A high-quality vegan protein powder is a quick, easy and healthy way to boost the amount of protein you consume. Choosing a vegan powder simply means the protein is plant-based (like seeds, nuts, legumes and grains) instead of animal-based (such as egg, whey, casein etc.).
If you’re looking for 'the best' vegan protein powder, it’s important to know that not all are made equal and that what one person loves, another may not.
Soy is probably the most common vegan protein base but in more recent times there have been a number of other plant-based protein powder options hit the market that are proving super popular, healthy and affordable as well (such as rice, pea & hemp).
Unfortunately, like most industries, there are a number of protein powders on the market that are made from 'questionably-sourced' ingredients (i.e. GMO, contaminated areas etc.) so no matter what your preference of vegan protein is, the most important detail in my eyes is that they are HIGH-QUALITY, ETHICALLY SOURCED & GOOD FOR YOU!
Having worked in the health food industry for many years, and as a lover of vegan protein powders myself, the three Australian brands I keep going back to are White Wolf Nutrition, Tropeka, and True Protein.
All three companies are transparent in their practices and create a number of great options using several plant-based protein styles to create blends that taste great, have excellent texture and pack in high-levels of protein per serve, with well-balanced amino acid profiles.
I've put this article together to help answer some of the most common questions surrounding vegan protein. Check out what you'll find below:
- Is Vegan Protein Powder Easy To Digest?
- Is Vegan Protein As Good As Whey?
- Do I Need To Take Protein Powder?
- What Are The Best Tasting Vegan Protein Powders?
- Key Blends Of White Wolf, Tropeka & True Protein
- Where To Buy The Best Vegan Protein Powders? (as well as a special discount for our readers)
1.) Is vegan protein powder easy to digest?
Many people find vegan protein powder to be easier to digest than standard protein powders. This is because most animal-based protein powders are made from dairy products such as whey that a lot of people are at least a little intolerant to.
The pea protein found in many of the White Wolf Nutrition, Tropeka and True Protein blends is naturally dairy-free & gluten-free, making it great for coeliacs or anyone who struggles to properly digest gluten.
Not only that, but this type of protein powder is also free from eight of the most common food allergens: tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, eggs, cow’s milk, wheat and soy.
If you’ve got a common food intolerance or allergy, pea protein is a great vegan protein option to consider (as long as it’s not peas you’re allergic to of course!)
2.) Is vegan protein powder as good as whey?
According to a study by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, vegan protein powder is just as efficient as whey protein powders for building and maintaining muscle.
One of the main arguments people have against plant-based protein powders is that some don't contain the full spectrum of amino acids (the building blocks of protein) and are therefore aren't a 'complete protein'.
While some plant proteins ARE actually a complete protein (i.e. hemp), many brands combine several plant proteins (e.g. pea and rice protein) to create a complete protein supplement and with the full amino acid profile (e.g. True Proteins Vegan 85 Blend, Tropeka Lean Protein, or White Wolf Nutrition's All-In-One Superfood Blends).
Since high-quality vegan protein powders provide high-levels of easily digestible protein - they are not only as good as whey, I think they’re even better.
3.) Do I need to take protein powder?
The answer to this question is all down to your lifestyle and health goals. The recommended amount of protein the average person is 0.8g per Kg of bodyweight. (For example, if you weigh 65kg, you should be consuming 52g of protein each day — 65 x 0.8 = 52).
If you’re vegan, you can get a good amount of protein from a healthy and diverse plant-based diet. Take this 1-day meal plan for example:
- Breakfast: whole-wheat toast with peanut butter and a banana
- Snack: almonds and soy yoghurt
- Lunch: baked potato with salad
- Dinner: tofu, bulgur and broccoli
This provides roughly around 65g of protein, which in itself can be enough daily protein depending on your body weight and activity levels.
The recommended amount of protein for someone who exercises regularly is 1.5-2g per kg of body weight. So if you weigh 65 kg and are quite active, you’d need 98 -130g of protein each day.
To get this amount of protein from food could require you to eat some pretty massive meals so this is where vegan protein powders really come into their own.
Check out this great infographic below on protein & vegan diets:
4.) What is the best tasting vegan protein powder?
This is obviously a very personal question but as good as protein powder is for you, you're not going to use it if you can't stand the taste or texture.
