Protein Powder Reviews

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My Naturopath recently suggested that I increase my protein intake at breakfast after looking at my daily food log and finding that I was coming up short on occasion. Breakfast is usually my meal that’s lowest in protein (lunch and dinner are fine) and he thought that an increase in breakfast protein could help with my energy levels and workout recovery. Knowing that I’m a vegan, he suggested using protein powder as an easy way to sneak in more protein.

I’ve tried all kinds of protein powders and tend to go through phases with them. Sometimes I use them every day for a week and other times I fall off the wagon or just forget to buy it when I run out. I think part of the problem is that I’ve never been able to find one that meets all of my needs. I’m really picky with protein powders! Sometimes they have sneaky artificial sweeteners, too much sugar, taste like dirt, or they just don’t have as much protein per serving as I’m looking for. If I’m going to fork money over for powder, it better be high in protein!

I said I would give his protein-boosting breakfast challenge a try and set out to find the perfect protein powder once again. I remembered Ashley saying that she was really happy with the Garden of Life Raw Protein Powder, so I thought I would give it a try since she gave it rave reviews.

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The specs of this protein powder:

  • 17 grams of protein per serving (per 1/4 cup scoop)
  • Only 80 calories per serving
  • Less than 1 gram of sugar per serving
  • No fillers, artificial flavours, or synthetics
  • USDA Organic
  • Probiotic and enzyme blend
  • Recyclable container

 

That is a lot of protein per serving for very few calories!

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Ingredient list:

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The nutritional profile:

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One thing I really like about this protein powder is that there’s no added sugar. I like to be able to control my own sweetener in my smoothies (hello, frozen bananas), so this is a nice change.

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What about the taste?

Well, let me just say that it’s pretty earthy, but certainly not the worst protein powder I have tasted (hemp, I’m looking at you).

Don’t expect to add this protein powder into a smoothie without any fruit/sweetener and enjoy the taste. That’s to be expected because there’s no sugar to cover up the taste like in other powders. I would say it’s quite easy to mask the taste with a frozen banana or other fun ingredients. Once I added my normal smoothie ingredients, it was fine!

What I don’t like about this protein powder:

  • I’m sure there is iron in this powder, but they don’t report it. As a vegan, this is crucial info for me to know.
  • It’s expensive to buy from a natural food store ($40-45), but I found it online from Iherb for $27.97 and you can probably find it cheaper.
  • Very slightly chalky and earthy tasting, but again, I don’t think this is a deal breaker for me. It’s much less chalky than some powders I have tried.

 

I also picked up this Heartland Gold Brown Rice Protein Powder to compare it to the Garden of Life Brand. Compared to Garden of Life, this gives me much more bang for my buck. It has 40 servings per container vs. Garden Of Life’s 28 servings. It’s also about $8 cheaper too.

At less than $1 per 16 grams of protein, I’d say this is a cheap source of protein!

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This protein powder has just one ingredient: Organic Compliant, Sprouted, Non-GMO, Brown Rice Protein Concentrate! It’s vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free. I think this would be comparable to the popular Sun Warrior Protein Powder as it’s 100% sprouted brown rice.

It’s 80 calories per scoop and 16 grams of protein. It also has 40% of the RDA for iron which is good for me to know as a vegan.

I also love that it’s a Canadian company based out of Toronto. I was not able to find a website for them though! Suspicious…

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The cons?

It’s a bit more chalky than the Garden of Life protein powder, but only slightly more chalky. This was me comparing them side by side, mind you. The flavour is still earthy (remember- it’s unsweetened), but it’s less earthy tasting than the Garden Of Life powder. Unlike GOL, it’s not a complete protein source, but as long as I get a balance of protein sources over the day, it shouldn’t be an issue.

I still have yet to find my perfect protein powder, but I think these are two decent options weighing the pros and cons. I will definitely buy them again.

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With one scoop of powder you now have a high protein smoothie base of 17 grams of protein. Add some chia seeds and other smoothie ingredients and you have yourself a smoothie that’s 24-25 grams of protein per serving.

As for my energy levels? I’ve noticed that I don’t get as hungry before lunch as I used to and I seem to be more focused and alert in the morning. I think it’s probably a better balance of carbs/protein/fat for my body’s needs.

Are you a protein powder fan? Which ones have you tried and loved or tried and hated?

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1 Steph @ A Life without Ice Cream October 25, 2011

Great post!

I had a similar challenge finding a protein powder I liked and didn’t taste like sand. I haven’t tried the one in this review but had really good luck with Sun Warrior. It’s also quite expensive but similar in that it has high amounts of protein for low sugar and calories.

The one I found that tasted the best was a PC Soy based chocolate. It was so good with just water I loved to drink it. Unfortunately it was loaded with sugar and the soy upset my stomach.

I’m looking forward to a few protein powder recipes on OSG! I just made one the other day with blueberres:

http://alifewithouticecream.blogspot.com/2011/10/perfect-protein-smoothie.html

I used Sun Warrior but I’m sure it would work with any plain or vanilla powder.

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2 Christine Rogers October 13, 2014

Hey Steph! Thank you for that lovely blueberry protein shake recipe, loved it!

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3 Danielle October 25, 2011

I’ve been doing a lot of weight training over the past couple months, so as a vegan I knew that I needed to increase my protein intake. I’ve been using Nitrofusion and Plantfusion- I think they are the same product- they are a blend of pea, rice, and artichoke protein I believe and are 21g protein per serving. But I like them, not bad tasting at all- would definitely recommend

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4 Kristina October 25, 2011

Hi Angela,

Have you tried Vega? I adore their Whole Food Optimizer, and even some of the smoothie mixes.

The only downfall of your Brown Rice protein is that it doesn’t have a complete amino acid profile. Not all “protein” is created equal. Even hemp doesn’t have all of the essential amino acids, which is why a balance of brown rice, yellow pea and hemp protein is a great vegan source.

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5 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

That’s true, but it’s not essential to get complete proteins at every meal, as long as you get them over the course of the day it balances out.

Vega upset my stomach unfortunately!

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6 Heather December 9, 2014

I was actually violently ill from Vega on more than one occasion. It seems to be the ‘perfect’ protein powder, but… I’d rather not be struck with what feels like the stomach flu or food poisoning every time! It was really awful.

I’ve been using the Sunwarrior raw vegan brand but I’m planning on trying the others you’ve posted here. One thing I like to do is find out the percentage of protein by dividing the protein by the serving size. Sunwarrior is 76% protein, The Heartland Gold is 80%, and the Garden of Life 77%. Considering the Heartland Gold is 80% AND Canadian (I’m in Ottawa), I think I’ll give that one a try next! Thanks for the info.

I also wanted to check out the Kaizen brand protein, but it’s only 63% protein (even though it’s 25g, it’s almost double the typical serving size at 40g).

Angela, I am making your sweet potato & black bean enchiladas tonight for dinner and I CANNOT WAIT. I love your cookbook and your blog.

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7 abby June 4, 2015

Just wanted to let you know Heather, that Vega plus many others were making me violently ill and I found that Stevia was the offending ingredient!

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8 Laura July 22, 2013

I wanted to like Vega, but they use stevia and it gives it that nasty aftertaste that I just couldn’t cover up. If you like the taste of stevia, though, it’s a great option!

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9 Kirsten January 12, 2014

After doing a bunch of research I thought Vega would be the product for me, but the Stevia is way too sweet and leaves a horrible after taste in my mouth. I’m pretty disappointed in it actually. That was a whole lot of money wasted.

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10 Kerri January 13, 2014

I too dislike the taste of stevia. I can tell it is in the product just by the taste- I have unfortunately overlooked it a couple of times when reading the ingredient label. The other sweetener I am finding in some vegan products is monk fruit, which I find gas that same “off” taste. My only problem with Garden of Life RAW Protein is the type of vitamin D it contains. The label does not indicate D2 or D3 (according to GOL website, their D3 is animal sourced).

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11 Megan October 25, 2011

I also struggle with getting enough protein, so I tend to rely on a protein smoothie in the afternoon as a snack. My favorite protein powder is Spirutein-tein (vanilla or strawberry), and while it does have some sugar, I believe it is vegan, and it’s really tasty! I mix it with almond or soy milk, frozen banana, cinnamon and almond butter. It’s also not very chalky at all, even without all the extra mix-ins.

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12 Hannah October 26, 2011

Unfortunately Spirutein contains bee pollen so it’s not vegan :(

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13 Namma May 14, 2012

Whether bee pollen is vegan or not is a personal choice as there is NO clear cut way to determine whether the bees are exploited or not.

This article is very interesting in that aspect. Apparently, like religion and politics, being vegan and how you define it is strictly a PERSONAL choice made by examining many factors.

http://rawfoodsolution.com/is-bee-pollen-vegan-thats-a-tough-choice-1712.html

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14 hannah May 15, 2012

Just wanted to be clear that this was NOT a criticism of someone else’s choice. The fact is, it’s written very small on the packet and I bought some thinking it was vegan and was then really upset to discover I had had something with bee pollen in because my choice is to avoid it. Anyway from personal experience, I would have liked to have had it pointed out and that was my only intention.
Interesting article – thanks
x

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15 Ryn October 26, 2012

A ‘personal choice’ is one that affects ONLY the person involved. Killing and exploiting over 150 billion animals for human consumption is the farthest thing from being a personal choice.

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16 Dbook November 29, 2012

I don’t understand where people get the idea that beekeepers kill their bees. If it were not for the beekeepers there would be few to no bees left in a world full of pesticides. The wild population has decreased severely in our attempt for the perfect lawn and bug free farms. Watch Nicotine Bees and see keepers crying over losing hives. Surely a group of people who have enough of a relationship with these tiny beings to cry over losing them is deserving of a rethink! This anger makes no sense. What would a beekeeper profit by killing his/her bees? All beekeepers leave food for bees to survive the winter and some larger businesses travel around the country pollinating almonds, strawberries, etc. For vegans, a good 40% of your foods would not be available without the work of beekeepers.

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17 Nicolette February 1, 2013

Ryn, you’re an elitist idiot. And it is a personal choice whether or not to partake. Effect has nothing to do with choice. And bees are not massacred, just so you know.

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18 Kerri January 13, 2014

Spirutein was my favorite too. But, I later realized that it contained bee pollen and I was not sure how it was sourced, so until I do I will stop.
I know some urban bee keepers who do not smoke their bees to sedate them as is sometimes done. I know that some larger corporations do not leave honey for their bees but instead use a sugar concoction. But, I don’t know how the pollen is harvested and I will read the link which Namma provided.

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19 Moni'sMeals October 25, 2011

Thanks Angela for this review! I have not heard of this Brand, It sounds great to me and I know I could make it taste good, I have some tricks up my sleeve, (hehe).

I love Sun Warrior right now… have for years. I think back to college and I would just use powders that were cheap…with so many chemicals and awful ingredients, yikes! Glad I have it figured out now.

It is all about a thick, thick, thick shake for me, so whatever can do that… I love. :)

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20 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

I think SunWarrior would be comparable to this Heartland Gold powder as it’s 100% brown rice protein right?

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21 Julie @ Shining From Within October 25, 2011

I love SunWarrior! I’ve been wanting to try that Raw Protein but don’t want to invest in a huge tub that I won’t like..maybe I’ll find some samples!

