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My Top 3 Plant-based Protein Powders for Athletic Recovery

Over the last decade, while training for endurance sports and doing so mostly on a plant-based diet, I’ve conducted several reviews of various vegan protein powders that you might find at the store or online. 

From brands Amazing Grass, Vega, Garden of Life, and Sunwarrior, I’ve tried and tested over 30 different plant-based protein powders on the market. In addition to the brand and maker, specific products cater to keto, paleo/grain-free, stevia-free protein powder, etc., and other diets, lifestyles, and nutritional needs.

Among the spectrum of products I’ve had, here are five of my top five plant-based protein powders for athletic recovery as well as taste and budget. You can read more about these products below or find them in greater detail on my vegan protein powder review blog.

1. Vega Sport Protein Powder

Vega Sport Protein Powder is a performance-minded yet affordable plant-based protein that offers an abundant amino acid profile and a variety of tasty flavors. Vanilla, Chocolate, and Peanut Butter are my favorite flavors. It’s also equipped with recovery-promoting ingredients like tart cherry and turmeric.

Vega Sport’s protein blend is comprised of sunflower and pumpkin seed protein. This makes it grain-free and paleo-friendly and contains just two grams of sugar. This easy-to-blend and delicious-tasting protein powder is among the few grain-free/paleo-friendly options that taste smooth and perfectly sweet.

2. Garden of Life Sport Organic Plant-Based Protein

Garden of Life’s Sport protein is a performance plant-based protein powder that’s stacked with key ingredients for optimal recovery. This Sport Organic Plant-Based protein powder offers a high concentration of amino acids, as well as recovery-enhancing additions like l-glutamine and probiotics

Garden of Life Sport Organic Plant-Based Protein is gluten-free, soy-free, ketogenic, and paleo. It also has an “Organic Muscle Recovery Blend,” is fully organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and NSF Certified for Sport. It’s not as sweet as the vega option, but a nice alternative with many unique and raw protein sources, like pea protein, sprouted navy bean, sprouted lentil bean, sprouted garbanzo bean, and cranberry seed protein.

3. PlantFusion Complete Protein Powder

Also a well-balanced and deliciously tasting plant-based protein powder, PlantFusion Complete Protein is a fantastic option that packs a punch in terms of quality and nutritional density. It’s 100% organic as well as gluten-free, soy-free, preservative-free, GMO-free, and otherwise very clean. It also uses a legume-forward protein blend that’s also grain-free and paleo-friendly. However, it does contain a moderate amount of sugar compared to other plant-based protein powders. So it is not keto-friendly by any means but it does taste very good as a result of using natural sugars.

It’s infused with a proprietary enzyme blend that contains bromelain and alpha-galactosidase which helps support digestion and recovery, as bromelain serves as an inflammation reducer.  PlantFusion designed Complete Plant Protein for those with sensitive stomachs and digestion problems. If you often feel bloated or gassy after consuming protein powder, it could be that certain ingredients are tolerated well by your system. But most importantly it tastes incredible. The Vanilla flavor is my favorite option, and it’s a quality plant-based protein powder that doesn’t break the bank. 

Find the Best Vegan Protein Powder for You

Some individuals are looking for specific protein sources to accommodate their lifestyle or performance objectives. This includes ingredients like pea, brown rice, quinoa, and hemp – as well as precise blends like hemp and rice or pea and brown rice protein powder. This combination of a legume and grain-based makes for a complete protein blend with all essential amino acids. This is especially important for athletes seeking optimal recovery or aiming to build muscle mass.

This review was provided by sports and health blogger and copywriter Tyler Tafelsky, who competes in ultra-distance cycling events.

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