I’ve tried many vegan protein powders that can only be called yucky. Plant-based sources of protein (like peas, soy, and brown rice) just don’t work as well as their whey counterparts for some reason – they tend to have a gritty texture and earthy taste. Fortunately for us vegan (or vegan) athletes all over the world, the market for plant-based protein powders is huge today. So along with the duds, there are plenty of delicious options available in innovative formulas and pretty much every flavor you can think of.
While very few people need protein powder to meet their protein needs, I am definitely one of the people who get it. I do Pilates, weight training, yoga, or HIIT four or five times a week, and I can̵
A quick note here: As SELF previously reported, protein powder is technically a dietary supplement, which means it won’t get FDA approval before it hits the market. While the FDA can ban supplements that are proven to be contaminated or inaccurately labeled, it is up to manufacturers to test their products for safety and quality. (Most brands have information on their websites about the type of internal or external laboratory tests they run, and you can check out reports from independent review companies like Informed Choice and NSF International.)
Now it goes without saying that the taste is very subjective – but I can tell you that these are my all-time favorites after trying more than 30 flavors from over a dozen brands (some are provided for free by the brands, others I bought it myself). I’ve tested them on their own, mixed with milk or plant-based water in a blender bottle ($ 8, Amazon), as well as in a variety of blender smoothies.
All of these are 20 grams or more of vegetable protein, great taste, and texture. Also, I personally prefer protein powders that aren’t overloaded with sugar – I like to add that myself with frozen fruit! – which is mixed with fiber or artificial sweeteners (which in large quantities my system does not cool). Here are seven delicious vegan protein powders.
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