We love plant-based protein powders, especially when they offer incredible nutrition and amazing flavours. They’ve come a long way too, with plentiful of flavour combinations that would more than satisfy the most dedicated of vegans.
The foul tasting powders are now a thing of the past, which means for those who enjoy to workout, keep fit or who lead an active lifestyle, can finally enjoy the best tasting protein powders.
Unfortunately, the vegan community is often met with controversy and people who just don’t quite understand it. That’s not a bad thing it just means more for us vegans right? But education is key to help spread the word of why we do this.
In 2018, the Uk launched more vegan products than any other nation (Mintel, 2019), and the demand for meat-free food has increased by 987% in 2017, with going vegan being predicted as the biggest food trend in 2018 (The Vegan Society, 2019).
Though vegan is no longer a ‘trend’ it has become a lifestyle, whether that be going vegan for environmental or health reasons.
It has been reported that going vegan could save around 8 million human lives by 2050, reduce greenhouse gases by two thirds and lead to health care related savings and avoided climate damages of $1.5 trillion (Oxford Martin, 2016).
The facts and reports speak for themselves and for anyone who has not decided to even just reduce their meat and dairy consumption may choose to do so now.
This could even mean just simply switching your whey protein shake to a vegan one. Vegan protein shakes and plant-based proteins have come a long way, and taste pretty insane. In fact, the term ‘plant protein’ increased by 417% on Pinterest in 2017, as people show off their own heavenly creations. (Sutton, 2017)
Can I Get Enough Protein From a Plant-Based Diet with Supplements?
A common question asked and one of the main reasons why individuals who workout tend not to opt for a plant-based diet is them thinking of not getting sufficient amounts of protein for their muscle building needs.
Yes, you can gain enough protein for just a plant-based diet, however, if looking to hit your optimal protein consumption (1-2g per pound of muscle mass), you may struggle to simply eat enough, as to get high amounts of protein you must eat a high amount of plants. Often plants can be filling, so this where having a shake can come in and help boost those numbers while maintaining your calories and other macro-nutrients.
Types of Plant-Based Proteins
Although protein can be found in a very large amount of plants we eat, there are a few main ones of which you find in vegan protein powder blends or on their own. We’ve put some of the most popular ones you’ll find below.
Pea Protein – Natural vegetable protein source with an excellent amino acid profile. With 80% protein per 100g and low fat and carbohydrate content.
Brown Rice Protein – With a high percentage of pure protein brown rice protein boasts an exceptional amino acid complex with not one single gram of cholesterol.
Hemp Protein – Containing no allergens and a high concentration of zinc, and natural omega 3 and omega 6 with every serving.
Soya Protein – Containing all nine essential amino acids and very high in its protein contents.
Best Tasting Vegan Protein Powders
When it comes down to choosing a vegan protein powder, there are two things that should be on your checklist.
Number 1 being, nutrition, though that’s a given. If it doesn’t have an impressive macronutrient make up then it shouldn’t be for sale.
Number 2, this is where it gets competitive, the taste. What’s the point in having a shake if you don’t enjoy drinking it, or even worse if it just sits at the back of your cupboard because your tastebuds can’t handle it?
Here at THE PROTEIN WORKS, we take pride in every vegan shake we produce, making sure that it leaves our flavoury with 5 stars and a thumbs up from all our experienced tasters. We’ve hand-selected some our the best tasting vegan protein powders below. Which one will you go for?
1) THE PROTEIN WORKS Vegan Protein Extreme, Salted Caramel Flavour. Available from £19.99
What is Vegan Protein Extreme?
Vegan Protein Extreme takes the crown of vegan protein shakes in terms of both taste and nutrition. It’s 5 blend of pure plant-based proteins enhanced with a vitamin and mineral blend to further enhance its ability to help repair and build vegan muscle mass. It’s naturally sweetened giving a delicate taste, not too sweet but sweet enough to help curve any cravings to reach for the snack cupboard.
As well as it tasting amazing it also provides your body with 24.1g of protein, 0.7g of fat and only 110 calories per serving, meaning that it can fit into any vegan diet and will help you boost those protein numbers with ease.
Other Flavours Available: Choc Hazelnut Heaven, Chocolate Silk, Salted Caramel Bandit, Tiramisu Italiano and Vanilla Creme.
2) THE PROTEIN WORKS Vegan Protein, Birthday Cake Flavour, available from £13.49
What is Vegan Protein?
Vegan protein is the extreme’s little brother but don’t let that put you off, it packs one hell of a vegan punch. What sets this out from the rest is the introduction of Flavour-Boost Technology into its blend. Refining each flavour to see how it interacts with our tastebuds and how this send signals to your brain, making sure that you enjoy every single flavour in the range. We’ve taken flavour beyond the ordinary, and vegan protein loves it.
Compromising of a 5 plant protein blend that amounts to an impressive 26.3g of protein, 0.6g of fat and 0.2g of carbohydrates per serving. It’s also free from allergens, 100% GMO-free, what isn’t there to like about vegan protein?
Other Flavours Available: Birthday Cake, Choc Mint Brownie, Choc Peanut Cookie, Chocolate Silk, Cookies ‘n’ Cream, Millionaires Shortbread, Strawberries ‘n’ Cream, Vanilla Creme.
3) THE PROTEIN WORKS, Vegan Meal Replacement Shake, Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Flavour, available from £19.99
What is Vegan Meal Replacement Shake?
The most nutrient dense vegan shake on the market? We think so. Vegan meal replacement shake is designed to be used as a weight controlled shake, helping you to maintain a calorie deficit while still being supplied an optimal amount of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. If you’re looking for a plant-based shake that tastes amazing but also can help contribute towards your weight loss goals then this will be the one.
At only 221 calories per shakes and full to the brim with 18.6g of protein from 5 different plant sources, as well as additional weight loss ingredients that help to keep your calories low but also increases the feeling of fullness.
Other Flavours Available: Chocolate Silk, Strawberries ‘n’ Cream, Vanilla Creme.
3) THE PROTEIN WORKS, Diet Vegan Protein, Belgian Choca Mocha, available from, £16.99
What is Diet Vegan Protein?
Diet Vegan Protein is a cutting edge vegan shake that combines effective weight loss ingredients such as green tea extract, acetyl-l-carnitine and garcinia cambogia with premium grade plant-based protein. With an ultra-low calorie count, fat and carbohydrate makeup, allows diet vegan protein to be ideal for anyone looking to lose weight and achieve their physique goals.
The diet vegan powder comes in a range of delicious flavours, so for those that have a sweet tooth, this one would be the one for you. All ingredients are of the highest standard meaning that when blended with water or dairy-free milk gives a silky texture that makes your tastebuds smile at the first protein hit.
Other Flavours Available: Belgian Choca Mocha, Chocolate Silk, Vanilla Creme.
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Sutton, N. (2017). Top Food Trends According To Pinterest. Available: https://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/Article/2017/12/13/Top-food-trends-according-to-Pinterest#.WjE1ml54QOo.twitter. Last accessed 28th May 2019.