People who work out, lift weights and want to build muscle and stay lean – eat a lot of protein. Unfortunately, too much animal protein isn’t good for you.
Of course, vegans will argue that ALL animal protein is bad for you. I don’t agree with that. However, I do agree that most animal protein these days isn’t good because of how it’s raised.
Additionally, too much animal protein can become toxic to the body, if your goal is also longevity.
So today, I’m going to speak about vegan protein powders.
This way, you can still eat that extra protein for building muscle and staying lean, but it doesn’t have to be from animal sources.
Luckily, these days, we have access to some really great vegan protein powders that are probably just as good as the animal sources. They are complete proteins with all the amino acids.
My Personal Protein Intake
Now, before I start, let me give you a little background about my own protein consumption.
I have about 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. I weigh about 200 lbs and thus, I average about 200 grams daily.
Some days less and some days more. I did an article about protein cycling and building more muscle.
My main sources of protein are from:
- Wild-caught salmon
- Pasture-raised bison
- Pasture-raised whole eggs
- Whey protein isolate (25 grams on workout days)
- Vegan protein powders
Yes, you’ll see no chicken, turkey, or shellfish. Chicken these days is fake and shellfish are bottom feeders.
Vegan Protein Powders
Now, there are lots of different vegan protein powders, some of the more popular ones are:
- Soy – I’m not a fan of soy. It does tend to lower thyroid levels and increase estrogen. IF you want to use it, make sure it’s Non-GMO and use in small amounts.
- Hemp – this is a great food source. It has protein, fat, carbs, and lots of fiber. I wouldn’t use it by itself because it can be a bit “earthy” if you know what I mean. I’d do a mixture of it with other vegan powders.
- Rice – this is easy to digest, has all the amino acids, almost no carbs or fats, and has no sugar. This is one of my favorites.
- Pea – this is very popular, especially in protein bars and so forth. It creates a thicker consistency than other powders. It’s all protein with just 1 gram of fat and carbs, no sugar. BUT, it can cause inflammation. So again, you want to use a lower dose and mix it with other vegan powders.
- Alfalfa Greens – it’s similar to hemp, but not as good and it’s very “earthy” in taste. So, a little goes a long way. It’s also very hard to mix.
For me, I have my own powder mixed with my specifications, which you can do the same. I typically do:
50% – Rice
25% – Hemp
25% – Pea
However, this will NOT mix as easily as whey protein. You can’t just add water to a shaker. You’ll have to use a blender.
I actually mix all of this into a protein cookie that I make. Which consists of other vegan ingredients (oats, puffed millet, coconut, and some nuts).
A recipe I can give you if you’d like, just let me know if you are interested.
At the end of the day, you’ll need to see what works for you and your taste buds.
You can buy these vegan powders pre-made by many companies. BUT, they typically do throw in lots of other junk, sugars and so forth. AND, it’ll cost you more.
However, you can now make your own formula, at half the price without any junk in there.
I’ve made an article about how I make my custom proteins.
So whether you’re a vegan or you simply want to reduce some of your animal protein, now you can with these top-quality vegan protein powders.