If you’re trying to incorporate protein powder into your routine and are looking to stay away from whey, it can seem like your only other option is a soy-based protein powder. While this may have been the case a decade ago, nowadays there are quality soy-free protein powders made from all sorts of ingredients from rice and pea protein to vegetables, seeds, grains, and legumes.
If you’re looking for something sweet to perk up a glass of almond milk there are flavored powders that are sweetened with cacao, stevia, and xylitol, among other ingredients. If you’re looking for an unflavored powder that will blend perfectly with savory dishes or oatmeals without altering the taste, those exist in the market, as well. Finding a protein powder that fits all of your criteria may seem like a daunting task … unless you have One Green Planet to guide you! We’ve done the research and found 15 soy-free and vegan protein powders you can feel good about adding to your smoothie. Check ’em out!
Growing Naturals Pea Protein Powder
Growing Naturals Pea Protein Powder is a gluten-free powder made from grown yellow peas from the U.S. and Canada. Each scoop of this powder has 15 grams of protein, 70 calories, 30 percent of your daily iron, and three grams of branched amino acids. Reviewers are saying that this powder is high quality, easy to digest especially because it’s a concentrate and not an isolate, satisfying but not overly filling, and very versatile (especially since it is unflavored and can be added to savory dishes). To try it out, you can get a one-pound tub for about $15.
Naked Rice Organic Brown Rice Protein Powder
Naked Rice Protein Powder is exactly what you’d expect it to be, a protein powder made with just one ingredient: 100 percent organic sprouted brown rice protein. It is GMO-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and free of artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors. Each serving (two scoops) has 120 calories, 25 grams of protein, 22 percent of your daily iron, and 4.9 grams of branched chain amino acids. Reviewers are saying that this protein powder is very mild-tasting and versatile, healthy since it doesn’t have any artificial ingredients, and isn’t sweet on its own so reviewers are saying people should pair it with fruit if they want something flavorful. You can get one five-pound tub for $65.
Amazing Grass Amazing Meal Vanilla Chai Supplement
Amazing Grass Amazing Meal Vanilla Chai Supplement is a nutritional powder made with a grass blend – wheat grass, barley grass, alfalfa, kale – acai, goji berries, raw maca, hemp seed, brown rice, sprouted quinoa, and pumpkin seed. Each serving (one scoop) is 95 calories, 12 grams of protein, four grams of fiber, and five billion probiotics. It is non-GMO, raw, and gluten-free. Reviewers are saying that this protein powder is very tasty (especially with almond milk), energizing, nutritionally clean, and not overly sweet since it doesn’t have a lot of sugar. You can get one tub of 13.2 ounces for $28.50.
Orgain Organic Protein Powder
Orgain Organic Protein Powder is a gluten-free, soy-free, and non-GMO protein powder made from a blend of organic brown rice, hemp, chia, and pea proteins, as well as sunflower oil, cocoa, and a few other ingredients. Each serving (two rounded scoops) has 21 grams of protein and 150 calories. Reviewers are saying that this protein powder is “clean,” that it mixes wonderfully into smoothies, and curbs hunger. You can get one two-pound tub for about $20.
Nutiva Organic Hemp Pro Fiber Protein Powder
Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powder is an organic, cold-processed protein powder made with simply organic hemp protein. Each serving (three tablespoons) has 90 calories, 15 grams of protein, eight grams of fiber, 60 percent of your daily magnesium, and forty percent of your daily iron. Reviewers are saying that this powder is energizing, “pure,” and earthy-tasting and should be put into a smoothie or a strong-tasting savory dish if you’re not a fan of that type of flavor. To see how you like it, you can get one 16-ounce tub for about $13.75.
Naturade Soy-Free Veg Protein Booster
Naturade Soy-Free Veg Protein Booster is primarily made from a blend of proteins (pea protein isolate, potato extract, spirulina powder) tricalcium phosphate, medium chain triglycerides, and a fiber blend of rice bran, corn bran, apple fiber, and oat fiber. Each serving of this powder (two scoops) has 110 calories, 20 grams of protein, one gram of fiber, 110 percent of your daily vitamin B-12, and 40 percent of your daily iron. Reviewers are saying that this powder is very healthy, has a mild, natural flavor that transforms depending on what you mix it into to, and is a great soy-free alternative for people. You can get one 29.6-ounce tub for $24.
Garden of Life Raw Organic Chocolate Protein Powder
Want to get a good dose of protein and probiotics in one fell swoop? If so, consider checking out Garden of Life Raw Organic Chocolate Protein Powder. It is made from a blend of sprouted proteins including brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, chickpea, lentil, pumpkin seed, adzuki bean, and chia seed, as well as raw natural chocolate flavor, raw organic cacao, raw organic stevia, and raw natural flavor. It is organic, non-GMO, kosher, gluten-free, and soy-free, and has four grams of branched amino acids, three billion live probiotics, and 13 enzymes. Reviewers are reporting that this powder blends nicely into smoothies, is high quality, and that even the unflavored variety is tasty. You can get one 23-ounce tub for $30.
