Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Best Tasting Vegan Protein Powders + Top Vegan Protein Smoothies

Chocolate Almond Breeze Smoothie from

As a distance runner I had all but given up hope that I would ever find a decent tasting vegan protein powder. Chalky, dry, odd tasting and slimy, the old school supplements made drinking a smoothie more of a chore than a treat. 

Last year my world was transformed by two of new vegan protein powders: Vega and Raw Protein. 

Vega is the brainchild of Brendan Brazier, a professional vegan endurance athlete who was frustrated when he could only find whey-based or soy-based protein powders to supplement his diet while training. The story of how Vega came to be is an epic adventure (read about it here), but suffice to say the end result is one of the most spectacular protein powders on the market (vegan or not). 

This is one powerful blend of plant protein free of dairy, gluten and soy and chock full of a hundred other good-for-yous like antioxidants, greens, probiotics and no sugar. The three flavors--chocolate, vanilla chai and berry--are robust and there is no chalky residue to glue your mouth together. Blended with a little almond milk and a banana, there is no better post-workout pick me up.

I came across Raw Protein when I started experimenting with a raw food diet. Made from raw, organic sprouts and with 17 grams of protein per 22g, I was pleasantly surprised with the raw, vegan, organic, gluten free, probiotic formula, which is smooth and has a lovely flavor. It comes in chocolate, vanilla, chai and original flavor. The vanilla makes an epic Thai Tea Coconut Protein Smoothie.

I spend a lot of my time running and following those runs with protein smoothies so I have had a lot of hit or miss smoothies in my time. Here are a few of my favorites. If it doesn't call for protein powder I just add a scoop of whatever seems appropriate.



  1. I always check out this website before buying any protein products - - My personal favourite is the Labrada Lean Body Hi-Protein shake because of the high protein:carb ratio.

    1. Seriously Becky? This is a vegan website. Since when is milk and whey vegan?