Vegan protein powder and I haven’t had the best relationship. I feel bad for saying that, but it’s the truth. As a vegetarian I loved PhD whey protein – it tasted good, and did the trick. So when I decided to have a whirl at vegan protein, I was so, so terribly disappointed. I found that the blends were either horrible and bitter, waaaaay too artificially sweet, used sucralose (which makes me feel quite unwell) or just didn’t blend properly and went grainy when mixed as a shake.
Bad, bad, very bad times.
However, In my 2017 mission to become lean I’m working out a lot more, and as such am keen to include more protein in my diet.
Ethical Panda is an online supplements store for those looking for plant-based protein, vitamins and superfoods which I came across on social media. I love their ethos and passion about promoting vegan health and fitness foods, because let’s face it, there’s often quite a heavy emphasis on animal protein out there in the gym world, right?
It’s the best vegan protein powder I’ve ever had. In fact, I genuinely like and enjoy the taste too!
It’s sweet, but not that horrible artificial sweetness that I’ve experienced before. It didn’t upset my tummy, and there are only 7 ingredients, which is a big plus for me. It also actually blends very well indeed, either in a shake, in porridge or with yoghurt (which is my preferred way to eat it). At £12.50 for 500g, I think it is very reasonably priced when you take into consideration the taste, quality and simple ingredients. It’s also gluten-free too!
If I had to pick something, it would be the design of the packet. Of course this doesn’t affect the quality of the product at all, and it really is the only negative I can think off. I would probably prefer a more minimalist packaging rather than the stripes, but that’s just my opinion, and it certainly isn’t a big enough factor to put me off the item!
As mentioned above, my favourite way to ingest the protein is mixed with yoghurt – so here’s my current post-workout breakfast:
What you’ll need:
Mixed Berries (frozen or fresh)
AbsoRice Vegan Protein Powder
Alpro Go On Yoghurt (Plain)
Mixed Seeds 100%
Peanut Butter Black Chia Seeds
- Mix your AbsoRice protein powder with Alpro Go On yoghurt (or another plant-based, thick yoghurt)
- In a separate bowl, place your mixed berries
- Once mixed, pour yogurt and protein over berries
- Sprinkle chia seeds and mixed seeds over
- Add a dollop of 100% peanut butter
This recipe works really well with the vanilla flavoured AbsoRice, but Ethical Panda also stock Chocolate, Strawberry, Cappuccino and Cocoa Cream (which is the one I’ve got my beadie eye on!).
I’m so happy I’ve finally found a vegan, tasty, healthy and non-grainy protein powder that I can use to enhance my recovery and reach my weight and training goals.
Grab your vegan protein from Ethical Panda here.