The Best Low Carb Vegan Protein Powders for a Ketogenic Diet

The Best Low Carb Vegan Protein Powders

One thing that vegans have come to terms with, is that people will always be asking, “where do you get your protein?” It’s a little old and played-out, as we’ve long-established that there is a ton of protein in most plant foods. Nuts, seeds, grains, legumes – all of these foods have a solid amount of protein. Then, there are the amounts in fruits and veggies. The world just has a lot of protein floating around! Of course, keto is a different story. Grains are out, legumes are out (for the most part), and you can only eat so many seeds. So, where do vegan keto dieters get their protein? Well, let’s take a look at the best low carb vegan protein powders!

It’s a great time to be a low carb vegan! The market is overflowing with vegan protein powder options that not only taste good, but actually contain very little sugar! I’ve rounded up some of my favorites, so you’ve got a good starting point for finding the right plant-based vegan protein powder for you!

Each one of these low carb vegan protein powders has less than 3g of net carbs per serving, and contain greens, other antioxidant-rich foods, vitamins, minerals and even some probiotics, to help you be as healthy as possible on a vegan ketogenic diet. Because I am a health nut, these protein powders are all gluten free, nut free and soy free as well!

The Best Low Carb Vegan Protein Powders for a Ketogenic Diet

The Best Low Carb Vegan Protein Powders

Vega Essentials

Protein Source: 20g of pea & hemp protein

Net Carbs: zero!

Vega essentials manages to make a low carb vegan protein powder with 20g of protein, 0g of net carbs, 3 servings of greens, 1g of omega-3s and a load of antioxidants.

I like how smooth Vega’s products are – they mix with water really well, and are silky as opposed to chalky. Vega essentials comes in chocolate and vanilla.

Vega Sport

 

Protein source: 30g of pea protein, sunflower seed protein, alfalfa protein and pumpkin seed protein

Net carbs: 2g

This is the more protein-intense cousin of Vega Essentials. I really like the diversity in plant-based protein sources that the Sport proteins have. The Sport protein also contains anti-inflammatory compounds and probiotiscs. Flavors are chocolate, vanilla, mocha and mixed berry.

Vega Clean Protein

 


 

Protein Source: 25g of pea protein, sunflower seed protein, alfalfa protein and pumpkin seed protein

Net Carbs: 2g

Another offering from Vega, this time focusing just on protein (with bromelain, to aid in digestion!). Again, this protein powder offers diversity of protein sources, and a great taste! Flavor options are chocolate and vanilla.

Sun Warrior

 

Protein Source: 19g of pea, hemp and goji

Net Carbs: between 1g-4g

Sun Warrior aims to provide a nutritious vegan protein powder, that’s sugar-free and full of good ingredients. This raw protein blend comes in five flavors (chocolate, vanilla, natural, mocha and berry), and even uses goji protein, which I didn’t realize was even a thing. Sun Warrior’s products are all raw, organic and non-GMO, which is a-ok in my book. The texture isn’t as smooth as other vegan protein powders, but that bit of chalkiness isn’t overpowering.

Sun Warrior Classic Plus

Protein Source: 19g of pea, brown rice, quinoa, amaranth and chia

Net Carbs: between 0g-2g

Sun Warrior has essentially taken their popular Warrior Blend of raw, vegan protein and takes it to the next level. Their raw protein sources are sprouted, and fermented, and this blend contains more types of protein than the traditional blend. The warrior classic plus is also definitely a bit tastier than their original. Flavors are chocolate, vanilla and natural (which they recommend for baking).

Garden of Life RAW

 

Protein Source: 22g of protein from pea, brown rice, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, cracked wall chlorella, quinoa, chia seed, garbanzo, lentil, adzuki, flax, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, sesame seed

Net Carbs: 1-2g

Garden of Life’s RAW vegan protein blend takes the cake for diversity of protein sources. They use 13 different plant-based sprouted proteins to create this sugar-free, non-GMO, raw, organic protein powder. While the texture isn’t as smooth as some of the others, this is definitely a powerhouse in terms of nutrition. Flavors include vanilla, chai, chocolate and natural.

 

What are your favorite low carb vegan protein powders?

Did I forget to mention your go-to vegan keto protein source? Let me know! I love finding out about new low carb vegan protein powders. The above is a smattering of those I’ve tried, and I’ll certainly update it as I discover more, so let me know in the comments what your favorite protein powder is!

27 Comments

  • Sherrie December 19, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    I love PlantFusion and PlantFusion Lean, but I haven’t checked the carb counts lately.

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  • Jennifer April 15, 2017 at 4:20 am

    In your list, did you rank them from most to least favourite?

