Protein powder is a big staple in a lot of diets, especially those who are active, such as body builders and athletes, but also a great supplement to those who have a hard time ingesting protein or those who are dieting to help keep them full.
However, vegan options are relatively slim when it comes to protein powder, as most are made from Whey or Casein, which are animal-milk sourced. In comes Vegan Smart, who has made protein supplement with fiber, digestive enzymes, gluten free, dairy and soy free and some have additional benefits such as prebiotic fiber and Omega-3.
They sent me some samples of their vegan protein powder. I was pretty excited to try these, as I DO like protein powder, but whey is very hard on my stomach so I tend to avoid it entirely. Some fun facts:
- The protein powders are made from peas, quinoa, chia, potato and chlorella.
- They are 160-180 calories per serving with 20 grams of protein per serving
- they have protease, amylase, lipase and bromelian for digestive enzymes
- they contain medium chain triglycerides
- certified vegan
- gluten free
I received 3 flavors, Cookies and Cream, Peaches & Cream, and Chocolate Raspberry. I mixed all the protein powder with almond milk.
Peaches & Cream:
- mild peach flavor
- stevia flavor prominent
- pea protein flavor detectable
- easy to mix, but recommend a NICE shake to get all the “bumps” out
- went well with almond milk
- good, but not my favorite. Needs more peach flavor/ less “stevia” based sweetness
- 3 star
- mild chocolate flavor, more cocoa like in nature
- very mild raspberry undertone
- flavor is a bit muted, I think it needs a touch more sweetness
- mildly sweet
- Not my favorite, but good.
- I think the chocolate raspberry balance is a bit off
- blended it with ice and almond milk, wish I added a banana
- 3 star
Cookies and Cream
- this one was my favorite!
- sweet and creamy
- little baby cookie pieces
- predominant vanilla flavor
- stevia flavor is prominent once again
- however, flavorful and tasty
- 4 star
Overall, I enjoyed these. They may need a little extra TLC for mixing purposes, since pea protein can be a bit “gritty”. But, if you use a blender or just a shaker cup with a blender ball, you will be fine. I had no stomach issues and they kept me relatively satisfied post workout!
DISCLAIMER: I received these to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.