The Best Plant Based Protein Powders

By: Sydney Daly-Weber

The Best vegan Protein Powder

As one of three vital macronutrients, protein is an essential source of energy. Whether you’re a hard-core bodybuilder, a moderate gym-goer, or even an every day couch potato, you need protein to survive. But what most people don’t realize is you don’t need to source your protein from meat. Protein can be found in vegetables, nuts and legumes like broccoli, almonds and lentils, just to name a few. 

Contrary to popular belief, it’s entirely possible to eat a plant based protein-rich diet. When looking for a quick and easy way to include some added protein to your meal, plant based protein powders are a great option. Blend some into a delicious fruit smoothie, mix it into a hearty bowl of oatmeal, stir a scoop into your coffee… don’t be afraid to get creative with it! 

Vegan Protein Powders

If you’re considering transitioning to plant based diet, you may be struggling to come up with new protein-rich recipes. Even those who have been vegan for years lack creativity in the kitchen some days. To help give you some ideas and inspiration, here are our four favorite plant based protein powders to use when whipping up your favorite plant based meals: 

  • Hemp protein

Hemp protein powder is made by grinding the seeds of a hemp plant. It is considered to be one of the best plant based proteins due to its numerous health benefits. Hemp protein contains all 20 amino acids, including 9 essential amino acids. With Vitamin C, B vitamins, and vitamins A and E, hemp protein also promotes a healthy immune system. Additionally, hemp protein is high in fiber which is great for digestion. Rich in minerals and antioxidants like magnesium, calcium and iron, and healthy fats like Omega-3 and Omega-6, hemp protein aids in heart health and muscle growth. 

  • Sacha inchi

Never heard of sacha inchi? That’s totally fine- we’re here to educate you. Sacha inchi is a superfood that grows mostly in Peru. Grown as a climbing shrub plant, sacha inchi fruit contains seeds that can be crushed into powder form to be used as a plant based protein. Rich in protein, Omega-3, -6, and -9 fatty acids, and fiber, sacha inchi supports your immune system, improves brain function, lowers blood pressure, and helps reduce inflammation. 

  • Pea protein Protein

Just as its name suggests, pea protein is protein extracted from peas. Naturally free of cholesterol and saturated fats, pea protein is excellent for heart health. Pea protein is great for after workouts as it helps reduce soreness and speed recovery while boosting muscle mass. Additionally, pea protein is one of the best sources of protein for those who have common allergens to lactose, soy, wheat or eggs.  

  • Brown rice protein

Not commonly thought of as a protein-rich food, there is actually a fair amount of protein in the simple rice grain. Hypo-allergenic and easily digestible, sprouted brown rice protein is a great option to use when making plant based meals. Brown rice protein is known to improve liver and heart function, regulate cholesterol, support weight loss and aid in muscle growth. It also has a very subtle taste, making it easy to use in a wide range of meals. 

Plant Based Protein Powder in Small Seed Bars

Interested in trying these nutritious plant based proteins? All four of these proteins are some of the core ingredients in our delicious plant based protein bars. With almost 15 grams of protein in every bar, Small Seed Bars are an excellent source of protein. As you can see, maintaining a protein-rich diet while living the plant-based lifestyle is fairly easy when you use protein sourced from Mother Earth herself. Especially when you make our vegan protein bars a staple in your every day diet. 

Here’s a quick breakdown of which specific proteins can be found in our bars:

Peanut Butter- pea protein and sacha inchi protein

Cacao Brownie- pea protein and brown rice protein

Cookie Dough- pea protein and sachi inchi protein

Maple Nut- hemp protein

Sunflower Cinnamon- pea protein and hemp protein

Espresso Bean- pea protein and brown rice protein

Seasonal- pea protein and brown rice protein