Best Vegan Protein Powders

Plant-based protein provides a healthy vegan alternative to animal-based protein

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Life seemed simple when we were children. By the time we enter adulthood, our free time is limited. We do not have time to do the things we used to. Time being at a premium, technology has created products such as blenders, toaster ovens, and even vegan protein powders. Most of us do not have time in the morning to cook a healthy meal that provides all the protein, vitamins and minerals, and fruits and vegetables we need. Now we have another healthy nutrition option with vegan protein powders. Rather than animal-based protein, plant-based protein provides fruits and vegetables which have tons of healthy fibers and aid in digestion. Additionally, they are good for people who suffer from specific allergens.

1Vega One All-in-one BEST OF THE BEST

Vegan Protein Powder Vega One
Vega One All-in-one

Available on Amazon

Pros
The seal of the tub includes holes to exclude passage of oxygen.
Each scoop has at least 50 percent DV of 12 vitamins and minerals.
Several flavors to choose from.
 Cons Has a very strong taste and some have claimed it to be gritty and chalky.

 

The All-in-One Protein Powder from Vega is exactly what it says it is, an all-in-one powder. It provides everything you would expect from a protein of its caliber including excellent nutrition, a 50 percent daily intake of vitamins and minerals, and a 25 percent intake of fiber.

Included Ingredients

Vega One includes 20 grams of premium protein from hemp, flax, pea, and SaviSeed. In addition, it provides you with 50 percent of the recommended vitamins and minerals you should intake on a daily basis (and 25 percent of daily fiber intake).

Effectiveness

Not only does this protein powder provide you with the nutrition your body needs to boost your energy and health, it also will crave your sugar cravings late at night.

Variety of Flavors

A strong number of flavors are available from you to choose from including chocolate, French vanilla, mixed berry, coconut almond, unsweetened, vanilla chia, and natural.

Allergens

People with major allergens against gluten, soy and dairy will be enlightened to know that this product is free from all ingredients associated with them.

The Taste

Most users agree that the flavor is pretty strong, which can either be good or bad. In addition, not uncommonly for a protein powder, the texture is a bit gritty and chalky.

Overall

Overall, this is the best protein powder that you can get your hands on. Of course, this depends on your prerogative but Vega’s All-in-Powder delivers all the essentials that you look for in this type of a product.

2Vega Sport SECOND BEST

Vegan Protein Powder Vega Sport
Vega Sport

Available on Amazon

Pros Made from real, whole food ingredients.
Can be easily shaken with water or added to smoothies.
Provides 50 percent of your daily intake recommendation for vitamins and minerals.
 Cons When mixing it, it can be very messy and tends to stains clothing.
Vega has yet another top branded protein powder and this one is their Sport version. As opposed to their All-in-One, their Sport Protein Powder provides more proteins but can also be very messy when you are mixing it.

Included Ingredients

A protein blend, which consists of 30 grams, from peas, pumpkin seeds, organic sunflower seeds, and alfalfa is included in this mix. Also, it boasts six full grams of amino acids.

Effectiveness

This is not only ideal for pre-workouts but also post-workouts and everyday intake. It aids in faster fatigue recovery and will also help build your muscles. Thus, making you feel stronger as a result.

Variety of Flavors

The choice is yours from either mocha, chocolate, berry, or vanilla, in terms of flavor options.

Allergens

As it is a plant-based protein, it is certified by Vegan Action to be made without the use of animal ingredients. As such, it is free from honey, eggs, dairy, and gluten.

The Taste

While this section will always vary from person to person, this powder seems to have a somewhat-endearing flavor. Some will think otherwise as, after all, everyone’s taste buds are not the same.

Overall

Vega has two highly impressive vegan protein powders in this and the previous entry on this list. What makes their Sport Powder stand out, though, is its increase in protein and whole food ingredients.

