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Pros & Cons of 3 Popular Vegan Protein Powders + My Absolute Favorite

A review of 3 popular protein powders to help you find the best vegan protein powder for you, with a price comparison to help you choose.

I get asked a lot what my favorite protein powder is, and to be honest, it depends on the day you ask me. There are 3 brands that I rotate among, and I’ll go into the pros and cons of each. I can’t have soy, whey or casein so all of these are vegan by necessity.  All prices listed are on Amazon; I looked at buying these at my local Whole Foods and Amazon was a full $10 cheaper. Sometimes Backcountry.com has great sales on these too.

Vega Sport 

If I had to pick only one and price wasn’t an object, Vega is the one I’d buy. It’s the one I consistently go back to the most often.

Stats:

  • 1 full scoop = 30 grams protein = 150 calories
  • Cost: $46.50
  • Ounces per container: 29.2
  • Servings per container: 20
  • Cost per serving: $2.33 ($1.68/oz)
    • $1.16 if you do 1/2 scoops. See asterisked note below.

Pros:

  • Tastes great. Not chalky and blends well without chunks, whether mixed into something or just with water or almond milk
  • Formulated by a professional athlete (IronMan and ultramarathoner), Brenden Brazier, and my perception is that the guy knows his stuff
  • Contains probiotics and antioxidants to help speed recovery, including turmeric and tart cherry
  • Formulated specifically for post-workout recovery
  • I like the mix of protein sources, including pumpkin seeds
  • The chocolate and vanilla flavors taste great and not artificial

Cons:

  • The priciest of the bunch, no matter how you slice it
    • *If you only do half scoops (and you still get 15g of protein with that, which makes it more comporable to the others below), it obviously makes it more economical. Although, it’s still more expensive by comparison.
  • A full scoop to get 30 grams of protein is massive so you have to adjust your liquid ratios to whatever you’re adding it to (like protein pancakes, oatmeal breakfast cake, cacao nib mint smoothie). Or, you can just do a half scoop depending on your wants and needs.

Sunwarrior

Stats:

  • 1 full scoop = 18 grams protein = 100 calories
  • Cost: $41.61
  • Ounces per container: 35.2
  • Servings per container: 40
  • Cost per serving:$0.88 ($1.68/oz)

Pros:

  • Lowest price of the bunch
  • Mixes well and easily
  • The chocolate flavor is tasty on its own

Cons:

  • A bit chalky to my taste buds
  • The vanilla tastes fake to me, so I don’t like it plain and I find the flavor is too powerful in some things
  • Hard to find in person

 

Plant Fusion

Stats:

  • 1 full scoop = 21 grams protein = 120 calories
  • Cost: $31.20
  • Ounces per container: 32
  • Servings per container: 30
  • Cost per serving:$1.04

Pros:

  • Tons of flavors, if that’s important to you. And the flavors are great; I love the salted caramel
  • Blends well and easily
  • Affordable and easy to find individual packets to toss in your gym bag (they’ve had it at my Whole Foods for ages)

Cons:

  • I can’t put my finger on it, but this one just seems more processed, more science-ey to me than the others, like it was obviously made in a lab. There is no science or research on my part behind this comment – just my perception. Maybe it’s the texture of it? Never the less, I still buy this brand occasionally.

Final Notes:

  • All info is based on the vanilla flavors on the item linked. Each brand has a few other options so the specifics may change slightly, but it should be pretty similar across the brand.
  • I like having protein powder as a supplement, but I don’t let it replace getting protein from whole food sources. I also get lots of protein from veggies (yes, they have protein and it adds up if you have veggies at every meal!), gluten-free grains, meat, fish and legumes. If you have specific dietary needs or goals, work with a certified nutritionist who can guide you. I ain’t no certified pro folks, just sharing my experience.
  • If you’re going to be making a lot of smoothies, do yourself a favor and invest in a Vitamix. I bought a refurbished one (which is about $200 cheaper), have used it multiple times a week for 4 years, and have had no issues.
  • NONE of this is sponsored content. I’ve received free samples of these brands in the past, and I’ve also spent my own money on all of these brands too. Opinions are mine! And clearly some of it is totally a subjective opinion (e.g. taste preference, use of the word “sciencey”).

I’d love to hear your thoughts on these protein powders if you’ve tried them so leave a comment with your pros & cons. (And I bet others would like to hear additional opinions besides mine!) If you have other favorite plant-based proteins, I’d love to hear about those too!

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  • Katie
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    I LOVE aloha protein powder… it makes incredibly smoothies! https://aloha.com/shop/protein-free-month?ref=9a87d3a7

    Otherwise I use Vega or Plant Fusion 🙂

  • Kristen
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    The VEGA is the only one of these I’ve tried and I really liked it. I got a free sample but the price tag has kept me away. I’m lucky that I handle whey really well so I can get much less expensive protein powders. I’ve actually been considering getting plain whey protein from Bob’s Red Mill and experimenting on my own.

    ps: I think “sciencey” is totally a word. Or it should be.

  • Kalynn C.
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    I tried the Sun Warrior chocolate a while back, and just wasn’t a fan. The texture was weird on it’s own. It worked better in other things like oatmeal or something. Love your review! I’ve been curious about Vega.

  • Jessica Suazo
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    Major plant fusion fan right here! With some caveats–I never mix with water or milk. I don’t know, I’m weird and I can’t do it for fear of getting a chunk in my mouth. Lol. I blend with a banana and coconut milk. It took me awhile to get used to vanilla. I had to add PB2 at first because the flavor is intense. Now the chocolate is my jam. I loooove it. I wish I could cook with protein powders–but again, scared. I once tried a protein shake in water sample and it scarred me for life. I also once tried to add it to my coffee and it was so awful. ? So I stick to what I like!

  • Cheryl Veg #1
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    Love Plantfusion! Cookies and Cream (as strange as it sounds for a plant protein) is the best 🙂 The price on most sites are less than the what is listed. I buy consistently for $24.99. SunWarrior is a close second. Vega way too sweet with weird aftertaste