The best vegan protein powders.

Celebrities like Jessica Chastain, Alicia Silverstone, Tobey Maguire and even former president (and McDonald’s fan) Bill Clinton are noted vegans. Even Beyoncé and hubby Jay-Z have done vegan diets in short spurts. Vegan may mean animal-product-free, but it doesn’t mean protein-free, which can often be a challenge for those following a vegan diet. “As we age, we lose 1% of muscle mass every year—eating more protein may be helpful to offset this decline,” says nutritionist Heidi Skolnik, founder of Nutrition Conditioning, who has been consulting professional sports teams and performing arts schools for the last 30 years. 

That’s where vegan protein powder comes in. Nutritionist Tara Gidus (aka "The Diet Diva") in Orlando, Florida recommends plant-sourced protein powder to her vegan clients as a supplement to juices, oatmeal, batters, and pancakes—as well as shakes. “Vegan protein powder is an excellent source of nutrition. It’s very concentrated and offers vegans a lot of protein in one place,” says Gidus. As a comparison, one cup of actual peas has 7.8 grams of protein, but a scoop of pea protein powder can have 15 to 20 grams. Gidus prefers pea or soy protein powders to hemp, which she says “can have a strong taste.” 

Vegan protein powder ingredients are typically well sourced and most often organic, according to Gidus. “The only worries are heavy metals and pesticide residue since they do come from plants,” she warns. Rice protein powders are at highest risk for heavy metal contamination, but Gidus doesn’t recommend those anyway because of the low protein content in comparison to pea or soy. Here are some of Gidus’ favorites:

Vega One

  • Protein type: pea, seed, hemp, and rice blend (soy-free)
  • Also contains: nutrient rich greens, probiotics, omega-3.
  • Protein per scoop: 15 grams 
  • Gidus says: “Tastes really good and is smooth because it blends well and it’s light-tasting, not at all chalky.” 

Sun Warrior

  • Protein type: pea, cranberry, and hemp blend (raw, gluten-free, soy-free)
  • Protein per scoop: 15 grams 
  • Gidus says: “Delicious, creamy and milkshake-like, but some clumping.”

Garden of Life Raw Protein

  • Protein type: raw organic sprouts and sprouted rice blend (gluten-free)
  • Also contains: greens and probiotics
  • Protein per scoop: 17 grams 
  • Gidus says: “Nutritionally, this is very good—people love the nutritionally profile, but its taste isn’t the best. It can be very chalky and thick, with underwhelming nutty flavor.”

Plant Fusion

  • Protein type: pea, artichoke, amaranth, and quinoa blend (soy-free)
  • Also contains: greens and probiotics 
  • Protein per scoop: 21 grams 
  • Gidus says: “Tastes light and naturally sweet. Great for sensitive stomachs because it has digestive enzymes and is gluten- and soy-free.”

Taste is always something to consider—vegan powder or otherwise.  And of course how it feels in your stomach. Some people have no reaction, while others will feel bloating from certain ingredients. We’re all wired differently and only you will know what works. 


  1. Vegan Diets
  2. Nutrition Conditioning
  3. The Diet Diva
  4. Vega One
  5. Sun Warrior
  6. Garden of Life Raw Protein
  7. Plant Fusion