It’s easy to understand why protein powders are a quick and effortless way to grab high-quality nourishment on the go. They’re nearly ideal for that post-workout recharge, and for boosting your protein intake.
If you’re already a fan of protein powders, you know you have a large number of choices when it comes to selecting one. In fact, choosing which is best for you can be overwhelming.
Over 10 years ago, when searching for the best protein powder at the health food store, I was perplexed at just how difficult it would be to find the best ones.
So, let me help you navigate them, and recommend a new generation of high-quality protein powders.
What a Quality Protein Powder Can Do For You
What do you expect from a protein powder other than a tasty snack?
Perhaps you want to help build some of the muscle mass you’ve lost naturally as you’ve aged, or want to continue adding muscle.
Whatever your goal, when you select a quality protein powder you can:
- Help maintain and promote healthy muscle mass and body composition
- Support normal immune function
What factors contribute to protein powder quality?
It all comes down to amino acids, namely the branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) leucine, isoleucine, and valine — especially for muscle building,* And, surprisingly, with today’s new powders, it may have less to do with whether it’s a plant or animal source.
“Wait a Second; I’ve Always Heard That Plant Proteins Are Inferior to Animal Proteins”
Many people believe plant proteins aren’t as complete, or as effective, as animal proteins, especially when it comes to maintaining and building muscle mass.
First, a simple primer on protein, and then I’ll show you how certain plant proteins compare to some of the best animal-sourced proteins.
All proteins are comprised of amino acids, considered the building blocks of life. Your muscles, skin, hair, tendons, and cartilage are all made of amino acids.
Protein also helps form your enzymes, hormones, and replacement tissues and cells.
Your body can make all but nine of about 20 amino acids in the human body. Nine amino acids are “essential” because you can only obtain their benefits through diet. They are:
So, as long as a protein, either plant or animal, contains all nine essential amino acids, it’s considered a complete protein.
A ‘New’ Generation of Complete Protein Powders
Some people can actually develop an allergy to certain proteins if they are consumed daily. That typically happens with protein powders containing animal proteins like egg and dairy, but it can occur with soy protein.
For that reason, if you use dairy or egg protein-based proteins, I suggest mixing protein sources so you’re not consuming the same one on a daily basis.
A whole new generation of complete plant protein powders has emerged. Now, you have more choices when it comes to protein powders… And a number of reasons to try them:
- You need additional variety in protein powders without sacrificing muscle-building benefits.
- You want to boost your intake of plant proteins, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.
- You’re a vegetarian and don’t want to consume animal products.
- You have dairy sensitivity or have been advised to limit dairy.
When choosing a high-quality plant-based protein, there can be dramatic differences in nutritional values.
What You Need to Know About Plant-Based Protein
Organic fermented soy can be beneficial. This is the type of soy that’s been used in many Asian cultures for thousands of years.
Organic fermented soy includes natto, miso, tempeh, and certain soy sauces.
However, it’s unfermented soy that I recommend you avoid.
This includes fresh, green, or whole, dry soybeans, soy nuts, soy sprouts, soy flour, soymilk, and tofu. And it includes the soy protein found in most protein powders.
I also suggest you avoid consuming ultra-processed soy protein isolates. This unfermented soy product is a dried, powdered protein that’s isolated, or separated, from the soybean.
Unfortunately, it’s most often the soy of choice in soy protein powders, protein bars, soy foods, baked goods, and even infant formulas.
I’m sure you agree there must be a better option for a quality plant protein powder…
We Gathered Not One, But FIVE Tasty Plant Proteins
First, let me share with you a little secret about proteins.
No two foods are identical in their amino acid makeup. A food protein might be strong in one or two amino acids and low, or weak, in another. When you combine two or more food proteins, their amino acids can complement one another and form what is known as a complete food protein.
Based on that principle, we’ve blended five plant proteins together into a brand new plant protein powder, Vegan Protein Powder.
Vegan Protein Powder is the perfect blend of high-quality plant proteins from Pea, Hemp, Chia, Potato, and Chlorella.
And we’re talking about protein concentrates, NOT protein isolates.
Protein isolates are proteins stripped away from their nutritional co-factors. I advise against consuming protein isolates because:
- Most isolates are exposed to acid processing
- Your body cannot assimilate proteins in isolated form
- Over-processing can alter the protein’s key amino acids and nutritional co-factors
Not only do you get 12 grams of complete concentrated food protein in every serving of Vegan Protein Powder, you get it with a FIVE-Fiber Blend, a FOUR-Enzyme Blend and absolutely ZERO grams of sugar and no artificial sweeteners or gluten!
