VEGAN PROTEIN POWDERS – Which one to chose?


That is one of the principal question I get when I discuss with people about my diet especially since I got into fitness ! But thanks to vegan protein powders coming from plants it is completely possible to easily supplement your diet and to sustain your muscle-growth ! Today, let’s have a look at the different protein powder sources.

There are so many plant based ways to absorb all the proteins you need: tempeh, yummy soy burgers, legumes… This incredible variety of protein sources is often unknown to many meat eaters who believes that steak, fish and eggs are the only valid options. I am not blaming anyone on this misbelief: it is something that our culture and many food brands are promoting. But many studies shows that eating too much meat and dairies can be really harmful on your health.

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Without starting a nutritional debate, vegan protein powders are great to get that extra protein kick and to promote muscle growth. Moreover, a lot of people are intolerant to dairy and tend to have digestion issues with protein powders derived from dairies. Just as for whole food, vegan protein sources are available in powder forms and are working just great to promote your fitness efforts ! Supplementing your daily diet with protein powders is a great way for a vegan/vegetarian to make sure to have a sufficient protein intake even for people that are not fitness junkies. Meat-eaters might also find comfort in those vegan protein powders as they tend to be easier to digest and overall more natural.

Here is a little overview of the different types of plant-based protein powders:



From Soy Beans


– Great for muscle growth et building strength

– Rather cheap

– Contains glutamine and arginine for a good recovery after effort

– Absorbed quickly

– Promote bone health and boost the immune system

– Contains isoflavones : maybe not an ideal protein source for high consumers of soy products since it can impact on hormone levels

– Often genetically modified


From Yellow Peas


– Fat & Cholesterol Free

– High protein levels compared to fat and carbs

– Gluten Free

– Whole-Food source of protein

– Low in Lystine ( amino-acid ) : cannot be used as the only source of dietary protein.


From Hemp Seeds


– SUPERFOOD : High in OMEGA 3 & 6 and contains 21 Amino-acids

– Highly digestible

– A complete amino-acide profile: high level of BCAA to boost muscular repair.

– Only 50% protein

– High calories and fat: not the best option for weight loss !

– One of the most expensive plant-based protein


From Brown Rice


– Gluten free, hypoallergenic and easy to digest

– Improve liver and heart function

– Contains reat nutrients and antioxidants supporting weight loss

– Help regulate cholesterol thanks to the peptide contained in brown rice

Good source of complex carbs and fibers

– Low in Lystine ( amino-acid ): cannot be used as the only source of dietary protein.

– Expensive


From Various Sources

– Combines the best of various plant-based protein sources without the eventual deficits in macro-nutrients

– Most often blended with superfoods and greens for extra nutrients

– Read the tag: sometimes very high in sugar

– Depending of the brand: some might be overly processed and a little harder to digest.

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Conclusion – before chosing your protein powder consider what are your health goals and have a taste of all the different options. Tastes of protein powders can sometimes be really rough! I had a pretty bad experience with Soy Protein Isolate that tasted horrible on its own but that is just perfect to cook with ! Protein powders can be incorporated in your daily life in a lot of different ways. No need to restrict yourself to a simple shaker 🙂 Cook with it, mix different protein powders to get the best out of each variety and most important: don’t forget to eat whole natural sources of protein such as beans, quinoa, lentils, tofu…etc Getting healthy and hitting your protein goals doesn’t mean you have to only eat powders ! HAVE FUN WITH YOUR FOOD !


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