Our Favorite 10 Plant-Based Protein Powders

by | Jul 10, 2022 | 0 comments

We all know that a plant-based diet is the healthiest way to go. But how do you get enough protein when you’re not eating meat? We’ve got two words for you: Protein Powder! Plant-based proteins give us the power we need at any time, and our favorite 10 will keep your energy levels high as well as your muscles. Check out these 10 brands of vegan powders that are worth adding to your grocery list today!  

1. Protein powder Hong Kong: V-Whey by California Performance Co

Why we chose it:

  • V-Whey by California Performance Co. is new but already gaining popularity and for good reason!
  • It’s the world’s first animal-free whey protein, it is made with tiny organisms called microflora to create animal-free milk protein
  • Additionally, it is created by a company that is focused on producing delicious, sustainable, animal-free foods with less impact on the earth

Features:

  • 20-23g of complete protein per serving
  • 4.5-5g of naturally-occurring BCAAs (essential amino acids that help support protein synthesis)

Suggested use:

  • V-Whey can be enjoyed any time of the day, either as a quick drink or post-workout shake. Simply mix one scoop with 8-10 ounces of cold water or oat milk and enjoy

What we like:

  • V-Whey protein is 100% animal-free, lactose-free, hormone-free, soy-free, and gluten-free! Two of the flavors, Chocolate Brownie and Vanilla Sundae, even contain no added sugar

What we don’t like:

  • You won’t find it in-store but at least when you buy online you know you’re getting the lowest possible prices

Where to buy:

2. Orgain Plant-Based Protein Powder – Chocolate Peanut Butter

The best vegan protein powders - Orgain Vegan Protein Powder Chocolate Peanut Butter

Why we chose it:

  • Orgain Plant-Based Protein Powder is one of the best organic vegan protein powders out there
  • It only takes about 2 weeks to see an improvement in endurance and muscle strength
  • The beauty of this protein is that you can add it easily to a smoothie. Add a banana for an extra filling smoothie

Features:

  • 21 grams of plant-based protein
  • 5g Organic fiber
  • 150g calories
  • Organic, Vegan, Gluten-Free, GMO-free, Complete Amino Acid Profile
  • Flavor – Chocolate Peanut Butter

Allergies:

  • Contains peanuts

Suggested use:

  • Mix in with your favorite smoothie, milk, or water

What we like:

  • Dissolves easily
  • Filling enough post-workout so you don’t end up snacking.
  • Surprisingly light, not overly sweet flavor
  • Great for easily upset stomachs
  • No chalky or weird aftertaste

What we don’t like:

  • It does have a slightly chemical smell when in the container

Where to buy:

3. One of the best vegan protein powders – Nuzest Clean Lean Protein, Pea Protein  best vegan protein in Hong Kong - Nuzest Clean Lean Protein tastes great and does the job

Why we chose it:

  • This powder is definitely the best vegan protein powder without stevia
  • Nuzest Clean Lean Protein in chocolate flavor contains pea protein, which is a high-quality protein. This means it’s so much easier to digest
  • Not only that, pea protein is rich in iron, so perfect for boosting your iron levels
  • It’s so versatile I’ve added it into my soup at lunchtime

Features:

  • Vegan and Paleo
  • Free from common allergens – no bad stuff
  • Contains 9 essential Amino Acids
  • No gluten, dairy, or soy GMOs, or artificial preservatives.
  • High source of iron
  • 21 grams of plant-based protein
  • 89 calories per serve
  • Less than 0.1g sugar per serve
  • Less than 0.5g fat per serve
  • Low Carb
  • 4g of Glutamic Acid (Glutamine) and 4g of BCAAs per serving, including 2g of Leucine

Suggested use:

  • Add two scoops (25g) to a shaker containing 250ml or more of water, milk (coconut, almond, or rice milk), and shake
  • Or blend with fruits and/or vegetables into a delicious smoothie

What we like:

  • Very versatile chocolate flavor – it even tastes great in my coffee
  • Minimal ingredients, so fewer allergens, and no nasties
  • Non-gassy – some pea protein powders can be!
  • It mixes quite thick, so it feels like a milkshake
  • Great for easily upset stomachs
  • No chalky or weird aftertaste

What we don’t like:

  • Quite pricey but you really do get what you pay for

Where to buy:

4. Sunwarrior Warrior Blend, Plant-Based Organic Protein

Sunwarrior's Protein warrior blend is superb and tastes great!