The First in Our Lineup – High-Protein Pea Powder
Pea Protein is a vegetable protein source rich in essential amino acids, yet is a well-kept secret.
Made from yellow split peas, non-hydrolyzed Pea Protein is:
- Easily digestible and absorbable
- Free of soy, gluten, and lactose
- Well-tolerated by most individuals
Its amino acid lineup is surprisingly comparable to the best animal protein sources.
Its high biological value — or measure of the quality of the protein — makes it especially helpful for helping to restore muscle mass after a strenuous workout.
Pea Protein is nutritious, delivering a substantial supply of beneficial amino acids and large amounts of essential amino acids isoleucine, valine, arginine, and lysine.
Contrary to what you might expect from whole yellow peas, Pea Protein does not contain any carbohydrates, making it a great choice for helping to maintain body composition.
Here’s another plant protein that I believe offers incredible benefits.
Few People Fully Appreciate This Misunderstood Protein
When most people hear “hemp,” they think of marijuana. While Hemp Protein does come from the seed of the Cannabis sativa plant, hemp seeds do not contain the psychoactive or intoxicating compounds.
Hemp seed protein is a nutritional powerhouse and excellent source of protein.
Hemp has a broad range of amino acids, digests easily, and has a balanced ratio of essential fatty acids.
The fatty acids in hemp seeds are present in the ideal ratio, contributing valuable plant-based omega-3, -6, and -9 fatty acids.
Two main proteins in hemp seed protein, albumin and edestin, are rich in essential amino acids with profiles comparable to soy and egg white. Hemp’s edestin content is among the highest of all plants.
While soy may have a higher overall protein content, hemp protein may be easier to digest because of its lack of oligosaccharides and trypsin inhibitors, which can affect protein absorption.
It also lacks the adverse biological effects of unfermented soy including hormonal and thyroid challenges.
I chose organic hemp to be part of my 5-protein Vegan Protein Powder, along with another stellar seed.
From ‘Pet’ to Superfood – Chia’s Well-Deserved Rebirth
As you might recall from the 1980s, America’s first introduction to chia seeds came in the form of a pet – the “Chia Pet” – that terracotta ram, puppy, kitten, bull, or teddy bear that sprouted “hair” in two short weeks.
But chia has actually been around for much longer…
One of the original superfoods of the Americas and a highly prized staple of the Aztec diet, chia was valued for the energy, vigor and staying power it offered this ancient civilization’s warriors.
A very early form of fast food, Native American Indians packed the seeds for long trips, adding water to them at mealtime. The seeds would expand from the liquid, providing not only energy for their travels, but a feeling of fullness, too.
Chia seeds contain 18 amino acids, including all the essential amino acids.
When chia seeds are milled, they remain gluten-free and take on a delightfully nutty taste. And they contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid.
Researchers believe that natural food sources of ALA may help support heart health, and help counteract less-than-desirable effects of excess linoleic acid (LA) from processed fast foods.
The chia we’ve selected for my Vegan Protein Powder is ChiaMax™ Omega-3.
Our supplier produces ChiaMax™ Omega-3 using a DeepExtract™ supercritical CO2 process to super-concentrate the protein and fiber nutrients from the chia seeds.
Golden Chlorella – The Power-Packed Chlorella Without a ‘Green’ Algae Taste
Containing 100% chlorella, Golden Chlorella™ High Protein is a patented microalgae powder that's:
- Mild in flavor without a “greens” taste
- 50% vegetarian protein by weight
- A highly digestible protein source
- Sustainably grown in the US without pesticides and herbicides
- A natural source of tocotrienols and tocopherols
Golden Chlorella™ High Protein also contains 18 amino acids, including ALL the essential amino acids, and a variety of naturally-occurring compounds, such as carotenoids and plant sterols.
The Most Unlikely Source of High-Quality Protein? Potato Protein
One of the newest vegan protein powders on the market today is also one from an unlikely source: potatoes.
Concentrated from fresh potatoes, potato protein is extracted by a specialized technology.
Potato protein is surprisingly valuable:
- Contains between 90 and 95% amino acids
- Is highly bioavailable
- Highly digestible and fast absorbing
- Contains more BCAAs than whey protein
- Has a higher biological value than casein and is equal to eggs
- Low allergenic potential
- Its nitrogen content is remarkably close to animal protein
- Contains more essential amino acids than any other protein powder!
