5 Plant-Based Protein Powders Worth Contributing to The Next Smoothie


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5 Plant-Based Protein Powders Worth Adding to Your Next Smoothie | Nutrition | MyFitnessPal One of the three macronutrients, along with fat and carbs, protein helps us feel full, achieve weight-loss goals and build muscle. Containing high amounts of nutrients with a few calories. These little seeds contain fiber, protein, omega 3 fatty acids and their full of antioxidants. Just think about adding some to garnish your next salad. Throw some on your avo toast.

Add a 1/4 cup to your next bowl of oatmeal or make them the star of your next homemade batch of granola bars. Oats are a wonderful way to pack in beneficial plant-based protein in your smoothie. Not many people think to add oats to their smoothies, but it actually tastes pretty good. 1/2 cup of steel cut oats contain around 14 grams of protein, so you could technically make a seriously protein-packed smoothie with oats.

Your smoothie recipe calls for a scoop of protein powder. So you go online only to discover dozens of different varieties: whey, soy, casein, pea, rice, hemp, those with a blend of plant-based. Look for plant-based protein powders that contain branched chain amino acids. These help to speed up post-workout recovery.

Consider whether your chosen plant-based protein powder is sustainably sourced. If you choose to eat a plant-based diet for environmental reasons, this might be important to you. Decide whether you want an all-natural option. Is this powder vegan?

Protein Smoothie Boost is a vegan-friendly protein powder. We use 100% pure plants to create the cleanest whole foods plant-based product out there to add to your favorite smoothie recipes. Is this powder organic?

Absolutely! It’s 100% organic! This was top of my list when it came to making my own protein powder.

Plant-based protein smoothies are the meals of choice for the many people who opt for a plant-based diet. Some make this choice in the quest for adding more natural nutrients to their healthy eating lifestyle. Others simply want to up their intake of protein—even if it’s a one or two-shot deal. Now, if the smoothie is just a snack or it’s your way to get more vegetables and fruits in, then you don’t necessarily need to have a protein powder. But you do need a protein source in your smoothie.

That’s because you don’t want a whole lot of sugar in your smoothie to enter your body at once. In this case, I would recommend adding. These simple smoothies will keep you full until lunch, no supplements required. Here, 17 high-protein smoothie recipes you can whip up without using any protein powder.

Wheat germ is another ingredient that won’t add a ton of protein to your smoothie, but it will add some extra overall nutrition. You can try it in this Blackberry Banana Smoothie by Noble Pig. Nuts. Approximately 4.5 grams of protein per ¼ cup serving of walnuts.

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My favorite is pure, no-frills, highly absorbable whey protein with no added flavorings—you’ll be adding all the natural flavors you’ll ever need with the fruit in the smoothie.

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These are powdered or liquid foods that contain protein from various sources, with the four most popular sources being whey, casein, egg, and soy, as well as plantbased supplements made from various foods such as quinoa, brown rice, peas, hemp, and even fruit.

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Don’t add protein powders (including whey protein powder), flax oil, collagen, coconut oil, moringa powder, nuts, seeds, nut butters, cacao nibs or powder, almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, oat milk, goat milk, yogurt, or any other common smoothie add-ins.

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If you’re going to add ingredients such as protein or milk to your smoothie, keep it organic and use only the highest-quality products.

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Superfood smoothie: use water, coconut water/milk, or grain or nut milk, supergreens powder, fruit (banana, papaya, and/or berries), hemp or rice protein or flaxseeds/sunflowers/almonds, raw carob powder, cinnamon powder, vitamin C or nutritional powder 3.

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Caseinates, coprecipitates and casein hydrolysates are commonly used with whey protein (whey protein isolate or whey protein concentrate) in protein supplement beverage powder mixes.

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FIGURE 16.6 Trained panel flavor and mouthfeel profiles of vanilla meal replacement shakes made with whey protein, soy protein, or a mixture of whey protein and soy protein.

