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The best vegan protein powders to try

Find out why hemp, pumpkin, pea and rice protein powders can help supplement your healthy diet and keep you on track with your exercise goals.

Protein powders have long been loved by the health-conscious as powerful dietary supplements to support healthy muscle development. Getting the recommended daily intake of protein can also help to curb cravings, help you to feel full for longer throughout the day and may stop you reaching for sugary snacks during that infamous mid-afternoon slump. However, not all powders are created equal and while traditional protein powders like whey are still very popular, many people are interested in plant-based, vegan protein powders for the health benefits they offer.

Whether or not you stick to a vegetarian or a vegan diet, these plant-based supplements have everyone talking.

The top protein powders to try in 2018:

1. Hemp

Hemp protein powders in Australia contain none of the psychoactive component found in cannabis (THC) and one scoop is full of the amino acids that support healthy muscle growth and development. Even better, hemp protein powder contains heart-healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and an array of vitamins. You can purchase this Pure Hemp Protein from Bulk Nutrients, which comes in a range of sizes from 1-10kg to suit your needs.

2. Pumpkin

Pumpkin protein powders are usually made from crushed pumpkin seeds. They are rich in minerals like zinc, has a complete amino acid profile and has a naturally sweet, palatable taste. Get your hands on some pumpkin protein from Lucky Vitamin who stock Nature's Plus Organic Pumpkin Seed High Protein Energy Powder

3. Rice

Most people think of rice as a carbohydrate but brown rice is actually full of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, and high-quality protein. However, it does still have a high carbohydrate content relative to other protein powder combinations, so if you’re looking to limit your consumption it might not be the best choice for you. Feed your rice protein cravings with this Organic Rice Powder

4. Peas and legumes

Vegetarians and vegans know all about the protein powerhouse qualities of legumes like peas, lentils, chickpeas and beans. Pea protein powder in particular has a complex amino acid profile high in branched-chain amino acids. Branched-chain amino acids are favoured by body-builders, trainers and athletes because they decrease the risk of muscle breakdown after a workout. Pea Protein in chocolate but also comes in a range of other flavours like vanilla from Chemist Warehouse

How to reap the benefits of vegan protein powders

Read the label

A well-formulated protein powder should forgo sugar, sweeteners and other additives which might taste good, but will ultimately negate some of the best health benefits of taking a dietary supplement. Plant-based and vegan protein powders can have a nutty aftertaste which might take some getting used to but once you do it can be quite pleasant.

Consider vegan blends

No single ingredient, no matter how healthy, will substitute for a balanced diet. The best vegan protein powders will combine a range of healthy seeds, grains and vegetable extracts to give you a complex and balanced mix of protein, vitamins, amino acids and healthy fats.

Use it as a smoothie base.

If you don’t love the idea of chugging down a cup of protein powder dissolved in water every day, use your powder as a base for a delicious and healthy smoothie.

We love this classic recipe for an ideal breakfast smoothie:

  • 1 scoop of the vegan protein powder of your choice
  • 2 cups of almond milk (or substitute for any kind of milk you like)
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup of berries
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • A teaspoon of cocoa

"These plant-based and vegan protein powders are ideal alternatives to support your healthy eating plan."

Where to buy:

There are multiple types of protein that are all stocked in varying retailers. Chemist Warehouse, My Protein and Priceline both stock a significantly wide range of protein products to choose from! If you're wanting to buy more than just protein then check out these top sites for buying supplements online.

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