3Aloha Protein THIRD BEST

Vegan Protein Powder Aloha
Aloha Protein

Available on Amazon

Pros Several users rave about the great taste.
It is gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and stevia-free.
Is an excellent source of iron and magnesium.
 Cons Some have stated the texture is not the best.
One of the best aspects of this protein powder is the fact that there is no stevia and no artificial sweeteners included. In addition, it is free from major allergens including gluten, soy, and dairy.

Included Ingredients

There are 13 whole food ingredients in this blend and they include organic pea protein, organic pumpkin seed protein, and organic hemp seed protein. In addition, each serving provides four grams of sugar, three grams of fiber, 18 grams of protein, and 150 calories.

Effectiveness

Because there are no artificial sweeteners or stevia (which is very sweet in its own right), some users report a reduction of their headaches and nauseated feeling from other protein powders.

Variety of Flavors

There really is a flavor for everyone as you can select from vanilla, banana, chocolate and mixed berry.

Allergens

If you suffer from celiac disease (which means you can’t digest gluten), are lactose intolerant or are allergic to soy, you are covered with this powder as it is free from any ingredients associated with these.

The Taste

Various users have negatively commented on the texture, but several have raved about the flavor, in general. This is rather uncommon for this type of drink and even if you do not prefer the taste, you can mix it with your favorite shake.

Overall

It is very rare to find a vegan protein powder that many believe is flavorful but that seems to be the case here. Of course, the flipside is some feel the texture is not as terrific. However, this is a common problem that, at times, seems almost unavoidable.

4SAN RawFusion

Vegan Protein Powder SAN RawFusion
SAN RawFusion

Available on Amazon

 Pros
There are several different flavors to choose from.
Has a low amount of sodium content.
When mixing, does so very well.
Cons The container is misleading and only holds around half or a third of what it seems.
The flavor may be too sweet for some.
Some users will prefer whey because of the protein intake it provides. However, SAN’s RawFusion Protein Powder manages to create an amino acid profile that mimics what you would find in whey.

Included Ingredients

Indeed, due to its unique blend of pea protein isolate, artichoke protein concentrate, and sprouted brown rice protein it mimics the amino acid profile you would find in whey. Past this, the sunflower oil matrix is rich in essential fatty acids.

Effectiveness

If you are looking for a solution for your much-needed protein and nutrition, this is an ideal choice as it is extremely high in both.

Variety of Flavors

This powder has a wide range of flavors and most of them are very distinct. For example, this includes vanilla bean, banana nut, chocolate strawberry, natural chocolate, peanut chocolate fudge, and unflavored.

Allergens

Much like the other entries on this list, this is a vegan protein that is non-GMO, free of any gluten, and also free from soy. Thus, making it ideal for a wide range of people around the globe.

The Taste

Again, the taste will vary but many users agree that this is a very sweet powder. If this is your personal preference, then you will be very satisfied with the flavor.

Overall

For whatever reason, and this is a small blimp to point out, the actual container only holds around a half or a third of the powder (very misleading). Besides this, its protein intake is off the charts and its flavor will appeal to those who prefer sweetness.

5Carrington Farms

Vegan Protein Powder Carrington Farms
Carrington Farms

Available on Amazon

Pros It is high in both protein and fiber.
Includes only three main ingredients.
Is naturally rich in Medium Chain Triglycerides.
 Cons Many claim the taste is very bland.
As opposed to other protein powders that are bogged down with countless ingredients, Carrington Farms only used coconut powder, pumpkin powder, and organic pea powder. Plus, they did not add sugar which could be important for some.

Included Ingredients

The aforementioned three ingredients that are included in this blend account for 20 grams of protein and eight grams of fiber for each serving. More so, no sugar has been added.

Effectiveness

Overall, if you are looking for a great way to add protein in your diet (which is one of the main benefits of this product in the first place) then this is the way to do so.

Variety of Flavors

Carrington Farms only made one flavor, which they have labeled as “natural”. However, they mention some great smoothie recipes that this can be used in conjunction with.

Allergens

This powder has been certified by the USDA for being naturally organic and it is also free from any gluten, casein, whey, or lactose.

