We get this question a lot. In fact, just today someone asked:
If money was no object, which plant-based protein powder would you take daily if your goals are not weight loss, but just to maximize energy, feed muscles to maintain/build and that also had some vitamins and minerals. Completely vegan. Stevia is okay, but prefer nothing sweetening in it that is processed. I don’t need it sweet.
First of all, protein powder is a processed food by definition. So, keep that in mind. If you’re trying to limit processed foods, there are plenty of ways to get your protein without using a powder.
I personally find that using a little bit of protein powder in my green smoothie makes it taste better, which in turn allows me put a lot more veggies in there. So, if a little protein powder helps you get more veggies down the hatch, by all means, give it a shot!
Here are some options for you to start with:
Plant-based Protein Powders
- MRM Veggie Protein
- Sun Warrior Raw Vegan
We currently use MRM at our house because it’s convenient for us to grab during our weekly grocery shopping at Jimbo’s.
Prefer Whole Food Options?
If you truly do not care about sweetness and prefer a whole food approach – you can totally get the same impact by adding the following to your shake
- 1 cup frozen peas (8g)
- 3 tbsp hemp seeds (10g)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds (4g)
- Total 22g
For me, drinking my daily smoothies is not about getting more protein, it’s about getting more vegetables. But, that’s whole other topic. We will save that one for another day.