If you’re an athlete, a bodybuilder, or just somebody who’s interested in vegan #gains, then it’s possible you’ve dabbled in the wondrous world of protein powders and supplements before. But have you ever heard of pea protein?
Not only is it gluten- and dairy-free, but it’s also majorly beneficial for both your heart and kidney health. Getting your hands on pea protein is also becoming increasingly easier, considering the pea protein market is slated to be worth $34.8 million by 2020. Not bad for a tiny round seed!
While it may sound suspicious at first — could those little pods really be as nutrient dense as the hype makes them out to be? Pea protein is actually considered to be a complete source of protein, which means it contains all the essential amino acids that our bodies do not naturally produce. One scoop of pea protein packs in 24 grams of protein, and it is particularly rich in arginine, an amino acid that is especially crucial in times of stress or illness.
Sometimes it’s intimidating to research and find products on your own — so luckily, One Green Planet has your back. Not only do we have plenty of recipes on our Food Monster App to help you incorporate more protein into your daily routine, but we’ve also hunted down some products that are vegan and feature pea protein. Check them out below!
Nature’s Sunshine Love and Peas Supplement
Not only is this Nature’s Sunshine Love and Peas Supplement certified vegan (woohoo!), it’s also free from common allergens, and is dairy-free, lactose-free, and gluten-free. Just mix two level scoops of the powder into 12-16 ounces of water, and you’ll gain 20 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat for only 180 calories in a single drink. Reviewer A. Milton appreciates that the drink doesn’t cause their IBS symptoms to flare-up, so this could be a good choice for people with sensitive stomachs. You can try out a 23.8-ounce bag of the powder for $24.75.
NOW Sports Pea Protein Powder
Serious athletes, take note: NOW Sports Pea Protein Powder is a natural source of pea-protein, in that it doesn’t contain any aspartame, sucralose, or acesulfame-k. This non-gmo isolate contains 28 grams of yellow pea protein. Reviewers appreciate how easily digestible it is. As K.C. Abate notes, “It doesn’t bloat me and it makes thick, pudding – like creations when mixed by hand.” You can purchase a 2-pound tub of the powder for $17.27.
Chocolate Naturade Pea Protein Diet Supplement
The Chocolate Naturade Pea Protein Diet Supplement is all natural and vegan, and contains no artificial flavors, no artificial sweeteners and no artificial colors. Derived from yellow peas, the supplement is also hypoallergenic and provides 20 grams of protein per every 140 calorie serving. While the product is billed as soy free, you may want to steer clear if you are sensitive to guar gum. Reviewer Kasey Hilgers points out that guar gum does have traces of soy protein, and had an allergic reaction after using this supplement. You can buy a 20.64-ounce jug for $17.12
BHU Foods Fit Vegan Protein Bar in Superfood Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
The BHU Foods Fit Vegan Protein Bar in Superfood Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor is a gluten-free snack that provides 13 grams of pea protein per bar. Bhu (pronounced “BOO”) is a Sanskrit word that translates to “of the earth.” Kate, ME appreciates that they meet so many requirements on their checklist: “I’m all about finding great bars that are good for my body and the planet. Since I’ve been off refined sugar for nearly 20 years, I don’t need that sickly sweet flavor, and these meet that need.” You can pick up a 12-pack for $32.39.
Sunfood Rice & Pea Protein 50/50 Blend
The Sunfood Rice & Pea Protein 50/50 Blend is—you guessed it—a 50/50 blend of brown rice and pea protein, and provides a complete amino acid profile high in both leucine and lysine. Of each 23 grams of protein you get per serving, 12-grams of those are essential amino acids, and 5 grams are branched-chain amino acids. The bars are raw, organic, Non-GMO, and is packaged in a gluten-free facility. While it is Kosher, gluten-free, and vegan, it does contain legumes, so steer clear if you have an allergy. You can pick up 8-ounces for $11.99.
No Cow Vegan Protein Bar
These No Cow Vegan Protein Bars are made out of a Protein Blend (Brown Rice Protein, Pea Protein), Isomalto-Oligosacchrides (Pre-Biotic Fiber)Glycerine,Roasted Cocao Nibs, Peanut Butter (Peanuts, Salt, Palm Oil), Peanut Oil, Peanuts, Cocao Butter, Peanut Flour,Sea Salt, Erythritol, Almonds, Monk Fruit Extract, and Stevia. The bars are Dairy free, lactose free, gluten free, soy free, low carb, high protein, and while some reviewers think they have a “gritty” texture, if you’re avoiding dairy and soy these bars are a safe bet that offer 20-grams of plant protein per pop. You can buy a 12-pack for $30.99.
Gutsey New Hampshire Travel Bar
If you’re on the hunt for a gluten-free, high protein bar that also fits a paleo diet, the Gutsey New Hampshire Travel Bar might be the bar for you. In addition to being soy free and Non-GMO, they also offer 9 grams of low-allergen plant pea protein, with only 13 grams of net carbs. Made out of Organic Cashew Butter, Chicory Root Fiber, Organic Cashews, Pea Protein, Organic Whole Grain Quinoa, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Cherries, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Coconut Oil, Greens Blend (Green Tea, Spirulina, Chlorella), Sea Salt, Natural Flavors, Stevia, you need to avoid these if you are allergic to nuts. While reviewers think they taste good, they also note that the bars are a little pricey. You can try them out by purchasing a 12-pack of bars for $34.95.