The Taste

To be honest, the bland and generic taste can actually be a benefit. But, within the three main ingredients, the peas tend to stick out the most. However, with the exclusion of sweeteners, this is ideal for mixing with your favorite smoothie.

Overall

About the only aspect, this organic protein is missing is the option for additional flavors. While some will have no issue with the overall bland taste, some may be looking for a tad more flavor in their protein powder.

6Vega Greens

Vegan Protein Powder Vega Greens
Vega Greens

Available on Amazon

Pros Features 20 grams of protein.
Includes an inner vented seal to prevent oxygen from seeping through.
Does not add any sugar to the blend.
 Cons Has an incredibly thick makeup and may not be tolerable for some.
Vega has produced yet another exceptional protein powder and this time, it is their Protein & Greens. As opposed to some of the others, this is a very thick shake and if you prefer smoother shakes then you will need to dilute it with plenty of water.

Included Ingredients

There is no sugar in this formula and overall, the blend of spinach powder, organic kale powder, and broccoli account for 20 grams of protein. For one serving, expect around 110 to 120 calories.

Effectiveness

As there are only 15 amino acids, with 20 being required by the body for protein synthesis, this is technically not a “complete” protein source. Notwithstanding this, it is still an ideal way to add protein to your diet.

Variety of Flavors

With flavors that include vanilla, tropical, natural, coconut almond, chocolate, and berry, there should be enough variety to appeal to everyone.

Allergens

This verified blend of ingredients does not include anything that would affect people suffering from celiac disease. In addition, it is non-GMO verified.

The Taste

Users have typically back and forth over the flavor of this powder. However, more noteworthy is how thick it is. It can be diluted with water to make it smoother but remember, this will also diminish the overall flavor.

Overall

For all intents and purposes, this is truly a tremendous option for those seeking vegan protein powders. However, the true roadblock may be the pure thickness present. If you can handle this, or a powder that is pretty much only water if you want it to be smoother, this is the ticket.

7Veggie Elite

Vegan Protein Powder Veggie Elite
Veggie Elite

Available on Amazon

 Pros
Includes essential amino acids to aid in muscle growth.
You can choose from either vanilla or chocolate.
Is free from major allergens.
Cons Has a chalky texture.
The addition of stevia makes it very sweet (maybe too sweet for some).


While the Veggie Elite Protein Powder has a high amount of sodium and does include stevia (which has a potent flavor and may not be for everyone), it remains a suitable choice for most due to its health advantages and the addition of all essential amino acids.

Included Ingredients

Overall, the Veggie Elite Performance Protein has a great combination of protein and essential amino acids. However, it has a high content of sodium which could prove problematic for some people.

Effectiveness

The addition of essential amino acids comes into play when you are digesting the protein and also when your muscles are recovering from a hard day at the office or at the gym.

Variety of Flavors

Even though there are only two flavors available, which may not seem like a lot, it is nice that you are provided the option for either vanilla or chocolate.

Allergens

As have the protein powders that have preceded this on the list, this is naturally free from any ingredients pertaining to gluten, milk, soy, or animal. Plus, it is cholesterol-free for those who have issues with that.

The Taste

There is no masking the undeniable flavor of stevia, which is a very sweet flavor that almost resembles the flavor of Sweet ‘N Low. For those who are trying to avoid sweet protein powders, this may not be for you.

Overall

Is this a product that is going to be for everyone? Probably not, but that is sometimes the beauty of vegan protein powders; when you find one that is right for you there is no looking back.

8PlantFusion

Vegan Protein Powder PlantFusion
PlantFusion

Available on Amazon

 Pros
Very easy to digest.
Is free of all major allergens.
Free of any artificial flavors or sweeteners.
Cons Some feel the taste is too sweet.
Very high in sodium content.
Speaking of protein powders that will not be for everyone, here is the blend from PlantFusion. Why so? Given the high amount of sodium, 390 milligrams, this is not ideal for people who need to cut back on this element.

Included Ingredients

Despite the fact that it is high in sodium content, there are 21 grams of plant-based protein that are provided by this formula. In addition, each serving is around 120 calories.