As far as protein goes, I’ve been doing a high protein breakfast for the past couple weeks and it truly helps, I even see more muscle tone. That protein, I tell ya, very important! I like to make blueberry protein pancakes with a lil maple agave nectar…mmmmmm

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22 Carrie March 15, 2013

Just an FYI, I loved SunWarrior’s Warrior Blend too until I found out they added regular TABLE salt to their product and didn’t list it in the ingredients on the tub I had NOR did they report the sodium content (I had to dig online for it and it was over 300 mg/svg). Super shady. I returned it to Whole Foods and complained to both companies.

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23 Jen @ keepitsimplefoods.com October 25, 2011

There’s a chocolate soy protein powder I like, ok. Otherwise, I’m not that big into them. I’m a big believer that people think they need to eat a whole lot more protein than necessary. Great post, though!

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24 Mrs. G October 25, 2011

I don’t have any feedback on the protein powder, but you mentioned your Naturopath and it got me thinking. I remember reading a Part 1 that ended kind of abruptly. Did I miss a Part 2, or is that coming?

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25 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

It’s coming, I’m waiting on tests :)

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26 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh October 25, 2011

The word “earthy” never translates well to me. It’s like the kind way of saying “did you like mud pies as a child? Yes? Oh then you’ll love it!” :-)

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27 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

lol, I could see that.

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28 Lisa Wales October 25, 2011

I have been using a great protein powder from (Billy’s Infinity Greens), it’s a sprouted Organic Brown Rice Protein. I love it. You can order it online.

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29 XtineBeanie @ CleanLiving / DirtyWorld October 25, 2011

I love Vega! Especially their Whole Food Health Optimizer powder, which has some other awesome things like Maca, Chlorella, EFAs, fibre, probiotics, digestive enzymes, a full day of vitamins and minerals, etc. It definitely tastes “green” and very healthy. Not chalky at all. The berry flavour is best. It’s a little more expensive, due to all the incredible ingredients, but it’s worth it.
http://myvega.com/products/whole-food-health-optimizer/features-benefits

Good to know about those two brands you reviewed. Thank you!

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30 jenny braun October 25, 2011

Have you tried vegasport? I am interested in trying this brand.

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31 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

Yea I’ve tried it and I wasn’t a fan of the taste at all.

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32 Krista July 22, 2012

We just tried a Vega packet and we weren’t fans of the taste either. I blame it on the Stevia…not a fan.

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33 Julie (A Case of the Runs) October 25, 2011

I didn’t like the taste! Their performance drink (non-protein) is fine, but the protein = ick!

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34 April S June 19, 2012

I’m a bit of a vega-fanatic. I swear by the pre-sport optimizer for all my marathons (add chia seeds 30 minutes prior to your run and you’ll be at the 15km mark before you even realize – natural high!). Also, their new protein bars are fabulous. I was a little skeptical of their “sugar” content, but reached out to them on twitter and it turns out that they use raw cane sugar and date syrup – since they switched to the new “Sports” marketing campaign, they’ve only now been getting the labeling correct. As for the protein, I find the wholefood optimizer contains 26 grams of protein, you save money from buying the natural version, and it mixes WAY better than it used to.
Honestly, try it!

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35 Tom May 22, 2014

Raw cane sugar is a farce, as far as everything I’ve read on it. Maybe Angela knows differently, but all cane sugar needs to be pasteurized to be legal, so it really is no different from a nutritional perspective than regular processed white sugar. In fact, sugar is sugar and even honey is the same thing, unless you believe some fringe doctors who will tout its questionable medicinal benefits. Same goes for maple sugar. Agave is reported to be lower on the glycemic index, but there is increasing controversy suggesting it is really only marginally better, at best.

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36 Noelle (@singerinkitchen) October 25, 2011

You should look into Metagenics powders. This is the one my naturopath carries and it is vegan. it is probably the best one I have tasted out of MANY, believe me. Powders usually hurt my tummy but this one was perfect.

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37 PinaColada March 20, 2014

I agree, Metagenics tastes good – but don’t you find it has way too much added sugar? Do they make an unsweetened kind?

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38 Lillian October 25, 2011

I feel your pain! Being both GF and veg makes it hard for me to get enough protein, and I’ve spent ages hunting for a good protein powder. Happily, I’m now basically in love with the Vega Shake & Go powders (especially Vanilla Almondilla). Two scoops of the powder has two servings of veggies, 12 g of protein, and 40% of your daily recommended iron. It also goes wonderfully with Green Monsters!

Another good option is Biochem’s vegan protein — it’s not as tasty as Vega, but it’s reasonably priced and not terribly chalky (and it doesn’t have that tastes-like-dirt motif going on, either). :)

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39 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

I enjoy the shake & go powders too.

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40 Maureen Pluthero October 25, 2011

I find these taste terrible, I have been told it is probably the stevia in them I do not like.

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41 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty October 25, 2011

Thank you for this!

If you can find Sun Warrior – it’s really great. Real Raw Nutrition sells it I think, and it’s a Canadian Company. It is $$ though, but it’s tasty!

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42 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

Do you know if they make one without stevia?

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43 ~Jessica~ October 25, 2011

Sun Warrior do make a ‘natural’ flavour that has no Stevia.

Just curious – why do you avoid Stevia? I use quite a lot of it so I’m a bit worried now!

I love the Chocolate Vega Shake & Go, and also both flavours of Brown Rice Sun Warrior (NOT a fan of the new SW Blend at all though).

I think Nutiva has a hemp shake that’s fruit sugar sweetened too?

xxx

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44 IC November 26, 2013

I have the Sun Warrior Natural Raw Vegan protein powder. From my perspective if you want to use it in a savory dish (e.g., making a sauce for a “pasta”) you wouldn’t necessarily want the stevia. I had a different brand of Sun Warrior before that I could just mix with water and eat with a spoon (super good). This one is technically better for you, but requires more effort to have it taste good (i.e., you need fruit or something to modify the flavor). Lately I’ve been making oatmeal pudding using soaked steel cut oats, cinnamon, 1/2 a banana and a scoop of SW Natural protein powder and blending it up. It’s delicious. I also do an “apple pie” version (replace banana with apple).

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45 XtineBeanie @ CleanLiving / DirtyWorld October 25, 2011

Oh Angela, did both of the smoothies come out brown? (I’m used to Vega which comes out green, LOL). What all did you put in the smoothie?

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46 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

It was pumpkin (only 1/4 cup or so as I was almost out), almond milk, chia seeds, ice, spices.

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47 Sara October 25, 2011

This will be a great post to read all the comments as I’m almost out of protein powder and want to try a new one. I always looks at that Raw one but assumed it tasted a little on the dirty side. The only thing in the ingredient list is Brewers Yeast…uck! I use protein powder as a sweetener in a lot of things so I want it to taste good. I LOVE the bio-chem Greens and Whey but it’s expensive. I haven’t been able to beat Irontek Essentially Natural for taste and value. I’ll probably keep coming back to it. Neither of those are vegan though.

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48 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

I too thought that was strange about the yeast….why do you think that’s in there?

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49 jenny October 25, 2011

Brewer’s yeast might be there to boost the B vitamin content. It’s one of the best natural sources out there.

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50 Sara October 25, 2011

It just makes it looks like a packet of brewers yeast, and I don’t want that touching my blueberries! :)

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51 jenn October 25, 2011

How do you guys know you aren’t getting enough protein?

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52 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

The naturopath looked at my weekly food log and found that my protein was coming up short some days, with lowest amounts during breakfast.

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53 Beth October 25, 2011

I just bought a tub of the Garden of Life Raw Protein a few weeks ago and have been adding it to various things, including smoothies and your pumpkin pie chia pudding! I find that I can taste it no matter what it’s in, but I still try to use it. I wanted to put it in my oatmeal this morning but was afraid to ruin the taste of the oatmeal. I’m still experimenting, but overall I think it’s a good idea to use. Sometimes I forget to eat enough protein.

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54 Aine @ Something to Chew Over October 25, 2011

I’d love to use protein powder but they’re all so expensive!

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55 Tia October 25, 2011

The one I liked the best is a President’s Choice one, it’s soy protein (non-GMO, I do believe), unflavored and has only a few ingredients. And it’s around $20 bucks. I find it’s very easy to hide in a smoothie. I usually do almond milk, chia, cocoa powder, one stevia packet, almonds and strawberries with one scoop of the powder. There was another one my naturopath recommended b/c it has no crazy ingredients or sugar/sweeteners. I’ll get back to you with that one, as it was pretty good as well.

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56 Jesse (Out To Lunch Creations) October 25, 2011

I’m a big Vanilla Sun Warrior fan, it tastes great and its slightly sweetened with stevia. I find it works well with just about any smoothie and I sometimes blend it onto my almond milk and pour it over my cereal. It doesn’t have a lot of add-ins so it gives you freedom to add whatever superfoods and supplements you want.

Vega is good if you are doing a simple smoothie with just almond milk and a banana because it comes in a lot of flavors and has superfoods/supplements already added to it.

Its really cool you found a local brand, I’ll have to check it out!

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57 Tina October 25, 2011

My family goes with Genuine Health Vegan Proteins Plus – Dark Chocolate. Soy free, sweetened with stevia, it is DELICIOUS. They also make vanilla and strawberry, which are both ok, but the chocolate is insane. It is creamy, not chalky, blends well, and can be purchased at most grocery stores that have a “natural” section.

We used to do Vega, but we have totally converted.

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58 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

Oh cool, I didn’t know they made a vegan powder! Do you remember how much protein is in it per serving?

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59 XtineBeanie @ CleanLiving / DirtyWorld October 25, 2011

That is really good to know, thanks! I did a quick googling of it, and it’s 20 g of protein per serving.

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60 Tina October 25, 2011

Yep, 20! Plus we often make a chocolate/peanut butter smoothie that adds even more protein – powder, chia, banana, spinach, natural pb, ice and water. It’s like dessert for breakfast! And then of course there are the chocolate coffee smoothies :)

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61 Rob December 18, 2012

Thanks I am going to buy some as I have looked at it often but never bought it. Vega is expensive and I need a good alternative.

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62 Carrie March 15, 2013

I just purchased my first tub of this (buy one get one 50% off at vitacost.com) in the vanilla and am super excited to try it out. Does anyone know if it’s considered raw?

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63 Heather Elizabeth October 25, 2011

I was always kind of skeptical about protein powders, but I thought they might help me recover after a long run more quickly. I like Spirutein. Specifically the chocolate peanut butter kind. I think it has about 14g protein and 80 calories without the soy milk I add.

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64 Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 25, 2011

I am so guilty of not doing protein at breakfast and I know I need to get better with that. I need to try to incorporate more options than just my oatmeal or at least be more creative with my oatmeal add ons!. I like TJ’s hemp protein powder, but never seem to get there to get it. I’ll look into this one too. I like the fact that there’s no added sugar too. Big bonus for me. Thanks for the review.

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65 Lillian October 25, 2011

Addendum to my first post: I wasn’t diggin’ Vega’s other protein powders (Vegasport or the Whole Food Health Optimizer). They were expensive and uber-chalky, and I wasn’t trying to spend mucho denero on something I had to choke down. I was about to write off Vega entirely until I tried the Shake & Go line, which has turned out to be awesome.

That said, though, plenty of people love the other Vega powders – so clearly this is a matter of personal taste! :)

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66 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

I def. think that protein powders are a personal taste/preference!
I enjoyed the taste of shake & go quite a bit too.

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67 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 25, 2011

Protein powder is so hard! I like to get the sample packets from Whole Foods and do taste tests. Still haven’t found the answer yet.

I know that I don’t like Sun Warrior or Vega… and that too much sugar is a turn off and chalkiness must be hidden with lots of banana. Stevia and vanilla and/or almond extract works wonders on flavors!

