It’s a dietitian’s favorite plant-based protein powder, and it’s 14% off today
Over ten years ago, I found my first vegan food blog and was hooked. Until then, the only vegetables in my diet were boring side salads and the tomatoes in my salsa (I, at 19, would be shocked if I was a dietitian now).
While eating more plant-based meals was great for my digestive system, it was hard to get enough protein with my busy schedule. I needed to find a plant-based protein powder that tasted great and helped me get a solid nutrient boost. A trip to Whole Foods Market later, and I had a stack of protein powder packets to try.
My checklist included taste (most failed at this point), texture (we also lost a few here too), and whole food ingredients. So began my love affair with Vega Essentials Protein Powder.
It contains complete ingredients and impressive macros
Getting more protein was key during my college years and now too, as a busy mother of two. Half a day may pass before I realize that I only ate the crust of the children’s grilled cheese.
Blending this protein powder into a quick smoothie keeps me full and energized, and fills in the nutrient gaps when I can’t sit down for a quality meal. I like using Vega Essentials protein powder over other brands because of the extra vitamins and minerals it adds.
Here is the nutritional breakdown of one scoop of Vega Essentials Protein Powder chocolate:
- calories: 140
- Total fat: 4g
- Total carbohydrates: 6g
- Fiber: 4g
- Sugar: 1g
- Protein: 20g
It also contains other essential nutrients:
- Vitamin A: 30% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Vitamin D: 25% DV
- Potassium: 10% DV
- Calcium: 20% DV
- Vitamin C: 45% DV
- Vitamin E: 25% DV
- Biotin: 25% DV
- The iron: 20% DV
- Vitamin B2: 35% DV
The main source of protein in this powder is pea protein, followed by flaxseed. And the ingredient list has whole foods, including broccoli powder, kale, carrots, quinoa, berries, spirulina and more.
While this protein powder isn’t a substitute for a meal full of these nutrient-dense foods, it does help fill in the gaps when you’re short on time.
You will love the taste and texture
Although nutrition is important, it’s not helpful if you can’t drink the shake. Vega Essentials Chocolate has a great texture, especially when blended into a smoothie.
Plant-based protein powders have one major drawback compared to whey: they are often chalky, especially those made with pea protein. Whey protein powder blends into a creamy texture much more easily than pea protein due to the plant fibers. But Vega Essentials Protein Powder has minimal chalkiness compared to many other pea protein powders I’ve tried.
Now let’s get to the taste. It’s chocolatey and sweet – kind of like a more nutritious milkshake. With all of its whole food ingredients, it tastes somewhat earthy, but not as much as Vega Protein and Greens powder.
Also note: Vega Essentials is sweetened with calorie-free stevia. While I enjoy it, some may experience an unpleasant aftertaste.
If you’re on the fence about the sweetener, try mixing your shake with other foods to help round out the taste of the stevia. Adding a little honey or fruit to your shake can help mask the stevia so you can enjoy the chocolate taste and health benefits of protein powder.
How I Use Vega Essentials Protein Powder
Although you can mix water and protein powder in a shaker, that’s not my favorite way to enjoy this plant-based protein.
For a daily shake, I like to mix a scoop of chocolate Vega protein powder with almond or flax milk, frozen banana, spinach, and a handful of berries I have on hand.
If I’m craving a healthy dessert, I mix a scoop with bananas, extra cocoa powder, peanut butter, and a few splashes of milk for a delicious banana “nice cream.”
Buy Vega Essentials Plant Protein Powder
This tasty plant-based protein comes in three versatile flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla and Mocha.
Choose your favorite flavor or buy all three – they’re on sale for Amazon Prime Day! (Note that vanilla is the most heavily discounted, at 14% off.)
- Vanilla:$36.99 (originally $43.19) at Amazon
- Chocolate:$39.99 (originally $43.19) at Amazon
- Mocha:$35.40 (originally $43.19) at Amazon