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Elsevier Science, 2014

But sadly, it’s still going to have lower bioavailability than other protein powder options like whey, collagen, and egg.

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RECIPE: My favorite post-workout shake: vanilla whey protein powder, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, organic blueberries, a handful of kale, a handful of spinach, water, and ice.

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Protein powders are an easy way to turn a fruit smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal into a balanced breakfast.

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  • About arsenic in rice, that’s why in asian countries the traditional way is to rinse rice the day before (and old school is to throw the rice as you rinse it back into the rice strainer and keep mixing it like I saw in an old Japanese movie lol). A lot of modern people are too lazy though and don’t rinse their rice properly… (the process should take several hours or a day) also they buy horrible quality processed rice.
    People in asian countries have to eat rice almost everyday so hopefully they do traditional techniques to reduce the amount of arsenic.

    I also think activated charcoal can reduce arsenic or heavy metals in the body.

    What I like to do is make my own staple food (mixed with Quinoa, a little brown rice, lentils, and sometimes buckwheat, and I try to limit the amount of rice when I can.)
    I like to make my own protein cookies too by baking buckwheat, peas, baking soda, cinammon, and other ingredients:)

  • Hi Z,

    Thanks for this very informational video. I also love your outfit here! May I ask what brand your striped shirt and necklace is? Thanks!

  • Please let me know of any literature/studies where it proves that soy (fermented or not) is bad for you because from what I’ve read theres absolutely nothing wrong with it

  • Wow! Such a beautiful woman well i tried lots of proteins shakes but i tried the vegans shake Awesome! Here’s a great one check it out http://www.thatprotein.com?afmc=2ns

  • We would love for you try our Vegan Plant Protein Powder. Organic, 3rd Party Tested, Clean Ingredients! – https://www.perfectsupplements.com/Plant-Protein-s/75.htm

  • Thanks for the video this was very helpful. I Have a client that is vegan and wanted a plant based protein recommendation and I’ve always managed to find the worst tasting plant based proteins possible lol. Getting the unsweetened version and sweetening it naturally yourself was great tip.

  • I’m trying to get a well digested plant protein powder because I’m having problems digested properly. I’m coming from whey protein. Can you help me please?

  • Garden of life has a lot of ingredients in their plant based protein but they are all sprouted. What are your comments on Garden of Life?

  • I Love Sun Warrior Protein, it has both Pea & Hemp protein along with MCT powder and all the essential amino acids. Very complete.

  • This is a very helpful video. as I know, is whey protein powder the best choice because of its high biological value and the complete amino acid profile. There is also a Top 10 list on this website about the best Rice Protein Powders. Who ever wants can check it out https://www.digitalstico.com/brown-rice-protein-powder/

  • Affiliate links don’t work on iphone phone safari….it might still give you referrer pay but the first thing it tells you to do is to download the app. So then I download the app and there’s definitely no discount applied by thrive. Not only that but when you follow the instructions and get the app then you are no longer on the product page but in the main app so then I have to close that window and come back and look at the product description.

    Hopefully you can get thrive to fix this!

  • Hi thank you so much for your informative video. I was just wondering what you thought about the brand Naked Pea for pea protein? Thank you so much

  • I rarely say this, but I love you! �������� I was searching for clean vegan alternatives that can also help with maintaining my weight. The others had so many ingredients I got confused��. No soy is a plus❤️. This video saved my life.

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  • Can you review Blessed Protein? I see a lot of YouTube fitness models recomend their products. I know they receive commission from it.

  • Hi there. I just wondered whether I understood right. You used 4 different green leaves: Spinach leaves, Kale, Rhubarb leaves and Parsley?

  • you should check out “my protein” line of vegan options, it’s mostly a blend of rice / pea / hemp, seems to be good ingredients, and a much cheaper price than the normal retail options. I’d be curious to see what you think about that one

  • The problem with plant based proteins is that they all taste horrible. There is no way past it, you cant colour it any other way. Even the flavoured ones are horrible, because they are naturally flavoured. But…when you buy these you have to know it and accept it, otherwise you might as well buy whey.

