If you need an easy way to get more protein in your diet, consider a powder. It’s as simple as adding a scoop or two to a glass of water or your favorite dairy or nondairy milk. Powders provide a protein boost to smoothies, too. Particularly if you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, here are four natural, plant-based options to try.
PlantFusion Complete Protein – Natural – No Stevia
The team at PlantFusion is proud of its all-natural, plant-based protein powders and travels the world to source ingredients. Their Complete Protein is a blend of allergen-free and nutrient-rich ingredients, including pea protein, artichoke powder, sprouted amaranth and quinoa powders, algae and tapioca, plus proprietary enzymes for easier digestion and amino acids to build and repair muscle.
Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO
Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein – Vanilla
You’ll feel good reading this protein powder’s ingredient list: organic pea protein, plus 13 organic sprouted grains, seeds and legumes—including sprouted brown rice, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, chia seeds, garbanzo beans, lentils and adzuki beans—and flax, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds. An added bonus: an enzyme and probiotics blend with 3 billion CFUs to aid digestion. Sweetened with a touch of stevia and erythritol.
Certified B Corporation, USDA Organic, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, kosher
Vega Protein & Greens – Vanilla
20 g protein
Pea protein is the first ingredient in Vega’s plant-based protein powders, followed by brown-rice protein, protein-laden sacha inchi powder (a superseed from the rainforest) and a bonus twist of greens, including spinach, kale, alfalfa grass and broccoli. Enzymes in papain powder (extracted from raw papaya) help digestion, and a bit of stevia adds a sweet taste.
Gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO
Orgain Organic Protein Plant Based Protein Powder – Creamy Chocolate Fudge
Orgain’s founder is Dr. Andrew Abraham, a cancer survivor and medical doctor with firsthand experience of the importance of wholesome nutrition and the role it plays in supporting the body in times of stress. Orgain’s vegan protein powders are made with organic pea and brown-rice proteins and chia seeds, plus other organic ingredients, for a smooth and creamy texture, with no added sugar. Sweetness comes from stevia and erythritol.
USDA Organic, vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO
Healthy Skoop Plant-Powered Daily Protein – Chocolate
16 g protein
Launched by Dr. James Rouse, a naturopathic physician and wellness and nutrition expert, and Greg Stroh, cofounder of IZZE natural soda, to make getting plant-based nutrition simple, Healthy Skoop offers organic plant-based protein powders with a simple ingredient list of pea and brown-rice proteins, cocoa, coconut sugar, vanilla and chocolate flavors, and a touch of stevia.
USDA Organic, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO