Friday, March 4, 2011

Plant Protein Review!

As you all know from my various posts about workout smoothies, I'm quite into the protein thing. Since I come from a smallish town that doesn't really carry a variety of vegan protein powders, I usually buy them off of Amazon. My old standby powder was running out and I was in the mood to try something new, but I'm kind of limited. I don't mind eating soy products, but I tend to avoid them because they give me killer migraines. Therefore, it's important that my protein powder is both vegan AND soy-free.

One day I stumbled across a new kind:

Lifetime Life's Basics Plant Protein made with Pea, Hemp, Rice, and Chia Seed, Vanilla Flavor. It sounds kind of odd, what with the pea protein and all, but I'm telling y'all, this stuff is AWESOME. I usually buy rice protein but this is soooo much better than plain rice protein. It's not bitter at all. It's also made with hemp too, but it's not too hemp-y. I love it! The vanilla flavor is pretty obvious too, which I like a lot. This brand will be the brand of protein I buy from now on! In fact, I'm going to get the Chocolate kind, like, next week!

The only downside of this is that the scoop is huge. I use a smaller scoop from an older powder and then adjust the protein/calories accordingly. It's really not that much of a difference, but it keeps me from running out so fast, and it's still plenty high in protein, even with the smaller scoop.

Another downside: it's a little sweet. I'm going to get the unsweetened vanilla next time, and then just add sweetener to my tastes (which means bananas, lol).

For the regular vanilla, one heaping scoop has 129 calories, 1 gram fat, and 22 grams protein. The only ingredients are: pea protein isolate, hemp protein powder, rice protein concentrate, natural vanilla flavor, fructose, xylitol, stevia, and salt. It has 2.67 grams of sugar per serving. It does not contain any yeast, soy, corn, wheat, milk, soy, gluten, egg, whey, or any artificial ingredients or preservatives. It is also non-GMO. The label says "no hydrolysis used" but that doesn't really mean anything, lol.

Oh, and it doesn't mix very well without a blender or a shaker cup. I tried it with just a spoon and it was no bueno... but I drank it anyway, because I liked it...

If you're looking for a vegan, soy-free protein powder, this is it!

A few ideas to get you started:
Protein-Packed After-Workout Sunshine Smoothie
A Not-Green Green Smoothie
Blackberry Lemon Power Smoothie


JL goes Vegan said...

I picked this up a couple of weeks ago! It's growing on me. I'm with you, the scoop is huge. The first time I used only half a scoop but I feel like I was getting a bland flavor. So the next time I used a full scoop, but made sure I was treating the smoothie as a big meal, not a snack. I like it because so many other powders are heavily soy based (I'm not anti-soy, just soy in moderation). It was good to read your review!

Jess of Midwest Vegan said...

Yes, that's often what I do. I make it as a meal replacement then load it with fruit, spinach, hemp seeds, and almond milk.

I'm also not a 100% soy-avoider, I don't think I could ever give up my dry-roasted edamame and tofu. :)

Anonymous said...

I've never seen that brand but it looks yummy...

Whitney :)

Jess of Midwest Vegan said...

Yeah, I had to buy it on Amazon, but it was only about $20 and it came with free shipping. It was a good deal all around!