Usually, when people think of peas, they just think of a tiny, somewhat sad, green pile of beans taking up room on their dinner plate. What some people might not realize is how nutrition-packed these humble little legumes are. Pea protein isolate, made from split yellow peas, is a nutritional marvel! Just one 25-gram serving of pea protein isolate, about three tablespoons, has 15 grams of protein. That’s four times more protein than 15 almonds, two times more than one large egg, and two times the amount of one cup of dairy milk!
Not to mention, unlike whey protein, pea protein is dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free, and has a complete array of amino acids. No wonder that we are seeing pea protein pop up everywhere! From pasta and meat alternatives to cereal and chips, pea protein is showing up in all sorts of products. Here are 10 you should check out!
Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles
Who would’ve thought you could take a vegetable like peas and turn them into a beefy, meat-like crumble? Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles takes the power of peas and transform them into a savory product that, according to reviews, tastes and feels just like ground beef! Each serving (1/2 cup) has 13 grams of protein, three grams of fiber, and just 120 calories. It’s also gluten and soy free. Reviewers have been using this product in tacos, pasta sauce, chili, and Shepherd’s pie. You can get eight 11-ounce bags for about $46.
LARABAR Altbar Fruit and Nut
While Larabar has already had much success with their regular fruity nut bars, this year they decided to go one step further and create the gluten-free Larabar AltBar. Instead of some other companies who use whey or soy protein, the AltBar is made with pea protein! Meaning these bars not only pack a 1/4 cup of fruit but a whopping 10 grams of protein! Reviewers describe this bar as convenient and addicting. This particular pack is for the Peanut Butter Cookie flavor, but they also have Chocolate Chip Macaron, Lemon Pound Cake, or Chocolate Peanut Butter. You can get a pack of 15 bars for a little over $16.
Simply Protein Chips
Simply Protein Chips are not your typical potato chip. These wheat-free and gluten-free chips still contain potato starch and flakes, but are primarily made from pea protein crisps. Each bag contains 15 grams of pea protein and 20 percent of your daily iron intake. Instead of salt, the company opts for a variety of spices to get the same savory flavors as chips without all of the sodium, and according to reviewers, it’s still delicious! You can get a pack of 12 bags for a little over $30.
Kashi Go Lean Clusters Vanilla Pepita
Do you like getting your daily dose of protein right when you wake up? If so, you should consider checking out Kashi Go Lean Clusters Vanilla Pepita. This gluten-free cereal includes four nutrient-dense ingredients: pumpkin seeds (or pepitas), red bean flakes, pea crisps (made from pea protein), and sorghum. Each serving has eight grams of protein and six grams of fiber. Reviewers have reported that this cereal has a sweetness that is “just right,” and is perfectly crunchy. Plus, as one Amazon reviewer points out, while other brands up their protein intake by using whey, Kashi uses a blend of unique proteins. If you’d like to try it out, you can get one 10.8-ounce box for about $6.
Banza Chickpea Penne
Banza Chickpea Penne aims to re-transform the pasta experience into something that is not only tasty and indulgent but nutritious! According to Banza, their pasta has two times the protein, four times the fiber, and nearly half the net carbs of the traditional variety. Their penne is made with chickpeas and pea protein and can be cooked just like regular penne. Reviewers describe this pasta as slightly nutty-tasting, filling, and a great protein-packed alternative. However, it is worth noting that some people have said that this pasta doesn’t taste exactly like white pasta but more like whole wheat. If you want to try it out yourself, you can get six boxes for a little under $18.
There are a lot of dairy-free milks on the market today, but a good majority of them are made from nuts or soy. If you’re looking for a dairy-free milk alternative that is not, consider looking into Veggemo. Made from pea protein, tapioca, and potato, this milk is gluten-free, non-GMO, and a good choice for consumers with allergen concerns. Plus, according to reviews, it tastes and feels just like regular milk. One reviewer even shares that they haven’t touched dairy since discovering this product! To see if the this milk lives up to the hype, you can get three 32-ounce containers for $18.
Growing Naturals Pea Protein Powder
Growing Naturals Pea Protein Powder is a non-GMO powder that is free from dairy, soy, and gluten. The company suggests that this powder can be added to smoothies, combined with non-dairy milk, or even sprinkled on top of savory dishes. Reviewers are saying this protein powder is subtle and not chemical-tasting like some other brands and didn’t make them feel bloated like whey protein can. One reviewer even said that this protein powder changed their life! That’s enthusiasm! If you’d like to try this powder out for yourself, you can get one one-pound container for $19.
Glenn’s Easy Peasy Protein Chips
Glenny’s Easy Peasy Protein Chips are exactly what they sound like – an easy way to get protein into your day. These gluten-free, soy-free, and non-GMO chips have 12 grams of easily-digestible pea protein. Also, according to Glenny’s they have 40 percent less carbs than your typical chip. While many reviewers report that these chips are tasty and satisfying, others commented that they’re a bit too on the salty side and may cause bloating. If you want to try them out for yourself, you can get a 24 pack of 1.1-ounce bags for about $27.
Beyond Meat Chicken Strips
Similarly to the company’s Beast Veggie Burger, Beyond Meat Chicken Strips, combine soy and pea protein to create a remarkably realistic meat alternative. These strips are formulated to cook, crisp, and taste like grilled chicken (char marks and all). Whether they succeed at that endeavor or not is something you’ll have to try out for yourself, but with over 20 grams of protein per serving, these babies sure do pack the protein like meat! In regards to the taste of this product, reviews are pretty mixed. Some are not impressed with the flavor while others rave about it. There seems to be one consensus though: spices are a must. To try it out for yourself, you can get eight 12-ounce bags for a little over $53.
Kutoa Chocolate Banana Health Bars
KUTOA Chocolate Banana Health Bars are non-GMO, gluten-free, and soy-free. They are made primarily from gluten-free oats, pea protein, brown rice syrup, date paste, agave syrup, and vegan chocolate. Each bar contains four grams of fiber and six grams of protein. While KUTOA only uses natural sugars in this product, as one Amazon reviewer points out, each bar contains 16 grams of sugar so they should probably be considered more of a sweet treat than a daily staple. You can get a pack of 12 bars for about $14.50.
I Heart Keenwah Quinoa Puffs
Quinoa bowls are delicious, but if you’re looking for a new way to consume this ancient grain, you should check out I Heart Keenwah Quinoa Puffs. These crispy snack “puffs” are primarily made from quinoa flour, brown rice flour, white rice flour, and pea protein. They are also seasoned with sea salt, thyme, rosemary, basil, and oregano (hence the product name). Reviewers describe this product as “incredibly flavorful” and “the perfect snack to keep in your bag.” You can get 12 3-ounce bags for about $40 – that comes out to roughly $3 a bag.
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