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5 of the best organic and sustainable protein powders
Protein powders may have been popular among the gym bunnies for a long time, but with an increased focus on health and wellness they are becoming more popular among the rest of us as an addition to a healthy lifestyle.
Having said that you can easily end up swimming in a sea of unnecessary plastics with these products, which makes our hearts sink as we try to make planet positive choices in our day to day lives. So, we went on a search for some of the best organic and sustainable protein powders out there. Protein powders that are not only great for us but great for the environment too.
Swapping animal protein for plant protein is a great way of reducing our climate impact, which is why we kept our search focussed on vegan protein powders that are good for both you and the planet. A little bit of plant power!
Here’s our top 5 picks:
1. Nuzest Clean Lean Protein:
Started by a father daughter team looking for answers after a health diagnosis, Nuzest use plant-based proteins and 100% recyclable and home compostable packaging for their protein powder. This vegan protein powder is packed full of 20 essential amino acids and it’s free from gluten, dairy, soy and whey. It comes in a range of delicious flavours, like vanilla, chocolate, banana and coconut. We also love finding other companies that also give back to good causes, and Nuzest support a number of projects through the GROW charity.
2. Bulk vegan protein powder:
This vegan protein powder is combines 5 different plant proteins - pea protein, brown rice protein, pumpkin protein, flaxseed powder and quinoa flour. This comes packaged in a home compostable pouch – with 90% of their packaging materials now changed for sustainable alternatives, with the goal of being 100% plastic free in the near future they are certainly considering the negative effects that single use plastic has on our planet. With flavours ranging from caramel latte to apple strudel there is certain to be one that floats your boat.
3. Form nutrition plant based protein powders:
This multi award-winning brand uses a unique blend of plant based proteins which contains a range of amino acids to aid muscle growth and sustained energy levels throughout the day. The pouches are plastic free and home compostable (they have also got rid of the plastic scoops). 100% plastic free delivery. A truly planet conscious brand, they are also a certified B corporation and verified climate neutral company. With flavours from chocolate peanut to tiramisu available there is certainly something for everyone here.
4. Aloha protein powder:
ALOHA's velvety smooth plant powders are simply made with 18g of protein, prebiotics for gut health, and 12 whole food ingredients for everything your body needs to do its best. Aloha is not only a B corporation, they are certified as fairtrade, GM free, vegan and organic. They also support some great community projects. Sadly they currently only ship to the USA but are working hard to increase their global reach in the near future – so certainly one to keep your eyes on!
5. The Protein Works Vegan protein powders:
Vegan Protein contains FIVE different protein sources – Soy, Pean, Pumpkin, Brown Rice and Sunflower, to give this shake a rounded amino acid profile. Each of the vegan protein powders offered by protein works comes in a range of flavours, from banana to millionaires shortbread – so there is bound to be a flavour that satisfies your taste buds.
Now that you’ve got your protein powder sorted, you’re ready to get your shake on. But why not shake it up even more and ditch the plastic shaker bottle? After all, we all know those plastic shakers get pretty smelly (want to know why plastic shakers get so stinky? Find out here). Plastics not only impart flavours but can leach other chemicals into your drinks or food – nobody wants that!
Our Ohelo tumbler is a great alternative to a plastic shaker. Put it to use as a coffee cup for your morning commute and then use as a shaker bottle for your protein shake before you hit the gym. The handy stainless steel mesh attachment allows you to shake up your shake on the go when there is no time to spare. At the end of your day simply pop it in the dishwasher for a proper clean and it will be ready for you to use again tomorrow.
With your Ohelo reusable cup in hand and one of these 5 sustainable protein powders in your cupboard you can enjoy a delicious, healthy and eco-friendly protein shake without any pangs of guilt.