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68 Alix October 25, 2011

Great info. I’m always tempted by the chocolate flavored varieties, but this is a good reminder to avoid added sugar! And I am also really looking forward to the Part 2 on your naturopathy experience–I’m seeing one for the first time in a few weeks.

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69 Ashley October 25, 2011

Too funny! The Raw Protein isn’t really earthy to me. Everyone is so different when it comes to protein powders. :) I think it tastes like when I mix oats into a smoothie and the same kind of texture too. Have you tried Sun Warrior? That was THEE most chalky protein powder I’ve ever had! I love mixing it into oatmeal or even just with almond milk and a little cinnamon, after a workout. But maybe I’m weird because I also like hemp protein, hehe.

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70 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

No I haven’t but I remember you saying that! :) I think this Heartland Gold is comparable to the Sun Warrior being 100% brown rice protein and all.

I wouldn’t say it’s earthy when mixed with ingredients, so overall not a big deal to me. :) Def a great find!

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71 jenny October 25, 2011

Love love love SunWarrior brand protein. It is raw and vegan as well and seems to be easier on the digestive system than some other we’ve tried!

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72 Jaymie October 25, 2011

I use Garden of Life Raw Code Vitamins and have been really happy with them! Im almost out of my Vega protein so Ill give this a try next :)

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73 Lili October 25, 2011

I finally broke down and bought Sun Warrior (Vanilla). Vega was too green for me, and most others remind me of pancake mix flavour. It was $10 off at Whole Foods (Oakville location) on Thanksgiving weekend.

I know they have an original flavour, maybe it is unsweetened?

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74 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

How do you like the Sun Warrior?

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75 Caitlyn October 25, 2011

Your review has been helpful! I always shy away from the protein powder aisle because I don’t know which one to buy. I’ll need to try a few and see which brand works for. It’s a great excuse to make lots of smoothies!

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76 Amanda October 25, 2011

I also go through phases with protein powder, but lately I’ve been making my smoothies without it. I’ve been ordering from a website called True Protein, that allows you to design custom protein powders and supplements:

http://www.trueprotein.com/custom_product.aspx

It looks like they ship to Canada too, so it might be worth checking out. My favorite is a mix of their brown rice and pea protein, in the vanilla flavor (sweetened with stevia). I’ve also tried some of their other flavors, like coconut, which was good, but not something I’d regularly want to put in my smoothies.

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77 Ami @ parsnips and pears October 25, 2011

I’m all about Manitoba Harvest hemp protein powders. I love that there is no added “stuff” in them and I find the taste good… a little butty if anything which I am cool with. My 14 month old son even gobbles them down!

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78 PinaColada March 20, 2014

Did you mean nutty? : p

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79 Joann@womaninreallife October 25, 2011

I agree that you have to find a protein powder that suits your tastes. My husband and I are okay with the Vega Sport Performance Protein (not to be confused with the Sport Optimizer). We use the chocolate flavour (not that I would personally associate it with chocolate). I don’t use it every day, but always use it before I exercise. It can be lumpy, so I let it sit a few minutes and then stir again. Eventually, the lumps will come out. Expensive for sure, though.

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80 Ami @ parsnips and pears October 25, 2011

oops that should be nutty

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81 Katrina October 25, 2011

I’ve been looking into buying a protein powder but haven’t found a tasty one yet. Thanks for the reviews!

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82 Addy October 25, 2011

Hi Angela,
Thank you so much for doing all the legwork on this important subject! Like you, I’m really picky about protein powders, but I know I could probably use more in my diet. Thanks for checking some out and sharing the results; I will definitely be using this info!

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83 Paige is Running Around Normal October 25, 2011

I was sooo bummed when they took Jay Robb’s brown rice pp off the shelves. That used to be my favorite. Now I use Sun Warrior, though I’m still not 100% pleased with the chalkiness of it.

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84 Richard Briggs September 19, 2012

No offense folks but are you reading the labels? As an example, Sun Warrior has what, around 16G protein in 2TBS? I use Jarrow ISO rich soy PP. It has 43G per 2 Tbs! It also tastes great.

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85 Lauren October 25, 2011

I’ve never tried protein powders, but looking at the list of ingredients it seems like it wouldn’t be too difficult to make your own. At least that way you could tailor it to your needs/preferences.

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86 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

That’s an interesting idea!

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87 Dana October 25, 2011

Daily Garnish did this a while back. Great post!

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88 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

Thanks I’ll check it out!

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89 Melissa October 25, 2011

I am a big fan of Spiru-tein. I have currently tried the vanilla and the chocolate ones. Big thumbs up. I love the extra nutrients in the powder. I feel good about drinking it. I don’t find it too chalky either.

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90 Char @ www.charskitchen.ca October 25, 2011

I like Vega, but I stopped drinking protein powders about a year and a half ago. I find my body builds & repairs muscles just fine the way I eat, and protein powders cause digestive distress for me. To each their own, though. I’m not knocking protein powders, they’re just not my thing

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91 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

I’ve tried some that were hard on my stomach too! It’s def. personal preference.

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92 Christina @ the athletarian October 25, 2011

I am the same way with protein. I haven’t found one good enought to actually stick with. The current (and beat) one I’ve had so far is the Vega Shake and Go Smoothie powder. The best flavour is Vanilla Almondilla. It is not earthy like Vega’s other products. You should give it a try. I’ve tried Sun Warrior as well and absolutely hated it. Both flavours tasted like a mix of dirt and grass to me!

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93 Amy October 25, 2011

Angela- Have you tried the GOL powder in overnight oats? I also purchased it based on Ashley’s rave reviews, and although I have no issues with adding it to my smoothies, I thought it made my overnight oats taste absolutely horrendous! This was a huge bummer for me, as I rarely make smoothies for breakfast (it’s too cold out there!) and only for snacks. I don’t usually sweeten my overnight oats (just add some berries in the morning) but I even tried adding maple syrup to counteract the GOL powder and I didn’t think it helped at all- Not sure if anyone has any tricks they can recommend for using it in overnight oats without ruining them?

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94 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

No I havent tried that yet, but thanks for the warning! I’m sorry to hear that!

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95 SusanK October 25, 2011

I’ll have to try GOL Raw. I currently have a container of Hemp and it is very much like eating dirt!

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96 Sara October 25, 2011

I used to put raw protein in my smoothies and stopped after I realized I can get enough protein from plant based meals. I tried going back to it once, but I got a horrible stomach ache so never again.

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97 jenny braun October 25, 2011

Really appreciate this review! Just ran a marathon and I felt awful. I think my diet lacked protein and iron so my legs weren’t recovering from my long runs towards the end!! I have only been vegan for about 5 months and didn’t realize I wasn’t getting enough till it was too late–next time I will supplement with a protein powder for sure!

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98 Tia October 25, 2011

InterACTIVE Nutrition is the brand name :)

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99 VeggieGirl October 25, 2011

I do a Boathouse Farms Mango Protien smoothie in the morning as I never get up early enough before my crazy early work hours to make one myself. I love it, as it is full of fruit, protien and read to go!

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100 Casey @ Insatiably Healthy October 25, 2011

This was great I’ve been trying different ones out by buying the little packets before I commit to a giant tub.

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101 Gia October 25, 2011

Have you looked into Sun Warrior? It’s a vegan, raw sprouted brown rice protein powder.

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102 Mike Lieberman October 25, 2011

I’m a big fan of the Garden of Life Raw Protein because it is such a neutral taste and you can flavor it as you wish. Some of the other sweetened or flavored ones have a gritty taste or don’t mix with other ingredients too well.

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103 Faith @ For the Health of It October 25, 2011

I actually love plain hemp powder as a protein add-in for my shakes/pancakes etc. Bob’s Red Mill makes a great one and it’s the most affordable vegan protein powder I’ve come across! It’s pretty mild, so no weird taste…that or I just have weird taste buds!

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104 Tina October 25, 2011

My go to vegan protein powder (and I’ve tried a LOT) is Peaceful Planet Super Spirulina Protein Shake French Vanilla Unsweetened made by VegLife. I get it cheap online thru Lucky Vitamin after finding it one time only at a going out of business health food store. 25g protein per scoop.

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105 sarah October 25, 2011

I like the Metagenics rice protein powder. It is sweetened, but I only use one scoop in my smoothie, so it’s not bad. I also eat a high protein pita for breakfast. I find them at Zehrs, they are by Haddad Bakery and there is 10g of protein in one! Not too shabby!

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106 Dana October 25, 2011

I really like the Vegn Whole Food Optimizer. It’s a little expensive, but it packs a punch and has been doing wonders for my energy levels and hunger.

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107 Tamara October 25, 2011

I’ve been using vega for the last 3-5 months and won’t change unless it’s for something amazing…. but I guess I won’t find it if I still to vega :(? Let me know if you find something to die for and I’ll switch!
T

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108 Leana October 25, 2011

I’m actually a big lurva of the “Garden of Life Raw Protein”. Rather than using it by the scoop, I get tons of mileage out of it by sprinkling 1/4 – 1/5 scoop to any veggie hodge-podge dish/stir fry that I make! It turns a bit like gravy and absorbs whatever spice/seasoning I have flavored my meal with! :) Also (although it contains milk & soy so not vegan) after a good weights workout for legs, I use -Jarrow Formulas “100% natural Whey Protein unflavored” 18g of protein & 94 cal, there is literally 1 ingredient, and zero horomones, gluten, egg, nut, fish, or artificial anything! (www.jarrow.com) ! :)

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109 Heather October 25, 2011

This was such a thorough and informative review! Thanks, Angela. :-)

Like you, I’m so so so picky with protein powders. As a college student (read: broke), I feel as though if I’m going to stretch my dollars for a powder, it better be a darn good one! I’ve yet to find a powder that isn’t too chalky and doesn’t taste like feet. The hunt continues!

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110 Ella, RD October 25, 2011

Thanks for this post – it’s really informative. I just wrote about the importance of protein at breakfast and ways to incorporate protein at that particular meal (www.EllaRDinLA.com), but certainly NOT from a vegan perspective. I also kind of bash protein powders in the blog entry, but I can see that it could be an important option for vegans. It gets my hackles up when I see red-meat-eating gym junkies downing protein powder. But clearly there is a place for it in some diets.

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111 emma October 25, 2011

Tempt Living Harvest Protein Powder is my favorite by far. in general i basically swear by Living Harvest Temp stuff. their ice cream is fantastic! they are not as big of a company i think out of the pacific northwest, but their hemp products are excellent.

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112 Max@flavortogofast October 25, 2011

I’ve been struggling to finish my Garden of Life protein, I liked chocolate or vanilla Plant Fusion MUCH better but nothing compares to any Whey protein in my opinion.

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113 Sheena October 25, 2011

Sun Warrior is what came recommended to me by both my Holistic Nutrionist and Naturopath. It is vegan, pure and has a sikly smooth texture. By far the best brand I have found and I have tried quite a few!

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114 Laura October 25, 2011

I am currently using my 3rd container of Progressive Harmonized Vegan Protein, mostly due to price (vega is wayyyy too $$) – I’ve tried three flavours. The Unflavoured was very grainy, the vanilla was delish (overpowering in oatmeal, but great in green monsters), and the berry is a little fake tasting for me. I’d prefer the unflavoured over the berry.

I had been trying to increase protein intake for a while (marathon runner!), but was scared of powders. Since introducing them it’s been wonderful and I’ve been hitting the minimum 1g protein/kg bodyweight goal consistently now! Look forward to more posts on powders.