Effectiveness

If you are stressed out on a daily basis or never seem to have an appetite, put this in your system and be amazed by the difference that follows. Even more so, it will improve your energy throughout the day.

Variety of Flavors

PlantFusion provides their consumers with an excellent range of flavor options which includes naturally unflavored, vanilla bean, chocolate raspberry, cookies n’ crème, and chocolate.

Allergens

As you have come to expect from plant-based protein powders, this is free of all major allergens that people suffer through. Including intolerance to rice, gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, nuts and fish.

The Taste

Most agree that the taste is fairly bland and as such, mixes with other smoothies pretty well (not an overbearing flavor). Of course, there are others who complain it is too sweet.

Overall

Perhaps the biggest obstacle present here is sodium. Granted your body can withstand it and your doctor has not ordered you to cut back, this is an ideal protein powder to help boost your energy and enhance your appetite.

9NOW Sports Plant Protein Complex

Vegan Protein Powder NOW Sports Plant Protein Complex
NOW Sports Plant Protein Complex

Available on Amazon

 Pros
Very easy on the stomach and digests well.
If mixed with a shake, it does not interfere with the flavor too much.
Leaves you feeling refreshed and nourished.
Cons Includes sweeteners which could prove problematic for some.
Only has one flavor.
Clearly, this next protein powder secured a spot on this list because it offers many of the same benefits as the previous powders. Now, because there is one flavor, if you do not prefer it then you may not be interested in this particular protein powder.

Included Ingredients

For each scoop of this blend, you can expect 22 grams of protein, around 3,900 milligrams of branched-chain amino acids and also about 1,800 milligrams of L-Arginine.

Effectiveness

After intaking this protein powder, while not immediately, you will begin to feel refreshed and nourished. Also, it assists in muscle strength.

Variety of Flavors

Consider this a lack of variety. Unfortunately, the one flavor that is displayed is creamy vanilla. However, Amazon also has another version that tastes like chocolate mocha.

Allergens

Not only is this non-GMO, it is also free from soy or dairy. Thus, making it ideal if you can’t intake either of those two substances.

The Taste

The grit that this powder has is certainly not as potent as various other brands. But, it is naturally sweetened with Stevia and Xylitol and you are able to tell with the flavor.

Overall

At this point, you know what makes a great vegan protein powder great and this hits all the nails. Again, though, preference comes into play with the inclusion of sweeteners.

10Garden of Life Raw Organic

Vegan Protein Powder Garden of Life Raw Organic
Garden of Life Raw Organic

Available on Amazon

 Pros
Does not include pesticides or fungicides.
Features 1.5 billion probiotics and enzymes as an aid in digestion.
Boosts your energy and health.
Cons Various users have claimed the taste is extremely poor.
If it gets warm, the flavor is almost unbearable.
Includes essential ingredients that make protein powders healthy, check. Will help boost your energy, check. Can be taken by people with common allergies, check. Is flavorful, well there is that. About the only aspect that prevents this from climbing up is the taste.

Included Ingredients

There are over 40 superfoods included which consists of organic grass juices and various fruits and vegetables. Likewise, this is packed with 21 vitamins and minerals and delivers 20 grams of protein and six grams of fiber.

Effectiveness

After you have concluded a long workout, this meal replacement is as ideal as they come. Simply drink this and it will assist in boosting your energy back up and even build lean muscle.

Variety of Flavors

Garden of Life provides four different and distinct flavors to choose from. They include vanilla chai, vanilla, lightly sweet and chocolate.

Allergens

Being organic and a plant-based protein, it is free from gluten, dairy, and soy. Also, it is Informed Choice Certified and non-GMO.

The Taste

Protein powders can’t be expected to taste like smoothies and milkshakes that you receive from an ice cream shop. But, they still must be tolerable. Users agree that this specific protein drink is pretty horrendous in terms of taste.

Overall

Yes, many agree that the taste is awful. But, everything else is fantastic and this really works like a charm. To help with the flavor, try and mix it with your favorite smoothies to decrease the potency.

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