My husband works at Whole Foods in the Whole Body department and recommended the Garden of Life raw protein powder to me, as well as two of my friends, and we've all been happy with it so far. I don't use it often because I'd prefer foods that are truly whole, but often put it in a smoothie after a run. Sort of like you, it's an occassional convenience.
Since it's raw it's minimally processed and it's vegan, has live probiotics and is fairly low-calorie (Stevia-sweetened). The website is here: http://www.gardenoflife.com/
It comes in a few flavors. I've had the vanilla and the chocolate (made with raw cacao!) and found the chocolate pretty un-chocolatey, so I prefer the vanilla. There's also an unflavored and a vanilla-chai.
I really like the taste of PlantFusion Chocolate or Chocolate Raspberry. No Soy. Vegan. Tasty. Good texture. Since I've added this to my breakfast, I've really noticed I'm burning off more fat and the muscles underneath are starting to show.
Love it! Good luck! Kay
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I've actually recently just tried the vega one powder that 610PEACH mentioned. It is kind of expensive, but it tastes pretty good, and is sweetened with stevia instead of sugar. I've been mixing it in with my morning smoothies sometimes when I need a quick breakfast on the go.
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I like Thorne Research which you can purchase on line. Vegan vanilla is my favorite but the chocolate is also pretty good. I mix with a banana, apple, and flax seed meal. This is my favorite breakfast.
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There is 'sugar' in it. Naturally milled organic evaporated cane juice. But there is only 3G per scoop, whereas there is 16g protein, 2g fiber and 1 g fat. No artificial sweeteners or other really bad things as far as I can tell. It's hard to find convenience products that aren't disguistingly filled with modified junk. Good luck!
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I like adding 'whole nectar'. I buy it at Costco when the Vitamix comes to town. It is whole soy protein. Non GMO, and wholly vegan. It also is free from artificial flavours and heavy flavourings. My jar says reorder from wholenectar.com or 1-877-863-2827. I add it to my green smoothies when I want a meal replacement. I find it keeps the hunger away longer than just greens, water and fruit smoothies. And I don't get the bloated sore tummy I often get with protein powders. Hope you find something you like. Nothing is worse than a pricy jug of ill-tasting, tummy-upsetting foodstuff that you feel obligated to consume.
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Thanks everyone, for your opinions. The reason I asked is truly because I'm undecided whether I want to add something like this into my diet or not. All have offered good things and have given me more to think about.
I'm with IMVEGAN. Whole foods, not supplements, except maybe vit B12, which many meat-eaters need to supplement as well. And remember, excess protein can lead to bone loss and other problems. I recommend watching Forks Over Knives, if you haven't seen it. Good luck!
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I use Trader Joe's Protein Whey Powder (Chocolate) 17g. protein. I like it mixed with or without milk or 1/2 of each. It's good either way. It mixes really well.
I ran out recently and had to buy some at the grocery store, Designer Whey (Double Chocolate). 18g. protein. Tastes ok but a gloppy mess:) I mixed it with 1/2 water and 1/2 milk. I can hardly wait until it's gone.
I'm not in to trying different brands because they cost so much.
No reason for Trader Joe's except I lucked out on the first try.
You asked for everyone's opinion so here is mine...... whole foods only are good for you. Powders are highly processed and not good for you. If you eat whole vegan foods and enough calories you are doing the best thing for your body and you will have plenty of protein with no worries at all. Your body craves whole foods and knows what to do with them. It does not know what to do with processed powders. It kind of learns..... maybe. We really don't know.. do we? Nature gave us whole foods, not powders. I think people add protein powders to their diets because they think protein is the most important nutrient.... The beef and dairy industry and done a wonderful job of marketing that to us over the past 50 years. The truth is that it is just another nutrient among the thousands that we need everyday and if we eat too much protein the body just pees out the excess because it cannot be stored in any tissue. All veggies, whole grains, fruits and legumes have protein in them in sufficient amounts by themselves when eaten in a varied and healthy vegan diet containing enough calories that supplementing is not really necessary. Protein powders just gives you really expensive pee.
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I second the hemp powder suggestion. Hemp is one of the few plant-based complete proteins having all the essential amino acids. I make bars with it: . recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai l. asp?recipe=2374782 This recipe is just an idea and can be modified lots. For myself, I'm not so hardcore as to drink hemp powder down mixed only with some water. I've got a vegan protein powder, also with essential amino acids, for such times. I wish I could just eat whole foods and not rely on these nutritional powders. I'm very active and I struggle with being underweight. I find it's way better to eat this 'food' rather than to not eat anything which was my old protocol. Good luck to you.
I like the ones from Metabolic Nutrition. It is a great way to get extra protien or as a small meal on the go. I prefer this one because of nutritional content and FLAVOR.. it is one of the only ones I have found that if fairly decent tasting.
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Although it's a bit sweet, I find it a great meal replacement or supplement shaken up w/almond milk. Has all kinds of great stuff in it. A bit pricey, but very healthy. You might be able to find it on Open Sky, also.
Welcome! Best of luck to you. I've only been a vegan for 6 months now and am always introducing new food items into my diet. Tomorrow I'm going to buy some hemp powder for added protein and fiber. You can put it into a number of items - baked goods, smoothies, etc. Just thought I'd mention that. Pat
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Hello! I'm pretty new to veganism and new to sparkpeople (This is my first post!!!) I am tossing around the idea of adding a protein powder occasionally for days that I have a hard time getting my calories in because we're traveling/busy/whatever. What does anyone think about this and does anyone have any recommendations? If you have one you like, why do you prefer it over other types? I'm looking for one that is as natural as possible and vegan.
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