  • Good gosh woman!!! You can Never be over informed but dayum your brains match your beauty. Powder talk starts at 3:00. Thanks for video ������������. I’m a week into becoming a vegan after watching the Netflix docu the game changers.

  • My favorite natural protein powder brand is legionathletics.com/?tap_a and has like one carb per serving. If you get it get the Chocolate peanut butter flavor it’s da beeest ��

  • #4 & #5 sounded perfect until they listed broccoli and colliflower wich isn’t a naturally occuring plant. �� Il have to just make my own powders.

  • Is there a vegan protein powder for underweight people? I’m trying to gain weight and what I have is BSN’s True Mass, it always take me hours just to finish a serving cause it’s too sweet for me, I prefer fruit sweets because I can adjust the flavor

  • Thanks for the video! Question though, does the Moon Juice powder have 17 grams of protein like you said? The label on the product on the website says there are only 6 grams per scoop. I wish it was higher!

  • Rice protein is trash, Hemp is good, Pea protein is good as well. But We all been fooled. Soy protein is the best protein in the world, 2x better than anything on the market.

  • I just bought pea protein because it is about 2x cheaper (same protein content as my previous whey powder). It’s arriving tomorrow and I can’t wait to try it.

  • Unfortunately, chocolate causes depression in me. Don’t know why or how, but it’s true. Realized it the hard way, even organic dark chocolate.

  • Ooh, especially the almond chocolate one looks awesome! I’l buy some almond butter later so I can make that one today! Love all the information that pops up, maybe the good to know signs could pop up for some seconds longer tho:)

  • Unfortunately I am allergic to all whey and soy protein powders. I am concerned about roundup being used on pea proteins but they are the only ones I can tolerate

  • Wow, thank you soooooooo much. So informative. Explaining all the different proteins and I like the keep it simple approach and not having a TON of other things from a proprietary blend. ����

  • Hello..
    Thank you
    I am uselly avoid taking any powders and other peels, its feel unhealthy, but i am vegan, and i think i dont give my body all its need..and i travel a lot, so its not always easy to have vegan options..
    So i start to think about vegan powder..so what do you recommend,and can i use it in a shake? And how much to take?sorry, but i really dont understand any of that.
    Thank you

  • Hey Mona,
    Just subscribed!Can you do a video on how vegan protein powders are produced?
    And a video on how to make pea protein powder at home?
    I want to start experimenting on making my own.

  • Please tell me I’m not the only one that is distracted by the toilet paper roll on the toaster ��

    Love you, love the double angle with the filming. Thank you for creating such beautiful, educating content ��

  • Cheers for the Video! Sorry for chiming in, I would love your initial thoughts. Have you considered Chireetler Perfection Formula Rule (probably on Google)? It is an awesome one of a kind guide for learning how to build solid lean muscle minus the headache. Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my mate after a lifetime of fighting got astronomical success with it.

  • Although this is probably very healthy this isn’t protein powder. This is plant flour to make protein powder the flour is then mixed with water to remove the fibre and starch, which then leaves the protein, vitamins and minerals in paste form. It is this paste that is then dried and grounded further to produce plant protein powder.

  • Orgain Chocolate Fudge 2.74lb tub is sometimes on sale for $22 at Costco. Even at the regular price of 27.99, it’s still less most retailers.

  • I’ve been hearing a lot of bad reviews on Vega protein powder due to heavy metals and other toxins. I’ve been doing research on a better vegan protein powder but came into the same situation with every other brand. It seems like the other brands also have their pros and cons. As far as the tests go is there an update to whether or not it’s safe to consume. Please I’d really appreciate a response. Thank you for the video.

  • I’m 6’2 189lbs fitness enthusiast and crossfitter i ate 6 meals a day each meal has 20g protein minimum or more i trained like crazy everyday and here’s the problem….THOSE SHAKES ARE NOT ENOUGH FOR ME!!!!

