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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 4g 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!
I’m only recommending protein powders that I’ve actually tried, and that are free of sugar alcohols. While stevia is a pretty inert digestively, many sugar alcohols can cause pretty bad stomach upset.
The Best Low Carb Vegan Protein Powders
22 Days Plant Power
This protein powder is a combination of pea, flax and sacha inchi, so there’s a good mix of aminos. It also comes in absolutely delicious flavors. In addition to the typical chocolate and vanilla, there’s also strawberry! And it clocks in at just 1g of net carbs per 20g of protein.
Protein Source: 20g of pea, flax & sacha inchi protein
Net Carbs: 1g
Net Carbs: ~4
Vega essentials manages to make a low carb vegan protein powder with 20g of protein, 4g of net carbs, 3 servings of greens, 1g of omega-3s and a load of antioxidants. It is a little higher in carbs, but not too bad considering the additional greens and omega-3s that are included!
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.
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.
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
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!