Why we chose it:

  • Warrior blend features a blend of pea, hempseed, and goji berry protein to give you the full spectrum of protein requirements. 

Features:

  • Organic plant-based protein powder
  • High in glutamine, arginine, lysine, and leucine
  • Bcaas – a full amino acid profile to build lean Muscle
  • Suitable for before and after your workout
  • Keto and paleo-friendly
  • Organic, Vegan, Soy-free, Gluten-free, Non-GMO, No Artificial Ingredients
  • 25g protein per 1.5 serving
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Allergies:

  • Contains coconut

Suggested use:

  • Mix, shake, or blend l scoop with 10 oz of your favorite drink.

What we like:

  • Great mild chocolate taste – not synthetic 
  • Mixes well 
  • Isn’t grainy 
  • Filling – ideal to use at breakfast time. It keeps you full until lunch. 

What we don’t like:

  • I was fine with it, but the smell could be unappealing to some people.
  • Contains stevia. 

Where to buy:

5. Protein powder Hong Kong – Vega Proteins & Greens  

Vega protein and greens vanilla is one of the best tasting plant based protein powders

Why we chose it:

  • Vega Proteins and Greens really do get you covered in terms of your protein intake. It’s made from a plant-based protein blend of pea protein, brown rice protein, hemp protein, and sacha inchi protein.
  • Not only do you get a hit of protein, but you also get your greens too. This powder includes organic alfalfa powder, spinach powder, broccoli powder, and organic kale powder. No more need for any yakky green drinks! 
  • The vanilla flavor is mild and pleasant, so this comes highly recommended also in terms of taste. 

Features:

  • 20 grams of plant-based protein
  • 2 servings Veggies and greens
  • 110-120 calories
  • 0-1 grams of sugar

Allergies:

  • N/A

Suggested use:

  • Mix, shake, or blend one serving of Vega Protein & Greens into your favorite smoothie recipe.

What we like:

  • Vanilla taste doesn’t taste synthetic 
  • Low level of yeast inducing ingredients
  • Isn’t grainy 
  • Filling – ideal to use at breakfast time. It keeps you full until lunch. 
  • Suitable for sensitive tums. 

What we don’t like:

  • On the expensive side. 
  • Contains stevia. 

Where to buy:

 6. Best organic protein powder – Garden of Life Raw Organic Plant Protein Powder  Garden of Life plant based protein is a great allrounder in terms of delivering your nutritional needs

Why we chose it:

  • Garden of Life’s plant protein powder goes the extra mile to provide you with your daily intake.
  • Not only does it contain loads of good stuff, but it is also easy to digest, thanks to added enzymes in the mix. 

Features:

  • 20 grams of plant-based protein
  • 120 calories
  • 21 vitamins and minerals
  • 44 superfoods – organic grass juices, fruits, and vegetables
  • It contains probiotics and enzymes
  • Great with a low carb diet 

Allergies:

  • N/A

Suggested use:

  • Blend 1 level scoop (scoop included) with 10 oz of water. Amazing with almond milk.

What we like:

  • Isn’t grainy 
  • It is cheaper than some plant-based protein powders
  • This latest version contains less sugar than previously. 
  • This powder didn’t make me bloated. 

What we don’t like:

  • Doesn’t keep me as full as other plant-based protein powders. 
  • It takes a bit of time to get used to the chocolate taste. 

Where to buy:

7. Gluten-free protein powder – Amazing Grass Protein Superfood Powder  

Amazing Grass' Vegan Protein Powder is one of the best tasting plant based protein powders

Why we chose it:

  • Amazing Grass’ plant based protein powder is packed with plenty of fruit and vegetable nutrition. It has all of the nutritional goodness without chemical nasties. The only downside is that it contains Stevia, which is not to everyone’s taste. 
  • The flavor is surprisingly well-judged. It isn’t too sweet, which for me is a big win! 