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    • Liz April 16, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Hi Jennifer! This is a good question – it does kind of look like that, but these are basically just ranked in order of me remembering which brands I’ve used, and then the products within those! Vega definitely makes my favorites overall, though!

      Reply
  • Angela Henderson May 7, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    The above have more sugars than I’m willing to do. Trader Joe’s just came out with a plain pea protein powder that is great and and it’s HALF the cost of health food store powders!

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    • Liz May 7, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Hi Angela, thanks for commenting!

      If you don’t want to dedicate 2g of carbs to a protein powder, then plain pea protein is definitely a good choice. I just like the above powders because they contain a blend of proteins for a more balanced amino acid mix, and most of them also contain additional antioxidants, as well as pre- and pro-biotics.

      I love using pea protein for baking, but for shakes, I definitely need some additional flavor! You can also buy the above powders online for about the same cost as the Trader Joe’s pea protein. 🙂

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  • Rachel Thomas May 16, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Elevate Plant-Based Perfomance Protein is my go-to. 1g net carbs, 0g sugar, 2.5g fat, 21g protein. Also, Garden of Life has a Sport plant-based protein that tastes so much better than their RAW protein. 2g net carbs, less than 1g sugar, 1.5g fat, 15g protein.

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    • Liz May 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      Ooh, I haven’t seen the Elevate one, but that sounds awesome. I JUST tried the Garden of Life sport one – you’re right, it’s soooo much better!

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  • Angel July 5, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Thanks so much for this. I’m going to order the Vega Essentials today!

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    • Liz July 5, 2017 at 9:27 am

      Awesome! Let me know how you like it! I’m a huge fan of their products (as you can probably tell…) 😀

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      • Natalie August 11, 2017 at 12:42 pm

        Have you tried Protein + by Blenditup? I just bought it and while it nets out at 5g carbs and has 2g sugar it sounds reasonable and appears to have a lot of great aminos..

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        • Liz August 11, 2017 at 3:15 pm

          I haven’t seen that one before! Where did you find it?

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          • Natalie August 14, 2017 at 1:21 pm

            Costco.
            I’m just wondering if people here think it’s an ok one for keto or not, I’m a newbie!

  • Kristen August 19, 2017 at 7:14 am

    What about dr mercola vegan protein?

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    • Liz August 22, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Hi Kristen! I haven’t tried his protein powder before, but looking at the information and macronutrient profile, it seems great!

      Reply
  • D Samson September 17, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks for this article. I’m a newbie wanna-be Keto dieter. I’ve been reading a lot on it. I was going through your list and I noticed some of the ingredients are supposed to be excluded in the Keto diet plan, such as quinoa, brown rice, millet, etc… Please help me understand why would anyone on a Keto diet choose to use such products. Thank you.

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    • Liz September 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      Hi there, this is a great question! These ingredients in their whole form are excluded from a keto diet because they are quite high in carbs per serving. However, the protein derived from these sources is carb-free, and is just protein. So, the protein isn’t typically excluded except in cases of an allergy, or if someone is strictly adhering to a paleo protocol.

      So, basically, the protein isolates are not high in carbs like whole quinoa, rice, millet, etc. and are therefore totally

      I hope this clears things up!

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    • Liz September 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      Hi there, this is a great question! These ingredients in their whole form are excluded from a keto diet because they are quite high in carbs per serving. However, the protein derived from these sources is carb-free, and is just protein. So, the protein isn’t typically excluded except in cases of an allergy, or if someone is strictly adhering to a paleo protocol.

      So, basically, the protein isolates are not high in carbs like whole quinoa, rice, millet, etc. and are therefore totally keto friendly. 🙂

      I hope this clears things up!

      Reply
  • Mark October 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Hi liz
    Great information. Thank you

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    • Liz October 2, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Thank you, Mark! 🙂

      Reply
  • Susan October 7, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Are you familiar with Orgain protein powder? If so, i would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you 🙂

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    • Liz October 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Hi Susan! Orgain is great and I have a few friends who swear by it, but it’s a little higher in carbs than most people want to consume on a keto diet. So, while I do think it’s great, I just didn’t mentionit here. 🙂

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      • Susan October 14, 2017 at 10:31 am

        Thank you!

        Reply
  • Emma November 28, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    True Nutrition is the best in my opinion. So many varieties, delicious flavors, etc… If you’re going to try this, I would recommend getting a pound each of the chocolate fudge brownie and the strawberry banana shake flavorings- very strong flavors that add no carbs or sugar to the shake. Most of TN’s flavors are strong enough to be mixed with just water, although I often use coconut milk to get some extra fats in there:)

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    • Liz November 29, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation, Emma! Where do you usually buy True Nutrition?

      Reply
    • Fa December 10, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      Hi Emma,
      Do you have a discount code for TN?

      Reply

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