Protein is a critical part of our diet, since our bodies use it to build and repair tissues. It also helps us make enzymes and hormones, along with other chemicals, and is an essential component of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood.
So, yeah – protein is pretty important. And many of us are looking for good (and convenient) ways to incorporate more of it into our diets. If you follow a plant-based diet, this might be especially high on the list for you. You can absolutely get high-quality protein from non-animal sources, but having a protein powder you love can act as a supplement, especially when you’re extra busy or are looking to up your intake.
But which ones are the best to choose? After all, this stuff needs to actually taste good (not like chalk or dirt) if it’s going to become part of your routine. Lucky for you, we’ve done the legwork and have rounded up some sure-to-please plant-based protein powder options below.
This brand makes a mean protein powder (while adding 20 grams of protein to your daily intake in each serving!) and the chocolate flavor is especially amazing. It blends impressively, making it the perfect component in a smoothie. (Pro tip: try blending it with a frozen banana and a bit of almond or coconut milk. YUM!) You can also find this brand in a prepared shake form.
2. Tone It Up
Boasting 15 grams of protein per serving, this brand makes an impressive array of flavors (Recommendation: grab the peanut butter chocolate variety here—you won’t regret it!) The powder combines well with other ingredients, especially when blended. It’s delicious on its own with some coconut or almond milk and a few ice cubes.
This brand offers an impressive variety of plant-based products, including collagen protein peptides, bars, and – of course – protein powder. When blended well, it gets nice and creamy and has a tasty flavor. This would be a good one to bake with as well.
Who knew Bob’s Red Mill (a go-to brand for many alternative baking essentials like flours) made protein powder as well? It’s good stuff, too – the chocolate flavor is delicious without leaving any unpleasant aftertaste. Heads up – it does contain chia seeds, but those shouldn’t get in your way!
If you’re on the hunt for a non-traditional protein powder flavor, try Aloha’s Mixed Berry powder. It’s made of just 12 ingredients (whole ones, too) and contains 18 grams of protein along with a complete amino acid profile and omega-3s.
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