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115 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes October 25, 2011

I hardle use protien powders actually! But my sister is looking for a good one! Great post :)

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116 Anna @ On Anna's Plate October 25, 2011

Thanks for reviewing these– it’s tough to find a good-tasting plant-based protein powder, and they’re so expensive, so I hate to drop $$$ on one that I don’t know is good or not!

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117 Misty October 25, 2011

oooh life is funny sometimes. JUST came out of a meeting with my dietician (I’m a veggie) and she said I need more protein too. She asked me about a powder and I told her I was always hesitant about them, sugar and added calories and such. Then here you go and post all about some good options! Thanks darling! Keep us posted on any other good finds!!

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118 Katie @KatieDid October 25, 2011

Nice to hear your thoughts and pros and cons of these two. I’ve tried a few whey proteins out but always ended up not liking how sweet they were with all the added sugars. I’m on the hunt for an unsweetened whey that doesn’t taste anythingggg like hemp protein- belch!

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119 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 25, 2011

Thanks for the reviews, Ange! I’m a big protein powder fan because I work out in the AM and find that I really do need a high protein breakfast in order to recover properly. Since I’m not vegan, I’ve been experimenting with whey blends and isolates. The blends usually contain casein too, which is a slower digesting, timed-release protein. I’ve found that these ones definitely help to keep me full until my next meal. Some of my favourite brands are Promasil and Isoflex, but sadly they are not free of artificial sweeteners. I have to say though, Vega Whole Health Optimizer has a good dose of very clean plant-based protein and I think the vanilla chai one is delicious!

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120 Alex @ Raw Recovery October 25, 2011

I’ve gone back and forth with my protein powders. Whole Foods has a nice tasting vanilla and chocolate whey protein powder, but they aren’t vegan. I then tried a brown rice chocolate flavored protein powder in a green monster and it was disgustingly chalky. I’m still on the hunt for one I like.

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121 Laura (LunaChickRuns) October 25, 2011

Great post! I like to use peanut flour in my smoothies and oatmeal to add protein. 1/4 cup has 110 calories and 16g protein. I love peanut butter so the taste comes out great for me when mixed with a frozen banana and almond milk.

I have two huge tubs of Vega WFHO sitting in my fridge and I can’t bring myself to use them up because the taste is so nasty. :-/

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122 Sierra October 25, 2011

I tried the Raw Protein and I just couldn’t handle it. It tasted like straight up CHALK! I gagged every time! Right now, I have a chocolate flavored brown rice protein powder that I add a banana, almond butter, and almond milk to and it works pretty well for me.

I so WISH that there was an amazing, inexpensive protein powder out there for us!!!

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123 sarah@spinach and spice October 25, 2011

Good reviews! I have never used protein powder (except for peanut flour) though I’d like to give some brands a shot. I’m just scared to fork out the money in the unfortunate case I don’t like them!

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124 Lindsay October 25, 2011

Thanks for the reviews! I actually had to do my own search when I got pregnant last year because of the increase in the amount of protein I needed and the morning sickness keeping me from getting enough throughout the day. I tried vegan Lifetime, Life Basics with 22-23 g of hemp, pea, rice and chia protein and around 130 calories. It’s sweetened with stevia not sugar. It tastes pretty good, and I would actually add it into my overnight oats instead of a banana with the chia it thickened them right up. I am currently trying Sun Warrior, but have only used it in things and haven’t tried it plain.

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125 Amber K October 25, 2011

I still have yet to find a protein powder that I like the taste of, that doesn’t have ingredients that upset my stomach, and that is worth the money. I keep trying, but it’s expensive trying out protein powders!

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126 Rob December 18, 2012

A very good choice might be Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder by Omega. 10g per small serving, 40 – 50 servings per container (depending where you live) and it has all amino acids in it. :)

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127 Becky October 25, 2011

I’ve been following your blog for about a year and I love it! This post couldn’t have come at a better time because i’ve been searching for a protein powder to add to my diet (literally went out to different stores yesterday to compare). A very nice worker at whole foods gave me a whey protein, rice protein, and the GOL raw protein samples to try for free so i could figure out which one I like before committing and spending the money. I’ve heard only great things about the GOL raw protein and will probably end up going with that one.

Thanks for all the great recipes!

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128 Kelly October 25, 2011

Angela, I’ve also been searching for a good protein powder that doesn’t taste chalky. I recently tried Rainbow Light, Protein Energizer Vanilla. They use stevia as a sweetener. I might have to give the GOL RAW a try since the ingredients look better and I like the no sweetener since I already add bananas to my smoothies for thickness.

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129 Julie (A Case of the Runs) October 25, 2011

I’m a SunWarrior person, but it’s soooo expensive! Always on the lookout for good protein sources… most vegan (and non-vegan) ones taste icky to me.

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130 Julie (A Case of the Runs) October 25, 2011

I drink it with water in a shaker cup after workouts.

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131 Amanda Jewell October 25, 2011

SUN WARRIOR all the way! 100% Raw Vegan, 83% Pure Protein (Complete Amino Acid Profile), Hypoallergenic, Non-GMO, Gluten & Soy Free –> the chocolate is my favorite! 80 calories per scoop + 15g of protein & the flavor is AWESOME! Just made a protein smoothie for breakfast (1 scoop Sun Warrior Chocolate protein powder, 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk, 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree, 1/2 frozen banana, pinch of cinnamon) –> perfect fall protein in the morning!

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132 Amanda Jewell October 25, 2011

only “sugar” in sun warrior is some stevia!

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133 june August 24, 2013

love your hair I must eat more protein I want hair like yours Can you share your hair tips . and health tips. thanks june

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134 Miriam October 25, 2011

For my part I like the hemp protein that they sells at Loblaws : North Coast Naturals. I always buy this one, it has nothing else than organic hemp proteins in it (no sugar), 110 calories per portion of 30g, low fat and it taste great. I don’t know how it’s possible to enjoy brown rice proteins, I tried it once and had only one sip… then thew everything in the garbage. I tried Vega superfood (vanilla) but I hate the taste, I like Vega almond smoothie though humm… but too low in proteins.

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135 Miriam October 25, 2011

Forgot to add, North Coast Naturals hemp proteins has 15 g of proteins per serving.

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136 Sam@I Tell Stories October 25, 2011

Lol. I like your “tastes like dirt” comment.

Interesting to read about protein powders.

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137 Carar @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. October 25, 2011

I really enjoy RAW and Spirutein powders – I usually go with Spirutein because its SO much cheaper and I take a raw green supplement to get my active greens in!

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138 Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY October 25, 2011

I do not use protein powders anymore. Have you thought about just throwing some tofu in the smoothie?

I’d be curious to know what amount of protein your Naturopath is recommending.

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139 Carissa October 25, 2011

I just started using a protein powder, too. I tried the sample 1-serving pack of a few before committing to one, and so far I like GOL Raw best. Vega & Sun Warrior are both good quality and protein bang for your buck, as well as great for the flavor, but I’m like you and don’t want them controlling my sweetener. I’ll have to try the Heartland Gold. I think it can be a good thing to keep switching my protein powder, that way I’m getting more variety in protein source and other nutrients.

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140 Alysha @ She's on the Run October 25, 2011

I have a very hard time finding powders that I like. Right now I’m using a brand from Complete Nutrition that’s not bad.

Do you have any tips for using protein powder besides making a smoothie?

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141 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

I mix GOOD tasting powders in vegan overnight oats :) shake & go vanilla almondilla is good.
Some ppl use them in baking but I haven’t really had much success with the texture it produces.

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142 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit October 25, 2011

Protein powder is a tough one! My favorite is hemp protein powder, it’s high in protein and fiber! Another great powder that I like is Vega Shake and Go mix. SO good and clean and awesome! And smooth…

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143 Anna @ The Guiltless Life October 25, 2011

Thanks for the review – I am always curious about other protein powder brands. One that I see that is huge in the blog world is Sunwarrior. The only one I have tried that I can stomach the taste of so far is Kaizen Vanilla Ice Cream flavoured whey protein – but it’s not as good for me as a lot of protein powders could be so I am looking for one I can handle the taste of but that is healthier than my Kaizen…!

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144 Yolie @ Practising Wellness October 25, 2011

This is such an interesting read – I really enjoyed it! As a person who rarely eats meat (personal preference) and cannot eat dairy, tempeh/tofu or eggs (because of my eczema, it is very irritated by these foods) I use protein powder a lot in my morning meals and snacks to get more protein in. And I have tried very many powders!
My favourites in terms of taste, and nutrition, are Spirutein Keto-Slim in Vanilla (I often use the sachets while travelling), and Sun Warrior in Vanilla and Chocolate flavours. The latter is my absolute favourite – I find it really helps my digestion as well, which is increidble! It is only sweetened with stevia, and tastes lovely – I can eat it with water and a spoon, so that must tell you how yummy it is! No chalkiness, and so easy to eat – very impressed :-)
Finally, I have also tried the Vega protein powders, but I find them very very sweet and quite unpalatable unless mixed with fruit, almond milk or coconut milk.
Go for sun warrior! <3 xyx

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145 Janet October 25, 2011

Hi Yolie,

I would love to chat with you about your Eczema… How did you determine what triggered it? I have had it all my life and am trying to figure it out… I’m pretty sure dairy, and it used to be soy as well, but since I’ve had kids I think my triggers have changed. I don’t want to start over with elimination diets again… Did you have any testing?

Thx :) Janet

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146 Carol October 25, 2011

I love using the Garden of Life. Because it isn’t sweetened, you can add it to other food besides smoothies. I mixed some into some energy bars I made and also some soup.

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147 Heather October 25, 2011

mmmm I’m a Vega girl. I like their protein powder and Shake and go. I love that there are greens packed into their products as well.

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148 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 25, 2011

I used to use a whey protein, but recently found out I’m gluten and soy intolerant so I had to toss that. I just ordered sun warrior so I’ll see how that goes! Have you ever tried it?

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149 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 25, 2011

Thanks for the reviews, Angela. I have tried Jay Robb brown rice vegan (vanilla & choc), Sun Warrior Brown Rice vegan (vanilla & choc), Nutribotic brown rice vegan (natural, choc, vanilla) and a million kinds of soy-based vegan proteins as well as whey proteins about 10 years ago. Oh and the Vega line and some other specialty lines, too. As well as hemp, too.

In general, I am not a huge fan of pp’s because they just don’t digest well for me, even the brown rice ones. They do have their place and they can be great tools and aides but I am not a person who relies on them much at all. Of all of them, the Sun Warrior brown rice vegan in Chocolate is probably my fave.

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150 Amber Shea @Almost Vegan October 25, 2011

I’m a fan of GoL’s raw protein, but also Sunwarrior and Vega. Sprout Living is a newer company, and I LOVE their Epic Proteins.

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151 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

ythign with epic in the name has to be good, right? :) heh I will keep my eyes peeled for that one.

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152 Sonia (the Mexigarian) October 25, 2011

I am barely working through my Sun Warrior package. I can’t stand the taste and I think it’s because of the Stevia. (anyone want a barely used sunwarrior vanilla bag? seriously, only 6 scoops have bee removed from the behemoth bag) I do like the Amazing Meal Chocolate Infusion though, but the taste seems off lately.

Looking for a good quality non sweetened protein powder. I don’t mind dirt (I ate it as a child^^;) , but no sweeteners!

You used to have lots of Amazing Grass as well, have you stopped using that one?

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153 Jill October 26, 2011

If you will ship to canada for free, I’d LOVE to have it :)

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154 Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles October 25, 2011

I’m not really a huge protein powder fan. I think there are some things vegans definitely should supplement (B12!) but I think eating a well-balanced diet takes care of the protein. Especially considering the RDA for protein is way higher than what we actually need in my opinion!

