5 Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein
If you are not feeling the brown rice, pea, or vegetable proteins, there’s always another kind which you have most likely heard of in recent days – hemp protein. Growing in popularity due to the worldwide falling concerns regarding the hemp plant as its promoters tout the extremely varied uses for it, protein made from the hemp seed does not contain THC (the active ingredient when used in recreation or as medication), so don’t worry about the company drug test coming up. You won’t fail it. Hemp protein is darker in color than other protein powders and contains naturally occurring Omega-3’s. There are only three ingredients in this powder – organic hemp protein powder, organic palm sugar, and organic vanilla flavor, making this powder a winner in its simplicity in conjunction with its ability to provide all 10 essential amino acids, Omega-3’s and fiber.
4 Plant Fusion Protein
Plant Fusion Protein happens to be one of the best tasting plant-based proteins out there. It blends as well as the best whey protein, and the vanilla flavor in particular is out of this world. Rather than being made from brown rice protein, this powder is made from pea protein, artichoke protein, and sprouted quinoa powder. It also contains enzymes for added digestibility, but unfortunately does contain some added fructose, or processed fruit sugar. Due to the added glycine, which is insufficiently researched at this time, please consult your doctor before using if pregnant or breastfeeding.
3 Garden of Life RAW Protein
Garden of Life’s RAW protein is unique in the sense that, although it is made with brown rice protein as the two above are, it also has a wide array of seed and bean sprouts, as well as enzymes, a probiotic and mixed tocopherols (antioxidants). At less than 1 gram of sugar, this protein is one of the lowest sugar plant-based proteins out there. Garden of Life has been touted in many a book, including a few detox books probably due to its inclusion of sprouts and the added probiotic. Highly recommended.
2 Boku Protein
Boku Protein has many of the same ingredients as Sun Warrior, but has a few different ones such as lucuma and maple syrup (it is low sugar however). It also contains enzymes which help your body to digest the protein. Boku blends well into a smoothie and has a pleasant, mildly sweet taste.
1 Sun Warrior Protein
Sun Warrior Protein is highly marketed and supported by many health and raw food enthusiasts. It is an excellent product, and does have many excellent properties, one being that it is all raw and very minimally processed. The ingredients are all familiar and pronounceable, and not only vegan, but raw and easy to digest, with help from a carminative (digestive aid) herb, fenugreek.
Blend these protein powders with some almond, rice or oat milk, ice, berries and some kefir for a delicious, satisfying smoothie. If you like to add superfoods, throw in some chia, flax and/or hemp seeds, spirulina and/or green powders, coconut oil, acai, maca, and leafy greens for extra body love.