I trust that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and after a long weekend of rich foods, if you’re anything like me, you’re looking forward to a week ahead of clean eating. I have a great product to share with you that will help with that.
I have always been very picky about my protein powders. As my diet has changed, and I’ve learned more about protein supplementing, my requirements have made me pickier than ever.
Back in the day, my only requirements were taste and smoothness. If I was going to add protein powder to a smoothie it had to improve the flavor somehow without a chalky or grainy texture. There are a lot of very tasty whey-based protein powders out there that are packed with junk. Since adopting my “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it” rule, my options have become quite limited.
Since becoming vegan it is even more challenging to find a protein powder that tastes good, mixes well, and has a solid nutritional profile. You all know that I’m a Sunwarrior fan. But I have another protein powder that I’ve enjoyed trying.
All-Pro Science Complete Veggie Protein is a gluten-free, vegan protein powder that provides 23 grams of protein from a combination of high-quality hemp, pea, and brown rice. This all-natural formula includes flaxseed powder and comes in three flavors – Berry Blast, Dutch Chocolate, and French Vanilla. The only protein powders that I ever purchase are chocolate and vanilla, because they are incredibly versatile. I like to add my own berry flavors with…well, berries. But I had an opportunity to play with Berry Blast this past month and wanted to share it with you.
I was pleased to see that Berry Blast isn’t bright red or even pink. There are no added colors.
Just look at the simple ingredients: Pea Protein, Brown Rice Protein, Hemp Protein, Flaxseed, Blueberry Powder, Acai Powder, Goji Berry Powder, Rice Oligodextrin, Natural Berry Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Salt
(What is rice oligodextrin? A low glycemic carbohydrate source used as an alternative to maltodextrin which is a high GI carbohydrate.)
My favorite Berry Blast recipe by far was this Choco Berry Blast Smoothie. (See, I just couldn’t stay away from chocolate!)
Choco Berry Blast Smoothie
- 1 c. non-dairy milk
- 1 scoop APS Berry Blast Veggie Protein
- 1/2 c. frozen blueberries
- 1/2 c. frozen cherries
- 1/2 c. frozen raspberries
- 1/2 c. frozen strawberries
- 1 T. raw cacao powder
- 1/4 c. walnuts (optional)
1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix or high powered blender.
2. Blend and serve.
I tried a few of my other protein-boosting tricks to see how Complete Veggie Protein compared to other vegan powders.
Two tablespoons mixed into my morning oatmeal didn’t just boost the protein content, it boosted the flavor as well.
Berry Blast Oatmeal
- 1/2 c. gluten-free oatmeal
- 1 c. water
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- 2 T. APS Berry Blast Veggie Protein
- 1/2 c. fresh raspberries
- dash of salt
1. Place oatmeal, chia seeds, and water in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
2. Stir, reduce heat to simmering, and cover for 3-5 minutes.
3. Stir in 2 tablespoons of Berry Blast Veggie Protein and top with fresh raspberries.
Vegans love banana soft serve “ice cream”. Adding Berry Blast helps to balance out the protein/carbohydrate/fat content. A protein-rich dessert leaves me feeling satisfied and prevents a sugar crash.
Choco Berry Blast Crunch Vegan Ice Cream
- 2-3 frozen bananas (freeze ahead in 1-2 inch pieces)
- 2 T. raw cacao
- 10 dates, soaked for at least 30 minutes and drained
- 1 scoop of APS Berry Blast Veggie Protein
- 1/3 c. raw almonds
1. Make sure to freeze bananas in 1-2 inch pieces overnight.
3. Add almonds and pulse so that the almonds remain chunky.
4. Serve as soft serve. Or freeze for 3-4 hours in a bread pan lined with waxed paper. Then scoop.
Finally, any protein powder that I use has to mix well. Because 9 times out of 10 my pre-workout snack is a scoop of protein mixed into almond milk on the way out the door. There’s no time to run the Vitamix. It must mix well in a glass with a spoon or a shaker bottle.
You can see on the sides of my shaker bottle that there is some graininess to the powder. But it mixed well and was tasty in a simple cup of nut milk.
Bottom line? I’m thrilled that there’s another high-quality protein powder available for those who are looking for a plant-based product free of allergens. And I’m also thrilled to be able to share a 40% off promo code GFC40 with you too! I’ve used mine to order their Dutch Chocolate and French Vanilla, and I can’t wait until they arrive!
- If you use a vegan protein powder, which one do you use and why?
- What are your favorite ways to use protein powders?
Promo Code for 40% off: GFC40
(Note: I have no connection to nor was I paid by All-Pro Science. I did receive complimentary samples sent for me to taste and review. I do not give positive reviews just because the product was free but will always give my honest opinion.)