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155 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

I fully agree that it’s possible to get your protein through a balanced vegan diet, but for myself personally I find it hard to have the perfect balance during breakfast. I find protein powder to be a great option.

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156 Maria October 25, 2011

Vega has many different protien options! I use Vega, they are definetly pricey, but the taste and fact that you don’t get that “chalky” texture is worth it. So what’s your opinion on their products? I know you use the shake and go line. Im just curious because you are very knowledgable on these things and know what to look for where as I tend to base my decisions on taste :) Maybe I better take a second look at that ingrediants list…….

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157 Annie October 25, 2011

I LOVE Rainbow Light protein powder. It’s about 100 calories for 14g of protein and 3g of fiber and it has a bunch of greens like spirulina in it. Plus it’s pretty cheap and mixes well into almond milk.

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158 Kathy October 25, 2011

Do you just use the powders in smoothies or can you put it in other things? Wondering if I would have to specifically drink smoothies every day to get my protein in. I used to purchase another protein powder, but it was so long ago I don’t remember the name. It wasn’t bad, but then again, its a powder. If you can’t find one you like that has enough iron, what about putting wheatgrass in the smoothie with the protein powder? I used to have to drink that being anemic. Was just hoping I could put the powder in say pancakes or oatmeal? Don’t imagine it would work in cold cereal.

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159 Kathy October 25, 2011

Ang. I had found this bloggers take on Protein powders and would like your opinoin: http://www.choosingraw.com/the-low-down-on-vegan-protein-powders/ When I used to use the powders many years ago, I’m pretty certain they were soy. But after reading recently about the carcinogenic soy isolates, I have not used any. Do you avoid the soy products? What do you think one should look for in determining a good protein powder?

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160 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2011

Hey Kathy!

I can’t comment on whether soy isolates are carcinogenic or not, but I avoid soy because it gives me bad stomach pains most of the time. Mainly, tofu, tempeh, seitan

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161 Amy G October 25, 2011

Have you tried putting any of these powders in to your oatmeal recipes? Or would that be gross? I’m very inexperienced with protein powders, but looking to increase protein in my breakfast (mostly I eat oatmeal – a lot of your recipes!)…

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162 Kerry October 25, 2011

Hi Amy,

I use about half a scoop of Proteins+ vanilla whey powder by Genuine Health in my overnight oats. It’s only a bit of added protein, but every little scoop helps and I find that amount works with the flavour of the oats for my taste. You could get away with more powder depending on your taste buds or amount of oats.

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163 Natalie October 25, 2011

I use GOL daily but I HATE IT. I think its so gross. I take it only for the protein benefits. I’m pregnant and have to get in 80+ grams of protein and since i’m vegan it makes it tough without supplementing. What did you add to your protein shake when you tried the GOL to make it taste good? I’ve tried several things and think it is just awful. I usually just shake it up with some water and pound it in a few gulps just to get it out of the way. I’d love to know what you did to make that stuff taste good!! FILL ME IN!!

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164 Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 25, 2011

ugh yes – I know what you mean about hemp!!!

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165 Michaela October 25, 2011

just wondering what you put in the mix for the protein shake in the above pictures?? looks so peanut butter-y :)
in case you want to make your own protein powder mix, Emily (Daily Garnish) did a great post!

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166 Alexis @ hummusapien October 25, 2011

I really liked this post. I hate to admit it, but I’ve been feeling so fatigued lately. I supplement b12 and use protein powder a few times a week in smoothies and bars (like mama pea’s pumpkin protein bars…yum), but I’ve been drifting off in every class. I really hope it’s not related to a deficiency of some sort. I know I get enough protein…
But iron is a different story. The one time I got it measured, it was a little low. Do you supplement iron? I eat lots of beans and leafy greens but I don’t realistically see it being enough.

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167 Tatomme @ Fresh Potater October 25, 2011

I think it’s been almost two years since I purchased the Chai Vega protein powder as I was feeling my energy depleting…However, I chose energy depletion over that horrid stuff. Every now and then I try my hand at it…and the overwhelming powdery texture and NO-chai taste makes me nauseous. I still have it in my cupboard (it’s probably bad by now, hey?)

Maybe I’ll try one of your recommendations…

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168 Shannon October 25, 2011

I really enjoy Leanfit Whey Protein chocolate flavor powder. With 25g of protein and only 1g of sugar and it tastes great! I’ll mix this with almond or soy milk, grab a banana and it sticks with me much longer than my typical bowl of cereal!

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169 Laura (the first mess) October 25, 2011

I’m true and true loyal to Vega products. The vanilla “Sport” variety is my fave for ramping up protein. Typically I go with chocolate on that kind of thing, but this one has a really nice flavour that I can augment with a spoonful of raw cacao and maybe some organic peanut/almond butter if I want. I’m pretty persnickety with chalkiness and obvious “green flavour” so the fact that I can actually recommend this is kiiiiind of a big deal!

Totally appreciating your review of the Garden of Life product though. I’ve always been curious about it.

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170 Merry October 25, 2011

I’m a big health nut but I’m not a vegan. I eat meat but I’m allergic to dairy and eggs. I do a lot of weight lifting so I’m big oon getting enough protein. Lately I’ve been trying out plant protein powders, so far my favorite is Life Basics. It is more natural, contains greens, has about 20g protien, and the vanilla has a nice sweet flavor thats not to chalky. I don’t like any brown rice protein powders, the hemp don’t have alot of protein generaly, and the last one I used (Nitrofusion ) had an overpowering flavor (plus my acne got realy bad while I was using it =( Next up is plant fusion.

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171 Marie October 25, 2011

I love the Jordan Rubin’s Raw Protein! I love that it is not made of just one source (peas, brown rice) but dozens of spouted grains and seeds! I have found it for about $15.00 ($25.00 and then $5.00 off coupons..you can find and print these online) so it’s a super cheap but also really great nutrition protein source! They also have great recipes you can make with the powder! Hope you enjoy!

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172 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 25, 2011

I’ve never bought a big container of protein powder before, but I’ve tried a few samples. One was Vega Vanilla Almondilla and I was not a fan of the aftertaste at all! The other was About Time chocolate flavour and I really liked that one so I’m considering buying it.

I would love to see some of the creative recipes for protein powder in some future posts! :)

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173 Rikst October 25, 2011

Hi Angela,

I have been following your blog for many months now and absolutely LOVE it! Your recipes are amazing. I’m a Naturopathic Doctor and generally (but not always) vegan. One thing I just wanted to mention that the downside of the Rice Protein Powder (2nd option) is not a complete protein so you would be missing some amino acids ….which is crucial for vegetarians and vegans. The Vega line generally has a combo of proteins as does the garden of life which gives you all the amino acids you need. This would be something to consider when reviewing protein powders! The Garden of Life should have iron in it based on the ingredients but you’re right in that they should really have that in their nutrtional evaluation! take care and I look forward to trying many more of your delicious recipes!

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174 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2011

Thank you Rikst. I’m aware of it not being a complete protein (and I noted it in my post). However, I’ve read that it’s not essential to get a complete protein at every meal as long as you get a balance of amino acids over the course of the day.
I think I might actually start mixing the two powders! :)

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175 Sam October 28, 2011

Sun warrior makes new one called warrior blend and it it more complete (it has pea protein hemp, cranberry protein, coconut) They have neutral flavour with no stevia added so you can try that one. I am just curious why you want to avoid stevia?
Thanks a lot

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176 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 28, 2011

Hey Sam,

Ive tried Stevia in the past and it gave me bad digestive cramps

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177 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco October 25, 2011

These both llok great! Thanks for the heads up! I have a thing of hemp protein waiting for me in the fridge because I didn’t know about the taste when I bought it. Ugh…

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178 Shannon @ raw buzz October 25, 2011

I love Sunwarrior vanillia taste , but I jus got my new warrior blend from RawNatureBoy and it was even better. Sunwarrior makes it.

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179 Ellie@fitforthesoul October 25, 2011

I haven’t tried Sunwarrior protein powder as of yet, but I always always hear the best rave reviews about it! Maybe you would like it? :)

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180 suzanne October 25, 2011

I have been struggling with this same issue – though not so much about taste (seems like if I put enough stuff in my smoothie, the taste is more of all the other ingredients – we never drink the protein powder with just water). I have been searching for the best – and get overwhelmed with the various things out there- wish I could see them all next to each other and compare ingredients/nutrition info. (like you did for us – thanks! – only with many more of them!). Right now we are using Sun Warrior (though do not like the xanthum gum and stevia – my boyz and husband like it) – and hemp protein for me. Have wanted to try vega but have yet to. Also – I feel better about the sun warrior knowing they use the green stevia at least. Thanks for another great post!

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181 Jenna October 25, 2011

Hi Angela,
I like your reminder to try to up the protein at breakfast. I just bought a protein powder for the second time – after many yucky first-time tries with other brands. It`s Genuine Health`s Vegan Proteins Plus in vanilla. It`s a bit stevia-ey so I cut it right in the jar with flax seed meal. I add it to a lot of things: smoothies, homemade ice cream, pancakes, oats, and bars.
Jenna

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182 Jenna October 25, 2011

I forgot to mention that one of the worst ones, in my opinion, is Vega. I took it back to Shoppers for a refund.

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183 Emily October 25, 2011

The first one is the protein powder I use! I really like it-primarily because it’s from so many different sources so I don’t feel like I’m depending on one plant for my protein-and obviously I don’t want any added sugar. I’ve also tried hemp, which I don’t actually mind, but again, I like that there are so many different sprouts in this. In my absolutely non-fact-based opinion, I think it must be better not to get my protein all from one plant all the time.

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184 Meagan October 25, 2011

Like you I’m very picky about my protein powders and I hate when they have added sweeteners, even if its stevia. I remember trying the nutribiotic powder everyone raved about and it had stevia and I hated it! I rotate between 3 different ones right now and I like them all. 1) Hemp (I know you hate this but I actually like it in oatmeal with celery and a little stevia), 2) Source naturals pea protein (nothing but peas!), very neutral tasting and 3) Southern grace farms protein plus peanut flour (nothing but peanuts). I like all and best of all they don’t hurt my tummy! Hope this helps!

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185 Miguel October 25, 2011

My favorite Vegan protein is Sunwarrior, worth a look. The best sprouted brown rice protein second to none in my opinion.

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186 Julir October 25, 2011

Hi Angela,

Have you considered mixing two options together? I liked the way Vega green powder made me feel the best, but it tasted terrible and too sweet! So, I mixed it with an unsweetened option and the flavor became totally manageable and I maintained the great benefits Vega had to offer, such as the Maca powder, which is supposed to be wonderful for reproductive health.

Good luck finding your perfect powder! (it may have to be your own special blend!)

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187 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2011

Thats a great idea about mixing them!

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188 Jen Doyle October 25, 2011

Rivalus Promasil available at GNC. Its sweetened with stevia and the chocolate one is amazing!!!! Trust me! I sometimes mix some with almond milk and it tastes perfect!! 1 scoop is 90 calories, 0 carbs, 20 grams of protein, 0 sugar and lots of vitamins. DELISH!

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189 Jen Doyle October 25, 2011

Oh, and I’ve also made homemade protein bars with it (and ground flax seed, almond milk, chia seeds, and natural peanut butter…. yum!)

