Protein plays a key role in the fitness world. Protein is the building block for body tissue and also serves as a fuel source for muscles. It facilitates muscle growth and it’s the quintessential tool for budding bodybuilders. Even if you aren’t interested in bodybuilding, I still recommend taking protein powder as a supplement to anybody living a healthy and active lifestyle.
Good protein can make the difference of no growth to a few extra inches on your body. It’s a quick and easy method for optimal nutrition. If anybody would like to know more about gaining muscle on a vegan diet, check out Torre Washington’s story as a vegan bodybuilder.
However, the biggest questions with choosing the best protein powder are:
- Which ones are the best among the majority?
- Which ones are vegan?
The commonly suggested protein tend to be made from whey or casein. The list I’m sharing with you below are the best vegan protein powders I’ve been able to find. An interesting aspect about these vegan protein powders is how beneficial they are to your stomach and intestinal health. Most of these come with some sort digestive aid.
These vegan protein powders can be mixed into smoothies as well, which is another reason for you to try one of our vegan protein smoothies we’ve shared!
MRM Veggie Protein
MRM Veggie Protein and MRM Veggie Elite Protein are both certified vegan and non-GMO by the non-GMO project. These two proteins come rich in omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, all of which aid in heart health among other benefits. The Veggie Proteins are not only pure protein; they come mixed with digestive enzymes as well as 4 grams of fiber, and even antioxidants. They are also a low glycemic load food with no artificial flavors or sweeteners of any kind.
The original formula has 22 grams of protein per scoop and 150 calories per scoop. The elite formula is a bit different. In addition to being non-GMO, it’s also gluten free, cholesterol free, and allergen free coming in devoid of soy. A scoop of the elite formula has 24 grams of protein and is 130 calories.
Vega One Nutritional Shake
Truth be told, this “protein” shake from Vega One is more of a nutritional shake with a good amount of protein in it. But even then, the All-in-One Nutritional Shake has a lot of protein in it with 20 grams per scoop. In addition to the protein, the shake also has 25 percent of fiber and has probiotics at one billion CFU. The Nutritional Shake has a large assortment of vitamins and minerals mixed into it such as vitamins D, E and K, and almost as much calcium as a glass of milk. It also comes with omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
The Sunwarrior protein powder is the cheapest among this list, but also contains the least amount of protein per scoop.
There are three main blends of Sunwarrior protein: the Warrior Blend, the Classic Blend, and Classic Plus. For this list, I’ll only focus on the Classic Blend. It’s a good product for a good price. The Classic Blend is similar to the Warrior Blend in that it is also dairy and soy free. It’s also gluten free and it’s free of ground coconut. The Classic Blend is not manufactured in facilities that also process tree nuts, so it’s safer for those with tree nut allergies. However, the Classic Blend has a lower protein content with only 15 and 80 calories per scoop. Its protein comes from a organic brown rice source.
Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein
The Garden of Life protein is a very smooth protein shake with no aftertaste which tend to plague a lot of protein powders. It’s non-GMO, kosher (which is pretty unique for a protein powder) and it has four grams of branch-chained amino acids (BCAA). BCAAs are an alternative fuel source for muscles working towards further muscle growth. The other fuel source are carbohydrates. It also comes with probiotic mix coming three billion CFU which help in digestion. Per scoop, the Raw Protein has 22 grams of protein and 110 calories.
I hope you all enjoyed reading this list of the best vegan proteins as I enjoyed researching and learning about the technical aspects of them all. I encourage you all to research and try out these products. Please comment below and tell me your experiences with the vegan protein powders you use!