Everywhere you look, people are trying to better themselves any way they can. Between the latest beauty, fashion, and workout trends everyone’s trying to be better from the inside out. I am sure if you have wandered any grocery store or even target lately you have seen the massive protein powder displays. What was once only used by men who were trying to bulk-up is now a product everyone is using to get their desired fitness results. However, it can all be SO overwhelming when reading labels with whey isolate this or rice protein that. Well, my friends we have tried A LOT in our house and I am here to give you the rundown on what we have found and enjoy the best.
First thing to know, there are so many types of protein available. Here is a list of the most common types available:
Now, I am not lying when I say we have tried them ALL. Whey tended to make my husband and I feel/look bloated. Egg was super hard for my husband to digest, but actually tasted the best. After thorough research I found out that egg white protein is very hard for people to digest because it is broken down at a faster rate and can be difficult on people’s stomachs. I personally have always avoided soy products just because it can mimic estrogen in women’s bodies when consumed in high rates. As far as hemp, rice, and pea the thought alone sounded awful to me UNTIL…..
….I tried it. Call me a hypocrite, I curled my nose at the thought of plant-based proteins and then fell in love with them. By no means am I the healthiest person in the world, but I like to make educated choices when it comes to placing things inside my family’s body. So much of what we eat is loaded with fillers, that I don’t want to do that to my body.
We recently began using Vega Clean Protein, because it was loaded with real foods and didn’t cause the bloat we were seeing with other types of protein. It had a decent taste and the price was reasonable, $30 for a small tub and it was free of many of the fillers you find in so many proteins. Meaning, it is free of GMO products, artificial sweeteners, free of artificial coloring, and sourced from natural protein found in plants. Overall, it has been a huge hit.
Then my husband went to Fresh Thyme on a mission to find some Elderberry Syrup for me (I’ll get to that in another post). This is when he stumbled across Garden of Life Sport Organic Protein. Just like Vega, this product met our requirements as far as being a vegan -based protein and free of all the negative ingredients. He was able to sample it, and next thing I know we have a giant tub on our counter. Virtually the two products are very similar and it may come down to personal preference. We prefer the garden of life protein because it tastes a little less “powdery” and it is delicious when mixed with almond milk and ice.
- Vega Clean contains 25g of protein per scoop and Garden of Life Sport contains 30g of protein per scoop.
- Garden of Life is a little less expensive per ounce. (you can purchase garden of life protein on amazon for $35 for a 28.4 oz (1lb 12 oz) container. Vega Clean is about $28 for a 19.5 oz container on amazon. *Pricing subject to change on Amazon like most things do.*
- Both products have BCAAs- 3 proteins that cannot naturally be found within your body but are essential with muscle recovery as well as definition of muscles. BCAAs are found within proteins (like meat, yogurt, nuts) and when used before/after workout can assist in aiding your muscles reach their fullest potential all while helping reduce soreness post-workout. Vega has 4g of BCAAs per scoop and Garden of Life contains 5.5 per scoop.
Overall, if you are looking to up your protein intake OR trying to achieve leaner muscle definition give plant-based protein a whirl. I was skeptical at first because I thought it would “bulk” me up, but really it is aiding in my fitness journey to live a healthy and happy life.