If you’re a vegan athlete, or just someone who works out a lot, you may require more protein than you’re getting from your normal meals. If you feel like your muscles aren’t recovering as fast as they should, then it might be time to start adding some extra protein to your diet. Most athletes start using protein powder when they need to supplement their diet, but as you may already know, many of the most popular protein powders aren’t vegan – they typically contain whey and/or eggs.
Finding a good vegan protein powder takes a little extra work, so we thought we’d save you the hassle and round up 12 of the best vegan protein powders being used by top athletes, trainers, and fitness enthusiasts alike. All of these protein powders use raw, organic, and/or non-GMO ingredients – check the label on each product for a complete list of ingredients.
#1. Raw Power!
Raw Power!, as you might have guessed from the name, is a potent blend of raw, organic ingredients. The main sources of protein are hemp and brazil nut. It contains 10.5g of protein per 1 oz serving. Some people complain the original flavor tastes bad, but thankfully it also comes in other flavors, such as chocolate and vanilla.
MRM Veggie Protein uses concentrated fruits and vegetables as its main source of protein. It is easy to digest, low glycemic, and full of extra vitamins and minerals that will improve your health and aid your body in repairing muscle tissue. It has 22g of protein per 38g serving, as well as 18 amino acids. MRM Veggie Protein comes in chocolate and vanilla flavors.
#3. MRM Veggie Elite
For high performance athletes and bodybuilders, MRM has their Veggie Elite formula, which is a blend of pea protein and organic brown rice protein. MRM Veggie Elite contains 24g of protein per 37g serving, as well as 18 amino acids.
Vega Sport Performance Protein is a blend of pea, SaviSeed, sprouted whole grain brown rice, and alfalfa proteins. It contains 26g of protein per 1.2 oz serving, as well as 5,000mg of three BCAAs and 5,000 mg of L-glutamine. Vega Sport Performance Protein comes in berry, chocolate, mocha, and vanilla flavors.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 is pure hemp protein concentrate. It is easily digestible, water soluble, and non-GMO. It contains 15g of protein per 30g serving. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 is available in plain, vanilla, chocolate, and dark chocolate flavors.
Source Naturals Pea Protein Power derives its protein from yellow peas. It is highly digestible and bioavailable, and is 100% non-GMO. It contains 14g of protein per 18g serving. Source Naturals Pea Protein Power does not come in any flavors.
PlantFusion Protein is a blend of pea protein isolate, artichoke protein, organic sprouted amaranth powder, and organic sprouted quinoa powder. It contains 21g of protein per 30g serving, as well as 18 amino acids and 3.4g of L-glutamine. PlantFusion Protein comes in plain, vanilla, chocolate, chocolate raspberry, and cookies ‘n’ cream flavors.
Sunwarrior is definitely a top of the line vegan protein powder. According to their product information, their raw protein powder does not contain any solvents, GMOs, radiation, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, or artificial colors. The protein itself comes from peas, hemp, and cranberry seeds. It contains 19g of protein per 25g serving, and it has a complete amino acid profile. Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein Powder comes in plain, vanilla, and chocolate flavors.
Sprout Living Epic Protein Powder is another truly premium vegan protein powder. Sprout Living only uses the best, all natural ingredients, so expect to pay a little more for this one. The protein itself is a blend of sprouted and bio-fermented brown rice, pea, sacha inchi, and cranberry seeds. It contains 19g of protein per 28g serving. Sprout Living Epic Protein Powder comes in original, chocolate maca, vanilla lucuma, green kingdom, and assorted flavors.
Same deal as Sprout Living Epic except this one is made entirely from pumpkin seeds. Like, literally nothing else. The only ingredient is cold-pressed pumpkin seed powder. If you don’t already know, pumpkin seeds are an incredible source of nutrients, especially protein. Sprout Living Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder only comes in one flavor, which should be pretty obvious: Pumpkin! You will be glad to know Sprout Living Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder is quite a bit cheaper than the Epic blend, which might be another reason you’d be inclined to give it a try.
#11. Plant Fusion Phood
Phood is more than just a protein powder. Phood is a complete meal replacer. When you need the nutrients of a full and well-balanced high-protein meal in a hurry, Phood is what you want. In addition to having 18g of protein per 45g serving, it also contains complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Phood comes in chocolate-caramel and vanilla flavors.
Yuve is another all-in-one meal replacer. Yuve calls their protein powder the “Best Tasting Vegan Nutritional Shake,” but of course you’d have to decide that for yourself. Yuve is a blend of more than 25 “superfoods,” including raw chia seeds. It contains 15g of protein per 40g serving, along with complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. The best part is, it’s only 155 calories. Yuve is ideal for anyone looking for a quick and easy, low-calorie post-workout meal they can drink from a glass.