Here’s a vegan protein powder that’s a great alternative to whey. This is perfect not just for vegans but also those who struggle to digest whey protein.
Vegan Protein Powder – The Alternative To Whey
First off, I’m not vegan. I did however make it a mission at the end of 2015 to make a greater percentage of my diet vegan. The hardest macro-nutrient to do that with is protein. Here I am 17 months later and there is no difference in my rate of muscle growth from giving up whey protein powder.
I looked into a few options; Soy (nope!), Hemp (not as good) and finally I ended up reading about Pea Protein.
It’s around 90% nutritionally comparable to whey, and that extra 10% is missing due to the amino acid profile. Protein is made up of amino acids, and a good “profile” contains a significant amount of each.
It turns out that Rice Protein makes up for what Pea Protein lacks, and by combining the two you can make up that 10%. There is a perfect ratio of the two powders, which is 2 parts Pea Protein to 1 part Rice Protein.
Knowing the ratio you can purchase a bag of Pea Protein (from Bulk Powders) and a bag of Rice Protein half the size. Once they arrive, add scoops in a 2:1 ratio to Tupperware and mix together.
If you still think you might get stomach issues, you can order Aminogen (I got mine from MyProtein) which is a digestive enzyme to make it a smoother meal to handle.
How To Make Pea Protein Taste Better
What you read a lot about in reviews is the bad taste. I was surprised by how bad it was, and I’ve tasted my fair share of foul supplements.
It’s really…earthy, and has an awful gritty texture with water. I spent several weeks searching online for ingredients to neutralise the taste, and here’s what I found…
My top two “mixers” are bananas or apples. I add one portion of fruit to a blender with around 200ml of water and a scoop of my pre-mixed powders, then blend. The banana gives it more of a smoothie feel, while an apple keeps it much lighter and faster to drink.
If it’s post-workout I’ll cut up an apple and throw it in the blender with my Vegan Protein Powder. For a morning smoothie I’ll use a banana and add 50g Oatmeal, 30g Peanut Butter and 1 tsp Cinnamon.
While my bi-monthly bag of Gold Standard Whey used to set me back £80, I managed to get 5kg of Pea Protein Powder and 2.5kg of Brown Rice Protein Powder for just £55 from Bulk Powders. The powder retails at around £73 but it’s possible to find a discount code online with a bit of digging.
I highly recommend making the switch to Vegan Protein Powder, if not for the taste then for the extra income.
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