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190 Amanda@BlueDrishti October 25, 2011

I use Trader Joe’s vanilla flavored sy protein powder im my smoothies. It may have some natural sweetener in it but its very low in sugar and gives you about 15 grams per scoop. I also like the fact it is only $15 (US) for a big container. The worst powder I ever tried was from a bulk bin. It tasted like chalk and was grainy. And who knows what could have also been in there? Now that I think about it, protein powder from a bulk bin sounds a bit shady.

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191 Nicole October 25, 2011

I just bought the Raw protein & used as an add-in to home-made granola bars. Did you refrigerate the powder for storage? I couldn’t find anything on the labeling to recommend cool vs. cabinet.

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192 Maureen October 25, 2011

Sunwarrior is the BEST raw vegan protein powder EVER! Not too earthy or chalky, just right! Please go try!! You might have to order online.

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193 Meghan October 25, 2011

I love Arbonne’s protein powder in both vanilla and chocolate. It has to be ordered online, but it provides 20 grams worth of vegan protein and is gluten-free. It is sweetened with a bit of stevia. It has been useful to me in a variety of applications from smoothies to pancakes. Hope you find the one that works for you.

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194 Michelle October 25, 2011

Have you tried Vega? The Whole food smoothie infusion is quite good and has a pretty stand up nutritional profile

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195 Cathy October 25, 2011

I really like RAW Protein that you highlighted above. Another vegan protein powder that I am currently using is Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Protein. The owners of Chicago RAW vegan restaurant recommeded this brand and I love it! Calories 70 per scoop Protein 16g.

Vega is another great brand as well. Good luck! I use these protein poweder as my breakfast protein souce.

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196 Lauren October 25, 2011

Just curious… who won the book? I’m not sure if I’m overlooking where you posted it.
Thanks!

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197 Hannah October 25, 2011

Hi Angela,
How many grams of protein do you average a day? (Sorry if you already mentioned this in the comments section) I’m trying to figure out if I have the same problem because I’ve been feeling unusually sore after workouts lately. What did your naturopath recommend your daily intake be?

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198 Carole Douglas October 25, 2011

Hi, was reading your blog, hoped to put in a word about my favorite Protein drink… Its New Zealand Whey Protein… chocolate, delicious… 20 g. protein, 6 g. sugars (cane juice, stevia), no gluten, I love this stuff; add it to my coffee and don’t get hungry till lunch time : ) its great in recipes, and a note to Hanna… my son is a body builder… he’s been giving me some of his supplements because I’m 55, clean houses for a living and I have Rheumatoid Arthritis… a few months back I noticed I couldn’t recover after work and would be in bed the next day. My son gave me glutamine and amino acids (I take small doses) and I’m so pleased to say I no longer am down the next day, have way less soreness…. you should really give it a try. Some fitness/nutrition stores have samples for free. God bless you, and thanks for the ideas Angela… oh the cals. are 190 and the fat is 7g. I haven’t gained weight w/it but have gotten more muscle in the shoulders because I mop and vacuum, but that’s okay…

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199 Carole Douglas October 25, 2011

oh, I should add the powder is $20 for 2.62#… : )

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200 Carole Douglas October 25, 2011

@ Hanna… you can take 46 gms. of protein daily, so 2 servings (4 scoops) is fine

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201 Amy October 26, 2011

Carole, Angela is a vegan…..she doesn’t eat whey

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202 Leah October 25, 2011

Hi Angela,

I have also tried the Garden of Life Raw Protein and have noted to others the exact word–chalky–in regards to its taste. While it has an amazing nutrition profile, I still didn’t care enough for it taste wise. I probably won’t be buying it. I am interested in trying that Genuine Health Protein Plus that Tina talks about though. Good luck in finding your protein. Please let me know if you find one that really wows you–I’ve been looking forever!

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203 Kelcy October 25, 2011

Hey Angela!
I just wanted to chime in. I have found that hemp protein is really great in a green monster, and its green too! I really can’t even taste it past the frozen banana and mango that I usually put in, nutiva has a good organic one and one with fiber as well.

Kelcy

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204 Heather October 25, 2011

I am a sucker for artificially sweetened protein powders…although recently I tried hemp in baking and it wasn’t bad!

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205 Kathy October 25, 2011

I’ve never tried protein powder before, but I have seen soy protein powder in the bulk section of my store (and I think that’s the ONLY protein powder in the WHOLE store, plus I e-mailed them, and they only said they had soy…) but I would love to try it.
I always tell myself, “try the protein powder. try the protein powder” never worked :\
I think, since I’m a vegetarian, that I should up my protein now :)

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206 Emily October 25, 2011

I swear by Life Time Nutritional Specialties Lifes Basics Plant Protein in both chocolate and vanilla. It’s affordable and BY FAR much tastier than any other protein powder I’ve tried. Not sure if it has everything you’re looking for, but definitely look it up on Amazon.

Love,
Emily

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207 Michelle October 26, 2011

I’m just finishing up my first container of the Garden of Life powder after Ashley’s raves of it. It definitely has that chalky taste you were talking about. I’ve been halfing my scoops and eating something else with breakfast [or adding nut butter]. It has definitely been helping.

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208 Kris | iheartwellness.com October 26, 2011

I wish, wish, wish I liked these proteins, but I don’t! I like the Genuine Health Vegan Protein in Chocolate :)

xxoo

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209 crookedmoonmama October 26, 2011

My favorites are The GOL one you tried and also the chocolate Sun Warrior one!
xo

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210 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers October 26, 2011

Thanks for the great information! I never had protein powder, but so many recipes call for it. I’ll have to give it a try!

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211 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner October 26, 2011

I want to try that Garden of Life Raw Protein Powder SO bad!!!! Mesa LOVE protein powder!

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212 Kerri Conger October 26, 2011

I, like Merry (from Oct 25) am not Vegan but am a super health nut and a fitness coach. I workout multiple times a day an found that i SUCK at lunch. I had to find something that was quick, easy, had protein, provided me with energy, and was palatable. After doing much research i have found thati also LOVE Lifes Basics Greens Protein powder. It can be bought at Amazon for CHEAP in comparison to stores and you can get free shipping if you add a mini item to your bag (who doesnt love a mini item) ;-). Anyways, it does the trick, tastes great when .75 svg is mIxed wih 8oz of almond milk & about 4oz water in a shaker! The stats are great and it has done the trick for me and my lack of linching abilities. I have tried many others and in a pinch id go also for Rainbow Lights vanilla protein energizer althogh that is chalky. Oh and i absolutely DISPISE hemp powder alone… GAG! That was almost a major game changer for me with vegan proteins. Good luck and definitely check out lifes basics!

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213 Jaclyn October 26, 2011

Hi Angela! Thank you for this post. I have started working with a ND recently and have a similar goal to build in more protein into my breakfasts. My question is, what can we do with the protein powder on days when it’s too chilly for a morning smoothie?
Thank you!

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214 Jamie October 26, 2011

I have had success making homemade muesli with oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, dried blueberries, and whatever else you want to add, then adding a scoop of proteing powder and some almond milk. I have also mixed it in with oatmeal or hot breakfast cereals. i don’t know if that affects the integrity of the nutrients to heat the powder, but if you stir it in at the end right before you eat it, that minimizes the heat. Any other ideas out there?

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215 LizAshlee October 26, 2011

Great post…I love reading reviews on protein powders as I also find it difficult to finds ones I really like..I agree Garden of Life is earthy and a bit chalky..it’s ok in my book. I did like Sun Warrior a bit better and I really like Plant Fusion vanilla bean flavor…amazing in smoothies & raw treats! I use a lot of protein powder in my treats so I have to have one that tastes fairly good on it’s own!

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216 India-leigh@aveganobsession October 26, 2011

I have been using vegan protein for breakfast for a few years as I grains make me feel sluggish in the morning. I stay full, even after a long bike ride, until lunch. I love Rainbow Light (the choc and acai are best), I cannot get that in the UK so when here I use either Jarrow or Nutribiotic Brown Rice Powder (vanilla) or (the cheapest option…only £9 a kg! pea protein isolate). I use the pea protein in puddings and in my baking too.

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217 Natalie October 26, 2011

Sunwarrior is the best! I make a shake every day and don’t have to worry about having too much soy in my diet!

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218 Eat Hike Sleep Repeat October 26, 2011

Good to hear about these brands – I haven’t tried either. For me, the absolute worst was Veganique from North Coast Naturals. The taste was absolutely horrible. My favourite right now is the Vega Performance Protein. Decent taste, mixes well, 120cal, 26g protein. I got a 22 serving container for $54 which is expensive per serving, but often I only do 1/2 a scoop so it evens out. I always get nervous trying new powders since some of them truly are pretty awful.

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219 Jonathan October 26, 2011

I got excited to see Garden of Life featured in your photos. It’s one of the protein powders I regularly use. I don’t think there’s anyone who would disagree that it’s a bit chalky. But if you look at the ingredients, both what’s in it and what’s _not_ in it, it’s definitely forgivable. I also like the Nutribiotic Rice Spectrum powder, sprouted brown rice powder fortified with spirulina bound nutrients, and Nutiva hemp protein as an add-on.

All the best on finding your favorite way to fortify the most important meal of the day. :)

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220 Christina October 26, 2011

I have a love hate relationship with protein powder. I find that any of them that’s flavored have a very strong earthy/chalky flavor but plain or vanilla work best for me since I like to add flavoring to my smoothies (like frozen strawberries).

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221 Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner October 26, 2011

I like protein shakes and really notice a difference if I include them in my diet on a daily basis. I find that I go in phases though.. I’ll drink them for awhile and then maybe the next month, I find it hard to even take a sip of one.

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222 Susan October 26, 2011

I was so glad to read this post! I have also been looking for ways to boost my protein in the morning and after workouts. I’m not vegan (or vegetarian for that matter) and meat is sooo unappealing to me in the mornings! I’m cheap and haven’t wanted to invest in the $25 and up powders without trying them first. I like the Jillian Michael’s powders, which run around $10-$14. They are a little higher in sugar than the ones you reviewed but not nearly as bad as that Muscle Milk crap. So many of the regular grocery store brands are so syrupy sweet! I also just bought the Trader Joe’s brand but have yet to try it.

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223 Natasha October 26, 2011

Hi Angela –
Adore your blog – I’m a Port Credit girl transplanted to Nova Scotia – I miss TO on some levels – esp. Fall…
Okay – I am a Sun Warrior – HOWEVER – I add Prairie Naturals Blueberry Greens to all of my protein drinks along wigth the SW powder. Love it.
I’ve tried them all girl…really. But it’s subjective right? My fave flave is Vanilla SW. Maybe a combo of 2 powders? G of L Raw and SW???
You are so inspirational – I have battled through eating disorders and other body issues…now, as with you, and many others – I find that being kind to myself is the foundation of my own personal acceptance….
Thank you for you mind, your talent, and for all you offer here.
– Natasha

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224 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2011

Thank you Natasha, Im so happy to hear that!

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225 Claire October 26, 2011

It’s so hard just to find reasonably priced vegan protein powders (especially without soy) let alone ones that taste good! I have used Spirutein in the past and love the flavor, but prefer to control my sugar intake too and prefer to avoid soy when I can. So I switched to Jarrow Brown Rice Protein Powder, it’s ok, kind of chalky though. :( Didn’t you like Amazing Grass before, I’d love to see you review that!!

BTW: How in the WORLD do you get your smoothie so luscious and thick? Do tell!!

Thanks!!

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226 dawn October 26, 2011

I’ve tried almost all vegan protein powders and the best in my opinion is Harmonized Vegan Protein powder in Vanilla or Berry! It’s the best tasting, by far one of the best nutrient profiles I’ve seen. Have you ever tried it?!

