Vegan protein powders are super useful. While you can totally get an adequate amount of protein eating whole foods – fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds – not everyone has the time, every single day, to make three or more nutritious meals a day. That’s where protein powders come in to save the day. Just a scoop or two in a smoothie, water, or even in baked goods and savory items for some powders, you can add 15-20 grams of protein to your day. And, with so many on the market nowadays, finding one that suits your tastes is a breeze!
There are a few things we like to keep in mind when looking for a good protein powder, though. Dairy-free and vegan are two must-haves, the number of calories shouldn’t be off the charts, and it should be sweetened naturally (stevia or xylitol) or left flavorless. What we’re trying to avoid is cane sugar, which will pile on the grams of sugar, especially if we’re already using fruit for our smoothies. Instead, naturally sweetened powders or sugar-free powders get the same job done without any of the unnecessary cane sugar. See for yourself with these 15 naturally sweetened and vegan protein powders.
Source Organic Premium Pea Protein Isolate
Sometimes the easiest way to find a sugar-free protein powder is to buy one that only has one ingredient. In the case of Source Organic Premium Pea Protein Isolate that ingredient is organic yellow pea protein isolate. Each serving (two scoops) provides 22 grams of protein, 4.8 grams of branched chain amino acids, and 29 percent of your daily iron intake. Reviewers are reporting that this powder is a great flavorless addition to smoothies especially if you want to just rely on the sweetness of your fruits and veggies, is satisfying and smooth, and provides long-lasting energy. You can get a two-pound tub for $35.
Vega Sport Performance Protein: Vanilla
Vega Sport Performance Protein: Vanilla is an energizing powder made from pea protein, organic pumpkin seed protein, organic sunflower seed protein, alfalfa protein, tart cherry, probiotics, and sweetened naturally with stevia and natural vanilla flavor. One scoop of this powder provides 30 grams of protein and has one gram of sugar. Reviewers are saying that this powder is tasty, doesn’t leave a chalky aftertaste, and definitely tastes better in a smoothie than it does when just mixed with water. Some do feel that the tart cherry in the mix is a bit too pronounced, though. To see how you feel, you can get one 29.2-ounce tub for a little over $40.
Body Symphony Raw Power Protein Mix
Body Symphony Raw Power Protein Mix is a paleo-friendly, gluten-free, and non-GMO powder that is 85 percent raw and 90 percent organic. It is made from a large variety of ingredients including pumpkin seed protein concentrate, hemp, buckwheat groats, almonds, chia seeds, spinach, and maca. It is sweetened with xylitol and stevia. Each serving of one scoop has 15 grams of protein. Reviewers are reporting that this protein mix is tasty, pretty much “guilt-free,” and extremely versatile (people even used this mix in baked goods, muesli, and burgers). You can get one 23.8-ounce tub for about $40.
Jarrow Formulas Iso-Rich Soy
Jarrow Formulas Iso-Rich Soy is a protein powder made from just two ingredients: non-GMO soy protein isolate and natural vanilla flavor. Each serving size (two tablespoons) provides 25 grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this powder is a nice flavorless protein-rich touch to smoothies and cereals, is a great value for the price, and blends perfectly into drinks. You can get one 14-ounce tub for a little under $14.50.
Garden of Life Raw 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 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.
BlendItUp Protein Smoothie Mix
Mix some protein-rich ancient grains into your smoothies with Blenditup Protein+ Smoothie Mix. This powder is made with the following organic ingredients: soybeans, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, chia, a blend of vitamins, natural flavor, and dried stevia leaves. Each serving contains 14 grams of protein and 120 calories. Blenditup shares that this powder is flavorless and therefore blends seamlessly into breakfast bowls, smoothies, yogurt, and juices. Reviewers are reporting that this powder adds a creaminess and sweetness to smoothies and is energizing. You can get one 24-ounce tub for a little over $30.
MLO Vegetable Protein Powder
MLO Vegetable Protein Powder is a product that not only provides protein but a slew of vegetable goodness! Specifically, this product is made with hydrolized soy protein isolate, soy flour, canola oil, soy lecithin, vegetable powders – beet, broccoli, carrot, tomato – as well as potato and corn starch. It has zero fat and zero sugar and each serving of two tablespoons provides 17 grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this powder is tasty, great for low-carb dieters, can be easily hidden in smoothies if you don’t want something particularly vegetable-tasting, and is energizing. Obviously, this is not the ideal powder if you’re looking to avoid soy. You can get one 16-ounce tub for $15.
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.
Nature's Sunshine Love and Peas
Nature’s Sunshine Love and Peas is a protein-rich meal replacement made primarily from a blend of powders: pea, adzuki beans, rice, black bean, garbanzo. Each serving has 20 grams of protein and 180 calories. Reviewers are reporting that this powder is filling and blends wonderfully in smoothies, non-dairy milks, and even a glass of water. Some reviewers have also shared that this powder can help alleviate symptoms of IBS. You can get one eight-ounce package for about $24.
Pure Food Company Probiotic Plant Protein Powder
Pure Food Company Probiotic Plant Protein Powder, as their name suggests, is a protein powder made from all whole foods with an added probiotic. Specifically, it is made from organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic pea protein, organic hemp protein, organic cacao powder, organic mesquite powder, organic coconut milk powder, organic whole leaf stevia powder, and a probiotic. Each serving provides 20 grams of protein, 1 billion CFU of the probiotic, and only has one gram of sugar. Reviewers are raving about this powder saying that it is one of the cleanest on the market, is satisfying and tasty (without a strong stevia flavor), and is very filling. You can get one 18-ounce tub for $40.
Nutribiotic Rice Protein
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.
Vegan Pure All-in-One Chocolate
Vegan Pure All-in-Chocolate is a protein powder that in addition to providing 16 grams of protein from peas, hemp, and sprouted brown rice, it also has 50 percent of the daily recommended intake of vegetables and 1 billion probiotics. It is soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. Reviewers are saying that this powder tastes very chocolaty and delicious and curbs hunger for several hours. However, as one Amazon reviewer points out the tub only provides nine servings so if you were to use one scoop per day, you’d be done with the tub in a little over a week’s time. If you’d still like to try it, you can get one tub for $25.
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.
Paradise Maca Up
Paradise Maca Up combines the power of pea protein isolate and organic brown rice protein concentrate with the superfood benefits of organic maca root powder. It also contains heart-healthy oat bran fiber, natural vanilla flavor, enzyme flour, and luo han guo, a sugar alternative native to Southern China and Northern Thailand. Each scoop has 21 grams of protein and 121 calories. Reviewers are reporting that this powder is clean, energizing because of the maca, tastes good, and improves digestion because of the oat bran fiber. You can get one 14.82 ounce tub for $20.50.
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.
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