Review: Vega Protein & Greens Powder (Vanilla)

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Recently I tried out Vega’s protein powder out of curiosity. Normally, I stick to whole foods and get my protein from beans, nuts and seeds. While it is relatively easy to meet protein recommendations on a vegan diet, protein powders are a convenient way to give your protein a boost if you are looking to do that.

What I Like About Vega Protein & Greens:

  • Gluten-free, soy-free and vegan. This makes Vega a good option for people with allergies as well as vegans.
  • Decent percentage of calories from protein. 72% of calories come from protein.
  • Contains 2 servings of greens.
  • Good source of calcium and iron.

What could be better:

  • I thought there was way too much stevia in this. I would have preferred much less or none at all. The sweetness part may be because I blended it with a banana.
  • I would prefer if Vega listed all of the micronutrients. While it says it contains 2 servings of Vega’s greens blend, it doesn’t list all the micronutrients on the nutrition label. I also didn’t see any products on Vega’s site selling just greens, so I couldn’t figure out the micronutrients from that either.

Overall, I think this is a good option for anyone looking to boost their protein intake in a convenient way. This is especially good for vegans and people allergic to ingredients in other protein powders, like dairy and soy.

Vega’s website

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But Where Do You Get Your Protein?: The Best Plant Based Sources of Protein

Usually when people think of protein, they think of meat. Because of this, protein is a nutrient of concern for many people when it comes to plant based diets.  According to the CDC, we should get about 10-35% of our daily calories from protein. 50 g of protein is 200 calories. If a person is eating 2,000 calories/ day, that is about 10% of calories. Getting this amount of protein on a plant based diet should be easy as long as you eat enough calories. Here are some examples of high protein plant foods.

1. Black Beans

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Black beans have 15 g of protein per cup. This comes out to about 23% of calories from protein.

2. Pinto Beans

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1 cup of pinto beans contains 15 g protein, which is 22% of calories.

3. Peanuts

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1 oz. of peanuts contains 8 g protein or 16% of calories.

4. Hemp Seeds

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3 tbsp of hemp seeds contain 11 g of protein or about 25% of calories.

5. Almonds

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1 oz. of almonds contains 6 g of protein, which is about 13% of calories.

6. Lentils

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1 cup of lentils contains 18 g of protein, or 27% of calories.

7. Spinach 

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100 g of spinach contains 3 g of protein or 30% of calories.

8. Chickpeas

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1 cup of chickpeas contains 15 g of protein or 19% of calories.

9. Quinoa

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1 cup of quinoa contains 8 g of protein or 15% of calories.

10. Broccoli

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1 cup of broccoli contains 3 g of protein or 20% of calories.

These are just some of the many higher protein plant foods. The bottom line is that as long as you eat real food, and eat enough calories, getting enough protein probably isn’t going to be an issue.

Nutrition Facts: Self Nutrition Data