I'm sure we've all come across a protein powder that we used once and then pushed to the back of the cupboard in disgust. Common complaints are that many vegan protein powders have a 'fermented' and off-putting taste along with a grainy texture.
On the flip-side, many of the powders that people enjoy the taste of aren't actually that good for you - often packed with fillers and numbers, and sourced from some questionable suppliers.
I've tested a lot of different powders and spoke to many other customers before settling on the brands that I have. I like the texture of all White Wolf, Tropeka & True Protein's powders, and with a huge range of flavours, I can guarantee there is something there for you whether you're a chocolate-fiend, vanilla-lover or after something more exotic.
Hit the links below the banner to head over and check out their full range for yourself. I've also listed some more info and links below on some of the flavours I use regularly.
5.) Key Blends Of White Wolf, Tropeka, & True Protein
White Wolf Nutrition's Key Blends:
Creamy Vanilla: Naturally sweet without any added sugar. Works great in smoothies, doughs and pancake batters
Smooth Chocolate: White Wolf's most popular flavour, an easy one to simply mix with water or plant milk.
Salted Caramel: I love this one for adding flavour and protein to oatmeal and overnight oats.
Iced Coffee: Perfect for a bit of a caffeine kick with a protein boost. Blend with banana and ice for a thick and creamy iced coffee protein hit.
They also have a great product called 'The Vegan Sampler' which gives you a 30g bag of each flavour. This is a great way to try the whole range and find your favourite.
True Protein's Key Protein & Sports Nutrition:
True Protein has made all of their vegan proteins from a blend of rice and pea protein to create a highly-absorbable and complete protein.
Vegan 85 — True Proteins 'flagship' vegan protein blend. A complete protein made by combining pea and brown rice proteins, Vegan 85 is a superb source of protein and comes in 5 delicious flavours: natural, rich chocolate, French vanilla, organic coffee mocha and salted caramel.
Vegan Superfood — Made by blending Belgian pea protein, US rice protein and German pumpkin protein with nine other natural whole foods and superfood powders, this is a great way to boost your protein intake and up your nutrition as well. Available in Rich Chocolate or French Vanilla.
Beyond protein, these guys have a staggering range of vegan-friendly supplements and health products including ZMA, pre-workout, greens powder, glutamine, superfood powders, nut butters, protein bars and many more - head over and give them a look!
Tropeka's Key Protein Powders:
Tropekas protein powders are all vegan, soy-free and organic. They use a blend of super high-quality rice and pea protein in all their powders.
Lean Proteins - have loads of additional all-natural and nutrient-dense ingredients to help build lean muscle, boost immunity and support post-workout tissue repair.
Lean Protein Vanilla - Flavoured by natural vanilla bean, with no refined sugars and packed with loads of other nutrients for speedy tissue recovery and lean muscle building.
Lean Protein Chocolate - A delicious protein with a 5-star health rating. Flavoured with organic cocoa + cacao with a natural sweetener makes this protein a perfect addition for healthy baking and smoothies.
Lean Protein Salted Caramel - For the decadent...savour the salty caramel flavour, brought out by organic mesquite, maca, lucuma and a touch of Himalayan pink salt.
Pump Proteins stripped back to the bare essentials and not containing much more than a pure pea protein isolate, formulated to deliver the maximum amount of slow-release possible.
Pump Protein Vanilla - Same delightful natural vanilla bean flavouring as the lean protein, a super versatile flavour to work with.
Pump Protein Chocolate - smooth chocolate that mixes in well with almost anything if you're a chocolate lover - but who isn't?!
5.) Where To Buy The Best Vegan Protein Powders?
As mentioned throughout the article - of all the vegan protein powders I've tried and tested over the years, True Protein, Tropeka, and White Wolf Nutrition are my favourite brands for their quality, consistency, flavour, texture and their high business standards and ethics.
You can click any of the banners and links throughout this article to jump over and check them out for yourself, but if you've made it this far, I'd like to let you know that you can also jump to the top of this page and 'Join Our Email' to get a unique discount code for both brands that will save you some $$ on your purchase too.
That’s a Wrap!
You might be searching for the best vegan protein powder because you’re moving to a more plant-based lifestyle, you’re trying to ease digestive discomfort or for another reason entirely — it doesn’t matter. There are now some super high-quality options available from great Australian brands to help you nail your health, diet and lifestyle goals.
As always, thanks a tonne for reading. If you’ve got any questions, queries or contributions, don't hesitate to get in touch!