BulkSupplements Pure Pea Protein Powder
One 30-gram serving of this BulkSupplements Pure Pea Protein Powder provides you with 24 grams of protein for those vegan gains. If you are allergic to whey, this is a good alternative. However, reviewers are unsatisfied with how the powder blends into liquids. As SRO notes: ” The powder has a very neutral taste which is what I wanted. However, it doesn’t mix very easily unless you use a blender, so a shaker cup may not be adequate for some people.” Additionally, the powder is high in sodium, with 450-mg per serving, so if you’re trying to cut back on your intake, this probably isn’t the powder for you. You can purchase 1-kilogram for $17.06.
Protes Protein Chips
Looking for an innovative way to get in your pea-protein? Protes Protein Chips in Spicy Chili Lime pretty much fit the bill. You’ll receive about 15-grams of protein for every 12-chip serving — and each bag contains four servings. That’s a hefty 60-grams! Made from pea protein isolate, these chips are gluten free, non-GMO verified, vegan, soy free, and Kosher. While most reviewers are excited about the flavors and how they are suitable to a wide variety of dietary needs, many also note that the bags contain less chips than warranted for their hefty price point. Says Sammy: “These seemed like a great idea until I noticed the bags seemed very light for 4oz. of chips per bag. Sure enough, I put the chips on my food scale to notice they are extremely underfilled.” Still, you can try them out for yourself and buy a pack of four for $19.99.
Nutrasumma "Fermented" Pea Protein-Chocolate
It turns out kombucha isn’t the only fermented drink people can buy these days; the Nutrasumma “Fermented” Pea Protein-Chocolate powder is another viable option. Free of soy and gluten, the powder provides 20 grams of fermented vegan protein per serving, and is billed as easy-to-digest and absorb for those with sensitive digestion. As one Amazon Customer said: “Rich, chocolate flavor, helps make my morning smoothies taste like a milk shake but has all the protein I need to keep me full for hours.”
Customers rave about the affordable price-point (you can pick up a 1-lb pouch for $17.47) and the deep chocolaty taste.
Growing Naturals Pea Protein Powder
The Growing Naturals Pea Protein Powder is made out of USA and Canadian grown yellow peas, which are then synergistically combined with Growing Natural’s patented water extraction process. Vegan, gluten-free, and organic, the powder comes in the vanilla blast flavor and is high in lysine and branched chain amino acids (BCAA). Made with yellow pean protein, organic coconut sugar, organic whole grain brown rice, organic vanilla flavor, and organic stevia, its flavor is not derived from corn, soy or gluten. The product contains split peas which are a lentil legume. Reviewers agree that it is an affordable pea-protein powder choice. Pick up a 16.7-ounce tub for $14.76.
Orgain Organic Plant Protein Powder Chocolate Fudge
The Orgain Organic Plant Protein Powder in chocolate fudge is gluten free, Kosher, vegan, non-GMO, soy free, USDA organic, and provides 21 grams of organic plant-based protein, 5 grams of organic fiber, 3 grams of net carbs and 150 calories per serving. “Clean protein is the engine of all Orgain products. That means no hormones, no antibiotics and no pesticide and herbicide residues,” the company explains. One Amazon reviewer had the amino acid profile breakdown for the product e-mailed to them by Orgain, and was satisfied with the numbers. You can purchase a 2-lb tub for $22.00.
Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Pea Protein
Reviewers on Amazon respond well to Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Pea Protein, with the majority of them agreeing that 1.5-pounds for $12.49 is a “steal“. The product is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Vegan, and claims to have minimal flavor. Additionally, Terrasoul offers a 100 percent Money-Back Quality Guarantee on its products, so if you’re unsatisfied with the powder you can return it for a full refund. There are 8 grams of protein per tablespoon of the superfoods powder, as well as 37 calories.
The Naked Pea protein powder is made 100-percent from yellow pea protein with zero additives—that means this is a single ingredient product. Naked Pea contains no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors and is GMO-Free, Soy Free and Gluten-Free. You’ll get 27 grams of protein, 2 grams of sugar, 2 grams of carbs, 120 calories, and 5.7 grams of BCAAs (branched-chain amino acids) per serving. Even non-vegan Amazon consumers were impressed, noting: “I really like the texture of this stuff, very fluffy like a thick shake.” You can pickup a 5-lb tub for $52.24, making it the most expensive purchase on this list (but also the bulkiest).
Make Your Own!
If you’re feeling ultra-creative or just want to create something to suit your specific taste-preferences, then why not whip up your own vegan protein powder?
Our Food Monster App is filled with over 8,000 different vegan, allergy-free recipes and ideas to help you concoct the perfect protein-heavy meal tailored to you.
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