7 vegan protein powders that actually taste good
Protein is one of the building blocks of our bodies but getting enough can seem daunting when meat, milk, and eggs are off the table.
Fortunately, there are plenty of plant-based protein sources out there made from pea, hemp, soya and even pumpkin. And, as more of us become environmentally conscious, aware of the benefits of eating more plants and learn how to use protein, opting for a plant-based, vegan protein powder seems much more appealing than a whey one.
QUESTION IS, WHICH VEGAN PROTEIN IS BEST?
Even if you work in wellbeing, the myriad formulas, benefits, and sans serif brand names are enough to send you into a state of total bafflement.
In short, as with a lot of these things, it’s important to look for mystery ingredients, like sweeteners and thickeners. Georgia Head, a nutritionist at Fresh Fitness Food says: ‘As is often the way, the fewer ingredients the better! Usually, the better quality supplements are more expensive as when it comes to supplements you get what you pay for.’
For example, be conscious if you choose vegan that you buy a blend with a complete source of protein. ‘Complete protein sources contain all the essential amino acids needed by the body, whereas incomplete protein sources tend to low or lacking in one or more of the amino acids,’ explains Head. ‘While animal-based protein sources are all complete, many plant-based sources are not. There are a small number of plant-based sources of complete protein, including quinoa and soy.’
With that settled, finding a vegan protein powder that you actually like the taste of, can be a challenge itself. Fortunatly for you, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it and rounded up five of our favourites. Made with all natural flavours and plant-based ingredients, you can’t go wrong with one of these.
Upside: Made in the UK and founded by former GB swimmers, Charlie Turner and Lee Forster, Neat is a back to basics nutrition brand. The products are formulated to support every kind of lifestyle including those who follow a vegan diet. With a base of hemp and pea proteins each powder is flavoured using all natural flavours and are all Gluten, Soya, Lactose, GMO, and Hormone free. With 4 deliciously smooth and creamy flavours to choose from you can't go wrong with a Neat shake after a tough workout.
Downside: At £34 for 1kg Neat isn't cheap, but worth it for a great taste.
Upside: Made with organic pea protein, brown rice, hemp, and algae proteins, Form powders contain no thickeners and no sweeteners. The Vanilla, Salted Caramel, and Chocolate Peanut flavours make your post-workout shake feel like a naughty treat. Best shaken with water the powder is easy to have straight after a workout but can also be used in cooking and baking.
Downside: At £24 for 520g Form is certainly more of a luxury vegan protein. However, you get what you pay for - there's no chalky taste here.
Upside: Created out of the need for a natural, simple, and effective protein product KIN uses 100% natural ingredients. Blending high quality hemp and pea protein with natural flavours the powders are formulated to support a healthy lifestyle whilst also tasting great. Of the 4 flavours including Dark Choc, Vanilla, Coconut and Blueberry, we have to nominate coconut as our favourite.
Downside: None to note. In fact, at £34.99 for 1kg, KIN is one of the most affordable vegan proteins out there. And, with the option to buy two 1kg refills for £55, you can save around £15 a go!
Upside: Dedicated to delivering highly nutritious foods, Pulsin uses only the best quality ingredients that nature can provide in its products. The majority of their vegan proteins, including the hemp, soya, and pea powders are unflavoured so that you can add them to your smoothies, porridge bowls, juices and favourite recipes undetected. The one flavoured powder they do have is a dreamy chocolate that when mixed with almond mylk makes for a deliciously creamy treat.
Downside: These vegan proteins certainly don't come cheap. At £13.49 for 250g you might instead want to invest in a 5kg tub for £126.49
Upside: With two flavours to choose from, chocolate and vanilla, Vega's plant based proteins are a perfect supplement for anyone leading an active life. Made from pea, hemp, alfalfa and pumpkin the powders can be shaken, blended, or baked into your favourite recipes without leaving you with a funny aftertaste.
Downside: At £26.99 for 552g Vega's proteins lie a bit on the expensive side.
Upside: Composed for immune-system support, wellbeing and detoxing, this pea and brown rice protein will help you with lean muscle gain and fat loss. Available in chocolate or vanilla flavour you can’t go wrong adding this vegan protein into your diet.
Downside: With a price tag of £29.95 for 600g this powder lies at the more affordable end of the vegan protein spectrum. No complaints here.
Upside: The new Mbody Super Reds Protein Powder, by Boots Pharmacy is an all natural soya protein powder. Packed with natural goodness and bursting with berry flavour this tasty vegan product will help you top up your protein intake as part of a healthy lifestyle. Simply mix with your favourite nut mylk for a creamy drink or just with water when your on the go.
Downside: Unlike most vegan proteins, at just £16 for 400g this Super Reds protein powder is a no brainer purchase.