  • Interesting I looked at info from Clean Label Projects website scary how many hidden things are in our favorite protein powders. I was shocked!!!


  • Thank you, you made the search for a healthy vegan protein powder with no additives so much easier! This is exactly what I was looking for and I always trust your judgment! You’re a goddess ♥️

  • For a higher percentage of calories coming from PROTEIN sub pumpkin seeds for the chia seeds and powdered almond butter for the almond meal.

  • Cannaba-tein contains all eleven essential amino acids what makes it almost identical to red meat, check it out, new formula: https://www.metalabscannabis.com/product-page/cannaba-tein-protein-powder-1-lbs

  • Been looking for a erthrotyal (idk how to sp that srry) free one cause it really bothers my stomach and i become bed and bathroom ridden for about 6 hours from just 1 scoop of orgain vanilla. Dont have an issue with their choclate thou…

  • This is much easier: Plant based with yellow peas, sasha inch and chia. No sugars. No sugar alcohols. No GMO. No Dairy. No Gluten. No artificial sweeteners. Only positive inputs custom designed by a doctor of pharmacy, who put in everything you need, and nothing you don’t. https://www.youmaxa.com/positiveinput-af/

  • I love your natural protein powder drink mix. However, I do have something that really works for me.but let me first share a little of myself.
    As an old timer Bodybuilder now aged 60, I have just returned to bodybuilding after conquering the dreaded Type 2 diabetes that struck in 2004 but now no longer on drugs and no longer consume processed sugars. I am now a lean mean old man machine that had regained 30 years.
    As I still watch what I consume, I try to grow much of my own and using that for good health. Other things I use I get from the health food store. My Protein mix contains many grounded ingredients including what you show in this video as well as ground oats, nuts etc.. and to top it off, I mix whey powder and some Stevia (for sweetness).
    When making my smoothie I add a cup of Almond Milk (unsweetened), 1 medium banana, 1 handful of Kale, 3 tablespoons of my protein powder and mix all ingredients in a high speed blender. This keeps me full all day and keeps me going.

  • Hemp protein by itself is not as easily assimilated according to Thomas Delauer… he says you need to blend it with pea protein and suggests Sunwarrior protein that includes both.

  • Protein Powder? lol
    I guess if you want 10 grams of protein with every 250 calories you eat. Or you can eat a small tub of greek yogurt with 20 grams and 100 calories…….. lol wtf

  • Wait, chia and hemp have protein? Oats have protein? So what you’re saying is, when I put chia, hemp, and peanut powder in my oatmeal, it’s got more protein than I thought? SWEET!!!

  • While it is a very healthy powder, full of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, I wouldn´t necessarily call it a “protein powder”.

    A serving contains 200kcal, of which 67% comes from fats, 14% from protein. A serving contains only 8.25g of protein, while it also gives you 16g of fat.
    Not to say that this isn’t a great mixture with some protein in it. If you mix it with water, 100g of oatmeal (1 1/4 cup) and a banana, it is balanced breakfast around 700kcal and with 23g of protein:)

  • saw you wince when you took your first sip, the ginger piece might have been a little bit too much..next time, a smaller chunk might work better. I saw the sizeof that chunk and I said “OMG he’s gonna gag on that.” Very pungent stuff, ginger is. Like they used to say “A dab ‘ll do ya”. All the best to you, have been looking at your videos since losing my husband last month. Thanks for making them, they are helping!

  • Why is vegan protein more expensive than the other types? Isn’t vegan supposed to be easier on the environment with less carbon footprint and cost less to produce?? Whose making exorbitant amounts of profits? Not fair.

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  • Actually…all of your watchers who are interested in BlendTech Blenders should watch the plethora of “Will it Blend?” YouTube videos…Here’s a teaser where he blends an iPhone 6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBUJcD6Ws6s