Features:

  • 20 grams plant-based protein from organic pea protein, quinoa, hemp protein, and chia 
  • 7 alkalizing greens: wheatgrass, barley grass, alfalfa, spirulina, chlorella, broccoli, and spinach
  • 9 nutritious fruits and vegetables: beet, carrot, sweet potato, goji, acai, banana, and more. 
  • Less than 4g of sugar 
  • 7g fiber
  • 7g fat 

Allergies:

  • Contains peanuts 
  • Organic, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Non-GMO, Vegan

Suggested use:

  • Great with almond milk or coconut as part of a daily smoothie.

What we like:

  • Easy to mix, even in water
  • Not too sweet, considering it is chocolate peanut butter. 
  • It is very versatile – it can be used with rice, oat, coconut, or almond milk and tastes great. 
  • Very filling, which is great as a breakfast smoothie. It may be too filling for a post-workout protein kick. 

What we don’t like: 

  • Has a slightly earthy taste to it. More grainy than some I have tried. 
  • Contains Stevia 

Where to buy :

8. One of the best gluten-free protein powders – Vibrant Health Maximum Vibrance Powder  

Vibrant Health's Maximum Vibrance chocolate is in our opinion the healthiest vegan protein powder

Why we chose it:

  • Vibrant Health’s protein powder is impressive, mainly because it has the most comprehensive list of nutritional elements out there
  • Vibrant Health says that one scoop of this product provides a healthy snack, whereas two is the equivalent of a highly nutritious meal
  • The vegan powder delivers nutrition that closely matches the high requirements of the ancient, Paleolithic biochemistry that resides in each of us. (Source: StoreHK.com

Features:

  • 20 grams of protein per serving.
  • 25 billion probiotics per serving.

Allergies:

  • Contains peanuts 
  • Organic, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Non-GMO, Vegan

Suggested use:

  • As a diet supplement, mix 2 scoops once a day of Maximum Vibrance as a complete meal replacement or mix 1 scoop as a light meal into 8 to 16 ounces of water or your favorite drink. 
  • Stir briskly or shake briefly in a closed container until mixed.  Best taken alone as a meal or 30 to 45 minutes after eating.

What we like:

  • Easy to mix, even in water
  • Great range of nutritional value – no need for extra supplements.
  • It is very versatile – add fruit to enhance the flavor. 
  • I noticed an uptick in energy within a week. 

What we don’t like:

  • Not the best flavor plant-based protein powder 
  • Expensive 

Where to buy:

9. Protein Powder Hong Kong – Sunwarrior Vegan Collagen Protein Peptides  

Sunwarrior vegan protein powder, a plant-based protein powder with collagen, really improved my skin when I tried it.

Why we chose it:

  • Sunwarrior’s Vegan collagen protein offers a different unique property. Not only does it focus on keeping you topped up with protein, but it also takes care of collagen repair
  • Collagen in our body can be damaged by pollution, stress, and food. This powder stimulates the body to produce its own collagen and claims, therefore, to keep your skin looking fresh, healthy, and young-looking
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Features:

  • Plant-based protein & collagen-building peptides
  • Kick starts the body’s own collagen production
  • Certified organic, vegan
  • Keto-friendly
  • Includes hyaluronic acid & biotin
  • High in vitamin C

Allergies:

  • Free of soy, dairy, gluten, and added sugar. Vegan 

Suggested use:

  1. Use a serving in your favorite smoothie 
  2. It can be used as a coffee creamer with no need for extra sweetening. (Use less than one scoop and adjust to your taste) 
  3. Tastes great with oatmeal

What we like:

  • Easy to mix
  • I love the additional collagen – it’s what I need for an appearance kick
  • It can be useful if you are prone to bloating
  • My skin improved in texture, flexibility, and moisture content within two weeks

What we don’t like:

  • The flavor can be a bit floral
  • The product smells of chemicals when you first open it
  • Contains some stevia

Where to buy:

 10. Protein Powder HK: Premixed Protein Shake –  Soylent

Soylent Cafe Vanilla can give you all your plant based protein needs in a handy ready-to-drink bottle

Why we chose it:

  • Soylent Cafe Vanilla protein drink offers the convenience of a pre-mixed plant-based protein powder. I found these really useful when I’m super-busy, and I just need to grab a nutritious drink on the go. 
  • It keeps me full until lunch, as you would expect from a meal replacement plant-based protein drink. The added bonus is the caffeine boost, so it does the job of my first daily coffee too. 

