Friday, April 29, 2016

Vega Protein & Greens Vanilla: Plant-based Protein Powder Review

Vega Protein & Greens Vanilla Review
Vega Protein & Greens Vanilla Review

My premier plant-based protein powder review centers on Vega Protein & Greens, one of the most popular products on Vega's line of vegan protein powders.

I was fortunate to score a wholesale price on 21.7oz tub through a personal trainer buddy who has the hook-ups (thank you, Ben.) As a fan of Vega Sport protein and other vegan protein supplements from this company, I was grateful to give Vega Protein & Greens Vanilla a review.

Plant-based Protein Powder Review Amino AcidsMy smoothies typically start with spinach, broccoli, avocado, coconut milk (the real stuff), and water, all filled to brim of my blender. Thusly, the 2-servings of veggies that define Vega Protein & Greens didn't seem vital. However, it's worth noting that there's 1-2 cups of alfalfa, spinach, broccoli, and kale in this blend.

The plant-based protein powder in Vega Protein & Greens is composed of:
  • pea protein
  • Vega Saviseed protein
  • hemp seed protein
  • sprouted whole grain brown rice protein
Personally, I like to see hemp seed protein above brown rice on the ingredients list, as hemp is often a higher quality plant-based protein.

Flavor Review of Vega Protein & Greens Vanilla

Sweetness Scale: 8/10 

Flavor is always a subjective measure depending on one's palate (particular when it comes to sweetness,) but for my review of Vega Protein & Greens Vanilla, I found the stevia leaf extract (the sweetener) to be a bit intense. It's worth noting that I do eat a very low sugar diet, so I am a bit more sensitive to sweetness. However, I think most would agree that this one is a sweetly flavored vegan protein powder.

I love you, Vega, but this one is just too damn sweet for me...

Vega Protein & Greens Nutrition Facts

Suffice to say, Vega Protein & Greens is still a decent tasting plant-based protein. It really just depends on how you use it. It not only blends well in smoothies and easily mixes with oatmeal, milk, and other liquids, but the protein powder doesn't taste chalky or pasty. In short, it's very smooth and can add a lot of flavor to whatever you put it in. However for some applications, it can add too much flavor in the form of sweetness (but some people really like that.) My friend Ben who I mention above loves it.

For me, with Vega Protein & Greens Vanilla, I don't have a reason to put half a banana into my veggie-dense fat shakes for palatability. But if you thrive with more fruit-based vegan protein shakes (especially with pineapple, mangos, bananas, berries, etc.) then you might find this one to be a little too sweet. And yet, the 2 servings of vegetables would be a nutritious addition to a mostly fruit protein shake.

Lastly, if you're looking for the best vegan protein powder for weight loss, I would opt for something different. Even though there is only 2 grams of sugar in one scoop of this protein powder, the sweetness from the stevia can trigger the impulse to consume more than needed (or too fast to enjoy.) 

Thanks for reading my vegan protein powder review on Vega Protein & Greens Vanilla. If you've tried this product, let me know what you think in the comments below.

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