Omega Nutrition Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder
Look at pumpkin seeds in a whole new way with Omega Nutrition Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder. This whole-food, gluten-free powder is made with partially defatted organic pumpkin seed protein powder. Three tablespoons of this powder is 110 calories, has 20 grams of protein, 1.5 grams of fiber, and 20 percent of your daily iron. Reviewers are saying that this powder has a good deal of essential fatty acids, is economical, does not leave an aftertaste like other protein powders, and mixes well. However, some reviewers did not find this powder particularly digestion-friendly and not as “complete” of a protein powder as some others who have more amino acids. To see how you feel about it, you can get one 21-ounce tub for a little more than $35.
NutriBiotic Rice Protein Powder
NutriBiotic Rice Protein Powder is a gluten-free protein powder made through an enzyme process which extracts rice protein from whole grain, sprouted brown rice. NutriBiotic also adds a bit of natural vanilla flavor. The powder is made without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and GMOs. Each serving (one heaping tablespoon) contains 12 grams of protein and 60 calories. Each tub contains 90 servings. Reviewers are reporting that this powder is easy to digest, low fat, provides long lasting energy, and is a good choice for allergy-prone customers. Reviewers have mixed this powder into smoothies and yogurts, and even into oatmeal, pancakes, and sweet baked goods.
Plant Fusion Vanilla Bean Protein Powder
Plant Fusion Vanilla Bean Protein Powder is a soy-free and gluten-free protein powder made from amino acid infused protein blend (pea protein isolate, artichoke protein, organic sprouted amaranth powder, and organic sprouted quinoa powder), fructose, natural vanilla flavor, stevia, glycine, and silica. Plant fusion has also added amino acids and enzymes to the mix to make it easier to digest for customers. Each one-scoop serving has 21 grams of protein, 120 calories, and 4.5 grams of branched amino acids. Reviewers are reporting that this powder is delicious, isn’t chalky or gritty like other brands on the market, is cleaner than whey proteins, and has a nice range of protein sources. You can get one two pound tub for a little more than $30.
Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Pro Fiber Protein Powder
Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Pro Fiber Protein Powder is an organic, raw whole food protein powder that is made with one ingredient: raw cold milled organic hemp protein powder. Each serving of this powder (four tablespoons) has 130 calories, 11 grams of protein, 13 grams of fiber, and 35 percent of your daily iron According to Manitoba, in addition to blending this powder into smoothies and oatmeal, you can also use it in your baking just as you would use spelt flour. Reviewers are saying that this powder is very clean and does not rely on fillers, is not as gritty as other hemp protein powders, and tastes best when mixed with rich foods or lots of fruit. To try it out, you can get one 16-ounce tub for about $8.
Green Foods True Vitality Protein Shake
Do you love starting your mornings with a fresh green juice? If so, you should consider checking out Green Foods True Vitality Protein Shake. This dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free and non-GMO protein powder is made with a blend of proteins – pea, rice, hemp, barley, chlorella, spirulina – a blend of enzymes, and eight billion probiotics. Each serving (three scoops) has 134 calories, 15 grams of protein, six grams of fiber, and 100 percent of many of your daily vitamins including vitamin A, C, D, E, B12, B2, B3, and B6. Reviewers are saying that this powder tastes delicious, is very impressive nutrition-wise, mixes very well, and isn’t overly sweet. You can get one 22.7-ounce tub for about $19.
Sprout Living Epic Protein
Sprout Living Epic Protein is a multi-source plant protein powder made from sprouted brown rice, yellow pea, sacha inchi, cranberry seed, lucuma fruit, cinnamon, ginger, and a few other ingredients, and is sweetened with stevia leaf. Each serving has 19 grams of protein and 120 calories. Reviewers are reporting that this powder is great for a raw vegan who wants a bit more protein in their diet, is not overly sweet, and has a nice variety of protein sources. You can get one 16-ounce package for about $30.
Sun Warrior Warrior Blend
Sun Warrior Warrior Blend is a soy-free blend of protein from sources like hemp, pea, and goji berry. This blend has no artificial flavors or colors and has a full amino acid profile. Each serving has 19 grams of protein and 100 calories. Reviewers report that this powder tastes good, blends well into smoothies, and provides a hefty amount of nutrition for the price. However, there are a few things worth noting. The pea protein used in this powder is imported from China, a few reviewers have found that the stevia flavor in this powder is too pronounced and takes a lot to mask and that the texture can sometimes be chalky. If you’d still like to try it, you can get one 2.2-pound tub for $45
Purely Inspired Organic Protein Shake: French Vanilla
Purely Inspired Organic Protein Shake: French Vanilla is a gluten-free, soy-free, and organic protein powder made with a blend of pea protein isolate, rice protein concentrate, and alfalfa juice protein concentrate, vegan coconut creamer, spinach powder, broccoli powder, blueberry powder, and vitamin and enzyme blends. Each serving of this powder (one scoop) has 130 calories, 16 grams of protein, six grams of fiber, 500 percent of your daily vitamin C, 50 percent of your iron, and a number of other essential vitamins. Reviewers are saying that this powder is very easy on the stomach, has a very yummy vanilla flavor, is energizing, and mixes well into smoothies. You can get one 1.5-pound tub for about $19.
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