I can guarantee that all Vegans reading this have been asked at least 10 times from Non- Vegans, “But where do you get your protein sources from?”. The answer is relatively simple, beans, nuts, quinoa, tofu, even vegetables like broccolli contain protein!
Some vegans like to make out that it is really easy to get a lot of protein into your diet and whilst I do agree there are a lot of Vegan protein sources, I would argue its obviously not as easy as a Non Vegan diet. I have started to train again lately and the first thing I researched was an alternative to Whey protein. I never really used to like the taste of protein shakes but the convenience after a gym session was what attracted me to them and I was eager to find a Vegan alternative.
There are many different Vegan shakes on the market, including hemp protein, rice protein, soya protein, cranberry protein, pea protein and even more. There are even arguments to suggest that hemp protein has a lot more benefits than whey protein but I will leave that for another blog post!
Over the past few weeks I have tried a few and my reviews are below. Obviously when it comes to a protein powder, whether its whey or a vegan kind, people are going to enjoy different tastes and react to them differently, for example whey makes some people bloat and some people cannot tolerate soya very well, so the reviews below are just my personal judgement and I hope it may help other Vegans looking for a quick shake!
Reviews 🙂 and comments
|Brand||Type of protein||G of protein per serving||Calories per serving||G of carbs/fat per serving||Taste||Mixability||Price||Recommend?|
|Good Hemp||Hemp||14.1||111||4.6/3.8||3/5 (Natural)||4/5||£13
|My Protein Vegan Blend||Pea, rice and hemp||25||120||1.4/1.6||1/5
|Prob only to add to savoury dishes like soup|
|Gardenia||Pea, quinoa, hemp||20||120||8/2||4/5 (vanilla bean)||4/5||£39
|Yes if you like thick shakes|
|Arbonne||Pea, cranberry, rice||20||160||14/3||5/5 (vanilla)||5/5||£54
|Yes if you don’t mind added sugar and price|
|Nature’s Garden||Soya||24||113||1.2/1.4||0/5 (strawb)||5/5||£18
|NO tastes like poison|
I am tempted to try the My Protein Vegan blend again because I think my taste buds may now be used to the texture
I have tried the Sativa Shakes- the toffee hemp one and the Choc caramel and also the Strawberry banana high pro shake! They are all great they mix well, haev a high protein content and taste fab! I would defo give them 5/5 and would recommend and buy again! The only thing I am not keen on is the High Pro one contains soy protein and I am trying to avoid soy.
I have also tried Sun warrior Warrior Blend in Vanilla Flavour. It is high protein and tastes ok, I can finish it, the stevia makes it taste very sweet but it’s not my favourite vegan protein. I would probably buy it again because I like that it is a raw protein powder and contains a variety of proteins but not including soy which is a bonus for me!
Good Hemp Protein Powder
I will start with a good one first! Raw Hemp Protein is made from 100% raw hemp seeds and that’s literally it so it has no nasty sweetners added to it! I bought natural flavour, so far I have had it mixed with banana and peanut butter and have also made a vegan cookie with the powder and oats (recipe on my Instagram @foxyhotgirl). For me, I personally hate thick shakes and hate the Vegan shakes that taste grainy, this is relatively thin and has no strong taste to it. However I am yet to try it on its own mixed with water! The shake also comes in strawberry flavour too. The only downside I have with this protein is that it is higher in fat compared to a standard whey protein. Thankyou @missrich7 from Insta for recommending 🙂
You can buy this from Holland and Barrett or direct from their site http://www.goodhempnutrition.com/good-hemp-nutrition-range/10-good-hemp-protein-powder-natural-raw.html
My Protein Vegan Blend
This is a blend of Pea protein isolate, rice protein, and hemp protein. It comes in unflavoured or chocolate smooth flavour. I tried the chocolate smooth flavour and really wasn’t keen on it but this could have been my own fault as I never used to like chocolate whey! The shake was a bit too thick and grainy for me. However I did find this protein really good to bake with and made some great vegan brownies with it! Sometimes whey can go a bit chewy when used in cooking and this was definitely better! The carbs and fat macros are great in this one!!!!
Pulsin Protein Powders
The Pulsin Proteins are all unflavoured and completely natural. They come in soya, hemp, pea, and rice. I bought two samples at Bodypower of the pea and rice protein. I absolutely could not drink either, even mixed in with a banana and peanut butter shake (like i do with the hemp) i just couldn’t drink it! They are quite thick and grainy and taste quite earthy! I have tried mixing them into savoury dishes and they work a lot better in soups and curries
Body Nutrition Gardenia Vegan Protein
I was so lucky to meet Ant from @ProteinPicknMix at Bodypower last week and he gave me two samples of this protein which is made by the company who make Trutein protein. It comes in Vanilla Bean flavour and Chocolate Cacao. It is a blend of pea, quinoa and hemp protein and also has greens in too! I mixed them with frozen banana and water. These shakes weren’t for me because I like my shakes quite thin but I would 100% recommend to people who like thick shakes, the vanilla bean was my fave flavour and tasted like a marzipan milkshake!! I think most people would be able to drink this on its own mixed with water 🙂 I LOVEEEEEEEE the packaging of the 908g tubs as they are made from cardboard that can be fully recycled 🙂 Higher in carbs than a standard whey.
Arbonne Vanilla Protein Shake Mix
I loved the flavour of this one the most and I think I could drink it on its own with just water. It comes in vanilla and chocolate flavour. An arbonne rep from Insta @sarah_douglasthepug was kind enough to send me some samples. It is a blend of pea, cranberry and rice protein. What I liked so much is that it is a thin shake and not too thick and it isn’t grainy either 🙂 The only downsides are that it has sugar in which means per serving there are 14g of carbs.
Nature’s Garden Soya Protein Isolate
This comes in strawberry, chocolate or natural flavour and is a soya protein. I tried the strawberry and it tasted like poison to me sorry!!
Still to try:
Obviously there are tons more Vegan proteins on the markets but the next I’d like to try are:
Sativa Shakes : http://sativashakes.com/shop/viva-high-pro-protein-blend/
Genetic supps Vegan Protein: http://www.geneticsupplements.co.uk/vegan-protein
Sun Warrior: https://www.sunwarrior.com/
Plant Fusion: http://www.plantfusion.net/
If unflavoured protein isn’t for you, you could try adding My Protein drops to it 🙂 http://www.myprotein.com/sports-nutrition/flavdrops/10530471.html