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227 Stacie October 26, 2011

To just say thank you for this post is an understatement, but that’s all I got. So, THANK YOU!!

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228 Sarah October 26, 2011

Yeah I definitely like using protein powders. I add a bit into my oats in the morning for more staying powder or whip up a fruit smoothie for a snack. Just bought the sun warrior brown rice vanilla flavour, and must admit it is very good! Only a very slight chalky taste, but mixes really well. Not a huge fan of pea protein, and try to avoid having too much soy as well. Also been experimenting with using protein powder in baked goods. Peas and Thank You is my go to site for ideas on protein baking :)

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229 DomesticDharma October 26, 2011

Angela,
I love GOL’s raw protein, it’s the only one we use any more. I tend to be the same way as you with using it for a while then kind of forgetting ;)
I’ve tried a bunch over the years, this is the only one that I love. I actually like the taste! I like that it has no added sweetner and is raw and sprouted. I buy ours from the Vitamin Shoppe $29.99 (not sure if you have that in Canada?), keep your eyes open for $5.00 off coupons in books and mags, I always seem to find them, thankfully.

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230 Olivia October 26, 2011

This might not be an option for you, but why not just add nuts or beans to your oatmeal? If you can cover beans up in mashed potatoes, then you can certainly do it in oatmeal. When I need to add extra protein into my diet, I just throw a tablespoon of nut butter in my morning oatmeal for an instant, all-natural protein boost. Some favorite combos: banana and cashew, peanut butter and berry and peanut butter and chocolate : )

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231 char @ char on a mission October 26, 2011

I used to work for a local smoothie shop, and when I added Sun Warrior to my smoothies there, it tasted chalky, and I actually liked that about it (it also could have just miraculously been the concoction I had created that matched nicely with it). But, when I’m at home, I am more picky with Sun Warrior – yet it is the best by far I’ve tried. I got a different vegan one from my naturopath and let’s just say it was only used once. It taste disgusting; so disgusting that I won’t even dare experimenting with it. Precious waste of my other value ingredients then!

Can I ask what are your “go to” protein sources for lunch and dinner?

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232 Caitlin @ Vegetarian in the City October 26, 2011

to be honest, i am not a big powder fan. i’d rather eat real food :)

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233 Angela November 1, 2011

“Sun Warrior -Chocolate” is definitely my go-to powder, after trying about 6 different brands I always pick that one up consistently.

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234 Candace October 26, 2011

I have tried many different powders and my favorite has to be the “Alive!” brand. Its not overwhelmingly sweet, and there are lots of great add in’s besides just the normal protein. I normally get the pea and rice apple cinnamon flavor :)

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235 Eileen October 26, 2011

If you can get Now TruVegan Protein powder you might want to give that one a try. It was modeled after the Vega protein powder line, but much easier on the wallet. It is a complete meal with organic greens, fruits, veggies, probiotics, and enzymes. The natural flavor is sweetened with stevia so that might be a deal breaker for you. The flavor is a little earthy, but good and not too gritty. I do have to say it is sweet on it’s own, but isn’t overpowering with berries. (haven’t tried it with bananas.)

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236 Nicolaas October 30, 2011

How is the taste compared to Vega? I tried Vega and it is the nastiest tasting protein powder that I have ever tried. I have used a lot of different protein powders and Vega is the first one that I could not stomach.

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237 Deb November 1, 2011

My husband and I recently started using Vega. I love all the good stuff that is in it for us, but you are right the taste, blaaaahhhk. Anyway I have finally found that the chai latte, mixed with Silk Chocolate Almond milk is yummy.

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238 Christina October 26, 2011

My favorite is USANA’s chocolate whey which is free of gluten and soy protein. It is $27.50 for a bag. They also have dutch chocolate, strawberry, and french vanilla. I like their products because they are also low glycemic so I don’t have to worry about them spiking my blood sugar and they are high fiber.

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239 Erica October 26, 2011

Hi there! I am always on your site and on your facebook page. Your blog inspired me to start loving myself & food again. I am now a Certified Nutrition Coach and a consultant for Arbonne. One reason is I became a consultant is b/c their protein powder is simply AMAZING! I get a great discount, so I thought- might as well make Arbonne apart of my coaching if possible. I wanted to give you the info. Usually I’m a vanilla fan, but I LOVE their chocolate. Here’s the link….http://parteecofiles.com/2011/Arbonne%20Protein%20Shakes.pdf hope you will make the switch. Contact me if you want additional info :)

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240 Amy October 26, 2011

Have you checked out homemade protien powders? I have been tempted to make to one on Daily Garnish. You would have a great recipe I’m sure.

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241 LibbyD October 27, 2011

Hemp Protein Powders are really good for you. I know that EartFare sells a really good one in the wellness center. :) Happy Protein Search

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242 Eselpee October 27, 2011

I have most recently been using Lifetime Life’s Basics. I can’t remember what I paid for it (a quick google search priced it under $20), but it has 22 g protein in 31.8 g serving (44% of daily value). It is made from pea, hemp, rich & chia seed. It is unsweetened vanilla, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth.

I must have been focused on price when I was shopping and neglected to notice it is not entirely organic (just the hemp is organic). I think I will pay attention to this next time I am perusing the selves for protein powder.

I eat a breakfast of oatmeal with nondairy milk, work out, and then put 1/2 serving in a green smoothie. I don’t think a full 22 g protein serving is needed and too much protein is hard on one’s kidneys.

PS isn’t whey is an animal product?

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243 Hayley October 27, 2011

I like to rotate my protein powders to ensure diversity, however, pumpkin seed protein powder is my favorite, by Omega Nutrition. Neutral taste, however probably not the best to dissolve in smoothies. It works really well mixed into breakfast cereals, or as a flour in recipes, similar to almond flour. Nice in cacao recipes :)

Benefits of Pumpkin Seed Powder and Pumpkin Seeds:
• Pumpkin seeds are higher in protein (29%) than many other seeds and nuts, and they are a valuable source of iron, zinc, phosphorus, and vitamin A.
• Great for prostate maintenance.
• Helps keep your bladder healthy.
• Works as a hormone balance.
• Anti-parasitic.
• Rich in phosphorus, magnesium and manganese and is also a good source of other minerals including zinc, iron and copper.
• A good source of favorable plant sterols which directly benefit male and female reproductive health.
• It is also a good source of omega-6 EFA and omega-9.
• May prevent Kidney stones.
• Considered medicinal for the liver, colon, and the spleen-pancreas, and are balancing for all body types.

Cheers!

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244 Beth November 2, 2011

Hey Haley,

Pumpkin seed protein sounds like an excellent protein powder! I’ve been trying to find a less flavourful protein!! Where can I buy it?? I’m from Toronto and I can’t find it at the larger health/organic stores!

thanks!! :)
– Beth

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245 Hayley November 6, 2011

Hi Beth! The best way to get this is to ask a manager at the health food store that you go to, to order it in. Most health food stores order ‘omega nutrition’ foods, so I’m sure they will be able to order it in for you, ‘customers first!’. Fortunately two health food stores where I live carry it! :) Good luck!
Hayley

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246 Sera October 27, 2011

SUNWARRIOR! It’s light, vegan and even raw. I love the vanilla flavor while my nutritionist swears by the chocolate one. She actually takes their Super greens too which is a whole load of great greens. However I felt that for Super greens, the peppermint taste came out a little too enthusiastically. Hehe.

All the best with your protein search!

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247 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count October 27, 2011

Maybe you should go about the process of developing your own protein powder. Not kidding, maybe you could perfect it!

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248 Allison October 27, 2011

Good to know! Have you tried any of the Vega brand powders? I’ve heard great things. I’m going to check into ordering some on Amazon I think. It seems pricy but could be good on occasion. I’m on the hunt for a morning protein boost, too. My running coach just reviewed my food journal in prep for my first half marathon in December. Anyway, he suggested outside of powders, adding some quinoa to my steel cut oatmeal (1:1 ratio) which i thought was brilliant and pretty easy. Also I’ve been enjoying sprouted grain English muffins which have some additional protein with almond butter. Keep us posted if you find the perfect protein!

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249 Ashley October 27, 2011

What about Greek yogurt added to your smoothies for breakfast? I’m not sure about sweeteners or anything, but I know that the Fage brand has a ton of protein per 8 oz serving (about 20 g). It can also be eaten plain and changed so many different ways!

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250 Natasha October 31, 2011

Yogurt is not vegan ;-P

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251 Heather J October 28, 2011

Have you tried Genuine Health’s Vegan Protein+? It is really great tasty, disolves pretty well, it’s chalky and It comes in 3 flavours (chocolate, vanilla & strawberry). Vega also has a new line of sports supplements. Their new chocolate protein powder is awesome.

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252 Ashley October 28, 2011

My favorite vegan protein powder is called PlantFusion in vanilla bean, it is by far the best one I have tried. It is sweet but not too sweet and it has no dairy, no soy, is gluten free, and is easy to digest. I love it with vanilla almond milk and fruit or with chocolate almond milk and a scoop of coconut flour to get in some fiber and nutrients (or half a frozen banana and a scoop of pb2 to make chocolatey-banana-peanut butter deliciousness.)

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253 Julz October 28, 2011

Life’s Basics Plant Protein powder is the best protein powder I’ve tried! I think you would approve :)

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254 Cindy October 29, 2011

Thanks for the post. I have the same issue, I need more protein especially when working out and I can’t find one that I really like. I have a hard time finding a good one that you can mix quickly in a shaker. It seems the ones that are better for you need to be mixed in a blender with some fruit to make it taste less chalky. I normally use the Vega products but would love to try some new ones like those you listed above!

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255 Laura October 30, 2011

I agree it is hard to find a favorite protein powder. I really love SUN Warrior though it is super expensive it is good. At this point I am making my own blends, Buying hemp protein in bulk and mixing it was chia seeds, Macca powder, bee pollen, maybe some psyllium husks if I want my digestion back on track.. and keeping it mixed in a container so i just grab and go and throw it in a smoothie or oatmeal. I love your website and keep up the great self care and learning.

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256 Lindsay October 30, 2011

Definitely going to try this protien powder- I’ve been looking for one with no added sugar- I think I can handle a little bit of chalkiness!

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257 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 30, 2011

Its really not *too* chalky either!

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258 Deb November 1, 2011

My husband and I started using Vega as a supplement for “anything and everything” that we may be missing from our diet. We were concerned for B12 and iron mostly. The guy that developed it is a triathalete and vegan and since my hubby is doing his first ironman next year and has recently started to live a veganish lifestyle we thought it was worth a try. It is hard to swallow, he just mixes his with water but I mix mine with Silk choc milk and have come to like it. If you go to their website all the info is there…
http://myvega.com/
cheers,
deb

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259 melissa daams October 31, 2011

i’ve tried only one and it’s very chalky, to be expected i guess. it’s 100% soy protein and not recommended for children – which sucks b/c if i add it to baked goods then I feel like maybe it’s not such a good idea for the kids to consume it. but i usually let them try it anyway. usually i just add avocado for extra protein – and that helps me feel fuller longer. i couldn’t really find a brand name on the protein powder – except for in small print Lucavitaal – a Benelux company.

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260 Natasha October 31, 2011

I absolutely adore Amazing Grass chocolate amazing meal. It’s 10g protein per scoop, so not as high as yours, but I’m picky and it’s the only one I truly like. It’s vegan, soy free, dairy free, raw, and chalked full of good for you ingredients! Love, love, love.