With its high BCAA and essential amino acid content, potato protein is the perfect vegan protein for building lean muscle and aiding recovery after exertion.
As If 5 Top Proteins Weren’t Enough, We Added an Enzyme Blend AND a Fiber Blend
I wanted to give you top-shelf nutrition in a unique Fiber Blend and Enzyme Blend.
Our unique 5-Fiber Blend includes:
- Acacia – Valued for centuries for its food uses, acacia is harvested from the sap of the Acacia Senegal tree
- Inulin – A naturally-occurring type of polysaccharide, this soluble fiber has no caloric effects and promotes intestinal function
- Bamboo – This new “health food” is a source of fiber
- Pea – An insoluble fiber that helps promote regular bowel movements
- Apple – Contains both soluble and insoluble fibers
We also added a 4-Enzyme Blend, including the digestive enzymes protease, amylase, and lipase, and the metabolic enzyme, bromelain, to help support digestion.
Tastes GREAT With Stevia and Luo Han
To make protein powders appear lower in carbohydrates, manufacturers sometimes use certain artificial sweeteners like sucralose or aspartame to sweeten their products.
However, with the public’s increasing aversion to the dangers of artificial sweeteners, many are turning to sugar alcohols, like maltitol, sorbitol, glycerol, glycerin, or xylitol to reduce the total calorie count because they have fewer calories than sugar itself.
Some of these sugar replacements can cause intestinal discomfort in some individuals.
High-fructose corn syrup, sometimes disguised as corn sugar or called glucose/fructose in Canada, is a chemically converted, corn-based sweetener that studies show is increasingly linked to obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.
And watch out for agave! Depending on its processing, it can contain as much as 90% fructose — nearly double that of HFCS!
I’m pleased to say we achieved an ideal amount of sweetness.
How did I do it? My Vegan Protein Powders are lightly sweetened with two substances from plants: Stevia and Luo Han Guo Juice Concentrate.
Stevia is derived from the leaf of the South American stevia plant. It has been used to sweeten South American dishes and drinks for many centuries.
Luo Han Guo is a natural sweetener, but it's a bit more expensive and harder to find. In China, the Lou Han fruit has also been used as a sweetener for centuries, and it’s about 200 times sweeter than sugar.
Available in 3 Delicious Flavors, My Vegan Protein Powder Offers a Potent Helping of Nutrition…
My Vegan Protein Powder comes in three delicious flavors – Chocolate, Vanilla, and Sweet Cinnamon.
Here are a few reasons why I believe it should be on your protein powder shelf.
Packed with FIVE kinds of complete, concentrated plant proteins, with all their essential amino acids intact
- Contains no protein isolates
- Contains proteins high in BCAAs for optimal muscle building
- Contains ChiaMax™ Omega-3 Low-Fat Whole Grain Superfood for extra omega-3 fatty acids
- Contains the goodness of superfood Golden Chlorella, without a “greens” taste
- Contains a 5-Fiber Blend
- Contains a 4-Enzyme Blend for digestive support
- 12 grams of protein per serving
- Easily digested and tolerated by most individuals
- No high fructose-containing syrups
- Pleasing taste – available in 3 delicious flavors
- Lightly sweetened with 2 plant-based sweeteners
- Preservative-free, gluten-free
- Mixes easily and smoothly with water or other liquids
My Vegan Protein Powder is the perfect blend of high-quality proteins, ideal for post workouts or any time of day for a quick energy charge and protein boost.
Vegan Protein Powder’s Revolutionary Packaging
Not only is Vegan Protein Powder great for you, it’s great for the environment. By using a bag instead of a plastic container, we are able to take up considerably less space during the shipping process. As a result, less fuel is used.
This new packaging also directly benefits you. With Vegan Protein Powder, now you’re able to easily pour the last couple of servings into the scoop — without causing a giant mess by trying to scoop the powder, or pour it from a rigid, round container.
I’m constantly working with my team to improve not just our product formulas and formulations, but how to make your life easier with container packaging improvements.
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My new Vegan Protein Powder tastes delicious and offers a well-rounded array of complimentary quality proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, enzymes, and fiber.
Try some today. You can’t lose.
My Vegan Protein Powder is a taste of the new generation of protein powders – showcasing the super nutritional contributions of plants. Order yours today!