As a vegetarian, I have to be especially wary of how much protein I’m consuming, and like any active individual, I need a lot to fuel my muscles. Since I can’t get protein from one of its biggest sources, meat, I turn to eggs, high-protein cereals, nuts, and beans. Even will all of these protein-rich foods, getting up to my daily requirement (I try to consume between 55-60 grams of protein a day) can still be challenge, so I started testing out protein powders.
Finding the right protein powder can be tricky, especially if you are lactose-free. I have to stay away from powders that have casein or whey protein, which is the majority.
A tub of protein powder can also be very expensive, so I didn’t want to purchase an entire tub and hope I liked it. I wanted to find one that had a good flavor, texture, and met my nutritional needs (high protein but not high calorie). I started buying a few single serving packets. These are my thoughts:
Growing Naturals Rice Protein – Vanilla Blast
1 scoop = 110 calories, 24g protein
This one has a good calorie to protein ratio. However, I was not a big fan of the taste. It had a very chalky texture that I found hard to get down.
Spiru-Tein – Vanilla, Cookies & Cream
1 scoop = 99 calories, 14g protein
I tried the Vanilla and the Cookies & Cream flavors. The texture was nice and thick without being chalky, which was nice, and the flavor was decent. Spirtu-Tein has a bunch of crazy flavors that would be great if you’re looking to turn your protein shake into a snack or even dessert. The low calories are a huge plus, but it is lower in protein content that other shakes. I would probably test out some other flavors in the individual packets, but I’m not sure I’d buy a whole tub.
Garden of Life Raw Protein – Vanilla
1 scoop = 80 calories, 17g protein
I tried this one a while ago, and it doesn’t stick out in my mind as being particularly good. It doesn’t stick out as disgusting, either, but I’m looking for the Prince of Proteins. The best combo of flavor, texture, and nutrition, and this definitely wasn’t it.
Plant Fusion – Chocolate Raspberry, Vanilla
1 scoop = 120 calories, 21g protein
I originally tried the Chocolate Raspberry flavor. Though I didn’t like the raspberry, the texture was great, so I gave the Vanilla a try. I enjoyed that flavor quite a bit, and the high protein count is also a plus!
Vega Sport Recovery – Chocolate
1 scoop = 120 calories, 26g protein
This one got a test run while I was traveling (link to post). When shaken, it mixed pretty easily, leaving little to no clumps or chalky texture. I think it would be even better mixed with almond milk (chocolate milk, anyone?). It also has the highest protein count of the bunch while still staying relatively low cal.
Genuine Health Vegan Proteins+ – Chocolate
1 scoop = 120 calories, 20g protein
I’m pretty sure I tried this one and went, “Bleh!” I think that’s all that needs to be said.
My absolute favorite was Vega Sport. The flavor was great even in water, the texture was smooth, calories are low, and protein is high. The only problem is that it is one of the more expensive ones on the market. What can I say, I have expensive taste!
Cost became a last minute credential in the decision-making process, which meant the overall winner encompassing texture, taste, nutritional & monetary value is (drumroll, please)…
I bought a tub of the vanilla flavor from this site and have been trying to have one serving every weekday. It can get clumpy if I try to stir it into almond milk (milk is definitely better than water when it comes to enhancing flavor), so I suggest shaking it up or blending it. Regardless, it isn’t chalky, the taste is pretty good, and it boosts my protein count by 21 grams while keeping calories relatively low.
I have been mixing it into oatmeal for breakfast, having it as a shake on it’s own, and even mixing it into smoothies, like this PBB&P Smoothies (Peanut Butter Banana Protein). Below is the recipe for this delicious, unbelievably filling snack. Feel free to mix with your favorite protein powder (I bet it would be delicious with a chocolate powder) or sub in 1 Tbsp real peanut butter for the PB2.
Have you tried any vegan/vegetarian proteins? Any favorites?