"Where do you get your protein?" The question all vegans and even sometimes vegetarians get asked when you tell people you don't eat meat or dairy. My response is usually along the lines of "I got 99 problems but protein ain't one." That's easily one of my favorite lines! But seriously, if these people cared as much about the suffering of the animals their eating as much as they did about where, why, and how much protein I'm getting in my diet, the world would be a better place.
The truth is, I get my protein the exact same way as everyone else, from food. Lentils, quinoa, peas, black beans, non-dairy milk and yogurt, hemp seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, tofu, tempeh, spinach, black eyed peas, Larabars, nuts.. the list goes on! However, whether you're lifestyle is all about fitness or it's more like "fitness this whole pizza in my mouth," protein powder can certainly enhance your diet.
The hard part is choosing a protein powder that's best for you. I did a lot of research on the different kinds of vegan protein powder out there before I found one to try. I'm not all about that gym life, so I know I didn't need one like made for working out. I knew I needed one just to give me what I might be missing. I eat a healthy diet or course so I wasn't concerned I was lacking a lot, but let's be real. There's days where I'll literally just eat an entire containers full of mashed potatoes with no shame. We all have days, whether it's from stress or from lack of time, where eating healthy just isn't feasible. I needed something for those days. Lastly, I have an extremely sensitive stomach, and we all know what protein does to your belly. So I needed to find one that was gentle and easy to digest.
All my research led me to this:
I talked to my best friend about it because he's all into the gym and protein. I asked him to let me know if he came across it in his travels to different stores so I wouldn't have to order it and pay for shipping. Because I have the world's best friend ever, he not only found it, but he also bought it for me with two different types of purple blender bottles! He's pretty much awesome!
This one really stood out for me for a few different reasons. The first was that it's easy to digest and gentle on the stomach, while at the same time allowing for maximum absorption. I wanted something easy to digest but I also wanted something that was going to work. Also, I love that it's a complete source of protein, including organic sprouted amaranth and quinoa. I know that quinoa is considered complete sources of protein. What that means is that these sources of protein include the nine essential amino acids that our body can't produce on it's own. That's why these sources of complete protein are so important. In addition to that, there are 18 amino acids in this as well. This stuff is free of the major allergens. Lastly, I liked that it was gluten free and soy free. I tend to stay away from those ingredients as often as possible.
Each 30 gram scoop has 21 grams of protein of it, which is almost half of the recommended percent daily value. I chose the vanilla because I always choose vanilla everything. I figured that was a safe bet since that's my favorite flavor. I liked that you don't need anything fancy to use it, just a blender bottle and some chilled water and you're good to go. That's great for those on the go, like myself. The price isn't bad either. It's $29.99 for this 1 pound container.
I was so excited to try it, but also super nervous. It says easy to digest, and the reviews I read made it seem that that claim was true. But my belly isn't an average person's belly. So for a while I just kept looking at it and saying "I'm gonna try it" but never did.
I knew that trying an entire scoop in one sitting was risky business. I figured I would start with a teaspoon and gradually work my way up. Instead of mixing it with water, I decided to mix it in my smoothies for breakfast. I figured the added protein would be great for breakfast because that way I would stay full and ready to take on my mornings at work. I'm up to about a quarter of the scooper now. Each day I just add a bit more than I did the day before. I will say that I find this is be easier to digest than I thought it would be. Granted I'm only using a small amount to get my body used to it, but I expected I would feel much worse as I adjusted to it. I would say that the claim to be easy to digest seems valid. With that being said, it is still protein so I still feel the affects of drinking it with my belly. It's to be expected. I definitely find myself being more full after I drink my smoothie in the morning than when I was just drinking my smoothie plain. So I know that my body is absorbing it. Considering I'm using so little, I feel like I'll get a lot of use out of this one container, so I feel the value is fair. The only thing I'm not super convinced on is the flavor. It absolutely doesn't taste like vanilla. I can't describe the taste honestly, but I know that it's not vanilla. I don't hate it though. When I mix it in my smoothie, I do taste it, but I get used to it after a few sips. I don't know if I would try the other flavors. I know they have chocolate, chocolate raspberry, unflavored, and cookies and cream. I may try the unflavored one next. We'll see.
Overall, I am pretty happy with this product. I feel like it does what it should. And, I feel like the price is fair. I believe my friend got this at The Vitamin Shoppe. I know you can order it online through various outlets as well. Check it out and do some research and see if this one, or another protein powder, is best for you. I suggest doing research before purchasing anything. Also, talk to your doctor. This is your health, and they know best when it comes to that.