My first criteria for selecting protein powder is nutrition. I need quality protein that isn't sourced from whey or soy. I've found that my body doesn't digest those well and I tend to feel bloated or sluggish afterwards. I also look to see how it's sweetened. I don't intake any artificial sweeteners and haven't since before I was pregnant with Avelyn. I try to stick to as wholesome and natural ingredients as possible. That being said, here are the top three Plant-Based Protein Powders I use in my shakes and smoothies.
Vega Protein & Greens
Stats: 110 cals/scoop 20 g protein
Pros: Includes two servings of greens in each scoop. Has great quality protein and is reasonably priced at $30 (Costco)
Cons: Out of the three protein powders I am reviewing today, this one has the worst texture. I can't seem to make the grit go away so I try to beat it by adding Orange Juice and Ice.
Ingredients: Vega Protein Blend (pea protein, SaviSeed [sacha inchi] protein, hemp seed protein, sprouted whole grain brown rice protein), natural French vanilla flavors, Vega Green Blend (organic alfalfa grass powder, spinach powder, broccoli powder, organic kale powder), papaya concentrate powder (contains naturally occurring enzymes), stevia leaf extract, xanthan gum.
Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder
Stats: 150 Cals/Serving 21g Protein
Pros: Great flavor, all organic ingredients, great price at $30 (sometimes is on sale for $24)
Cons: Again, the texture is not great. Instead of gritty this one is slimy? You have to add a ton of almond milk and ice to get rid of it.
Ingredients: Orgain Organic Protein Blend (Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Sprouted Chia Seed, Organic Hemp Protein, Organic Pea Protein), Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Organic Erythritol, Organic Rice Dextrins, Organic Cocoa, Organic Acacia Gum, Organic Inulin, Organic Natural Flavors, Organic Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Organic Rice Bran Extract, Sea Salt, Organic Stevia, Monkfruit, Rosemary Extract
Vega Sport Performance Protein
Stats: 160 Cals/Serving 30g Protein
Cons: Price- My local HEB sells it for $59 normally but I bought it during their quarterly Healthy Living Section Sale (20%) and it was already on sale. I think I paid around $42 total. I saw it on Amazon in the $40 range and I may buy it from there in the future.
Ingredients: Pea protein, Cocoa powder, Pumpkin seed protein, Organic sunflower seed protein, Alfalfa protein, Tart cherry, Probiotics (Bacillus coagulans [provides 1 billion cfu/serving]), Bromelain, Turmeric extract, Black Pepper extract. Contains less than 2% of: Beetroot powder (for color), Sea salt, Natural chocolate flavor, Natural vanilla flavor, Natural caramel flavor, Stevia extract, Xanthan gum.
There is a lot more to finding the right protein powder for you and I encourage you to read up on all of these before you try one. Is there an excellent plant-based protein not listed here? Tell me about it!!