If you’ve recently taken the plunge into the plant-based life, you probably have a lot of questions. Is tempeh just crinkly tofu? (No.) Can you die from meat withdrawal? (Nah.) And most importantly, how the heck do you get enough protein on this diet?
We don’t claim to have all the answers. But we’ve got a few (check out our complete guide to going vegan for tips, recipes, and more)! And luckily, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite vegan protein powder brands that will help you power through workouts, replace those amino acids, and start the day with a little extra protein boost so you’re not starving by 11 a.m. Mix these into smoothies, yogurt, or baked goods, and you’ll forget you ever went cold turkey on turkey.
Rich in antioxidants and probiotics, Vega is one of the top-rated options out there when it comes to nutrition and taste. In one scoop, you’ll get 20 grams of plant-based protein and 6 servings of greens. Choose from chocolate, coconut almond, and French vanilla flavors to keep your taste buds as happy as your stomach.($19.99; amazon.com)
Protein powders are often either too bitter or too sweet, but ALOHA is the Goldilocks of powders when it comes to flavor. With 18 grams of protein per serving, you can expect to get the fuel, muscle support, and metabolic boost you’re looking for without any artificial sweeteners, GMO ingredients, soy, or gluten. It makes a great breakfast when mixed with blueberries, banana, spinach, and almond butter. Just saying.($24.22; amazon.com)
If you’re put off by the chalky texture of some protein powders, Garden of Life should be your go-to choice. A smooth and sneaky blender, this guy goes nearly undetected in smoothies or even just plain almond milk.The brand offers different powder options with a variety of grams of protein so you can select which one is best for your lifestyle. Muscle builders might go for the Sport Organic Plant-Based Protein to refuel after a hard workout, whereas someone just looking for a filling smoothie after yoga may prefer the Raw Protein & Greens for a high-protein shake that helps get your daily dose of veggies.($31.25; amazon.com)
Protein powders really shouldn’t have a never-ending list of unidentifiable ingredients. That’s why Carrington Farms’ 3-ingredient coconut protein powder is so great. It’s made from organic pumpkin powder, pea powder, and coconut powder… and that’s it. With a whopping eight grams of fiber in each serving, you can expect to be getting close to 25 percent of your daily recommended dose in a single scoop.($24.93; amazon.com)
Looking for a snack that packs a particularly healthy punch? Made with pomegranate, maca, spirulina, and more, Navitas Superfoods Blend is great for those seeking a little extra plant power in their powder. This is on the lighter protein side with 12 grams in two scoops, but it’s a great addition when you just need a dose of superfoods in your liquid concoction of choice.($20.47; amazon.com)
Whether you’re trying to get lean or bulk up, this blend is great for supporting healthy muscle development and recovery. Each serving has all essential amino acids and is packed with superfoods and tons of fiber to keep you feeling full. The best part? With every container you buy, a nutrient-rich protein paste is donated to a child suffering from severe acute malnutrition.($32.90; amazon.com)
With a smooth vanilla bean flavoring, it’s hard to believe this muscle powder has no artificial sugars or sweeteners. OWYN is true to its name, an acronym for “only what you need,” which happens to be lots of plant-based protein, a full serving of greens, probiotics, and 500 milligrams of omega-3s.($25.99; amazon.com)