones and enzymes.
Protein powders are made from a variety of sources, however not all protein powders are vegan as they are typically heavily mixed with milk powder – usually in the form of casein or milk protein. Some even may contain eggs.
There are plenty of vegan sources of protein however – and in the form of vegan protein powders additionally thankfully! Vegan protein powders can consist of soya beans, pea protein, hemp, rice or oats.
Protein powders are usually fortified with other vitamins and minerals. With this they are often mixed with various sugars and thickeners too so sometimes the ingredients lists are long and difficult to decipher!
Your body absolutely needs protein to survive, however most foods contain various amounts of the essential amino acids. Many people choose to supplement with protein powders after working out or to gain more calories.
Hemp Protein Powder
Hemp protein powder in its purest form is a great source of vegan protein. Hemp is one of the few plant sources that are a complete protein, that means it contains all of the essential amino acids.
This Manitoba Harvest Hemp Yeah! is a great option. They do a pure hemp protein option, alongside chocolate and vanilla which are naturally sweetened with coconut sugar. The ingredients are super straight forward!
- Non-GMO verified
- B-Corp certified
Pea Protein Powder
Pea protein is another great, affordable vegan protein powder option. Although it definitely tastes better blended in a sweet banana smoothie like this Banana Cacao Smoothie.
This Naked Pea Protein Powder is a great, all natural vegan protein powder made from yellow split peas. It is only one ingredient with zero additives and no artificial sweeteners, flavours or colours.
It gives a whopping 27g of protein per serving too!
This Vega Protein & Cold Brew Coffee is Pea Protein based, helps you stay sustained and alert with 100mg of caffeine from organic coffee fruit, about the same as a cup of coffee, plus 3 grams of MCT Oil from coconut to promote energy
This NOW Sports Nutrition Pea Protein is another popular option for pure pea protein powder.
Soya Protein Powder
It can be difficult to find a pure soya protein powder, as it is often mixed with other stuff.
This NOW Sports Nutrition Soy Protein Isolate is pure soya isolate powder and great for mixing with shakes and smoothies. It has an excellent amino acid profiles and is unsweetened/unflavoured.
Combined Plant Proteins
This combined PlantFusion Complete Plant Based Protein Powder contains pea, quinoa, amaranth, artichokes and whole algae protein. A real blend of goodness!
This superfood powder helps build and repair muscles with 21g of protein per serving. It is fortified with digestive enzymes, dairy free, soy free, gluten free, and free of many other major allergens.
Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder is another great blend of plant based proteins. It includes 21 grams of organic plant based protein (pea, brown rice, chia seeds)
Ideal for healthy, on the go nutrition and post workouts. These are great for meal replacement, smoothie boosters, building grams lean muscle, muscle recovery, and pre or post workouts.
This Aloha Organic Protein Powder is a plant based blend of key vegan protein sources. It is a great tasting, healthy protein powder. Great in a shake or smoothie, snack, meal replacement and baking ingredient for healthy snacks. Although it contains sugar it is coconut sugar so a healthier alternative.
It is a blend of Pea Protein, Brown Rice Protein, Pumpkin Seed Protein & Hemp Seed Protein.
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