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Vegan protein powder review


If you’ve ever been curious about adding protein powder to your diet here is a quick review of some of the vegan products I tried over the last few weeks. I reviewed three different brands of vegan protein powders. I accidentally picked up a fourth non-vegan brand so that review will be at the bottom as well, if you’re not concerned about your protein powder being dairy free.

I’ll preface this review by saying I’m not generally a big protein powder person I’d rather get my protein from other plant-based foods. But I like the idea of getting a big blast protein in one drink and if it tastes good, all the better. I bought individual packets of each powder, which are usually available in health food stores and some Whole Foods. The prices ranged from $1.99-$2.99 per packet.

These reviews are entirely my own, I was not paid to endorse any of the following products.

Garden of Life Raw Protein (Vanilla Spiced Chai Flavored)

The stats:

  • 90 calories per serving
  • 17g of protein
  • <1g of sugar
  • Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free, Raw

I wanted to like this protein powder, I really did. The Vanilla Spiced Chai flavor sounded great for breakfast. I mixed the powder with a cup of almond milk but unfortunately the protein powder wouldn’t mix well using a spoon. I finally used my immersion stick to blend everything together. Once it was mixed it was time for the taste test. Oh no! It was so very chalky and thick; there was no hint of the chai flavor either. I could barely get it down; in fact, I couldn’t even finish it. After only a few sips I had to claim defeat.

Verdict: Maybe the other flavors are better but I wouldn’t risk it and don’t think it’s worth buying again.

Vega Sport (Chocolate Flavored)

The stats:

  • 130 calories per serving
  • 25g of protein
  • 3g of sugar
  • Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free

The Vega Brand was founded by Brendan Brazier who is a vegan ironman and triathlete. I’d heard good things about this brand and was excited to try it. I bought the chocolate flavor. The packaging suggests mixing the powder with water but I added almond milk instead. I also added a handful of fresh mint on hand to make a chocolate mint protein shake. I also used my immersion blender to mix it together. The shake was super thick but tasty. It had a bit of an aftertaste but I liked that the mix wasn’t chalky. This protein powder was also one of the sweeter brands I tasted.

Verdict: As far as protein powders go, this is the best one I tried. I’d buy it again and would like to experiment with the other flavors.

NutriBiotic Rice Protein (Vanilla Flavored)

The stats:

  • 60 calories per serving
  • 12g of protein
  • 1 g of sugar
  • Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free

This was the last vegan protein powder I tried and it brought me to the conclusion that maybe I just don’t like protein powder. Like all the others it required an immersion blender to combine it with the almond milk. This powder really didn’t taste good; the vanilla flavor was almost undetectable. The main issue with this powder was the chalky consistency. It coated my mouth after every sip with what I can only describe as a film. It also had a rather earthy flavor. Maybe it would taste better if mixed with a banana to cut the flavor but I’m not sure it would help the texture.

Verdict: I would not buy this one again. I couldn’t get past the texture 

Spiru-tein High Protein Energy Meal (Banana Flavored)

The stats:

  • 99 calories per serving
  • 14g of protein
  • 8g of sugar
  • Vegetarian and Gluten-free

The banana flavor is very subtle when mixed with a cup of soy milk, which was sort of a letdown for this banana lover. The problem with the powder wasn’t really the flavor but that it wouldn’t mix in, even though the package says it mixes instantly. It took a good minute with an immersion blender to break down the clumps of protein powder, making for a super thick shake. This powder contains spirulina, which my stomach doesn’t seem to tolerate it well. I had this protein powder as an afternoon snack but can’t imagine drinking it before going out for a run. I felt heavy and very weighed down after it.

Verdict: If you aren’t sensitive to spirulina and have an immersion blender give it a go.