Myth: it’s hard for vegetarians and vegans to get enough protein.
Fact: there are plenty of plant-based sources of protein, you just need to know where to look.
Meat and animal products may be the most obvious sources of protein that spring to mind, but they certainly aren’t the only options out there. Did you know that per 100 calories of broccoli you get 11.1g of protein, whereas in the same amount of calories of meat you get just 6.4g?
With more and more people choosing to go green, there’s been a rise in the popularity, availability, and quality of plant-based protein powder alternatives — but how do you choose which one is right for you? In this article we’re here to give you the facts and figures to help you make that decision.
Why Choose A Plant-Based Protein Powder?
Whether you’ve been a vegan for years, can’t have dairy in your diet, or just want to mix up your training routine with a new shake — there are plenty of reasons why a plant-based protein powder might be appealing.
The Benefits of Plant-Based Protein Powders
Plant-based protein powders are a sure-fire way to make sure your body is getting enough of this important macronutrient. No meal prep or cooking required, all you have to do is add a scoop to a shaker and enjoy.
They’re a convenient, cost-effective solution, and especially great for those with a tight training regime or hectic work schedule.
Protein is super-important for anyone trying to get to a specific fitness goal — whether that’s losing a few pounds, toning-up, or getting ripped. It’s vital for helping your body to grow and maintain muscle mass, so it’s key that you get a good supply of it pre- or post-workout to push your progress.
Source of Amino Acids
There are nine essential amino acids that your body needs — these are naturally found in protein and help to build and repair muscle. As you can’t produce them yourself, it’s important that you get them from your diet.
Unlike meat and dairy sources, not many plant-based proteins are ‘complete’, which means they don’t contain all nine essential amino acids. Soy Protein does, so that’s a good option to consider, but you can always get the full amount by pairing up other plant-based sources.
For example, Brown Rice Protein is high in methionine but lacks lysine, whereas Pea Protein is high in lysine but doesn’t have much methionine. That’s why a combination of the two are often used in plant-based protein powders, including our Vegan Blend.
Basically, you can still get exactly what your body needs from plant-based sources, you just might need to have a variety of them in your diet.
How To Choose A Plant-Based Protein Powder
So, we’ve covered why you might want to make the change, but here’s a look at the plant-based proteins on offer for you to consider. Like everything when it comes to nutrition, there’s not a one-size-fits-all — you need to find which one works best for you and your lifestyle, but here are the highlights:
Our newly formulated blend of completely natural, dairy-free proteins. We’ve combined the power of peas and brown rice to deliver an impressive 21g of protein per shake, along with a complete amino acid profile — so you can be confident that you’re getting all nine essential amino acids at once.
With just 1g of fat per serving and zero sugar, it will support your goals without messing up your macros. It’s flavored and sweetened completely naturally with stevia, and we’ve also included a prebiotic fiber and GanedenBC30® probiotic to help you maintain a healthy digestive system.
This has all the perks of the Vegan Blend — with 24 superfood extracts thrown in for good measure. The result is a powerful health kick that gives you 1 portion of your fruit and veg along with 22g of protein — talk about getting your gains with your greens.
Which brings us on to what we think might be the best part… all of these healthy ingredients and important nutrients come in a delicious, naturally flavored Chocolate or Vanilla shake — so you can get the benefits of superfoods like kale and wheatgrass, with none of the aftertaste. It almost feels like cheating, right?
Small but mighty, Pea Protein is a great everyday supplement to make part of your routine. It’s easily absorbed by the body, so it’s ideal for quickly supplying your muscles with protein post-workout to help with growth and repair.
Each serving comes packed with 21g of protein, just 2g of fat and 0g of sugar — resulting in an indulgent-tasting shake that’s only 100 calories. And, for those who can’t have dairy or soy products, pea protein is a perfect allergen-free alternative.
It’s not considered as a complete protein due to its low methionine content, however this essential amino acid can be found in other vegan-friendly foods such as spinach and edamame beans, so it’s pretty easy to make up the rest from your diet.
You may be familiar with soy milk, but did you know that the very same soy beans can provide you with protein? We use an innovative process to remove all the unnecessary extras and maximize the protein content — giving you a huge 24g of protein per serving, with zero fat and zero sugar.
And finally, another big hit of protein from a little source — our brown rice blend provides 23g of protein per serving with 2g of fat and zero sugar. It’s not a complete protein, but it’s high in the amino acid methionine which is why it’s often coupled up with pea protein, like in our Vegan Blend.
Take Home Message
We hope that you’re closer to knowing how to choose a plant-based protein powder that’s right for your lifestyle and fitness ambitions. Contrary to popular belief, ruling out animal products doesn’t necessarily mean you’re giving up variety — as we’ve just shown, there are plenty of high-quality options to fill the gap of dairy and meat.