Many weight-loss programs focus on high protein and low carbohydrates, because consuming more protein helps you feel fuller for longer periods of time. Unfortunately, ingesting enough protein all of the time can sometimes be challenging. One way to overcome this difficulty is with flavored and unflavored protein powders. They are easy additions for your weight-loss program, since it is an easy way to add enough protein into your diet plan without harming your weight-loss progress. However, keep in mind that to check the sugar content of the protein powder you choose to avoid sabotaging your weight-loss efforts.
Lots of protein powders on the market are whey-based and, thus, are not vegan-friendly. However, there are some options out there. Below are some that we have tried and our thoughts on them. Note: All of the protein powders were mixed with water. Mixing protein powders with unsweetened soy milk or nonfat milk could add a richer consistency.
Sprouts Farmer Market’s Vegan Chocolate Protein Powder
Nutritional Breakdown: 20g protein, 4g net carbs
The Sprout’s Vegan powder was our favorite amongst the ones that we tried. Though, the texture was a little gritty, we found that it offered a natural taste without being diluted with sugar or artificial flavors. Overall, this protein powder could work well as an emergency breakfast replacement. With 20g of protein and only 4g of net carbs, it would help get that extra protein into your system.
Vega Sport Performance Powder, Chocolate Flavored
Nutritional Breakdown: 30g protein, 6g net carbs
The Vega Sport Performance powder was the runner-up of our mini vegan protein powder tasting contest. This one was smoother in texture and had a good consistency when added with water. Since Vega geared this powder towards recovery after workouts, it does have the most protein content but also the most carbs. On the other hand, this protein powder had a much stronger artificial flavor that did not taste very much like chocolate. Overall, even with the smoother texture, the taste was off and thus not as satisfying.
Garden of Life: Chocolate Raw Protein
Nutritional Breakdown: 17g protein, 1g net carb
The Garden of Life: Chocolate Raw Protein was our least favorite of the three. Mixed with only 6 fluid ounces of water, it was the smallest portion of the protein powders. We found the protein powder to be fairly grainy in texture, very light in flavor, and leaving a chalky taste. The Garden of Life: Chocolate Raw Protein is certified vegan, all-natural, and with no added sugars nor chemicals, which results in the most natural taste. Unfortunately, it was not preferred amongst our taste testers.
These were only some of the vegan protein powders we found so far that were high in protein but low in sugars and carbs. We are always on the look-out for high protein, low-carb options to supplement our diet plan. However, keep in mind that cooking substantial, healthy meals will be the most satisfying and will help keep you on track with your weight-loss plan much more long-term.