Features

  • Meal replacement drink
  • 400kcal/bottle
  • 20g plant protein (soy)
  • It contains 36 essential nutrients
  • Vanilla flavor & caffeine boost
  • Slow-burning carbs: Helps you get full and stay full

Allergies

  • No Artificial Flavors or Colors, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Kosher

Suggested use

  1. As a replacement for a meal. 
  2. A quick ready-to-go filling snack

What we like:

  • Quick and easy because they are premixed. 
  • Great vanilla taste, but had coffee undertones. 
  • Not grainy, but you do need to sip this because it is quite different from other drinks you normally have. Ideally, sip with water.
  • Contains a great kick of caffeine. 

What we don’t like:

  • It can be a bit dehydrating if taken on its own (without sipping water). 

Where to buy:

FAQs about plant-based protein powders   

Can you have protein powder on a plant-based diet?

Yes, you can use vegan protein powders. They are also called plant-based protein powders.

Is plant protein good for weight loss?

Plixlife.com really digs into this question with their piece on a plant-based diet and weight loss 
They say: 
Studies show that both plant and animal protein sources can help overweight adults lose a significant amount of weight. Diets high in plant-based protein are beneficial in weight loss, food intake, and appetite control similar to those of diets high in animal-based proteins.
Source: Plixlife.com

Can plant-based protein powder make you gain weight?

Openfit has a great, straightforward answer to this. 
If you eat more than what your body needs, you are likely to gain weight. But, no, protein shakes as part of a healthy, balanced diet will not make you fat on their own.
In fact, boosting your protein intake can be a handy way to help control your weight and reach your goals, including increasing lean muscle mass.
Source: Openfit.com

Which is the best vegan protein powder?

Vega Sport Performance Protein Chocolate is the best plant-based protein powder (in our humble opinion). It is amazing at helping muscles recover and repair, even from the most intense activity. Read our in-depth review above. 

What is the healthiest vegan protein powder? 

In our opinion, Nuzest Clean Lean Protein is the healthiest vegan protein powder. It does not contain stevia, which is a sweetener that some people like to avoid. See our in-depth review above. 

What are plant-based protein powders made from?

Plant-based protein powders can be made from a variety of things such as legumes, grains, or seeds, including peas, brown rice, hemp, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, soy, and hemp. 

What is the best tasting vegan protein powder?

All of the vegan protein powders reviewed above, in our opinion, taste great. It is all about your personal taste, so we recommend you try small tubs first until you find a plant-based protein powder that suits your palette. 

Is whey or plant protein better for building muscle?

Training peaks give a great answer to this. 
They say: 
Plant protein sources build muscle and aid recovery as well or better than whey, but they can also improve our health, deliver a broader range of beneficial nutrients, and are much better for the environment. Source: Trainingpeaks.com. See the full post they have written comparing the benefits of plant-based protein powders to whey protein powders. 

Is plant-based protein powder good for building muscle?

Yes, you can build muscle using plant proteins. Sweat.com has a superb post on how to build muscle with plant-based protein. 
They say: 
Animal proteins provide similar proportions of amino acids to what your body requires, which can make it easier for them to be used. That doesn’t mean the plant-based protein isn’t effective for building muscle — it just may take a little more work from your body to do.
Source: Sweat.com

Where to buy protein powder in Hong Kong?

Here at SavvyinHK, we like to buy quality products at low prices; that’s why we love The Store HK. This store is purely online which means they can keep costs low. In addition, they sell a huge range of health food products sourced from around the globe.

 

Finally

We hope that you’ve found this list of the best vegan protein powders to be helpful. If there’s one on here that has caught your eye, go buy it right now! You’ll thank us tomorrow when you’re feeling refreshed and ready for anything with a little help from these 10 plant-based proteins. Let us know if we can answer any more questions about what they are or how to use them in the comments below!

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