BEST VEGAN PROTEIN POWDER: BRANDS THAT TASTE GREAT
We’ve given you a guide to the best different types of protein powders for women but if you’ve already decided that whey isn’t for you, you’ll be after the best vegan protein powder.
If you’re vegan or following the alkaline diet, most powders can make you post-workout protein hit a little bit tricky.
However, contrary to popular belief, you can use plant-based powders to pack in all the reparative, muscle-nurturing essential amino acids that omnivores lap up. And if #GirlGains is your game, they make building muscle mass possible, too.
So, want in? We’ve pulled together the best vegan protein powders in the UK that are soy-, dairy- and gluten-free. From pea protein to rice protein and all the blends in between, you can shake your way to your healthiest weight in no time.
You’d be forgiven for thinking Form’s flavours sound like more like ice cream – chocolate salted caramel, vanilla, and chocolate peanut – than a wholesome protein shake, but it’s not too good to be true.
Blending organic pea protein, brown rice, hemp and whole algae proteins, it’s a complete nutrition package that’ll support your activity schedule and have you smashing your goals in no time. They stock a few flavours but choose chocolate and peanut if you don’t like things too sweet.
VEGA CLEAN PROTEIN
With a blend of four proteins – pea, hemp, pumpkin and alfalfa – this Vega protein offers four grams each of BCAAs (branched chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine) and glutamine. That’s right up there with most whey offerings.
Oh, and it tastes sweet without being sickening.
SUNWARRIOR CLASSIC PLUS PROTEIN
Sunwarrior was one of the original vegan proteins on the block. Now they’ve built on their rice protein by adding in the amino acid balancing effects of peas, chia seeds, quinoa, and amaranth.
Try the Organic Certified Classic Plus vegan protein powder for a dose of warrior wellness.
MOTION NUTRITION PEANUT VEGAN PROTEIN
As the name suggests this powder is made of peanut protein and really not much else. Well, ok there’s a blend of roasted fat-reduced peanut, yellow pea, raw pumpkin seed and hemp seed protein.
Motion nutriton is passionate about being organic, and when they say organic, they mean it.
This is up there with the best vegan protein powder if you’re aiming to swerve all additives and especially the flavour of sweetner that you so often find in a lot of shakes.
Take that as a warning though, if you like it sweet you may have to learn to love the taste.
THE PROPER FOOD PROJECT PROTEIN
If your reasons for going vegan are ethical, you’ll love The Proper Food Poject. The brand is built on three pilars: Good for you, good for society and good for the environment.
There’s is an organic flavourless combo of pea and rice proteins, and £1 of every sale goes towards schools they support in West Africa.
PURITION RAW VEGAN HEMP PROTEIN
This vegn protein can be used as a meal replacement (for those who have been advised by a health professional to go on a strict calorie restricted diet) as they are filled with wholefoods as well as being low GI.
With added B vitamins you can ensure you don’t miss out on key minerals if you’re cutting out meat and dairy completely.
THE SUPER ELIXIR NOURISHING PROTEIN
Dr. Laubscher formulated this souped-up powder for an alkalising boost to your body, addressing sluggish metabolisms, imbalanced blood sugar levels, niggling cravings, internal and external aging and the many effects of stress. Phew.
‘Everything associated with good health – from less wrinkles, more energy, vitality, disease prevention – comes when you’re alkaline,’ says Laubscher, Elle Macpherson’s nutritionist.
Made from organic, sprouted brown rice, pea protein and Peruvian cacao, it has a subtle, sweet flavor, and contains all nine of your essential amino acids.
Make like Elle Macpherson and blend it in a breakfast smoothie of almond or rice milk, a heap of fresh fruit and ice to alkalise and nourish your body.
PULSIN RICE PROTEIN
Because it’s flavourless and unsweetened, you can whip this protein powder into everything, from savoury soups to cakes and cereal, without altering the flavour.
It’s made with easily digestible raw sprouted brown rice, too, which is great for the more sensitive of stomachs, as it won’t cause issues if you take it as a pre-gym snack.
Additionally, brown rice gives you a high fiber and vitamin B upgrade, which is great for the growth, metabolism and repair of your muscles.