This protein is made from hemp seeds and is great for people who are eating Paleo or have issues digesting legumes or grains. It’s been my go-to protein for ages.
Hemp is a complete protein, which means that it contains all the essential amino acids that your body is unable to produce on its own. It’s also a good source of fiber and fatty acids.
Recommendation: Add to fruit-based/green smoothies; it can be a little grainy on its own.
Pea protein is a popular soy protein replacement in vegan protein bars and foods, as people are starting to move away from soy. By itself, it has a hint of the pea taste, but can be disguised when in different products. It can be easily digested by most people, but unlike hemp protein, it does not contain essential fatty acids.
Taste: Faint taste of peas
Recommendation: It’s rare to find this protein sold by itself; it’s usually mixed with other proteins or in the form of a protein bar.
Sacha Inchi Protein
This is a newcomer to the game. It’s a seed that can be eaten as a nut (they’re large, almost the size of hazelnuts). It’s high in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. I mix it in with my yogurt frequently, along with maca and some other superfoods.
Recommendation: Add it to PB/nut-based smoothies, yogurt, pancakes, or oatmeal.
I was introduced to this way back in high school when my dad bought me a bunch of SoyJoy protein bars to supplement my lunch. This was a time when soy was super popular and it was the only vegan widely available protein.
PSA: They tasted disgusting.
Recommendation: There are better tasting protein bars on the market now that contain soy protein isolate — if you’re going to buy them, look for ones with as little ingredients as possible.
This is usually mixed in with soy or another type of protein in popular vegan protein powder blends. It does contain all the essential amino acids and its taste goes virtually undetected compared to other plant-based proteins.
Taste: Almost tasteless
Recommendation: Bake with it or make protein pancakes.
Note: The Juicery has hemp protein available as an added supplement to your smoothies; my go-to after I teach boxing or workout is to get a Faster Than Light with no dates and add in hemp protein and espresso or wheatgrass!
For the “5 Best Supplements for Your Favorite Juicery Drinks,” check out my fellow #JuiceNation ambassador blog post here.