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261 Cathy October 31, 2011

Hi Angela
I am with you about trying to find a protein powder that doesn’t taste like dirt! I use 100 % Pumpkin Seed Protein powder, it is organic and no sugar or additives etc.
You will love it- it’s tasteless and I also add it to everything I bake for kids…pancakes, muffins etc.
Cathy

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262 Brigit Hartop November 1, 2011

BioChem! I know it sounds like a lab experiment but it’s a very healthy protein powder that I purchase from Sprouts. The vanilla flavor is awesome, smells like a cake, and mixes very easily. The taste blends in beautifully with any smoothie recipe and is quite delicious when just mixed with some coconut milk for a great blend of protein, essential fatty acids, and calcium. They also have a “greens and whey” version that I enjoy…its green state frightens some people, but I just mix it with water and enjoy it very much, mostly for the “superwoman” blast of energy that follows. :)

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263 Joanna November 1, 2011

Although there are so many brands, I personally love Vega. The company is founded in Vancouver, BC (yay, Canadian!) and it tastes delicious. They have geared their brand toward athletes, but still have varieties that are great for everyday use.

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264 tahna November 2, 2011

sunwarrior vanilla is amazing!!! blends really well! but don’t get the chocolate, most people i know who’ve tried the chocolate end up returning it.

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265 Bree November 2, 2011

Have you tried protein plus peanut flour? It is low fat, all natural (no salt or sugar added), high protein, and tastes delicious.
1/4 cup is 110 calories and 16g of protein.

http://proteinplusflour.com/

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266 Debbie Cray November 4, 2011

I started using Complete protein shake by Juice Plus. It’s complete vegan and taste great to me. It comes in vanilla and chocolate!

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267 Celeste November 7, 2011

I like the Raw Protein the best of the vegan protein powders I’ve tried. The fine texture, absence of sugar, decent taste (I even think it smells good), and quality ingredients make it worth every penny. It’s also easy to digest.

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268 Amy November 10, 2011

Nutiva Hemp isn’t earthy at all and blends magnificently into a smoothie. I’ve been using it for years and LOVE it! Garden of Life Super Seed is excellent too. It is so mild and has a subtle sweetness but NO stevia aftertaste;-)

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269 kate July 6, 2012

The best protein powder I have found, sugar free, dairy, soy,gluten free is Naturade Soy Free Protein powder vegetable based Natural Flavor. aprox $.25- 32. for 32 ounces, 27 grams protein!! for 1/3 cup. no or very little after taste. Great with frozen fruit & yogart..no sugar low with this powder. It can only be found online at Naturade or Amazon. I have been using this powder for 30+ years It helps maintain my weight at a resonsable weight. I use it 2x a day and have yet to get tired of it. any questions just ask.
katie

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270 Vicki July 11, 2012

My husband has been diagnosed with Hemochromatosis (iron overload) as well as Candida (yeast overgrowth). If someone could recommend a protein powder which is low in both sugar and iron, it would be greatly appreciated. Oh, he’s also allergic to wheat and yeast. Poor guy!! We live in Ontario, Canada. Thanks for any suggestions and/or help.
Vicki

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271 Cheryl December 12, 2012

I am looking for a good rice protein powder.
I would like recipes that don’t use any milk
at all.Thank you

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272 james January 1, 2013

Isnt there a vegan protein powder like these that you could live off of it only?

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273 Kerri January 18, 2013

I have been looking for a good protein powder that is vegan- but does NOT contain stevia. I know it is a natural product, but has an artificial sweetener type taste to me. Same with monk fruit which I am finding as a sweetener in many vegan products today. My question is about Garden of Life’s source of vitamin D, which is listed only as D on the label.

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274 Kerri January 18, 2013

P.s. I used to use Spiritein Vanilla which I loved, but it contains bee pollen which is of concern to me ( re: the way it is obtained).

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275 Jamee January 19, 2013

Loving that I stumbled onto your site! I have enjoyed digging through all of your recipes. I can’t wait to try a few this week after visiting Whole Foods! I know this is kind of a “old” post, but have you ever tried Arbonne protein powder? Being the health conscious freak that I am it was only natural for me to become a consultant after researching and trying ALL of their products, LOL! Our protein powders come in chocolate or vanilla flavors and are vegan with no artificial colors, flavors, sweetners, or additives, and are gluten and lactose free along with 20 essential vitamins and minerals! Each serving is 20 grams of protein sourced from pea, cranberry, and rice. I don’t wanna be partial, but it tastes GREAT! Let me know if you’d like to try a sample. Very delicious and may become your new favorite! Keep up the AWESOME work with you blog. LOVING it!

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276 Suzanne Holt April 21, 2013

I’ve been looking for a protein powder to add to our daily smoothies and almost bought the hemp one yesterday (it looks like I made a good choice in skipping it and doing more research?). Thanks for the great reviews – they were really helpful in my research to find the best options!

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277 Missy April 26, 2013

I’m trying Warrior Food by Warrior Force. It’s vegan (made of sprouted hemp and organic, non GMO brown rice) and comes in vanilla, chocolate and natural. No artificial flavors, chocolate and vanilla options are sweetened with a little bit of stevia (which is completely healthy and natural) and everything is raw! Check it out http://www.healthforce.com/warrior-force

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278 Jennifer May 9, 2013

I would love for you to post some of your smoothie recipes. I have GOL Raw Vanilla.

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279 patrice May 24, 2013

Has anyone tried Perfect Fit Organic Brown rice protein. It is pretty good. Gluten free, non gmo, vegan. Only a few ingredients which I really like: organic sprouted whole grain brown rice protein, organic vanilla flavor, organic guar gum, organic stevia, sea salt. 3 carbs and 0 sugars…15 grams protein per serving..

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280 Christine June 5, 2013

I’ve been buying Vega One for some time now and I really enjoy it. I was recently told by my Pilates trainer that Perfect Fit Protein is also really good but I haven’t looked at the nutritional information.

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281 Sara July 3, 2013

Have you tried the Arbonne brand before? We have both Chocolate and Vanilla, it’s completely vegan (along with the rest of our product line) and it tastes great! Not only does it provide 20g of protein per serving, but also 23 vitamins and minerals. Ours can be used as a meal replacement as well, I make sure I have a packet on me at all times for those unexpected moments when the hunger hits. If you’re having trouble with clumps, I find mixing equal parts almond milk and water works for solubility.

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282 Stacey September 3, 2013

I add quinoa to just about everything I eat to increase my protein even in my smoothies. I am not a big fan of protein powders and I love quinoa so its a win, win for me :)

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283 sandi September 6, 2013

I’ve enjoyed reading your blog from time to time – it always seems to come up when I am looking for information on the improvements I am making to my diet – most recently Heartland Gold Sprouted Rice Protein Powder. To date, its the best I’ve tried – no tummy troubles and thats major for me, Anyway, thanks for your interesting blog

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284 Brooke September 25, 2013

I just ran across this post looking for breakfast ideas and wanted to share. I’m an Arbonne consultant and all of our products are vegan certified (skin care, makeup, and nutrition) and we have some absolutely amazing protein powders! I would love to send you some for review! I’m not trying to sell things to you, I’m just a fellow vegan and I am able to keep my protein intake up with our shakes. They’re very tasty!

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285 Brooke September 25, 2013

Just saw the post above. Like I said, it’s great! :)

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286 Olivia November 18, 2013

I would check out all the recall and consumer complaint info on Vega. If you are a vegan this company should not be your first (or last ) choice. There is a company called Progressive with makes a Vegan All In One Powder -26 grams of protein and more greens and superfoods than Vega. Cheaper too. Neo Organics makes a wonderful Vegan powder as well. For my money though Healthforce is the best vegan supplement company anywhere.

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287 Patty December 8, 2013

I’ve used vega before and liked the chocolate okay. However I had to blend it with almond milk. I recently tried Arbonne’s pp and the chocolate’s good with just water mixed in. The vanilla grew on me with almond milk. Both are vegan, non-gmo, and gluten free. They have a little stevia and cane sugar in them, but it didn’t affect my blood sugar and the taste was good.

They’re $65 per bag (ca.30 servings). A bit pricey, but it really makes a nice meal replacement.

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288 Sarah December 11, 2013

I agree with this blog. The Garden of Life, raw protein is so great! I use the Cocao Kiss and absolutely love it. There are 10 more calories than the unflavoured but I definitely do not find it ‘chalky’. I find it to be more satisfying than the Vega One products.

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289 PinaColada March 20, 2014

Growing Naturals Rice Protein has a great texture, a lot of stevia though but I got used to it, I think it’s a great protein powder otherwise. Vanilla tastes better than chocolate.

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290 anon May 17, 2014

In case you are wondering Heartland Gold is just a re-brand of Progressive Nutritional.

https://progressivenutritional.com/organic-brown-rice-protein/

Same stuff. I use it and definitely best bang for your buck. Also, compare the protein/Amino Acid profile with other brands and you will find the heartland actually beats them with margin. Almost close to Whey!

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291 Andrea Vallejos June 19, 2014

I am currently using SACHA INCHI PROTEIN POWDER in my morning smoothies. I have noticed a big positive change in my body and even in my mood. It’s rich in protein with 50% per serving, omegas, vitamins a & e, and lots of fiber. It’s only one ingredient, nothing added and it has a delicious nutty flavor. I love it and they have it with free shipping to all Hawaiian islands at amazonianimportskauai.com
Highly recommend it!

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292 Janine King August 26, 2014

Do you have any concern about the news that came out about Raw Protein having high levels of metals? Are you still using the product or have switched to a new one?

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293 Gaye Halpin January 7, 2015

I’m currently using Growing Naturals rice protein. It’s kosher, gluten free, and contains 24g of protein per scoop at 100 calories. There are approximately seventeen servings per container. It’s a little chalky but almost flavorless, so it works great in smoothies. I think that’s good for the price of $27.99 per container. I’d still like to find one a little less chalky but for now, I’ll continue to use this one.

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294 Gaye Halpin January 7, 2015

I forgot to mention that the original flavor contains no Stevia or sugar (i.e., 0g sugar).

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295 Tiffany B February 18, 2015

Hi,
I know this is an older post, but I am wondering as a nursing mother if you use protein powder. I had a baby around the same time as you and I am always afraid about putting strange things in my body when I am pregnant and breast feeding. Any thoughts on what is best? I need more protein and want help :) I am ready for protein powder again, so any suggestions or what you use will be great!

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296 Kate February 21, 2015

The least expensive high protein, no-frill protein powder I’ve found after a lot of research is Source Naturals Pea Protein Power. It only contains pea protein concentrate (not isolate, which is less nutritious)–no fillers/sweeteners, etc. , using a water based, chemical free, low temp process. 18 g/protein per 2 T. The latest website that had the best price was pureformula.com.

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297 310 Nutrition Shakes April 21, 2015

Protein is break down into amino acids that promote cell growth and repair.protein needs for health.

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298 alpha shred May 22, 2015

There’s definately a lot to know about this subject.
I love all the points you have made.

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299 Protein Powders June 5, 2015

Each type of protein powder has specific beneficial properties which make it desirable. Nutritionally and taste-wise, animal proteins are superior to vegetable proteins and far more popular. I prefer classic whey protein (Gold Whey Standard).

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300 lol July 9, 2015

Notice they call it RAW – all capitals. This is not “raw” in the actual sense. It is a marketing gimmick.

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301 joan December 17, 2015

Aren’t you concerned about the arsenic scare re brown rice?

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302 Winnie Huprich January 27, 2016

I wish they would not put Stevie in this product. Is there a stevia free product available?

Thanx, Winnie Huprich

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